I love Paul and Amy together on this podcast and tend to side with them on their opinions of the movies. It has me watching movies that I had no interest in the past and gets me through part of my workday on Thursday afternoons.
Good podcast (big fan of Paul from The League).Annoying (yet so typical) is the "funny" political quips. Typical Lefty bullsh*t.Antonin Scalia contempible because he holds a different viewpoint than Amy? Shes not worthy to even speak his name.
I stumbled upon this podcast through Stitcher and I came here specifically to share how much I love this podcast. I have listened to almost every episode (there are a few movies I havenât seen yet so Iâm waiting) in less than a week. Amy and Paul bring humor, research, and a positive disposition to each episode while still presenting their personal and educated opinions on each film. Iâve recommended this podcast to quite a few friends and one point I seem to emphasize is the positive nature of these movie âreviewsâ, as it were. No one is being overly cynical yet when there is an issue, and I often side with Amyâs interpretation of some male-dominated films, criticism is approached in a well-tempered manner which allows for a greater overall discussion. This podcast has rekindled my love for film and discussion, and I am so grateful for it. While I studied film and literature in school itâs been such a long time since I truly enjoyed sitting down and watching movies and actually analyzing them. Now Iâm chewing off everyoneâs ear about Citizen Kane and Casablanca and especially A Clockwork Orange. So much love for this podcast and these wonderful hosts. The only downside here is that these are just American films and that this podcast, by nature, has an expiration date. I find myself sitting down to watch Fellini or Kurosawa and want to hear an episode of Unspooled about each film. Can not recommend enough, as many of my friends can attest.
I really enjoy this podcast. I think Amy and Paul discuss films in a way that is accessible to normal people like me while also providing a lot of details about how the film was made. I think itâs really great. You can tell Paul does a lot of research and heâs super excited to do this podcast and I love that. I love Paul in every podcast heâs on. Heâs wonderful. And these 2 are great. Granted some episodes I didnât listen all the way through but thatâs bc I was just super bored by the film. Give this podcast a try. Start with a title youâre really interested in first and get a feel for their style. Then go back and start from the beginning.
In the pantheon of podcasts this one shall ascend to the highest of levels. Paul and Amy have the greatest insights on filmmaking everyone has heard about but few have seen.
The best movie Podcast on the web, this coming from a lifetime move nut. They make a few small mistakes every now and then but nothing major. Paul said once he never herd of the movie Nicholas and Alexandra, too bad, a great movie he should watch.
Itâs everything - listen and learn about great film. Itâs easy.
This is so much fun to watch along!!
6:27 minutes of incoherent babbling before they gets to the movie topic. Listeners would appreciate a short outline of topics. This should be about Clockwork Orange, not a stream of Conscience of previous shows. Perhaps best to save the Misc Stuff for the end of show or for your Facebook or Twitter Feed. - Thanks
The point of this podcast isnât to have film theory experts review films already reviewed to death. The point is to represent the AFI list to a new generation in a fresh way. Many of these films have a heritage of being represented as the best in American film, and are golden calves. Why not allow millennial eyes the opportunity through this introduction to these great classics? I like that an actor and a film critic claim they have not seen these. In fact, Paul said he wanted to do unspooled because he was embarrassed how many films he had not seen. Thatâs the point. These film are great. Why are they great? Are they still great?What I enjoy is the reinterpretation of many of these films. Great questions like: are these overly male fantasy driven? Are they still entertaining/watchable? Etc etc.The guy who said citizen Kane show did nothing for him... well, a one hour podcast still wouldnât be enough.Truly, Iâll say Paul has exhausted his brainâs ability to digest another bad movie due to HDTGM. This podcast was a palate cleanser, and I anticipate he directs post this excursion.
While I like the premise of this podcast and Paul Scheer, the episodes are really inconsistent in their entertainment and educational value. Also, the other cohost routinely makes pretty ignorant comments that arenât informative or clever.
