Unspooled

Unspooled

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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.


12 Angry Men
Mar 26 • 106 min
Amy & Paul deliberate over 1957’s Sidney Lumet jury-room drama 12 Angry Men! They ask if all-male juries were ever common, compare Lumet’s version to William Friedkin’s remake, and praise the powerful performances in this ever-relevant film, Plus: Jury…
Rear Window
Mar 19 • 99 min
Paul & Amy peer into 1957’s voyeuristic Hitchcock thriller Rear Window! They learn how the magnificent set was constructed, marvel at Jimmy Stewart’s portrayal of a man on the moral edge, and discuss why Grace Kelly is not a “Lisa.” Plus: Lane Moore,…
Sunrise
Mar 12 • 101 min
Amy & Paul rise up for 1927’s expressionist F.W. Murnau masterwork Sunrise! They learn how Janet Gaynor won the Best Actress Oscar for three films at once, praise the film’s groundbreaking soundtrack, and ask how such a simple story can resonate so…
M*A*S*H
Mar 5 • 107 min
Paul & Amy enlist for 1970’s groundbreaking Robert Altman war comedy M*A*S*H! They work to separate the film from the iconic TV show, dissect a controversial scene with Sally Kellerman, and explore how this film was a precursor for 70s comedy to come.…
LAPOCALYPSE (Live from Alamo Drafthouse)
Feb 27 • 55 min
Join 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…
Parasite
Feb 20 • 102 min
Paul & 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…
The Sound of Music
Feb 13 • 117 min
Amy & 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:…
2020 Oscars Preview
Feb 6 • 88 min
Paul & 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…
The Apartment
Jan 30 • 84 min
Amy & 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…
The Wild Bunch
Jan 23 • 106 min
Paul & 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)…
The Gold Rush
Jan 16 • 102 min
Amy & Paul dig into 1925’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…
Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Jan 9 • 101 min
Paul & 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…
Best of the Decade Pt. 4
Jan 2 • 101 min
Now 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…
Best of the Decade Pt. 3
Dec 26, 2019 • 83 min
Paul & 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…
Star Wars
Dec 19, 2019 • 120 min
Amy & Paul make the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs to 1977’s George Lucas space fantasy Star Wars! They learn why Carrie Fisher hated those buns, praise the visionary designs of Ralph McQuarrie, and ask if we can still appreciate it as a single…
Best of the Decade Pt. 2
Dec 12, 2019 • 112 min
Paul & Amy continue the Best Of The Decade miniseries, picking their favorite films from each year of the 2010s! This episode covers the years 2013-2015, and they’ll discuss a visionary action film, a super-low-budget indie gem, and an inescapable musical…
Best of the Decade Pt. 1
Dec 5, 2019 • 98 min
Amy & Paul kick off a new decade-spanning miniseries, where they’ll pick their favorite films from each year of the 2010s! This episode covers the years 2010-2012, and they’ll advocate for knotty films from cinema’s modern masters, a balls-to-the-wall…
Raging Bull
Nov 28, 2019 • 103 min
Paul & Amy go toe-to-toe with 1980’s Martin Scorcese boxing biopic Raging Bull! They learn how De Niro gained so much weight for his role as Jake Lamotta, wonder why there are so many boxing films on the AFI list, and ask if this is Scorcese’s best…
BONUS REEL: Rian Johnson
Nov 26, 2019 • 39 min
In a new Bonus Reel, Paul & Amy are joined by Rian Johnson, writer/director of “The Last Jedi” and “Looper”, to talk about the three films he would add to the AFI list, and his new movie, “Knives Out.”
Annie Hall
Nov 21, 2019 • 99 min
Paul & Amy clear their throat for 1977’s Woody Allen breakthrough “Annie Hall”! They ask how autobiographical the film is, learn who else was considered for that Marshall McLuhan cameo, and decide if the list absolutely needs a Woody Allen film. Plus:…
BONUS REEL: Lorene Scafaria
Nov 19, 2019 • 37 min
In a new Bonus Reel, Amy sits down with Lorene Scafaria, director of “Hustlers” and “The Meddler,” to talk about the three films she would add to the AFI list.
