Unspooled podcast

Unspooled

Each week actor & comedian Paul Scheer (Black Friday, The League) and film critic Amy Nicholson (New York Times, Washington Post) break down the greatest films of all time. From the classics, to new releases and every indie film in-between. 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. Join Paul and Amy every Thursday as they “Unspool” a new film and decide if it still stands the test of time.

Each week actor & comedian Paul Scheer (Black Friday, The League) and film critic Amy Nicholson (New York Times, Washington Post) break down the greatest films of all time. From the classics, to new releases and every indie film in-between. 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. Join Paul and Amy every Thursday as they “Unspool” a new film and decide if it still stands the test of time.

 

#354

Twister (1996)

This week, Paul & Amy are breaking down the 1996 weather disaster movie Twister, starring Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton (not Pullman). The two chat about the link between Godzilla and Twister, this being the first movie to come out on DVD, and how dangerous it was to be on the set of this film. Plus: Paul and Amy break down the original Van Halen songs made for the Twister soundtrack.    Next week we'll be continuing on with our Disaster Movie Summer with the 2014 film, Edge of Tomorrow aka Live. Die. Repeat. You can find Edge of Tomorrow on any streaming services but don't forget to check your local library or apps like Hoopla and Kanopy!   You can join the Unspooled conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6) Follow Paul and Amy on Letterboxd for more of their movie hot takes! [https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/] (https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/)   [https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/] (https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/) Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is out now! Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer) Check out more of Paul's writing on his Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer) Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/) Learn more about the show at [Unspooledpod.com] (https://unspooledpod.com/) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

18 Jul 2024

1 HR 12 MINS

1:12:38

18 Jul 2024


#353

Godzilla Minus One

Paul & Amy are baking the biggest cake in the world for Godzilla and congratulating him for finally winning an Academy Award after seven decades. The two praise the film for balancing “popcorn movie” energy while locking you into an emotional personal story. Paul marvels at the film only having 35 visual effects artists, and how director Takashi Yamazaki in an Ocean’s 11 style assembled his team, highlighting their specialties. Plus, Amy discovers the Spielberg and Jaws inspiration in the final water sequence. You can join the Unspooled conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6) Follow Paul and Amy on Letterboxd for more of their movie hot takes! [https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/] (https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/)   [https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/] (https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/) Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is out now! Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer) Check out more of Paul's writing on his Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer) Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/) Learn more about the show at [Unspooledpod.com] (https://www.unspooledpod.com/) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

11 Jul 2024

56 MINS

56:21

11 Jul 2024


#352

Independence Day

This week, Paul & Amy are breaking down the 1996 Will Smith disaster vehicle Independence Day. The two dig into what makes a great “popcorn movie,” why this movie still works, and this particular era of Jeff Goldblum box office "gold." Plus, Paul gives us a bonus breakdown of the 2016 sequel Independence Day: Resurgence.   You can join the Unspooled conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6) Follow Paul and Amy on Letterboxd for more of their movie hot takes! [https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/] (https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/)   [https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/] (https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/) Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is out now! Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer) Check out more of Paul's writing on his Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer) Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/) Learn more about the show at [Unspooledpod.com] (https://www.unspooledpod.com/) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

04 Jul 2024

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:56

04 Jul 2024


#351

Dune: Part Two

This week, Paul and Amy dig into the 2024 release Dune: Part Two, starring Timothée Chalamet, Austin Butler and Zendaya. Paul reveals his disappointment with the movie while Amy stands up for the brilliance of the storytelling, and then the two dig into why Frank Herbert wrote Dune as a reaction to Lawrence of Arabia. Plus, Amy reveals questions omitted from her NYT interview with Dune director Denis Villeneuve about the Dune movies. Hint: It involves sex and what the sandworms poop out.    You can join the Unspooled conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6) Follow Paul and Amy on Letterboxd for more of their movie hot takes! [https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/] (https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/)   [https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/] (https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/) Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is out now! Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer) Check out more of Paul's writing on his Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer) Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/) Learn more about the show at [Unspooledpod.com] (https://www.unspooledpod.com/) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