I had an epiphany while listening to Amy Nicholson on this podcast: the zeitgeist of todayâ2018âis essentially inserting your political viewpoints into content and subject matters that have nothing to do with one another, then hypocritically posturing yourself as superior for having said viewpoints. Donât get me wrong; I love film, and I appreciate a semi-analytical podcast critiquing and working through and re-working the establishmentâs âbest films.â But why do we have to superimpose our own dogmas onto the very things meant to help us temporarily escape the cultural prisons we build for ourselves. I want to watch Apocalypse Now because Marlon Brando and Coppola are genius and entertaining. I want to hear a discussion about Orson Welles and his contribution to society, not how President Trump is retroactively Citizen Kane.I want to learn why The French Connection influences buddy cop movies for nearly half a century not how our politicians are disconnected from modern New York. Maybe hearing our content producerâs political views is part of the deal these days, and yet I sense there are more tactful ways of doing it. For example...Charles W Chuck Bryant does a fantastic job with the âMovie Crushâ podcast keeping his show mostly apolitical while also keeping his listeners informed on where he stands on various subjects. You can show your stance on matters without explicitly stating that Trumpâs America scares you. Like the famous rule in theatre/film: âShow, Donât TellâI digress. I agree with some of the lower reviews here that state Paul Scheer is rather submissive to Nicholsonâs opinions and remarks. That said, I donât think the podcast suffers entirely because of it. What can we expect? Nicholson is trying to capture the zeitgeist and she executes (see above). Never mind the fact that sheâs a white female with a voice and rarely uses it to state firmly and aggressively what she believes. Sheâs a virtue signaler, like any other person who comments on culture and has a moderate following. The real activists donât do it for the lolz. I like the concept of this podcast, and I enjoy the opportunity to learn more about AFIs 100. I think Paul Scheer should have more personality, perhaps go a bit more head to head with Amy (be bold, be loud, Paul), and bring that famous humor! Iâll keep listening, keep rolling my eyes when needless political or gender-based commentary works its way into the podcast, and go on with my life. Itâs entertainment and a podcast about entertainment. Why so serious?
I love this podcast! Itâs totally making me want watch these films either for the first time or again to see if I can get more out of these movies since Iâve gotten older
I really enjoy this podcast, Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson have great chemistry together and they clearly know their stuff when it comes to movies, and I appreciate the examination of the context of when these movies came out versus how they come across today. Iâm just mentally preparing myself for the Goodfellas one because Iâm simultaneously afraid yet excited to hear more of Amyâs thoughts on Scorsese (For the record I love the movie)! Anyway, great podcast, I highly recommend it!
I look forward to this podcast every week. Paul and Amy have great chemistry and a love of film that leaves me feeling like Iâve just had an interesting and fun conversation with friends.
And Iâm staying. I just watched the documentary âTheyâll love me when Iâm deadâ about Orson Welles last film that was never released. Listening to unspooled made that doc (about a movie that made no sense) make sense. At least I was familiar with all the players involved.Thanks for the informative and entertains podcast. Canât wait for the rest of the reviews.
Amy taking down movies like SHAWSHANK that men who prefer movies with all-male casts (but not THAT way) is worth all five stars.
This show is fresh. Instead of having a historical context on the films selected, the cast goes into many of these movies having not seen them. Love this approach and the background they dig up on the films. Keep up the great job!
Just such a quality show. From the format/structure to the knowledge of the hosts to the professionalism and talent of Paul and Amy, this show is of the highest level of engagement and entertainment.
I really like these two hosts. They are intelligent, thoughtful, and smooth as broadcasters. I started listening out of interest for some favorite movies like The Wizard of Oz, but realized I enjoy the show enough to slowly go through their whole archive, including for movies Iâll probably never watch. In a sense, itâs kind of like a Clifâs notes way to learn about those famous films, and I still get some movie-making trivia and history throughout. There are lots of films left on the list to look forward to, and I hope even after theyâre done with the 100, that theyâll find another podcast concept to do together.
Super listenable and smart observations - a great vehicle to rediscover and talk about fantastic movies. I look forward to every new episode.
I love movies and have seen many, many of them, but I find myself matching fairly perfectly with what the hosts have and have not seen on the AFI list. Yeah, I've seen the more recent-y classics like E.T. and Bonnie and Clyde...but not The General or The African Queen. So I find listening to similar fans/reviewers of film who are schooled on the classics to roughly the same degree as I am is a refreshing way to hear about these films. And then dive deeper into these films than I've heard before. And both of the hosts are very engaging to listen too, as well as whom they interview. Yeah, Unspooled, I'm in for the whole list.