The Best Years of Our Lives
Nov 14, 2019 • 95 min
Amy & Paul return home to 1946’s post-WWII drama The Best Years Of Our Lives! They praise the natural performance of first-time actor Harold Russell, compare the film’s style to noir movies and Network, and learn how the Hayes code circumscribed the…
Forrest Gump
Nov 7, 2019 • 81 min
Paul & Amy run through 1994’s satirical American history tour Forrest Gump! They learn the nutty plot of the sequel book Gump & Co, listen to a bit of the Lt. Dan Band, and ask how John Candy would have played the Forrest role. Plus: We take your calls…
The Grapes of Wrath
Oct 31, 2019 • 94 min
Amy & Paul squeeze out 1940’s Dust Bowl-set John Steinbeck adaptation The Grapes Of Wrath! They ask if Henry Fonda’s Tom Joad is more of a character than an icon, explore the film’s impact on music, and learn what attracted the conservative John Ford to…
The Godfather Pt. II
Oct 24, 2019 • 101 min
Paul & Amy say buona sera to 1974’s epic mobster sequel The Godfather Pt. II! They analyze Robert De Niro’s Sicilian, learn which US president loved the film, and ask if this sequel really covers territory not covered by the first film. Plus: Tom…
The Godfather
Oct 17, 2019 • 123 min
Amy & Paul pay tribute to 1972’s mobster epic The Godfather! They praise the film’s incredible rich cinematography, wonder if Michael makes his character turn too quickly, and debate whether this is truly the second greatest American film ever. Plus:…
Bonus Reel: Joker & Taxi Driver
Oct 15, 2019 • 35 min
On this special bonus episode, Paul & Amy compare the controversial supervillain origin story Joker with one of the films that inspired it, Martin Scorcese’s Taxi Driver.
American Graffiti
Oct 10, 2019 • 88 min
Paul & Amy cruise through 1973’s George Lucas coming-of-age comedy American Graffiti! They discover why Lucas decided to make a film inspired by his teenage years, learn about the real Wolfman Jack, and watch the trailer for the bizarre sequel. Plus:…
Bonus Reel: Shea Serrano
Oct 8, 2019 • 29 min
In a special bonus episode this week, Paul & Amy ask Shea Serrano, writer for The Ringer and author of “Movies (And Other Things)”, about the three films he would add to the AFI list.
SOME LIKE IT HOT
Oct 3, 2019 • 103 min
Amy & Paul get cookin’ with 1959’s Billy Wilder gender-bending comedy Some Like It Hot! They learn why the film’s final line was controversial, ask if films about cross-dressing still need to be made, and dive into Marilyn Monroe’s troubled history with…
Spartacus
Sep 26, 2019 • 94 min
Amy & Paul fight for 1960’s Roman epic Spartacus! They discuss why Spartacus isn’t usually considered part of director Stanley Kubrick’s canon, learn about Kirk Douglas’ heroic efforts to get the film made, and liken the movie to a good casserole. Plus:…
North by Northwest
Sep 19, 2019 • 96 min
Amy & Paul traverse 1959’s Alfred Hitchcock blockbuster North By Northwest! They discuss what makes Cary Grant’s suit one of the greatest in cinema, ask why so many Hitchcock films feature women betraying men, and draw a line from this film to the Coen…
On the Waterfront
Sep 12, 2019 • 91 min
Paul & Amy fly the coop to 1954’s Marlon Brando crime drama On The Waterfront! They ask what the film would have been like with Frank Sinatra in the lead, explore the history of “the Method,” and wonder how the ending would change if this were made today.…
Lawrence Of Arabia
Sep 5, 2019 • 94 min
Paul and Amy journey through 1962’s David Lean WWI epic Lawrence Of Arabia! They ask if this can fairly be called a “white savior” film, learn about the many injuries Peter O’Tools endured during the shoot, and compare the film’s structure to Citizen…
Network
Aug 29, 2019 • 88 min
Amy & Paul surf through 1976’s Sidney Lumet TV news satire Network! They explore how writer Paddy Chayefsky came up through the TV trenches, listen to modern media figures who took inspiration from Howard Beale, and ask if the film has become too real to…
The Philadelphia Story
Aug 22, 2019 • 89 min
