âï¸âï¸âï¸âï¸âï¸Paul and Amy bring it every week on a film from the AFI Top 100 List (2007 edition).Both have a great knowledge of film history; good (Amy, The Canon) and bad (Paul, HDTGM). If you are a fan of film and enjoyed these lists when they came out then do yourself a favor and listen to this podcast!
This is my summer jam! I am having a delightful time following along with Paul and Amy as they truck through the AFI Top 100.
I'm all in...On with the show! Can't wait for 100 more! Cheers...
Honestly, this is my new fav listen. Paul and Amy have a great rapport. I love the genuine curiosity that they have for the films. The interviews they get are from interesting points of view and really informative!
Love this podcast!
Iâve been listening to how did this get made for years, so I was really excited when I heard about this new show! Itâs great and I love learning about movies Iâve never seen before.
Iâve been enjoying watching along with them as they go through this top 100 list. As I write this, weâre only 5 movies in and Iâve already watched 3 movies Iâve never seen before! Itâs fun to watch the movie then get a run down from people who are knowledgeable and passionate about film.
I really enjoy hearing these two talk about movies. Iâm really looking forward to going through the next entire top 100 movies with them. Keep it up!
Itâs hard to make a movie podcast that captures and keeps your attention. Good Paul and Amy and there will select the guests make it a lot of fun to go back through some familiar and unfamiliar celebrated films. It feels like a film club and a conversation I wish I was in the room for. So subscribe, cue it up and listen
I was already a big fan of The Canon and How Did This Get Made, so the pairing of Amy and Paul just allows for more great content of something I already know I love. As a devoted Canon fan I especially like the idea of debating the merits of a film already deified into AFIâs Canon. Amy and Paul are fantastic together and their pairing makes for lively discussions and enjoyable listening. Highly recommend it.
This podcast is super enjoyable and insightful. Very mellow and itâs cool hearing so much of the behind the scenes facts. Well done!
Just listened to the Citizen Kane episode and really enjoyed it. Iâm in!
This podcast is great. I have wanted to watch these movies and now Iâm actually doing it so I can follow along with the podcast.
I didnât grow up watching a lot of movies that wasnât wholesome family entertainment distributed by âFeature Films for Familesâ which had a VHS subscription service. My husband, on the other hand, is way into movies and has seen most of these. This podcast is a great way in to what can be a sometimes pretentious crowd (see the really mean 1 star rating guy) of âfilmâ nerds and itâs helping me to learn more about something my husband really loves. We watch the movie theyâre talking about every week, then listen to the podcast together.Paul and Amy are really endearing, especially Paulâs laugh. Weâre here for it!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this review of the AFI top ten. Well done, informative and always entertaining. I highly recommend it.
I love both Paul and Amy. Their conversation discovering these films and how they have shaped our film/pop culture is a delight. They may not be experts but going along the journey with them from their perspectives is really fun. I love that they bring in experts on different topics to discuss key touchstones in different episodes. This is a more entertaining version of my film studies class in college!
Good info. Good hosts. Fun topic.
A true must listen for any film lover
The hosts have great chemistry and a true love of films. This has become a must listen.
Sometimes film podcasts can be way too high brow and it feels like theyâre having a conversation you can only understand if you live in a coffeehouse and wear a scarf with thick rimmed glasses. But Paul and Amy are just as knowledgeable about film and twice as accessible in the way they break everything down. I especially appreciate when they donât like the films they watch - it shows theyâre actually providing an opinion instead of just going off public opinion. More episodes than just 100! Iâm already dreading the day this ends.
It is difficult to figure out who this podcast is intended for. Certainly anyone with an average interest in American film history will find this wanting in content. And the hosts seem ill-equipped for the project. Paul Sheer seems totally out to lunch. In the first episode he begins by saint he had never seen Citizen Kane. So why not have him host a show reviewing the films on the AFI list of 100 greatest American films? After all, podcasts are not a medium for anything other than wasting time, I guess is Graywolfâs philosophy. Sheer seems to be the âfunâ one of this odd couple. Amy Nicholson seems to be their for the âheftâ; after all she claims to be a film critic. Before the internet people had to have some background before they could lay claim to some expertise. No more! Nicholson admits she had never seen âSwing Time.â She is dubious, having now seen it, that it could have been the âbestâ Astaire-Rogers film. So she floats the theory that it landed on the list because it had the most âreputationâ because, after all, according to film critic Nicholson, it is doubtful that anyone would have watched all 9 Astaire Rogers movies; certainly not âcriticsâ who made up the AFI list. The ignorance of film (much less how they fit into film history or American culture generally) has become so ingrained that there seems to have developed a âcuteâ come on. Listeners get to do just as Sheer did at the beginning. Explain what they thought the film was about before they watched it. What was a one-time time wasting part of the first episode now appears to be a permanent feature. This podcast seems to be designed to attract people who have no real interest in films and are around just to soak in the uncharming âchemistryâ of Nicholson and Sheer. Who would I recommend it to? This with no friends, who donât have cable access to TCM or a public library that lends DVDs/Blue Ray disks and preferably no friends. Because if you have to tune into these two for fellowship about classic movies, you are really scraping bottom. BTW, I give the podcast an extra star for its production values, not its content.