Iâve enjoyed all your podcasts. Amy can you please stop with all the political references. I get it you do not like President Trump. I look forward to the rest of the list...
Paul is eager, fun, goofy, open and insightful. Amy is eager, fun, goofy, open and insightful. This podcast is fun, goofy, open and insightful.Thanks to these 2 for both commerorating and taking down the AFI list.
I was excited to listen to this podcast as I am a huge film fan and many years ago went through about 75% of the AFI list. I must say overall Iâm pretty disappointed with the podcast, Iâve listened to every episode up to Psycho. I have to agree with a lot of the comments here that the hosts seem a bit out of their league when it comes to film. Even though Amy is a film critic, she does herself a disservice by time and time again coming down on directors for being white, egomaniacal males while at the same time giving James Cameron a complete pass since he directed Titanic, one of her all time favorite films. He is known for being a tyrant on set and pushing people and whole companies further than anyone should be pushed.Paul is a lot of fun to listen to and I enjoy their chemistry but he doesnât push back on any of Amyâs strange and hypocritical opinions.Itâs a great concept for a podcast but subject matter like this needs hosts that understand classic film. These two donât.
If you enjoy interesting conversation between 2 engaging and skilled podcast hosts as they reflect and dissect each film in the AFIâs 2007 top 100, than this podcast is for you. The behind-the-scenes tidbits and well-researched insight from both Amy and Paul works to bring in even the most casual of film viewers. What I appreciate most is that even when itâs a film I havenât seen/donât care to see, I can still throughly enjoy the podcast and not feel like I am missing anything. Every episode is well structured and paced. Just a super enjoyable listen experience all around!
Was really looking forward to this show at first. Love Paul Sheer from HDTGM and was eagerly awaiting hearing what he and Amy Nicholson had to say about great films. And man have I ever been disappointed by their glib, misinformed, and âcuteâ dissections of some of those great films. I just donât understand why these two are in the position of hosting something involving so much classic cinema - they donât seem to like it much nor understand the appeal. Yes, theyâre self-proclaimed movie fans, but itâs grown difficult to listen to film criticism from, particularly, a person who prefers TITANIC or WHEN HARRY MET SALLY over SWING TIME. Their opinions donât seem to be based in much more than a glance through IMDB and their lack of historical perspective is surprising. Everyoneâs entitled to their opinion, and my opinion is that movie lovers should listen to criticism from those whoâd seen CITIZEN KANE, SWING TIME, and THE AFRICAN QUEEN before they had to sit down and watch it so they could talk about it on their podcast.
This podcast is so entertaining- Iâm not sure if I enjoy the episodes on movies Iâve seen or not seen more - both are enjoyable. Paul and Amyâs insights are great and most of the interviews are also fascinating. Great for movie lovers.
I actually started this project myself 5 or 6 years ago (just the watching, not the podcast). I was so excited when I heard you guys were doing this! I will be listening to every episode!!
I absolutely love this podcast. Iâve been a fan of Paul Scheer forever due to his work on many other shows. Amy Nicholson I wasnât familiar with, and sheâs just amazing. Sheâs incredibly witty, intelligent and perceptive, and just perfect as a voice to go with Paulâs. And Iâve started reading her work, and sheâs just as amazing in print. Great show about great films. Donât miss it!
Itâs a very simple premise, watch great movies from a list and talk about them.. I love Dr. Andre Nosedick and HDTGM.. Human Giant, etc. I thought this might be a little too simple and milk-toast but Amy and Paul have great chemistry, know what they are talking about, are insightful and most importantly funny as hell! Amy Nicholson is awesome and I am excited to listen to her other podcasts and whatever else she does! Srsly, LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST!! Also who the eff reads a review this long all the way to the end? Iâm talking to myself.. but great podcast and donât let this just be an AFI list thing, ok.. Iâm done!Sincerely,Paulâs Mother
I donât know how long hosts Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson have known each other but they come across as life long friends. They have an easy effortless banter, never step over each otherâs words and an obvious love for movies. I canât wait for each new episode.
I came across this podcast after hearing Amy Nicholson on FilmWeek. Itâs great to hear them take a look at the classics. Amy is a an insightful critic and Paul really engages with each of the movies.
