By Earwolf, Paul Scheer and 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.
||ExplicitHigh Noon||Amy & Paul saddle up and ride through 1952’s archetypal Western, High Noon! They celebrate Katy Jurado’s fierce performance, learn about the ill-advised High Noon sequel, and discover how the film works as an allegory for HUAC-era America. Plus...||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitE.T. The Extra Terrestrial||Paul & Amy beam up to Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming alien feature, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial! They learn E.T.’s real name, marvel at Spielberg’s uncanny ease directing children, and wonder how well the film holds up with kids today. Plus...||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTaxi Driver||This week Paul & Amy cruise through 1976's terrifying character study Taxi Driver. They ask whether the film is anti-misogynist or simply misogynist, debate whether the ending is real or fake, and discover a surprising source of inspiration...||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Sixth Sense||Paul and Amy see dead people in 1999's supernatural drama The Sixth Sense! They debate how Haley Joel Osment's performance compares to modern child actors, explain how the famous twist is accomplished through misdirection, and dive deep into...||8/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSingin' In The Rain||Amy & Paul tap, swing and two-step through 1952's meta-musical Singin' In The Rain! They are dazzled by the film's stylized color, dive into its perspective on honesty in Hollywood, and hear Lena Lamont's real voice. Plus...||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDouble Indemnity||Paul & Amy investigate 1944's murderous noir Double Indemnity! They talk about what lines snuck past the censors, learn about the true story that inspired the film, and ask whether Barbara Stanwyck's femme fatale is actually telling the...||8/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAll About Eve||Fasten your seatbelts - this week Paul & Amy take on 1950's showbiz satire All About Eve! They marvel at how well Joseph Mankiewicz understands his female characters, dish on which actors secretly hated each other, and furiously debate...||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitKing Kong||This week Amy & Paul unveil 1933's seminal monster movie King Kong! They ask if this was the first true blockbuster film, discover how the distinctive animal sounds were made, and wonder what Ann sees in Jack Driscoll. Plus: primatologist...||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Shawshank Redemption||This week Paul & Amy tunnel through Frank Darabont's prison allegory The Shawshank Redemption! They discuss the use of opera as a 90's film signifier, learn why Shawshank was constantly played on TNT, and debate whether this is "the...||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe General||Amy & Paul plow full steam ahead through Buster Keaton's silent opus The General! They realize this was the Fast And Furious of 1926, examine the rivalry between Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, and dig into Buster's incredibly depressing...||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPlatoon||Paul & Amy hunker down to cover 1986's Vietnam War drama Platoon! They look at director Oliver Stone's relationship with Martin Scorsese, discover how he film captures the chaos of war, and remember the ill-advised Platoon video game...||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBonnie And Clyde||This week Paul & Amy tear through 1967's revolutionary "Bonnie And Clyde!" They discuss how the film mixes wildly different tones, adore Faye Dunaway's style, and learn the secret source of those terrifying gunshot...||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2001: A Space Odyssey||Paul & Amy journey beyond the infinite to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey! They ask what the film has in common with a Rothko painting, marvel at what 2001 got right about the future, and decide whether to join Team Hal. Plus: Discover...||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitTitanic||Amy & Paul chart a course through 1998's epic tragedy Titanic! They marvel at the film's structure and use of geography, discuss whether the Titanic backlash was deserved, and count how many times Jack & Rose say each other's...||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe French Connection||This week Paul & Amy hit the streets for 1971's The French Connection! They discuss whether Popeye Doyle is actually a hero, what went sideways during that incredible chase scene, and who the real-life inspirations for Doyle & Russo were...||6/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSwing Time||Put on your best dancing shoes for Swing Time with Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire! Paul & Amy caper through the 1936 film's strange comic beats, spontaneous choreographed dances and timeless tunes. Plus: an interview with choreographer Kat...||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Wizard Of Oz||Close your eyes, tap your heels together three times, and join Paul & Amy as they discuss 1939's The Wizard Of Oz! Discover what makes the land of Oz so satisfyingly tactile, how the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion tormented each other on set, and...||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBen Hur||Strap on your death sandals, as Paul & Amy jump into 1959's Roman epic Ben Hur! They discuss the incredible scope of the film, how Star Wars ripped off the famous chariot race, and how many characters say the word "leper." Plus...||5/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCitizen Kane||On episode one of Unspooled, Paul and Amy jump straight into the AFI’s number one film of all time, Citizen Kane. They explain why it was almost never released, take a closer listen to Orson Welles’ innovative use of sound, and try to answer the...||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPreview: What Is Unspooled?||Paul & Amy introduce their new podcast Unspooled, where they watch every movie on the AFI’s Top 100 Films list. Subscribe now - episode 1, “Citizen Kane,” drops May 17th!||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Best Podcast! Best Hosts!
I love these hosts!! Great concept, Great execution. ALL CLASS!
I’m so excited for this new pod! Paul is one of my top fave comedians and podcasters. I’ve also been wanting to watch the 100 best movies, so this is a win-win.
I haven’t heard it yet but in just soo excited to be the first at reviewing something.
The title card looks quite nice and the font used was an excellent choice. The couple don’t have any real chemistry, the woman is quite fetching while the man, meh.
Can’t wait to give it a listen and good luck!