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Unspooled

Earwolf, Paul Scheer & Amy Nicholson

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Unspooled

Unspooled

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.

Latest Episodes

Blade Runner

EAmy & Paul run through 1982's moody Ridley Scott dystopia Blade Runner! They listen to the infamous original voiceover, learn what inspired Philip K. Dick's source material, and yes, give their theories on whether Deckard is a replicant. Plus: Screenwriter David Peoples explains which pivotal scene makes the whole film work. Give us a more iconic cowboy name than "Shane"! Call it in to the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.comand don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Also check out our live Spool Party episodes onyoutube.com/earwolf! Photo credit: Kim Troxall Donate to the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund here:https://www.naacpldf.org/support/donors/ Learn more about 8 Can't Wait at8cantwait.org

123 MIN1 d ago
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Blade Runner

A Streetcar Named Desire

EPaul & Amy roll into 1951's Southern Gothic Tennessee Williams drama A Streetcar Named Desire! They compare the opposite physicality of Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, analyze the buildup to Brando's famous scream, and listen to a montage of musical Streetcar references. Plus: Brian Lohmann from the Impro Theaterdiscusses improvising in the style of Tennessee Williams. For Blade Runner week, give us your rendition of the "tears in rain” speech! Call it in to the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Also check out our live Spool Party episodes onyoutube.com/earwolf! Photo credit: Kim Troxall You can watch the Tennessee Williams UnScripted show we talk about in our interview with Brian here:https://vimeo.com/291407149/46ddada77a

112 MIN1 w ago
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A Streetcar Named Desire

The Bridge On The River Kwai

EAmy and Paul cross 1957's David Lean WWII epic The Bridge On The River Kwai! They explore the career of star Sessue Hayakawa, ask why Lean's tyrannical methods pop up so often in the AFI 100, and compare the film to author Pierre Boulle's other famous work "Planet Of The Apes." Plus: responding to your comments on Goodfellas, and the passing of Fred Willard and Lynn Shelton. For Streetcar Named Desire week, scream your post-quarantine desires a la "Stella!"Call it in to the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824.Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Also check out our live Spool Party episodes onyoutube.com/earwolf! Photo credit: Kim Troxall

90 MIN2 w ago
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The Bridge On The River Kwai

Spool Party: House Party

EAmy & Paul raise the roof for 1990's Kid N' Play comedy smash House Party! They, listen to the film's all-timer rap battle, look at how the Simpsons was influenced by hip-hop culture, and talk to the film's writer and director Reginald Hudlin, and star Christopher "Kid" Reid. (This episode originally aired live on YouTube as part of Unspooled's"Spool Party" series.) Next weekget ready for the 1957 war epic "The Bridge On The River Kwai"!Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts.Check outthe rest ofour Spool Parties live onyoutube.com/earwolf.Photo credit: Kim Troxall

84 MIN3 w ago
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Spool Party: House Party

Goodfellas

EAmy & Paul jump into 1990'skinetic Scorcese mob epic Goodfellas! They learn some of the wild details about Henry Hill that didn't make it into the film, discover the origins of the Morrie's Wigs commercial, and ask if there are too many gangster films on the AFI list. Plus: Chef Evan Funke (The Shape Of Pasta) shares a tomato sauce recipe you can make even in quarantine. Next week tune in for our Spool Party episode about Kid N Play's House Party! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts.And check out our Spool Partiesliveonyoutube.com/earwolf- this Monday we're talking about Clue! Photo credit: Kim Troxall

133 MINMAY 7
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Goodfellas

Intolerance

EPaul & Amy gawk at 1916's D.W. Griffith silent spectacle Intolerance! They praise the eternally cool Mountain Girl, ask if Griffith was the original 'troll' director, and marvel at the ambition on display in the oldest film on the AFI list. Plus: Unpacking your thoughts on Yankee Doodle Dandy. If you could kick just one film off the AFI list, which would it be?Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.comand don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Also check out our live Spool Party episodes onyoutube.com/earwolf! Photo credit: Kim Troxall

