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Spool Film Podcast

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The place for Irish cinema-obsessives Páraic McGeough and Nigel Wheatley to discuss the best and worst films that they’ve seen in cinemas and on the telly.


Does Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ hold up? [Plus The Lion King, Jim Jarmusch, Hobbs & Shaw, Almodovar and more]
Aug 1 • 38 min
In this episode, we’ve got an early review of Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, we break down the problems and successes with THE LION KING remake and we look back on Jim Jarmusch’s small town zombie film THE DEAD DON’T DIE,…
The Best Films of 2019 so far? And Spider-Man FFH spoiler review + much more
Jul 4 • 46 min
Páraic and Nigel are back and have an absolute bucket load of films to get through including Spider-Man: Far From Home, Child’s Play, Apollo 11, Toy Story 4, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story, Booksmart, Dark Phoenix, Rocketman, Diego Maradona,…
#84 – Is John Wick 3 a masterpiece or glorified computer game? Plus PIKACHU v AVENGERS..
May 18 • 29 min
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, Pokémon Detective Pikachu and Avengers: Endgame - dissected by Páraic McGeough and Nigel Wheatley…
Pod 83: So, who’s gonna win an Oscar? (w/ guest Eithne Shortall)
Feb 20 • 30 min
Páraic, Nigel and Eithne go through this Sunday’s Oscar broadcast…
Pod 82: Green Book v Beale Street v Driving Miss Daisy (kinda)
Jan 30 • 41 min
It’s getting close to Oscar season and it’s been a few weeks since we yacked away about films so we’ve got a wealth of things to talk through in the January podcast…
Pod 81: THE BEST FILMS OF 2018
Dec 19, 2018 • 48 min
It’s that time of the year where we sit down and argue about what the best films of the year were, while discretely taking notes about all the new things to add to our watch-list over Christmas.
Pod 80: Raising a glass to Tom Waits, Robert Redford, Sly Stallone and Tessa Thompson
Dec 13, 2018 • 27 min
A quick run through four of the big films in cinemas right now that we are digging!
Pod #79 – Steve McQueen’s ‘Widows’, plus Bohemian Rhapsody, Mandy, Rosie & more
Nov 9, 2018 • 40 min
Steve McQueen’s latest ‘Widows’ is one of the year’s smartest heist films and worth your money. We talk it, the Freddie Mercury biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, Peter Jackson’s ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’, Nic Cage’s crazy ‘Mandy’, Roddy Doyle’s ‘Rosie’ and lots…
Pod #78 – We watch ‘The Crying Game’, 1992’s most shocking film and legendary piece of Irish cinema
Oct 8, 2018 • 21 min
Something a little different this month as we take advantage of a few days away by catching up with a classic of modern Irish cinema which (shamefully) neither of us had seen, The Crying Game.
Pod #77 – The ‘BlackKklansman’ and ‘Airplane!’ connection, American Animals, Searching, Lucky & more
Aug 29, 2018 • 39 min
We’re back in the podcasting saddle with a look at three big releases - Blackkklansman, American Animals and Searching.
Pod #76 – What’s coming to Galway Film Fleadh 2018? And what’s in the cinema for when the World Cup is finished?
Jul 11, 2018 • 34 min
We’re packing our bags for the west as we preview what’s coming to the 30th Galway Film Fleadh, and we’ve got some reviews for what’s been showing up in cinemas during the World Cup!
Pod #75 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in hilarious Cineworld 4DX, Book Club, Deadpool 2, Solo & more
Jun 10, 2018 • 36 min
We’re back in the podcasting saddle for a look at three big heavy-hitting blockbusters - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Deadpool 2, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. Beyond that The Breadwinner, Tully, Lean on Pete and Book Club are also up for discussion.
Pod #74: Avengers Spoilerz, The Delinquent Season, Deadpool 2 & more
May 6, 2018 • 32 min
Nigel and Páraic go deep on the Avengers: Infinity War and chat through The Delinquent Season, The Cured, Rampage, Deadpool 2 and Solo.
