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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

LAPOCALYPSE (Live fromAlamo Drafthouse)

EJoin Paul, Amy and special guest Hayes Davenport (Hollywood Handbook, Flagrant Ones) for this discussion about LA and apocalyptic films, with a special focus on the 1984 cult classic Repo Man! Learn about the strange history of LA urban planning initiatives, the inspiration for Repo Man's generic products, and a great party fact about "Ralphs."This episode was recorded live from Alamo Drafthouse in Los Angeles.

55 MIN1 d ago
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LAPOCALYPSE (Live fromAlamo Drafthouse)

Parasite

EPaul & Amy latch on to 2019's Best Picture winning Korean class parable Parasite! They talk about overcoming the "one inch barrier of subtitles," praise director Bong Joon Ho's use of lines and vertical camera movement, and learn about Bong's political awakening and how it inspired the film. Plus: Justin Chang (LA Times, NPR) tells us what the reaction to Parasite was like at Cannes. For M*A*S*H week, give Paul a M*A*S*H worthy nickname!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. Photo credit: Kim Troxall

102 MIN1 w ago
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Parasite

The Sound of Music

EAmy & Paul yodel through 1965's blockbuster musical The Sound Of Music! They learn the history of the real Trapp family singers, contemplate Julie Andrews' post-Sound Of Music career, and ask if the story of the film holds up as well as the songs. Plus: Composer and lyricist Adam Guettel (The Light In The Piazza) talks about his relationship with his grandfather, Richard Rodgers. Next week Unspooled takes a break from the AFI list to discuss Best Picture winner Parasite!What foreign film do you think should have won Best Picture?Callthe Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824with 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

117 MIN2 w ago
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The Sound of Music

2020 Oscars Preview

EPaul & Amy get ready for the Academy Awards by sharing their thoughts on this year's nominees, and some of their other favorite films from 2019 that didn't get nominated. They ask if this was a good year for movies overall, wonder if Joaquin Phoenix will get a chance to reprise his BAFTAs speech, and praise the careful balancing act of Marriage Story. Plus: The winners of The 2019 Spoolies, as voted on by the Unspooled listeners! For The Sound Of Music week, call in and sing us a bit of "Do-Re-Mi"!Use theUnspooled 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

88 MIN3 w ago
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2020 Oscars Preview

The Apartment

EAmy & Paul check in to 1960's Billy Wilder-helmed romantic comedy The Apartment! They learn about the real life murder that inspired this story, ask if there's an actor like Jack Lemmon working today, and discover what Nikita Khruschev thought of the film. Plus: Revisiting your thoughts on The Wild Bunch! Next week we're talking about The Oscars; nominate a 2019 film for a made-up category of your choice!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

84 MINJAN 30
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The Apartment

The Wild Bunch

EPaul & Amy light up 1969's rebellious Sam Peckinpah Western The Wild Bunch! They marvel at the stunts the volatile Peckinpah pulled, praise his inventive flashbacks, and debate the film's use of laughter. Plus: Director S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) talks about why The Wild Bunch is one of his favorite films. For The Apartment week, what was a time you helped someone in order to get ahead in life/at your job? 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. Photo credit: Kim Troxall

106 MINJAN 23
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The Wild Bunch

The Gold Rush

EAmy & Paul dig into1925's chilly Charlie Chaplin comedy The Gold Rush! They wonder whether the Tramp smells bad, learn about the tradition of Christmas crackers, and ask if this is the best Chaplin film on the AFI list. Plus: Composer Cliff Retallick talk about what it's like to compose for silent film screenings. How would you cast a modern version of The Wild Bunch?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

102 MINJAN 16
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The Gold Rush

Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

EPaul & Amy sap your bodily fluids with 1964's Cold War satire Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb! They unpack how director Stanley Kubrick manipulated his cast to get the best performances, learn the origin of Strangelove's voice, and play a Strangelove-inspired song by a classic SoCal punk band. Plus: recapping the Golden Globes! What other satires would you add to 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. Photo credit: Kim Troxall This episode is brought to you by Sonos (www.sonos.com).

104 MINJAN 9
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Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Best of the Decade Pt. 4

ENow that Paul & Amy have gone deep on their favorite films of the 2010s, they're ready to hear from everyone else! This week they finish off Unspooled's Best Of The Decade miniseries with picks from Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Leslye Headland, Seth Rogan, Adam McKay, Jenna Fischer, Jorma Taccone, Rob Huebel, Emily V. Gordon, Justin Roiland, LeVar Burton, Janet Varney, Felicia Day, Michael Weber, Conan O'Brien, Bendavid Grabinski, and the Unspooled listeners. Plus: Engineer Devon & Producer Josh get on mic for their own Top 10 films of the decade. Next week we return to the AFI list with Dr. Strangelove - pitch us your "Dr. Strange___" movie! 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. Photo credit: Kim Troxall

101 MINJAN 2
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Best of the Decade Pt. 4

Best of the Decade Pt. 3

EPaul & Amy continue their Best of The Decade miniseries, picking their favorite films from each year of the 2010s! This episode focuses on the years 2016-2019, and they'll discuss a misunderstood technical achievement, a groundbreaking horror debut, and a centuries-spanning meditation on death, among many others. Plus: looking back on an infamous Oscar debacle. Next weekis the final episode of our Best Of The Decade series!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 brought to you by AMEX.