27 Jun 2024

1 HR 04 MINS

1:04:17

27 Jun 2024


#350

Movie Round Up

This week Paul & Amy are kicking off the summer movie season by rounding up all the releases you're dying to hear about. We're talking about the good, the bad, and the indie. Paul proclaims Bad Boys: Ride or Die should have been called something else while wondering if Challengers was sexy enough, and Amy is not on board with this year's Garfield movie. Then, the two dive into a few indie movies like The People’s Joker, Late Night with the Devil, and Hundreds of Beavers. Plus, we announce this is now a Glen Powell Stan podcast.    You can join the Unspooled conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6) Follow Paul and Amy on Letterboxd for more of their movie hot takes! [https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/] (https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/)   [https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/] (https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/) Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is out now! Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer) Check out more of Paul's writing on his Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer) Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/) Learn more about the show at [Unspooledpod.com] (http://unspooledpod.com/) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

20 Jun 2024

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:34

20 Jun 2024


#349

Sweet Smell of Success (w/ Sean Fennessey)

This week, Amy welcomes Sean Fennessey (Head of Content, The Ringer & The Big Picture Podcast) to discuss the 1957 film Sweet Smell of Success starring Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster. The two discuss the power of J.J. Hunsecker's journalism and the "ick" of the Sidney Falco PR machine in the film and how it parallels modern-day anxiety in today's entertainment industry. Plus, we learn the origins of the word Frenemy and this film's connection to the reality show, Who Wants To Marry A Multi-Millionaire.    You can join the Unspooled conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6) Follow Paul and Amy on Letterboxd for more of their movie hot takes! [https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/] (https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/)   [https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/] (https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/) Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is out now! Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer) Check out more of Paul's writing on his Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer) Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/) Learn more about the show at [Unspooledpod.com] (http://unspooledpod.com/) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

13 Jun 2024

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:07

13 Jun 2024


#348

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (w/ Jamie Loftus)

This week, Amy welcomes back comedian Jamie Loftus (Sixteenth Minute (of Fame) Podcast) to break down the 1994 film The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Amy reveals this was the first art house movie she ever saw in the theater, and the two discuss how this movie parallels Mad Max: Fury Road and Furiosa, and of course, they talk about the Thong Dress and the problem with Bob.    You can join the Unspooled conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6) Follow Paul and Amy on Letterboxd for more of their movie hot takes! [https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/] (https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/)   [https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/] (https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/) Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is out now! Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer) Check out more of Paul's writing on his Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer) Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/) Learn more about the show at [Unspooledpod.com] (https://www.unspooledpod.com/) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

06 Jun 2024

1 HR 11 MINS

1:11:03

06 Jun 2024


#347

Mad Max: Fury Road (Re-Release)

Amy & Paul race through 2015’s post-apocalyptic action masterwork Mad Max: Fury Road! They learn why director George Miller brought on feminist playwright Eve Ensler as an advisor, praise the film’s playful and careful worldbuilding, and ask whether Miller comes from the ‘tyrant’ school of directing. Plus: Witness young dating show contestant Tom Hardy!   You can join the Unspooled conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6) Follow Paul and Amy on Letterboxd for more of their movie hot takes! [https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/] (https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/)   [https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/] (https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/) Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is out now! Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer) Check out more of Paul's writing on his Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer) Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/) Learn more about the show at [Unspooledpod.com] (http://unspooledpod.com/) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

30 May 2024

1 HR 45 MINS

1:45:09

30 May 2024


#346

Mad Max

This week Paul & Amy are breaking down the 1979 film Mad Max directed by George Miller. The two discuss this modern-day silent film, all the dangers and injuries that happened on set and how this untamed film is a necessary watch. We’re not a bad podcast, we’re sick! Meow!   You can join the Unspooled conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6) Follow Paul and Amy on Letterboxd for more of their movie hot takes! [https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/] (https://letterboxd.com/paulscheer/)   [https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/] (https://letterboxd.com/theamynicholson/) Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is out now! Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer) Check out more of Paul's writing on his Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer)   Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/) Learn more about the show at [Unspooledpod.com] (http://unspooledpod.com) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

23 May 2024

59 MINS

59:24

23 May 2024


#345

The Goonies

This week, Paul and Amy are delving into nostalgia as they analyze the 1985 film The Goonies. They discuss the collaboration between Richard Donner and Steven Spielberg and the film's frenetic energy, and wonder what Martha Plimpton was doing with that crab! Bonus: Paul reveals The Goonies' connection to Back To The Future!   Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is on presale now! Out in stores on 5/20/24. Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer)   Next week, Paul and Amy take a look at the 1979 film Mad Max, in honor of the release of Furiosa. Check out this week's spotlight episode from the Unspooled archives, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, starring our favorite Goonie, Ke Huy Quan!   You can join the conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6) Check out Paul's Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer)   Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/)   Learn more about the show at [Unspooledpod.com] (http://unspooledpod.com/) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts.  ... Read more

