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Unspooled

Unspooled

Earwolf

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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

Jaws

EAmy & Paul take a bite out of 1975's blockbuster Spielberg creature feature Jaws! They take a close listen to John Williams' iconic score, praise the way Spielberg adds emotional stakes to the story, and ask whether Jurassic Park does much of what Jaws does, but better. Plus: Hannah Medd, founder of the American Shark Conservancy, weighs in on whether dolphins are bigger jerks than sharks. Which AFI character do you think deserves their own thematic film festival, along the lines of Sundance?Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer!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

113 MIN6 d ago
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Jaws

It Happened One Night

EPaul & Amy piggyback onto 1934's Frank Capra romantic comedy It Happened One Night! They ask if this script fits the "screwball" mold, praise Claudette Colbert for subverting the cliches of the genre, and learn how Clark Gable inspired Bugs Bunny. Plus: which romantic comedies would Unspooled listeners add to the AFI list? Help make a campaign ad for (or against) the mayor in Jaws!Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer. 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

94 MIN1 w ago
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It Happened One Night

Modern Times

EPaul & Amy crank through 1936's mechanical Charlie Chaplin comedy Modern Times! They praise the film's ever-escalating setpieces, learn why Joseph Goebbels banned it in Germany, and ponder how much the working world has really changed since the 30s. Plus: We hear your recommendations for other silent films to add to the list. ForIt Happened One Nightweek, whatother romantic comedies do you want to see on the AFI list? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer. 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

81 MIN2 w ago
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Modern Times

Shane

EPaul & Amy mosey into 1953's archetypal western Shane! They learn about star Alan Ladd's often tragic life, examine how director George Stevens made gun violence feel heightened, and play a referential clip from the X-Men film Logan. Plus: Digging into your thoughts and theories on Blade Runner. For Modern Times week, what silent film do you think needs to be on the AFI list?Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824with your answer. 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

86 MIN3 w ago
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Shane

In The Heat Of The Night

EAmy & Paul take a trip down South for 1967's racially charged police thriller "In The Heat Of The Night!" They celebrate the excellent soundtrack, scrutinize how well the film holds up as a procedural, and take a close look at Sidney Poitier's incredible road to Hollywood. Plus: Two interviews this week, with Pod Save The People's DeRay Mckesson on the value of art as activism, and Lee Grant, who plays Mrs. Colbert, reflecting on her trailblazing career as an actor and director. For next week's episode on "The Searchers," can you search your heart for a New Years resolution, and tell it to us in your best John Wayne voice? Just call 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. Photo credit: Kim Troxall

92 MINJUN 10
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In The Heat Of The Night

Do The Right Thing

EAmy & Paul don't fight the power of 1989's Spike Lee breakthrough Do The Right Thing!They praise the film's Shakespearean qualities, analyze the infamous reception it received at Cannes, and ask whether this story has a true villain.Plus:The man himself, director and star Lee joins the show to discuss why the film still feelssotimely 30 years later. What do you think The Deer Hunter is about? 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 This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (www.betterhelp.com/unspooled code: UNSPOOLED), Ooni (www.ooni.com code: UNSPOOLED), and CNN - The Movies.

100 MINJUN 9
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Do The Right Thing

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 Black Lives Matter LA atblmla.org

123 MINJUN 4
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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 MINMAY 28
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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 MINMAY 21
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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 MINMAY 14
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Spool Party: House Party

Latest Episodes

Jaws

EAmy & Paul take a bite out of 1975's blockbuster Spielberg creature feature Jaws! They take a close listen to John Williams' iconic score, praise the way Spielberg adds emotional stakes to the story, and ask whether Jurassic Park does much of what Jaws does, but better. Plus: Hannah Medd, founder of the American Shark Conservancy, weighs in on whether dolphins are bigger jerks than sharks. Which AFI character do you think deserves their own thematic film festival, along the lines of Sundance?Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer!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

113 MIN6 d ago
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Jaws

It Happened One Night

EPaul & Amy piggyback onto 1934's Frank Capra romantic comedy It Happened One Night! They ask if this script fits the "screwball" mold, praise Claudette Colbert for subverting the cliches of the genre, and learn how Clark Gable inspired Bugs Bunny. Plus: which romantic comedies would Unspooled listeners add to the AFI list? Help make a campaign ad for (or against) the mayor in Jaws!Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer. 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

94 MIN1 w ago
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It Happened One Night

Modern Times

EPaul & Amy crank through 1936's mechanical Charlie Chaplin comedy Modern Times! They praise the film's ever-escalating setpieces, learn why Joseph Goebbels banned it in Germany, and ponder how much the working world has really changed since the 30s. Plus: We hear your recommendations for other silent films to add to the list. ForIt Happened One Nightweek, whatother romantic comedies do you want to see on the AFI list? Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824 with your answer. 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

81 MIN2 w ago
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Modern Times

Shane

EPaul & Amy mosey into 1953's archetypal western Shane! They learn about star Alan Ladd's often tragic life, examine how director George Stevens made gun violence feel heightened, and play a referential clip from the X-Men film Logan. Plus: Digging into your thoughts and theories on Blade Runner. For Modern Times week, what silent film do you think needs to be on the AFI list?Call the Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824with your answer. 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

86 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Shane

In The Heat Of The Night

EAmy & Paul take a trip down South for 1967's racially charged police thriller "In The Heat Of The Night!" They celebrate the excellent soundtrack, scrutinize how well the film holds up as a procedural, and take a close look at Sidney Poitier's incredible road to Hollywood. Plus: Two interviews this week, with Pod Save The People's DeRay Mckesson on the value of art as activism, and Lee Grant, who plays Mrs. Colbert, reflecting on her trailblazing career as an actor and director. For next week's episode on "The Searchers," can you search your heart for a New Years resolution, and tell it to us in your best John Wayne voice? Just call 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. Photo credit: Kim Troxall

92 MINJUN 10
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In The Heat Of The Night

Do The Right Thing

EAmy & Paul don't fight the power of 1989's Spike Lee breakthrough Do The Right Thing!They praise the film's Shakespearean qualities, analyze the infamous reception it received at Cannes, and ask whether this story has a true villain.Plus:The man himself, director and star Lee joins the show to discuss why the film still feelssotimely 30 years later. What do you think The Deer Hunter is about? 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 This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp (www.betterhelp.com/unspooled code: UNSPOOLED), Ooni (www.ooni.com code: UNSPOOLED), and CNN - The Movies.

100 MINJUN 9
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Do The Right Thing

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 Black Lives Matter LA atblmla.org

123 MINJUN 4
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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 MINMAY 28
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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 MINMAY 21
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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 MINMAY 14
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Spool Party: House Party
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