Pod #73 – Is ‘Isle of Dogs’ the first bad Wes Anderson movie? Is ‘Michael Inside’ the best Irish film of the year?
Apr 9, 2018 • 41 min
It’s been a few weeks but we’ve got absolutely oodles of new and recent releases to burn through, including the superb Michael Inside and the hit-and-miss Isle of Dogs…
Pod #72 – An Oscars Conversation (w/ special guest Eithne Shortall)
Feb 26, 2018 • 40 min
It’s that time of the year again - Awards Season! And what better way to celebrate than to sit down with special guest Eithne Shortall.
Pod #71 – The Shape of Water, Phantom Thread & many, many more
Feb 10, 2018 • 61 min
Phantom Thread, Darkest Hour, Three Billboards, Coco, The Greatest Showman, The Post, Downsizing, A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Lady Bird, I Tonya, Black Panther and ADIFF 2018 Preview
Pod #70 – The Best Films of 2017
Dec 18, 2017 • 41 min
For the sixth year running, here we are with our annual chat through the best films of the year.
Pod #69 – The Worst Films of 2017
Dec 13, 2017 • 18 min
It’s been a great year for cinema, but amidst the gems there’s always some film to get you down..„
Pod #68: Review Bumper Bonanza! Just how deadly are The Disaster Artist, Good Time and The Florida Project?
Dec 6, 2017 • 37 min
We’ve got reviews coming out of our noses - The Disaster Artist, Battle of the Sexes, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, Suburbicon, The Florida Project + more
Pod #67: Blade Runner(s) spoilers chat…. and the Harvey Weinstein problem
Oct 23, 2017 • 26 min
It’s taken us a fortnight but we’ve finally gotten our head around Blade Runner 2049, and its place in modern film history. How does it compare to the 1982 that inspired it? Listen in to find out.
Pod #66 – Adam Sandler’s best film in 15 years!
Oct 22, 2017 • 34 min
Is Dublin’s Stella cinema the future of movie-going? What’s wrong with Cineworld Dublin’s escalator? Will we really miss Savoy screen 1? // Spooool.ie
Pod #65 – mother! It! Wind River! Harry Dean Stanton!
Sep 19, 2017 • 50 min
After our second honeymoon holiday of the year (Nigel this time), we’re back in action with a look at some of the most noteworthy titles in cinemas right now.
Pod #64: Dunkirk, The Big Sick, War for the Planet of the Apes & more
Jul 23, 2017 • 43 min
Páraic and Nigel are joined by Lisa and Carol to chat through Dunkirk and The Big Sick.
Pod #63: Galway Film Fleadh 2017 round-up – Best New Irish Features & Shorts
Jul 22, 2017 • 31 min
After our fifth year covering the Galway Film Fleadh we sat down to look back on some of the Irish cinema that was on show at the annual film festival including the excellent Michael Inside and Bad Day for the Cut.
Pod #62 – ‘The Driver’ (1978) – Baby Driver’s Biggest Inspiration?
Jul 5, 2017 • 12 min
One of Edgar Wright’s big car-chase influences for ‘Baby Driver’ is assessed by Nigel Wheatley and Páraic McGeough. Does it hold up?
Pod #61 – Baby Driver! Okja! Galway Film Fleadh 2017 Preview!
Jun 30, 2017 • 44 min
Nigel Wheatley and Páraic McGeough are back to discuss some of the best films driving onto cinema screens (and Netflix…) right now.
Pod #60 – Celebrating DAVID LYNCH
Jun 5, 2017 • 26 min
Páraic McGeough is with Nigel Wheatley as they pay tribute to one of America’s most loved arthouse directors.