83 MIN2019 DEC 26
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Best of the Decade Pt. 3

Latest Episodes

LAPOCALYPSE (Live fromAlamo Drafthouse)

EJoin Paul, Amy and special guest Hayes Davenport (Hollywood Handbook, Flagrant Ones) for this discussion about LA and apocalyptic films, with a special focus on the 1984 cult classic Repo Man! Learn about the strange history of LA urban planning initiatives, the inspiration for Repo Man's generic products, and a great party fact about "Ralphs."This episode was recorded live from Alamo Drafthouse in Los Angeles.

55 MIN1 d ago
Comments
LAPOCALYPSE (Live fromAlamo Drafthouse)

Parasite

EPaul & Amy latch on to 2019's Best Picture winning Korean class parable Parasite! They talk about overcoming the "one inch barrier of subtitles," praise director Bong Joon Ho's use of lines and vertical camera movement, and learn about Bong's political awakening and how it inspired the film. Plus: Justin Chang (LA Times, NPR) tells us what the reaction to Parasite was like at Cannes. For M*A*S*H week, give Paul a M*A*S*H worthy nickname!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. Photo credit: Kim Troxall

102 MIN1 w ago
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Parasite

The Sound of Music

EAmy & Paul yodel through 1965's blockbuster musical The Sound Of Music! They learn the history of the real Trapp family singers, contemplate Julie Andrews' post-Sound Of Music career, and ask if the story of the film holds up as well as the songs. Plus: Composer and lyricist Adam Guettel (The Light In The Piazza) talks about his relationship with his grandfather, Richard Rodgers. Next week Unspooled takes a break from the AFI list to discuss Best Picture winner Parasite!What foreign film do you think should have won Best Picture?Callthe Unspooled voicemail line at 747-666-5824with 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

117 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The Sound of Music

2020 Oscars Preview

EPaul & Amy get ready for the Academy Awards by sharing their thoughts on this year's nominees, and some of their other favorite films from 2019 that didn't get nominated. They ask if this was a good year for movies overall, wonder if Joaquin Phoenix will get a chance to reprise his BAFTAs speech, and praise the careful balancing act of Marriage Story. Plus: The winners of The 2019 Spoolies, as voted on by the Unspooled listeners! For The Sound Of Music week, call in and sing us a bit of "Do-Re-Mi"!Use theUnspooled 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

88 MIN3 w ago
Comments
2020 Oscars Preview

The Apartment

EAmy & Paul check in to 1960's Billy Wilder-helmed romantic comedy The Apartment! They learn about the real life murder that inspired this story, ask if there's an actor like Jack Lemmon working today, and discover what Nikita Khruschev thought of the film. Plus: Revisiting your thoughts on The Wild Bunch! Next week we're talking about The Oscars; nominate a 2019 film for a made-up category of your choice!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

84 MINJAN 30
Comments
The Apartment

The Wild Bunch

EPaul & Amy light up 1969's rebellious Sam Peckinpah Western The Wild Bunch! They marvel at the stunts the volatile Peckinpah pulled, praise his inventive flashbacks, and debate the film's use of laughter. Plus: Director S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) talks about why The Wild Bunch is one of his favorite films. For The Apartment week, what was a time you helped someone in order to get ahead in life/at your job? 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. Photo credit: Kim Troxall

106 MINJAN 23
Comments
The Wild Bunch

The Gold Rush

EAmy & Paul dig into1925's chilly Charlie Chaplin comedy The Gold Rush! They wonder whether the Tramp smells bad, learn about the tradition of Christmas crackers, and ask if this is the best Chaplin film on the AFI list. Plus: Composer Cliff Retallick talk about what it's like to compose for silent film screenings. How would you cast a modern version of The Wild Bunch?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

102 MINJAN 16
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The Gold Rush

Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

EPaul & Amy sap your bodily fluids with 1964's Cold War satire Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb! They unpack how director Stanley Kubrick manipulated his cast to get the best performances, learn the origin of Strangelove's voice, and play a Strangelove-inspired song by a classic SoCal punk band. Plus: recapping the Golden Globes! What other satires would you add to 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. Photo credit: Kim Troxall This episode is brought to you by Sonos (www.sonos.com).

104 MINJAN 9
Comments
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Best of the Decade Pt. 4

ENow that Paul & Amy have gone deep on their favorite films of the 2010s, they're ready to hear from everyone else! This week they finish off Unspooled's Best Of The Decade miniseries with picks from Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Leslye Headland, Seth Rogan, Adam McKay, Jenna Fischer, Jorma Taccone, Rob Huebel, Emily V. Gordon, Justin Roiland, LeVar Burton, Janet Varney, Felicia Day, Michael Weber, Conan O'Brien, Bendavid Grabinski, and the Unspooled listeners. Plus: Engineer Devon & Producer Josh get on mic for their own Top 10 films of the decade. Next week we return to the AFI list with Dr. Strangelove - pitch us your "Dr. Strange___" movie! 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. Photo credit: Kim Troxall

101 MINJAN 2
Comments
Best of the Decade Pt. 4

Best of the Decade Pt. 3

EPaul & Amy continue their Best of The Decade miniseries, picking their favorite films from each year of the 2010s! This episode focuses on the years 2016-2019, and they'll discuss a misunderstood technical achievement, a groundbreaking horror debut, and a centuries-spanning meditation on death, among many others. Plus: looking back on an infamous Oscar debacle. Next weekis the final episode of our Best Of The Decade series!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 brought to you by AMEX.

83 MIN2019 DEC 26
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Best of the Decade Pt. 3

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