Unspooled

Unspooled

Unspooled

CATEGORY: TV & Film
In Season 1 of Unspooled, actor & comedian Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson watched every film on the AFI's Top 100 films list. Now, they are building their own list of movies worthy of being immortalized and blasted into space, investigating wildly diverse areas of film through miniseries on topics like horror movies, documentaries and romantic comedies. Along the way, they'll dissect iconic scenes, spotlight their favorite characters, and talk to some of the actors and directors who worked on these classics.
  1. November 19, 2020
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    Tokyo Story
    Amy & Paul visit 1953's Japanese generational drama Tokyo Story! They discuss the unique, still-life-inspired style of director Yasujiro Ozu, learn how the film became regarded as a masterwork by future generat…
  2. November 12, 2020
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    Raising Arizona
    Paul & Amy raise up 1987's Coen Brothers kidnapping caper Raising Arizona! They track the secret references to other Coen projects, learn why they thought of a baby as an "emotional squib," and ask why Hi and E…
  3. November 05, 2020
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    The Thing
    Amy & Paul burst out of 1982's Antarctic John Carpenter sci-fi feature The Thing! They learn how the incredible special effects were literally dreamt up, praise Wilford Brimley's everyman appeal, and ask what r…
  4. October 29, 2020
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    Ganja & Hess
    Paul & Amy sink their teeth into 1973's visionary vampire film Ganja & Hess! They learn how director Bill Gunn used the success of films like Blacula to get funding for his more experimental work, examine the p…
  5. October 22, 2020
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    Night Of The Living Dead
    Amy & Paul tear into 1968's seminal zombie horror Night Of The Living Dead! They learn about director George Romero's history making political advertisements, praise the way Romero makes you care about the char…
  6. October 15, 2020
    8EE48DA9-968C-4949-BB39-54C13F5E9E68 Created with sketchtool. 1 hr 11 min
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    The Babadook
    Paul & Amy knock three times on 2014's Australian psychological horror film The Babadook! They learn how director Jennifer Kent was influenced by classic creature features, spotlight a trope most horror films u…
  7. October 08, 2020
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    Frankenstein
    Amy & Paul reanimate 1931's literary creature feature Frankenstein! They learn Boris Karloff's real name, discuss what the film has to say about the human act of creation, and ask why "burgermaster" is no longe…
  8. October 01, 2020
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    Dazed and Confused
    Paul & Amy party with 1993's throwback high school ensemble comedy Dazed And Confused! They watch Matthew McConaughey's dazzling audition tape, learn the studio's original plan for the soundtrack, and ask if di…
  9. September 24, 2020
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    Fast Times At Ridgemont High
    Amy & Paul say aloha to 1982's high school romp Fast Times At Ridgemont High! They learn about the real life inspiration for Spicoli from Sean Penn, take a close look at the film's unique treatment of teen sex,…
  10. September 17, 2020
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    Cooley High
    Paul & Amy pour one out for 1975's comic high school drama Cooley High! They learn how the film scored a soundtrack of wall-to-wall Motown hits, analyze the film's take on teenage hijinks, and praise Michael Sc…
  11. September 10, 2020
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    Rebel Without A Cause
    Amy & Paul are torn apart by 1955's landmark teen drama Rebel Without A Cause! They celebrate the instantly iconic performance of James Dean, learn about the wild backstory of director Nicholas Ray, and take a…
  12. September 03, 2020
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    The 400 Blows
    Paul & Amy raise hell for 1959's French New Wave adolescent drama The 400 Blows! They learn how François Truffaut went from a Hitchcock-worshipping critic to a director himself, discuss how he then became a maj…
  13. August 27, 2020
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    Stand and Deliver
    Amy & Paul stand for 1988's rousing math class drama Stand And Deliver! They ask if this is the first major 'indie' film, learn how Edward James Olmos crafted his commanding performance as Jaime Escalante, and…
  14. August 20, 2020
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    Mean Girls
    Paul & Amy are obsessed with 2004's teenage clique comedy Mean Girls! They approach the film as a work of anthropology, praise Amanda Seyfried's perfectly dumb performance, and ask how this pre-social media mov…
  15. July 24, 2020
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    Coming 8/20: Unspooled Season 2
    Get ready for Unspooled: The New 100, beginning August 20th!
  16. July 23, 2020
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    Wrapping Up the AFI 100
    It's the end of Season 1...welcome to the AFI Thunderdome! Amy and Paul discover which movies from the AFI 100 surprised and stuck with Unspooled listeners the most, reveal their top 10 and bottom 10 films from…
  17. July 15, 2020
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    Casablanca
    Paul & Amy will always have 1942's Humphrey Bogart WWII romance Casablanca! They learn the trick Bogart used to make himself a magnetic romantic lead, ask each other what their most used Casablanca quote is, an…
  18. July 09, 2020
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Paul & Amy make a last stand for 1969's mythic Western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid! They praise the film's use of montage, discuss how the unusually light tone sets it apart from other Westerns, and cont…
  19. July 02, 2020
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    Jaws
    Amy & 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 wh…
  20. June 25, 2020
    8EE48DA9-968C-4949-BB39-54C13F5E9E68 Created with sketchtool. 1 hr 34 min
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    It Happened One Night
    Paul & 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…

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