89 MINAPR 30
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Intolerance

Yankee Doodle Dandy

EPaul & Amy salute to 1942's Jimmy Cagney musical extravaganza Yankee Doodle Dandy! They analyze the film as a template for modern musical biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody, break down a bizarre proposal scene, and learn how the real life political views of Jimmy Cagney clashed with his subject George M. Cohan. Plus: listeners offer their thoughts on Cabaret! For Intolerance week, what movie set do you think could inspire a great mall!Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.comand don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Also check out our live Spool Party episodes onyoutube.com/earwolf! Photo credit: Kim Troxall

97 MINAPR 23
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Yankee Doodle Dandy

Cabaret

EAmy & Paul strut through 1972's Weimar Berlin-set musical Cabaret! They learn about the many forms thisstory took before becoming a film, discuss a scene that foreshadows today's "fake news" era, and ask if Liza Minnelli is too good of a singer to play Sally Bowles. Plus: Adam Pascal, who played the Emcee in the revival of Cabaret, talks about why he finds the character so unnerving. Who's a tough guy actor you suspectis actually a great dancer?Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with youranswer!Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts.Also check out our live Spool Party episodes onyoutube.com/earwolf, and hear Paul & Amy talk about Yankee Doodle Dandy next week onafi.com/movieclub!Photo credit: Kim Troxall

103 MINAPR 17
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Cabaret

Easy Rider

EAmy & Paul hit the road for 1969's counter-cultural tone piece Easy Rider! They learn what Spiro Agnew thought of this film, compare its drug trip moments to the films it inspired, and ask what the controversial ending is really trying to say. Plus: listeners dig deeper into Sullivan's Travels' take on poverty. For Cabaret week, sing us a bit of "Wilkommen"! Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with yourcontribution.Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.comand don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall

99 MINAPR 9
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Easy Rider

Sullivan's Travels

EPaul & Amy travel to 1941's Preston Sturges Hollywood farce Sullivan's Travels! They learn why the US government made Veronica Lake's hairstyle illegal, praise the screenplay's rapid-fire dialogue, and ask if this is actually Sturges' best film or just his best known. Plus: More thoughts on the amazing career of Sidney Lumet. For Easy Rider week, who would you want to go on a motorcycle road trip with? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.comand don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall

101 MINAPR 2
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Sullivan's Travels

Latest Episodes

Blade Runner

EAmy & Paul run through 1982's moody Ridley Scott dystopia Blade Runner! They listen to the infamous original voiceover, learn what inspired Philip K. Dick's source material, and yes, give their theories on whether Deckard is a replicant. Plus: Screenwriter David Peoples explains which pivotal scene makes the whole film work. Give us a more iconic cowboy name than "Shane"! Call it in to the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.comand don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Also check out our live Spool Party episodes onyoutube.com/earwolf! Photo credit: Kim Troxall Donate to the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund here:https://www.naacpldf.org/support/donors/ Learn more about 8 Can't Wait at8cantwait.org

123 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Blade Runner

A Streetcar Named Desire

EPaul & Amy roll into 1951's Southern Gothic Tennessee Williams drama A Streetcar Named Desire! They compare the opposite physicality of Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, analyze the buildup to Brando's famous scream, and listen to a montage of musical Streetcar references. Plus: Brian Lohmann from the Impro Theaterdiscusses improvising in the style of Tennessee Williams. For Blade Runner week, give us your rendition of the "tears in rain” speech! Call it in to the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824. Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Also check out our live Spool Party episodes onyoutube.com/earwolf! Photo credit: Kim Troxall You can watch the Tennessee Williams UnScripted show we talk about in our interview with Brian here:https://vimeo.com/291407149/46ddada77a

112 MIN1 w ago
Comments
A Streetcar Named Desire

The Bridge On The River Kwai

EAmy and Paul cross 1957's David Lean WWII epic The Bridge On The River Kwai! They explore the career of star Sessue Hayakawa, ask why Lean's tyrannical methods pop up so often in the AFI 100, and compare the film to author Pierre Boulle's other famous work "Planet Of The Apes." Plus: responding to your comments on Goodfellas, and the passing of Fred Willard and Lynn Shelton. For Streetcar Named Desire week, scream your post-quarantine desires a la "Stella!"Call it in to the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824.Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Also check out our live Spool Party episodes onyoutube.com/earwolf! Photo credit: Kim Troxall

90 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The Bridge On The River Kwai