16 May 2024

1 HR 15 MINS

1:15:28

16 May 2024


#344

Carrie (1976)

This week Paul & Amy are breaking down the 1976 Brian De Palma film Carrie, starring Sissy Spacek. The two dig into the Stephen King of it all, bad moms, and the trauma of menstruation, and to Amy’s dismay Paul reveals that he does NOT love this film.  Next week, Paul and Amy will take a look at the 80's kids classic, The Goonies! Check out this week's spotlight episode from the Unspooled archives, Psycho, here: [https://www.earwolf.com/episode/psycho/] (https://www.earwolf.com/episode/psycho/) You can join the conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6)  and check out Paul's Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer) Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is on presale now! Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer) Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/) Learn more about the show at  [Unspooledpod.com] (https://www.unspooledpod.com) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

09 May 2024

1 HR 13 MINS

1:13:14

09 May 2024


#343

Point Break

This week Paul and Amy are breaking down the 1991 Kathryn Bigelow film Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. The two dig into this elevated action movie and discuss how Kathryn Bigelow helped launch Keanu Reeves into action stardom. Then, Paul asks if this movie is shaped around the “Female Gaze," and Amy fills us all in about the stunts in this movie and which Red Hot Chili Peppers member didn't take the stunt training seriously. Vaya con dios, friends.   Next week, Paul and Amy take a look at the 1976 horror Carrie, as they put a twist on Mother's Day. Check out this week's spotlight episode from the Unspooled archives, Speed, here: [https://www.earwolf.com/episode/speed/] (https://www.earwolf.com/episode/speed/)     You can join the conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6)  and check out Paul's Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer) Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is on presale now! Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer)   Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/) Learn more about the show at  [Unspooledpod.com] (https://www.unspooledpod.com) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

02 May 2024

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:35

02 May 2024


#342

Call Me By Your Name

This week, to celebrate the release of Luca Guadagnino's Challengers, Paul and Amy break down the 2018 film Call Me By Your Name, starring Timothée Chalamet (sorry, no Zendaya in this one). The two talk about the beauty of the film's title, Guadagnino’s obsessive messiness, and the delicate CGI’ing of a certain actor's nether region. Plus, this movie has us all nostalgic over our first loves and our first heartbreaks.   Next week, Paul and Amy take a look at the 1991 film, Point Break, in honor of The Fall Guy release. Check out this week's spotlight episode from the Unspooled archives, Brokeback Mountain here: [https://www.earwolf.com/episode/brokeback-mountain-2/] (https://www.earwolf.com/episode/brokeback-mountain-2/)   You can join the conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6)  and check out Paul's Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer) Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is on presale now! Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer)   Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/) Learn more about the show at  [Unspooledpod.com] (https://www.unspooledpod.com) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

25 Apr 2024

57 MINS

57:55

25 Apr 2024


#341

Her

This week, Paul & Amy look at the other side of divorce with the 2013 Spike Jonze film HER. The two break down the incredibly charming performance of Joaquin Phoenix, discuss the AI of it all, dig into all the messiness that is being in romantic relationships, and ask, “Was Scarlett Johansson acting as an avatar for the Jonze-Coppola divorce?”.   Next week, Paul and Amy take a look at the film Call Me By Your Name, in honor of the release of Luca Guadagnino’s new film, Challengers.   Check out this week's spotlight episode from the Unspooled archives, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind here: [https://www.earwolf.com/episode/eternal-sunshine-of-the-spotless-mind/] (https://www.earwolf.com/episode/eternal-sunshine-of-the-spotless-mind/)   You can join the conversation on Paul’s Discord at [https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6] (https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6)  and check out Paul's Substack [https://substack.com/@paulscheer] (https://substack.com/@paulscheer)   Paul’s book Joyful Recollections of Trauma is on presale now! Find it at [https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer] (https://www.harpercollins.com/products/joyful-recollections-of-trauma-paul-scheer)   Episodic Art by Kim Troxall: [https://www.unspooledart.com/] (https://www.unspooledart.com/)   Learn more about the show at  [Unspooledpod.com] (https://www.unspooledpod.com) , follow us on Twitter @unspooled and on Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or where you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

18 Apr 2024

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:21

18 Apr 2024