Amy & Paul flirt with 1940’s archetypal Katharine Hepburn romantic comedy The Philadelphia Story! They discover the origins of the industry trope of “box office poison,” explore the strange social mores of the 40s, and learn that everyone on set may have…
The Maltese Falcon
Aug 15, 2019 • 83 min
Amy & Paul fly through 1941’s Humphrey Bogart proto-noir The Maltese Falcon! They ask if this is the ultimate “dad movie,” learn about all of Malta’s unique animals and praise the incredible fonts of 1940’s San Francisco. Plus: Adam Savage (Mythbusters)…
Nashville
Aug 8, 2019 • 94 min
Paul & Amy sing the praises of 1975’s sprawling country opus Nashville! They compare Robert Altman’s loose technique to the perfectionist auteurs of past Unspooled movies, find further parallels to Quentin Tarantino’s latest, and learn what real…
Bringing Up Baby
Aug 1, 2019 • 82 min
Amy & Paul dig into 1938’s Howard Hawks screwball classic Bringing Up Baby! They ask if Cary Grant was the model for Christopher Reeve’s Superman, learn how Hepburn modulated her performance to get the comic tone just right, and wonder why weddings were…
Pulp Fiction
Jul 25, 2019 • 76 min
Paul and Amy boogie through 1994’s Quentin Tarantino indie breakout Pulp Fiction! They revisit the moment Pulp Fiction won at Cannes, ask what this film did right that so many imitators did wrong, and try to figure out what’s in the briefcase. Plus: Some…
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Jul 18, 2019 • 87 min
Amy and Paul drink in 1966’s black relationship comedy Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? They learn about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s status as the Brangelina of their day, ask which member of the ensemble is the meanest, and wonder if George and…
Gone with the Wind
Jul 11, 2019 • 100 min
Paul & Amy go to war over 1939’s blockbuster Southern epic Gone With The Wind! They praise the chemistry of Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh, watch a trailer for the misbegotten sequel, and ask whether a film this messy deserves to be in the AFI’s Top 10.…
The Deer Hunter
Jul 4, 2019 • 88 min
Paul & Amy take aim at Michael Cimino’s 1978 Vietnam War epic The Deer Hunter! They investigate the film’s controversial use of Russian Roulette, ask whether Robert De Niro’s character is too perfect, and try Unspooled’s first ever film-inspired food…
Do The Right Thing
Jun 27, 2019 • 95 min
Amy & 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…
Toy Story
Jun 20, 2019 • 97 min
This week Paul & Amy play with 1995’s pioneering CGI adventure Toy Story! They learn about the surprising career of Randy Newman, ask if Sid was really such a bad kid, and debate whether the film was a greater triumph for art or commerce. Plus: Annie…
Midnight Cowboy
Jun 13, 2019 • 81 min
Paul & Amy walk into 1969’s New York hustler drama Midnight Cowboy! They look for meaning in the song “Everybody’s Talkin’,” ask whether Jon Voight’s babyfaced features make him the perfect Joe Buck, and marvel at how modern the film still feels. Plus:…
Horror & The AFI List: Live from the Overlook Film Festival
Jun 6, 2019 • 60 min
What horror films should be added to the AFI’s signature list? Do films like The Sixth Sense or Psycho count as horror? Paul and Amy debate these questions live from the Overlook Film Festival in New Orleans, with special guests Sam Zimmerman from Shudder…
Halfway There Special
May 30, 2019 • 52 min
50 films down, 50 to go! But first, Paul and Amy celebrate making it halfway through the AFI list on this special episode. They discuss their favorite performances from the films so far, break down a controversial DVD/Blu-Ray packaging campaign, read…
Vertigo
May 23, 2019 • 86 min
Paul & Amy fall into Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo! They learn who created the famous Vertigo zoom, listen to a classic 90s song inspired by Vertigo, and ask if the age gap between Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak works to the film’s…
To Kill A Mockingbird
May 16, 2019 • 96 min
Amy & Paul cross-examine 1962’s Southern drama To Kill A Mockingbird! They compare the slice-of-life storytelling to later filmmakers like Richard Linklater, reveal Brock Peters’ on-set nickname, and ask whether the film can be considered separately from…