Havenât listened yet but anything Paul does is great!!
Mistake-ridden and little understanding of history, yet wide-eyed enthusiasm and a fresh take make this podcast worth listening to despite the cringes.
Iâm really enjoying this podcast, especially the expert guests they have had. Itâs a good honest look at these old movies.
Iâm a big fan of both Paul and Amy already, but I love the premise and execution of this show! So many of these movies have fallen out of the public eye despite being on the AFI list - itâs great to hear them get their due. Whatâs not to like?
Paul and Amy have amazing enthusiasm and chemistry. Their love for the movies is infectious. The podcast is great. It's the highlght of my Thursday. Highly recomend.
I knew I would dislike their review of Citizen Kane from the moment they both admitted to not having seen the movie. But, they both missed what makes the movie great and timeless. It's not the cinematography or the sound, it's the script. Even after mentioning that the only Oscar the film won was for "Screenplay" they never reference any of the timeless pearls of wisdom and life lessons sprinkled throughout the movie. . Two examples: "There's nothing particularly wrong with him just....Old age. It's the only disease you don't look forward to being cured of."And "It's no trick to make a lot of money, if all you want to do is make a lot of money."Perfect.
Like movies and podcasts? Youâve got it with Unspooled! Amy and Paul are pros with differing viewpoints and keen insights into some of Americaâs best films. Whatâs not to like?
And by movie lover Iâm talking about folks who enjoy watching all types of movies. From silents (Dr. Caligariâs Cabinet was mentioned briefly in the Citizen Kane episode) to 4K, multi-screen blockbusters.I like listening to anybody talking about movies I like & respect (Citizen Kane), that I love (The Wizard of Oz) & that Iâve seen but donât really care for (Ben Hur).Nit pick: Paul Scheer surprises me in that he perports to love film but had never seen Citizen Kane until cramming for this show. Huh?!Paul said that the viewers knew the secret of what âRosebudâ was from the beginning of the film. He thought Orson Welles let the cat outta the bag in the first scene featuring adolescent Kane. Wrong. Welles is better than that. We donât find out the sectet of Rosebud until the sad end of this great movie.Whaddaya expect from discussing a dense film like this after only on viewing? Iâve the advantage of having seen this epic perhaps a hundred times & reading multiple articles & essays about it.Nit pick: Are Amy & Paul ever gonna disagree? Remember Siskel & Ebert? The best times on their show was when they disagreed. Ebert would get condescending while Siskel got defensive & sometimes snippy. Who didnât love this show?! Yo, Amy & Paul, mix it up, why doncha? Accolade: I enjoyed interviews of folks connected (tenuously) to the films. But get a little more in depth. Accolade: I like when they talk about what was going on in the world at the time of the filmâs release. Though I already knew almost every fact discussed in the first three eps, I hadnât really considered the political, economic or cultural climate that the films were birthed into. I gave an extra star in my rating for this alone.Bottom line: I like this show. I like the hosts. Iâm gonna hang in there to see if they get through all 100 movies. I say they donât make it past 60.Whaddaya you think?
The AFI 100 is a fun challenge, but I'm not sure this series will do it justice. I don't know if I can endure a full 100 episodes of Paul not knowing things, or of the hosts agreeing on almost everything. The interviews are very amateur. A particular nitpick: There is no real reason for this program to be flagged as Explicit, aside from the lack of self-control resulting in an occasional swear by either of the hosts. Was hoping for something more kid friendly.