Pod #59 – We’re back! // War Machine, The Red Turtle, Cardboard Gangsters, Alien, The Mummy & MORE
May 29, 2017 • 32 min
Nigel Wheatley and Páraic McGeough are back to discuss some of the films in Irish cinemas this spring and summer
Pod #58: ScarJo in Ghost in the Shell, Get Out, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest & MUCH MORE
Mar 30, 2017 • 40 min
After a five week hiatus we’re back in the saddle with a round-up of some of the March movies which caught our eye starting with the new Ghost in the Shell remake.
Pod #57: Oscars 2017 Special (featuring Páraic, Nigel & Eithne predictions)
Feb 22, 2017 • 38 min
We’re joined by Eithne Shortall, chief arts writer for the Sunday Times Ireland, as we take a look at this year’s Oscars - just how much can La La Land win?
Pod #56: Trainspotting 2, ADIFF 2017 Preview, Manchester by the Sea and more
Jan 22, 2017 • 45 min
Our first podcast of the year takes a look at the T2 Trainspotting sequel (nothing Read more
Pod #55: Best Films of 2016
Dec 20, 2016 • 44 min
We saw over 160 new films that hit screens this year and have picked out our favourites.
Pod #54: ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story – *spoiler review*
Dec 17, 2016 • 16 min
A special spoiler-tastic review of the new Star Wars film (if indeed it is a Star Wars film)…
Pod #53: Paterson, Allied, Bad Santa 2, Amy Adams & Christmas Films playing in Dublin in 2016
Nov 30, 2016 • 45 min
It’s December so all the “awardsy” films are coming our way. This month we’re previewing the new Star Wars film, remembering Arnold’s delightful Jingle All the Way and of course yacking away about some of the best (and worst) films we’ve seen in the last…
Pod #52: The Light Between Oceans, Doctor Strange, T2: Trainspotting and Werner Herzog documentary double-bill!
Nov 4, 2016 • 54 min
Nigel and Páraic discuss the films that lingered with them over the last month
Pod #51 – Werner Herzog wilderness special! (Fitzcarraldo & Burden of Dreams)
Oct 23, 2016 • 19 min
A podcast about surviving in the wild recorded on Ireland’s River Shannon. Featuring the 1982 films “Fitzcarraldo” and “Burden of Dreams”.
Podcast #50: Mattress Men, The Girl on the Train, Hunt for the Wilderpeople & many more
Oct 4, 2016 • 40 min
A half-century of podcasts, but it’s business as usual as we lead with a look at the new Mattress Mick documentary,
Pod #49: Sausage Party, Don’t Breathe, A Date for Mad Mary & 12 more films discussed! Also Gene Wilder remembered.
Sep 2, 2016 • 48 min
After a nice bit of a breather in August, we’re back with a bang with Read more
Pod #48: Are we gone Beyond good Star Trek films, and is Ghostbusters worth all the talk?
Jul 23, 2016 • 43 min
In this month’s podcast… reviews of Justin Lin’s entrant into the Star Trek film series as Páraic and Nigel reach a difference of a opinion… Is the 2016 all-female Ghostbusters worthy of all the talk that it’s been getting?
Pod #47: Galway Film Fleadh preview, Now You See Me 2, Maggie’s Plan, The Van & many more…
Jun 29, 2016 • 47 min
Amidst the madness of Euro 2016 we dip in to see what’s worth your time at the local multiplex (or independent house of cinema).
Pod 46: The Nice Guys, X-Men, Michael Moore & Shakespeare @ IFI
May 31, 2016 • 44 min
A first look at the new Shane Black film THE NICE GUYS.
Podcast #45: The problem with Captain America: Civil War // Different approaches to music biopics
May 1, 2016 • 43 min
The problem with Captain America: Civil War // Different approaches to music biopics
Pod #44 – Spring Special! // Sing Street, The Witch, The Hateful Eight (70mm), Midnight Special & more
Mar 23, 2016 • 40 min
Nigel and Páraic talk cinema. For the 44th time.