The Silence of the Lambs
May 9, 2019 • 95 min
Paul & Amy dig into 1991’s serial killer thriller The Silence Of The Lambs! They praise the many ways the film puts us in Clarice Starling’s head, discover the inspirations for Hannibal Lecter’s voice, and learn how Buffalo Bill was originally received by…
Tootsie
May 2, 2019 • 90 min
Amy and Paul suit up for 1982’s gender-bending Dustin Hoffman comedy Tootsie! They ask whether Michael is really a great actor, praise Bill Murray’s scene-stealing performance, and compare the film to last year’s Best Picture winner. Plus: drag comedian…
Chinatown
Apr 25, 2019 • 95 min
This week Paul & Amy investigate 1974’s sunlit neo-noir Chinatown! They examine the charges against Roman Polanski and discuss how to watch and contextualize his work today, before diving into the film’s recurring water symbolism and Faye Dunaway’s…
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Apr 18, 2019 • 88 min
Amy & Paul excavate 1948’s Humphrey Bogart thriller The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre! They ask if Fred C. Dobbs qualifies as an antihero, look at the wild career of director John Huston, and explore how Treasure inspired everything from Breaking Bad to…
All The President’s Men
Apr 11, 2019 • 83 min
This week Paul & Amy investigate 1976’s journalistic thriller All The President’s Men! They learn about the controversy surrounding who wrote the screenplay, appreciate the unshowy direction of Alan Pakula, and ask whether Woodward & Bernstein are a true…
Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs
Apr 4, 2019 • 89 min
Amy & Paul gaze through the looking glass into 1937’s Walt Disney fairy tale Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs! They appreciate Snow’s sense of humor, question the hygiene of squirrels washing dishes, and wonder what Disney would think of the behemoth his…
City Lights
Mar 28, 2019 • 89 min
Paul & Amy tumble through 1931’s Charlie Chaplin comedy City Lights! They ask whether the film presaged the structure of modern comedies, compare Chaplin’s style to Buster Keaton, and ask where the line is between genius and megalomaniac. Plus: Chaplin…
West Side Story
Mar 21, 2019 • 105 min
Amy & Paul rumble with 1961’s musical Shakespeare riff West Side Story! They compare the film’s colors to modern art, praise the intelligence Rita Moreno brings to Anita, and ask how Elvis would have performed in the lead role. Plus: writer and Stephen…
A Night At The Opera
Mar 14, 2019 • 90 min
This week Paul & Amy sing the praises of 1935’s Marx Brothers comedy “A Night At The Opera!” They take apart the film’s most famous scene in detail, listen to the “Shallow” of 1935, and debate what modern comedies could make the AFI list now. Plus: Amanda…
Saving Private Ryan
Mar 7, 2019 • 86 min
Amy and Paul storm the beaches of 1998’s Steven Spielberg WWII picture Saving Private Ryan! They plunge into the disorientation of the storied opening sequence, look at what the film means to the Greatest Generation, and ask whether Sausage Party could…
The Graduate
Feb 28, 2019 • 103 min
Amy & Paul scuba-dive into 1967’s generation-gap dramedy The Graduate! They look for thematic connections in early Nichols & May sketches, wonder how such a small scale film became an enormous hit, and ask whether Mrs. Robinson is a fantasy or a…
BONUS: 2019 Oscars
Feb 25, 2019 • 57 min
Amy and special guest host Griffin Newman (The Tick, Blank Check) talk about last night’s Oscars, and unveil the winners of the first annual Spoolies! Plus: A heartwarming Christmas tune from Green Book screenwriter Nick Vallelonga. This episode is…
Best of 2018: Listener’s Picks
Feb 21, 2019 • 93 min
Paul & Amy round out the Best Of 2018 miniseries with an all-star lineup of callers talking about their favorite films of last year! Guests like Damon Lindelof, Lucia Aniello, Leonard Maltin, Reggie Hudlin, Casey Wilson, Chris Gethard and the wonderful…
Best of 2018: Critics’ Picks
Feb 14, 2019 • 99 min