Paul is entertaining as always but critic Amy seems to carry some prejudices into her reviews...and in many cases seems to review actors and focus on behind the scenes gossip instead of the films themselves.
Listened to the E.T. Podcast on HDTGM and got hooked.
Paul Scheer is usually great, but he brings no personality to this show. And I'm not sure Amy Nicholson likes or has ever watched movies.
Brilliant idea, like something my friends and I would do. I love hearing behind-the-scenes information about such familiar titles and new perspectives/interpretations of the movies I grew up with. The guest interviews are also very insightful. The only thing that would make this experience even better would be more Jason and June. Maybe last episode?
Paul Scheer is as funny and delightful as ever, but Amy Nicholson is a REVELATION.Sheâs witty, insightful, charming, and kind. She has a way of pointing out connections and references that blows my mind and really deepens my appreciation for films. I especially love when she gives inside-baseball perspective that explains critical response to the films. Also her emphasis on sound editing has given me a whole different dimension through which to appreciate movies. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
This has been so much fun to go through this list with both of these folks. Paul Scheer brings the perspective of someone that has worked in movies & Amy Nicholson brings the vantage point of a professional critic. Do I always agree with their assessments â absolutely not. The both of them come from the "Poptimism" vantage point, that is oh so in vogue in contemporary criticism â so they both tend to overrate (in my opinion) films like Titantic & Singing in the Rain and underrate films like 2001 and The French Connection. But that's OK, they are both so fun & charming and the fun part of discussing art is the differeing opinions & view points. Also they bring in some fantastic guests â I am so glad they brought in people to really interrogate the "black face" issue of Swing Time â it would've been too easy for them to gloss over that & just focus on the fun stuff. Keep up the good work!
I love HDTGM and so listened to this podcast...was hugely disappointed. Tune in if you want to hear Paul pander and be overly deferential to a lady critic who obviously has a HUGE axe to grind; she has ridiculously gender-skewed opinions and is basically a hater....extremely negative and seems much more interested in deconstructing the cult of personality around filmmakers (directors in particular but writers get lambasted as well) than she is in evaluating movies on their own merits. Paul, usually positive and funny, is mewling and absorbs her opinions for the most part, so we donât get much of a counter point or push back. Also, this podcast is extremely dry and not funny at all. Paul should sub this lady out and get Jason Mantzoukas.
Fantastic! Great discussions about movies every movie fan should see. The hosts do a great job of introducing new info and/or fun facts about each film. Well paced and broken into logical sections. The hosts are easy to listen to and very knowledgeable. Skip the movies you haven't seen and use this as an excuse to see each of the 100 to make your own decisions. Keep up the awesome work!
Very entertaining. Good conversations between the hosts.
Paul and Amy are fun to listen to!!! As they talk about each movie, they give their honest thoughts on how they view the movie overall and whether it really does belong on the top 100. They have interesting guests and funny call-in questions. If you are a seasoned cinefile or are just beginning, you'll find going through the AFI's list very entertaining.
I listened to the first few episodes of this and now have unsubscribed. This is long and boring podcast about movies most people donât bother with anymore. Lists of top movies is basically bad for movies. The hosts have a hard in for Spielberg. If you love movies but for your own reasons then stay away.
The execution of the concept for this podcast is exceptional. This podcast breathes life into the AFI 100 list. Their conversations and behind the scenes nuggets of information are terrific and inspires me to watch the movies that I have not already seen. It is great that Paul continues to surround himself with talented hosts, since he is uninteresting and lacks any comedic talents.
Both hosts are very knowledgeable, but please quit hammering the pc agenda. Do another show about movies that should be on the AFI list if prejudice was not involved.
I love the Platoon episode!! Every episode has been great! Can Jason Mantzoukas be a guest person for whenever you do the movie âDuck Soupâ??
Great show but Paul seems almost scared to disagree or debate anything Amy says. Itâs too bad because a lot of what Amy says is rubbish.
Does it deserve to be on the list....maybe?!? But I cannot stand listening to post #metoo-like podcasts that always view classics through that lens. Movies are an escape. This episode made me think it was part of the Kavanaugh hearings sometimes.