Pod #43 – Oscars 2016 Spooool Special (w/ Eithne Shortall)
Feb 23, 2016 • 43 min
Preview of this weekend’s Oscars ceremony.
Podcast #42 – The best ever month for cinema releases? (maybe!)
Jan 25, 2016 • 55 min
January was a damn fine month for going to the cinema in Ireland, is it the best we’ve ever seen?
Pod #41 – The Best Films of 2015 & Star Wars: The Force Awakens Reviewed
Dec 21, 2015 • 69 min
A look back at the best films of 2015
Pod 40: STAR WARS (Original Trilogy Special)
Dec 11, 2015 • 41 min
Páraic, Nigel and special guest Lisa Madden look back on the biggest film trilogy of all time.
Pod #39: The magnificent “Carol”, Spielberg’s disappointing “Bridge of Spies” and Johnny Depp’s Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass”
Nov 29, 2015 • 41 min
Our monthly round-up of what’s good and bad in Irish cinemas.
Star Wars: Revisiting The Prequels! // Watch with Spooool #13
Nov 20, 2015 • 52 min
Our thoughts on all three Star Wars prequels… Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Podcast #37 – So, is Spectre as good as Skyfall?
Oct 25, 2015 • 53 min
Publishing a little earlier this month to discuss one of the year’s most eagerly-anticipated releases - Sam Mendes’ new James Bond film “Spectre”.
Podcast #36 – Remembering Wes Craven // The Last House on the Left (1972) & The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
Oct 18, 2015 • 30 min
This month we looked back on the early career of the legendary horror director Wes Read more
Podcast #35 – Older Than Ireland, Everest, The Martian, Spectre & More
Sep 28, 2015 • 47 min
Some Nigel & Páraic chat about… Older Than Ireland Everest Me, Earl and the Dying Girl Miss You Already The Visit 45 Years The Martian The Lobster Spectre
Wet Hot American Summer (2001) // Revenge of the Nerds (1984) – Podcast #34
Sep 12, 2015 • 34 min
We mark the September blues with two films that are nicely “Back to School” / “End of Summer” themed.
#33 – Gerwig, Schumer, Delevingne and Streep (and more)
Aug 31, 2015 • 39 min
We review Mistress America, Trainwreck, Paper Towns, Hard to be a God and The Man from UNCLE. And then we delve into the upcoming month of September and discuss Ricki and the Flash, Legend, Irrational Man and Life.
#32 – Awesome Animation (and Ant-Man and Amy)
Jul 28, 2015 • 65 min
This month we’re digging in to the latest Pixar film Inside Out and Ireland’s Oscar nominated animated effort Song of the Sea. Also up for discussion is Ant-Man, Amy, Love & Mercy and Magic Mike XXL.
Podcast #31 – The Terrible Terminator
Jul 1, 2015 • 54 min
Aswell as Terminator Genisys, also on the slate for discussion this month are Jurassic World, Let us Prey, The Look of Silence and Slow West. Watch With Spooool sees us dissecting Giant (1956) and The Misfits (1961).
Podcast #30 – 1979 Mad Max V 2015 Mad Max
May 30, 2015 • 42 min
Lots of chat this month about the dystopian world of Mad Max from 1979 through to 2015.
Spooool.ie Podcast #29 – Avengers, Cobain, Runaway Train, Mad Max & more
Apr 28, 2015 • 64 min
With blockbuster season now kicked off we go spoiler-heavy and look at Avengers: Age of Ultron and Furious 7. And reviews for John Wick, Glassland, Force Majeure and A Little Chaos and a special look at our podcast poster-boy Kurt in Cobain: Montage of…
Spooool.ie Podcast #28 – JDIFF 2015 Round-up
Mar 30, 2015 • 51 min
It’s nearly all JDIFF this month as we tackle a whole wheelbarrow load of films we saw. Also some room for some IFI and Keanu Reeves love.