Spool Party: House Party

EAmy & Paul raise the roof for 1990's Kid N' Play comedy smash House Party! They, listen to the film's all-timer rap battle, look at how the Simpsons was influenced by hip-hop culture, and talk to the film's writer and director Reginald Hudlin, and star Christopher "Kid" Reid. (This episode originally aired live on YouTube as part of Unspooled's"Spool Party" series.) Next weekget ready for the 1957 war epic "The Bridge On The River Kwai"!Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts.Check outthe rest ofour Spool Parties live onyoutube.com/earwolf.Photo credit: Kim Troxall

84 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Spool Party: House Party

Goodfellas

EAmy & Paul jump into 1990'skinetic Scorcese mob epic Goodfellas! They learn some of the wild details about Henry Hill that didn't make it into the film, discover the origins of the Morrie's Wigs commercial, and ask if there are too many gangster films on the AFI list. Plus: Chef Evan Funke (The Shape Of Pasta) shares a tomato sauce recipe you can make even in quarantine. Next week tune in for our Spool Party episode about Kid N Play's House Party! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts.And check out our Spool Partiesliveonyoutube.com/earwolf- this Monday we're talking about Clue! Photo credit: Kim Troxall

133 MINMAY 7
Comments
Goodfellas

Intolerance

EPaul & Amy gawk at 1916's D.W. Griffith silent spectacle Intolerance! They praise the eternally cool Mountain Girl, ask if Griffith was the original 'troll' director, and marvel at the ambition on display in the oldest film on the AFI list. Plus: Unpacking your thoughts on Yankee Doodle Dandy. If you could kick just one film off the AFI list, which would it be?Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.comand don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Also check out our live Spool Party episodes onyoutube.com/earwolf! Photo credit: Kim Troxall

89 MINAPR 30
Comments
Intolerance

Yankee Doodle Dandy

EPaul & Amy salute to 1942's Jimmy Cagney musical extravaganza Yankee Doodle Dandy! They analyze the film as a template for modern musical biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody, break down a bizarre proposal scene, and learn how the real life political views of Jimmy Cagney clashed with his subject George M. Cohan. Plus: listeners offer their thoughts on Cabaret! For Intolerance week, what movie set do you think could inspire a great mall!Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.comand don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Also check out our live Spool Party episodes onyoutube.com/earwolf! Photo credit: Kim Troxall

97 MINAPR 23
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Yankee Doodle Dandy

Cabaret

EAmy & Paul strut through 1972's Weimar Berlin-set musical Cabaret! They learn about the many forms thisstory took before becoming a film, discuss a scene that foreshadows today's "fake news" era, and ask if Liza Minnelli is too good of a singer to play Sally Bowles. Plus: Adam Pascal, who played the Emcee in the revival of Cabaret, talks about why he finds the character so unnerving. Who's a tough guy actor you suspectis actually a great dancer?Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with youranswer!Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.com and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts.Also check out our live Spool Party episodes onyoutube.com/earwolf, and hear Paul & Amy talk about Yankee Doodle Dandy next week onafi.com/movieclub!Photo credit: Kim Troxall

103 MINAPR 17
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Cabaret

Easy Rider

EAmy & Paul hit the road for 1969's counter-cultural tone piece Easy Rider! They learn what Spiro Agnew thought of this film, compare its drug trip moments to the films it inspired, and ask what the controversial ending is really trying to say. Plus: listeners dig deeper into Sullivan's Travels' take on poverty. For Cabaret week, sing us a bit of "Wilkommen"! Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with yourcontribution.Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.comand don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall

99 MINAPR 9
Comments
Easy Rider

Sullivan's Travels

EPaul & Amy travel to 1941's Preston Sturges Hollywood farce Sullivan's Travels! They learn why the US government made Veronica Lake's hairstyle illegal, praise the screenplay's rapid-fire dialogue, and ask if this is actually Sturges' best film or just his best known. Plus: More thoughts on the amazing career of Sidney Lumet. For Easy Rider week, who would you want to go on a motorcycle road trip with? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer! Follow us on Twitter @Unspooled, get more info atunspooledpod.comand don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts. Photo credit: Kim Troxall

101 MINAPR 2
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Sullivan's Travels

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