Amy & Paul continue their review of 2018 in film with a look back at last year’s most critically acclaimed films! They praise Nicholas Cage’s passion in Mandy, marvel at the realism and empathy of Eighth Grade, and argue whether Hereditary has third act…
Best Of 2018: Blockbusters
Feb 7, 2019 • 96 min
Paul & Amy travel to the distant era of 2018, with a look back at last year’s 20 biggest movies! They cover everything from Bohemian Rhapsody to Aquaman, A Quiet Place to Black Panther, with an eye on which films deserve to be placed on a future AFI list.…
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Jan 31, 2019 • 90 min
Paul & Amy fly over 1975’s countercultural touchstone One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest! They discuss how the film strays from Ken Kesey’s novel, discover how Milos Forman caught actors in unguarded moments, and ask whether R.P. McMurphy or Nurse Ratched…
Sunset Boulevard
Jan 24, 2019 • 98 min
Paul & Amy drive down to 1950’s Hollywood house of horrors Sunset Boulevard! They ask if Joe Gillis is a reliable narrator, praise Gloria Swanson’s transformative performance, and wonder if Hollywood really hasn’t changed in 70 years. Plus: Alicia Malone…
The Last Picture Show
Jan 17, 2019 • 99 min
Amy & Paul travel deep into the heart of 1971’s Texan coming-of-age story The Last Picture Show! They ask who the film’s true protagonist is, marvel at the murderer’s row of incredible actors, and wonder if this was the key inspiration for the boom of sex…
Unforgiven
Jan 10, 2019 • 89 min
Amy & Paul saddle up for Clint Eastwood’s revisionist 1992 Western Unforgiven! They ask if Gene Hackman is truly the villain of the piece, put the film in the context of Eastwood’s career, and praise the script’s comic touches. Plus: Screenwriter David…
The Searchers
Jan 3, 2019 • 81 min
This week Paul & Amy ride deep into Texas for The Searchers! They discuss the complicated legacy of John Wayne, place the film in the context of Western history, and look at The Searchers’ influence on directors from Martin Scorsese to George Lucas. Plus:…
In The Heat Of The Night
Dec 27, 2018 • 92 min
Amy & 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…
It’s A Wonderful Life
Dec 20, 2018 • 92 min
Paul & Amy earn their wings with 1946’s Jimmy Stewart holiday fable “It’s A Wonderful Life!” They wonder if Mary is actually a witch, explain why the term “Capra corn” is unfair, and play a very timely SNL parody. Plus: Karolyn Grimes, aka Zuzu Bailey,…
Schindler’s List
Dec 13, 2018 • 93 min
This week Paul & Amy take a close look at Steven Spielberg’s unflinching Holocaust drama “Schindler’s List.” They discuss the filmmaking instincts Spielberg brings to difficult material, praise Ralph Fiennes’ terrifying performance, and discover the…
Rocky
Dec 6, 2018 • 92 min
Paul & Amy go the distance for Sylvester Stallone’s 1976 pugilistic parable Rocky! They play a stunning clip of Stallone talking to himself, posit that the film’s true villain is Rocky’s self-doubt, and question whether the average person is actually more…
A Clockwork Orange
Nov 29, 2018 • 67 min
Amy & Paul undergo the Ludovico technique to watch Stanley Kubrick’s dark dystopia A Clockwork Orange! They explain the history of the famous “Singin In The Rain” scene, compare the complicated adaptation to Anthony Burgess’ original novel, and question…
Sophie’s Choice
Nov 22, 2018 • 84 min
This week Paul & Amy travel back to 1982’s love triangle / Holocaust drama Sophie’s Choice! They ask whether Stingo is supposed to be an actual good writer, marvel at the energy of a young Kevin Kline, and break down what makes Meryl Streep’s work in this…
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
Nov 15, 2018 • 85 min
Amy and Paul filibuster through Frank Capra’s 1939 political fable Mr. Smith Goes To Washington! They learn about Jean Arthur’s initial impressions of Jimmy Stewart, compare Capra’s visual style to Michael Bay, and explore the film’s pop culture legacy in…
Listener Questions Special
Nov 8, 2018 • 59 min
In this week’s special episode, Paul & Amy are answering all of your questions, submitted by Unspooled’s Facebook group! They reminisce about the origin story of the podcast, explain which documentaries they would add to the AFI 100, and tell each other…