Spooool.ie Podcast #27 – Oscar Predictions and favourites with Nigel, Páraic and Special guest Eithne Shortall
Feb 19, 2015 • 50 min
It’s a very special Oscar edition of the Spooool.ie podcast as Nigel, Páraic and Eithne Shortall share their Oscar tips for 2015 and favourite moments from yesteryear.
Spooool.ie Podcast #26 – Racist Academy, Big love for Oscar Isaac and Birdman’s brilliance
Jan 30, 2015 • 54 min
No January blues here, as we go review crazy and give our two cents on Selma, American Sniper, Kingsman: The Secret Service, EX_MACHINA, A Most Violent Year, Birdman, Wild, Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything and Enemy
Best Films of The Year 2014 – Spooool.ie Podcast #25
Dec 18, 2014 • 81 min
See All Our Best of 2014 Coverage Separate Top 10s and a combined Top 5? Read more
Spooool.ie Podcast #24 – Star Wars Trailer Talk, Paddington reviewed and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
Nov 30, 2014 • 53 min
Also featuring reviews for Paddington, What We Do In The Shadows, The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1, Say When, The Imitation Game, The Skeleton Twins and our Watch With Spooool picks The French Connection II and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation.
Spooool.ie Podcast #23 – Hollywood Heavyweights & Early Kubrick
Oct 31, 2014 • 53 min
Brad Pitt in Fury, Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar and Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler. #Heavyweights
Spooool.ie Podcast #22 – Documentary time. And lots of reviews
Sep 30, 2014 • 64 min
Two classic documentaries up for discussion along with a big bucketload of reviews for the likes of The Equalizer, I Origins, Maps to the Stars, The Riot Club, Ida, Wish I Was Here, Pride and The Guest. Phew.
Spooool.ie Podcast #21 – Back to School Special
Aug 31, 2014 • 48 min
Get set for school and college with “the Coolio film” and Malcolm McDowell’s brilliant debut “If….”. We also review the so-called “abortion comedy” Obvious Child, the mental Lucy and
Spooool.ie Podcast #20 – Do The Right Thing @ 25 and Richard Linklater’s Dazed & Confused
Jul 28, 2014 • 45 min
It’s summer movie time as Watch With Spooool tackles two modern classics from Spike Lee and Richard Linklater, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy, Boyhood, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Joe.
Spooool.ie Podcast #19 – Galway Film Fleadh, Mrs. Brown & pretending the World Cup isn’t happening
Jun 30, 2014 • 46 min
We’re heading west to discuss some of the special events and Irish premieres coming to the 2014 Fleadh. We’re also reviewing Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie, How To Train Your Dragon 2, Cold in July and more.
Spooool.ie Podcast #18 – Summer Blockbuster Special
May 29, 2014 • 52 min
A special blockbuster focus in our latest podcast with talk on current fare like X-Men, Edge of Tomorrow and Godzilla, future things like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Guardians of the Galaxy and lastly TEN YEARS IN THE PAST to Collateral, Harry…
Spooool.ie Podcast #17 – A golden age for Irish cinema?
Apr 29, 2014 • 43 min
Get your ears around this one as it’s a bumper Irish cinema edition of our podcast with talk on everything like Frank, Calvary, The Stag, The Guard, Mrs. Brown’s Boys and Adam & Paul!
Spooool.ie Podcast #16 – Sci-Fi Special & April’s Attractions
Mar 31, 2014 • 57 min
Páraic and Nigel sit down to tackle new releases like Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Muppets Most Wanted and The Double; There’s a special sci-fi focused look at Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and…
Spooool.ie Podcast #15 – We’ve got Oscar fever!
Feb 28, 2014 • 37 min
Nigel and Páraic are on the couch to talk about the 2014 Oscars with trivia, picks, memories and gripes. Also up for discussion JDIFF 2014 and the films showing up in Irish cinemas this March including Under the Skin, The Past, The Zero Theorem, Starred…
Spooool.ie Podcast #14 – JDIFF and January Blues
Jan 31, 2014 • 50 min
We preview some of the titles coming to Dublin as part of JDIFF 2014, look back on a month of Oscar contenders, review Lone Survivor, share our Oscar picks and preview some of February’s releases including Robocop and Her.