I love all the trivia and the variety of guests invited to discuss all aspects of the moviemaking/moviegoing experience. Excited for the rest of the âminiseriesâ
This podcast isnât particularly funny, but thatâs okay. The premise is worthy: an anti-How Did This Get Made, a show to appreciate and explore the best (or supposed best) of film. HDTGM spawned an army if mediocre imitators that itâs refreshing to see a new podcast (with a woman cohost!) that breaks that mold. What isnât good is that it retains the pacing of HDTGM, a style thatâs fine for a show thatâs just a string of jokes about material that nobody cares about. This podcast acts like a show that wants to take its source films seriously, a goal that is furthered by choosing Amy Nicholson, a semi serious and possibly respected (if youâre into the Alamo Drafthouse circle of nepotism) film critic, as Paul Scheerâs cohost. But it doesnât really. In the early episodes it just doesnât work. The show presents a lot of interesting facts and observations about these great films, but itâs scattershot and disorganized. Interesting points are brought up and rushed past on to ... another interesting fact or point that is similarly shallow in its presentation. Itâs rapid-fire joke pacing without the jokesâand without much chemistry between the hosts. Trivia flies about without being connected to any larger points. Complaints about the films never become critique because the hosts donât challenge each other to defend or expand upon them. Itâs maddening. Without time and thought and engagement there really isnât anything here that I couldnât get from reading Wikipedia and the IMDB trivia page. The guests are pretty great, though. Thereâs some potential, but after 3 episodes there is also a LOT of room for improvement.
My new favorite podcast! I love both hosts! Only suggestion: favorite line of the movie?
I love these type of podcasts. So many interesting facts and little things that the average movie watcher wouldnât know. Canât wait for many, many more.
To be honest I would have never watched or wanted to watch most of these (at least the older stuff) films but after listening to the first two podcasts my wife and I have decided to go though the list and will watch the films before they discuss them. Amy and Paul have great chemistry and both bring a slightly different view to the films. Just take a listen and I bet youâll love it.
AFI best review of the 100 best movies ever! Canât wait for the podcast of the AFI best 2,000 movies ever made. 5 stars!!
The best thing that can be said about this podcast is it makes me miss âyou must remember thisâ. Itâs an interesting idea but the two hosts are not terribly engaging or well-informed about the history and detail of the films theyâre talking about, at least not beyond whatever Wikipedia page theyâre reading while they are recording. Any insights are obvious to anyone who knows even Basic details. The number of really bad errors or lame comments donât add to the enjoyment. I hope they step up their game and do a little more fact checking and stop just being in love with the sound of their own voices.
Great great show! Canât thank you enough.
Good show! I love âHow Did This Get Made?â, Red Letter Mediaâs âBest of the Worst,â and âMystery Science Theater 3000â â who wouldnât? But itâs valuable and maybe even important to revisit and understand the great movies, the ones we all share as part of our collective culture. Paul is mah man, and heâs hit another home run here.
So much fun and a great deep dive into movies you maybe thought you knew like the back of your hand!
Expected rambling conversation on popular films, but great discussion and you learn some great stuff. Cool guests.
I am here because â how did this get madeâ is incredible. I have become a much more intelligent movie watcher thanks to Paul. Adding rewatch value to so many movies for a plethora of reasons. Keep the thoughtful analysis coming!!!!
These delightful 'film sherpas' do a great job guiding us through film classics. Fun to familiarize myself with movies in the film canon. Can't wait for next episode.
I really enjoy the guest perspectives in the show. So far weâve heard from really interesting people I never would have know about. Keep making a great show!
When the first thing out of the guyâs mouth is, Gee, Iâve never seen Citizen Kane, you know youâre in trouble. The trouble with this podcast, like so many podcasts, is that itâs hosted by morons, who somehow got the gig based on what??????? They have âpodcastâ voices, which basically means they either over or under compensate for sounding like used-car salesmen. You really just wanna reach through Apple horrible app and tell them to shut the hell up and get on with it. This isnât Pod Save America l, thatâs for sure. Watch the films yourself. Donât bother with these bozos.
When Paul announced he was doing another movie podcast, I couldnât wait to subscribe. Itâs even better than I thought itâd be (and I had high expectations). I love all the research and interviews with experts. Iâm also enjoying adding a âtopâ film viewing to my weekly âbadâ film watching ((if you donât listen to the sister âHow Did This Get Made?â podcast, what are you even doing?)). At this point, Id follow Paul on any podcast venture he does.
A perfect podcasting team-up for the perfect movie project! This is my new favorite podcast! (I coincidentally started watching all of the top AFI movies on my own last year, so I'm looking forward to hearing them all reviewed.)
Really enjoy the commentary on these films. Very interesting guests. I've already seen most of these movies, but I'm still eager to hear the host's takes on all of them. The Citizen Kane episode did a fantastic job at addressing a lot of the things that made it great. Can't wait for more episodes!