Duck Soup
Nov 1, 2018 • 79 min
This week Amy & Paul hail the Marx Brothers’ 1933 madcap comedy Duck Soup! They ask whether this is the first great comedy of the talkie era, parse the different comedic styles of the brothers, and praise Margaret Dumont as the perfect foil. Plus: Conan…
The African Queen
Oct 25, 2018 • 70 min
Paul & Amy set sail through 1951’s Katharine Hepburn & Humphrey Bogart adventure The African Queen! They ask whether the central romance is convincing, discuss John Huston’s groundbreaking and arduous location shoot, and reminisce about the Disneyland…
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Oct 18, 2018 • 86 min
This week Amy and Paul uncover 1981’s rollicking Indiana Jones adventure Raiders Of The Lost Ark! They ask if Indy is actually a good archeologist, find out whether Belloq really ate a fly, and discuss what makes the film’s action sequences so…
Psycho
Oct 11, 2018 • 80 min
Paul & Amy pull off the highway for a short stay at 1960’s proto-slasher masterwork Psycho. They dissect Alfred Hitchcock’s artful use of misdirection, listen to Anthony Perkins’ pre-Psycho pop single, and ask if there was any value in Gun Van Sant’s…
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Oct 4, 2018 • 84 min
Amy & Paul embark on an epic quest through Peter Jackson’s 2001 fantasy adaptation The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring! They praise Elijah Wood’s stellar silent acting, learn which modern dictator hates being compared to Gollum, and debate…
Apocalypse Now
Sep 27, 2018 • 86 min
Paul & Amy plunge into the heart of darkness to cover 1979’s Vietnam War fever dream Apocalypse Now. They discover which famous film character screenwriter John Milius inspired, dig into the meaning of the USO show sequence, and are ultimately amazed this…
High Noon
Sep 20, 2018 • 75 min
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: Henry C.…
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
Sep 13, 2018 • 96 min
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: Seth Shostak,…
Taxi Driver
Sep 6, 2018 • 90 min
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 for another…
The Sixth Sense
Aug 30, 2018 • 85 min
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 the career of…
Singin’ In The Rain
Aug 23, 2018 • 79 min
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: dancer & choreographer Sarah…
Double Indemnity
Aug 16, 2018 • 75 min
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 truth in her final…
All About Eve
Aug 9, 2018 • 86 min
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 whether the title…
King Kong
Aug 2, 2018 • 72 min
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 Kate Gilmore…
The Shawshank Redemption
Jul 26, 2018 • 69 min
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 Bud Light of movies.”…
The General
Jul 19, 2018 • 73 min
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 childhood. Plus: An…
Platoon
Jul 12, 2018 • 84 min
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 Plus: Amy sits down…
Bonnie And Clyde
Jul 5, 2018 • 79 min
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 sounds. Plus: An interview with the…
2001: A Space Odyssey
Jun 28, 2018 • 68 min
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 what other…
Titanic
Jun 21, 2018 • 78 min
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 names. Plus: Danny Nucci, aka…
The French Connection
Jun 14, 2018 • 69 min
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. Plus: an…
Swing Time
Jun 7, 2018 • 61 min
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 Burns (Crazy…
The Wizard Of Oz
May 31, 2018 • 62 min
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 whether this…
Ben Hur
May 24, 2018 • 63 min
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: Paul & Amy talk to stunt…
Citizen Kane
May 17, 2018 • 61 min
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 big…
Preview: What Is Unspooled?
May 7, 2018 • 8 min
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!