2013’s Best Films (Joint top 5 and Podcast)
Dec 19, 2013 • 52 min
This. Is. Spooool. - - A black and white indie, a gritty English drama, a heartwarming biopic, a coming of age teen movie and a foreign language love story.
Spooool.ie Podcast #12 – Gearing up for Christmas
Nov 30, 2013 • 45 min
We’ve got info on Christmas film screenings around Dublin, a look back on the big titles from November focusing on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Blue is the Warmest Colour and a preview of some of December’s releases. Also a chance to win a mug just…
Spooool.ie Podcast #11 – Hallowe’en horror classics special
Oct 29, 2013 • 50 min
As it’s Hallowe’en we’re tackling three real horror classics in the shape of Rosemary’s Baby, The Haunting and Suspiria. And as another timely tie-in, The Shining is our “Scene It” pick for the month. Also up for discussion are two of our favourites from…
Spooool.ie Podcast #10 – Winter film preview special, what’s going to shape the Oscar conversation this year?
Sep 30, 2013 • 47 min
It’s October and the big awards-contenders are all slowly revealing themselves, we preview these big winter films and reveal when we can see them in Ireland. We also have a ton of reviews including Kelly + Victor, Austenland, Girl Most Likely, Prisoners,…
Spooool.ie Podcast #9 – It’s a “Back to School” special as we reveal our favourite movie teachers, share Jurassic Park memories and review the best of what’s on the big screen right now
Aug 31, 2013 • 52 min
It’s September so we’re talking teachers. We also have a ton of reviews including The Way Way Back, Elysium, The Conjuring, What Maisie Knew, Only God Forgives, Upstream Colour, The Heat and The Lone Ranger.
Spooool.ie Podcast #8 – Rewind to the movies of 2003, Frances Ha and The Act of Killing anointed as film of the year candidates, Alan Partridge and Upstream Color previewed
Jul 31, 2013 • 57 min
As well as the usual discussion on the current films we’ve enjoyed and hated, we also find time to discuss the merits of such titles as Tomb Raider, The Matrix: Reloaded, Kill Bill Vol I, 28 Days Later, The Hulk and Finding Nemo. Aaaaah 2003, you were a…
Spooool.ie Podcast #7 – Best and Worst of 2013 (so far), Superman, World War Z, A Field in England coming on all formats & The Cornetto Trilogy concludes!
Jun 29, 2013 • 52 min
We’ve reached the halfway point in the year so are doing a quick look back Read more
Spooool.ie Podcast #6 – A month of Michael Shannon, Fast 6, Mud, IFI’s 70mm season and Before Midnight
May 31, 2013 • 35 min
It’s the height of summer and what better way to celebrate than with us yapping Read more
Spooool.ie Podcast #5 – April’s big movies, the state of Irish cinema and new McConaghey/Almodovar coming up in May
Apr 30, 2013 • 42 min
Last day of the month, so as always we say… have a podcast! In part Read more
Spooool.ie Podcast #4 – Best of March movies, Hitchcock’s Vertigo and a Gosling/Cooper fuelled April preview…
Mar 30, 2013 • 36 min
It’s the end of the month, must be Spooool.ie podcast time! In part 1 we Read more
Spooool.ie Podcast #3 – Discussing the 2013 Oscars and recalling February’s Best and Worst releases.
Feb 20, 2013 • 40 min
It’s a slightly earlier but also extended podcast for February as we discuss the very Read more
Spooool.ie Podcast #2 – Looking back on January 2013
Jan 31, 2013 • 33 min
Last month we published the first episode of our new podcast series where we yacked Read more
Spooool.ie Podcast #1 – 2012’s Best Films
Dec 18, 2012 • 24 min
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