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By Earwolf, Paul Scheer & Amy Nicholson

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Paul Scheer is a lifelong movie buff, but he's never seen many of the all time greats. On Unspooled, his team-up with film critic Amy Nicholson, he's remedying that by watching the AFI's top 100 movies of all time, to find out what makes classics like Citizen Kane and Taxi Driver so special. Paul & Amy will dissect iconic scenes, talk to artists and industry experts, and discover just how these films got made.

Customer Reviews

Who is this for?

It is difficult to figure out who this podcast is intended for. Certainly anyone with an average interest in American film history will find this wanting in content. And the hosts seem ill-equipped for the project. Paul Sheer seems totally out to lunch. In the first episode he begins by saint he had never seen Citizen Kane. So why not have him host a show reviewing the films on the AFI list of 100 greatest American films? After all, podcasts are not a medium for anything other than wasting time, I guess is Graywolf’s philosophy. Sheer seems to be the “fun” one of this odd couple. Amy Nicholson seems to be their for the “heft”; after all she claims to be a film critic. Before the internet people had to have some background before they could lay claim to some expertise. No more! Nicholson admits she had never seen “Swing Time.” She is dubious, having now seen it, that it could have been the “best” Astaire-Rogers film. So she floats the theory that it landed on the list because it had the most “reputation” because, after all, according to film critic Nicholson, it is doubtful that anyone would have watched all 9 Astaire Rogers movies; certainly not “critics” who made up the AFI list. The ignorance of film (much less how they fit into film history or American culture generally) has become so ingrained that there seems to have developed a “cute” come on. Listeners get to do just as Sheer did at the beginning. Explain what they thought the film was about before they watched it. What was a one-time time wasting part of the first episode now appears to be a permanent feature. This podcast seems to be designed to attract people who have no real interest in films and are around just to soak in the uncharming “chemistry” of Nicholson and Sheer. Who would I recommend it to? This with no friends, who don’t have cable access to TCM or a public library that lends DVDs/Blue Ray disks and preferably no friends. Because if you have to tune into these two for fellowship about classic movies, you are really scraping bottom. BTW, I give the podcast an extra star for its production values, not its content.

Best Podcast! Best Hosts!

I love these hosts!! Great concept, Great execution. ALL CLASS!


This is incredibly, delightfully listenable and has made me rethink movies I’ve seen many times and very eager to see some movies I haven’t. Truly appreciate how much research goes into these, and how the hosts see different movies on the AFI list influencing each other - just wonderful. It makes me wish there was an AFI 1000.