Paul Scheer is a lifelong movie buff, but he's never seen many of the all time greats. On Unspooled, his team-up with film critic Amy Nicholson, he's remedying that by watching the AFI's top 100 movies of all time, to find out what makes classics like Citizen Kane and Taxi Driver so special. Paul & Amy will dissect iconic scenes, talk to artists and industry experts, and discover just how these films got made.
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Huribes
Nov 29
Rating:   10
Pulp Fiction is as good as you remember.

I was born in 2002 and I consider it to be one of the best films of all time.

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Diablo2000
Nov 27
Rating:   8
Good popcorn podcast

I have enjoyed these very much and have found myself being challenged to watch and rewatch these movies.It’s the only opportunity most people get to engage in discussions about American cinema.Paul is funny and brings a “down to Earth” vibe to his views of the movies.I like that Amy is not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom about the place these movies have in American culture. I do sometimes wish she shared more nuance to her reviews and not just attack these pieces just because she doesn’t like someone or something.

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Twain Bunyan
Nov 27
Rating:   10
Annie Hall

I really think this was the best episode to date. Often I think Paul especially is a little off in some of the discussions they’ve had, but, he is right on, displays his in-depth knowledge of comedy. Amy is great on all episodes. Together they are a top team.

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Asg82
Nov 26
Rating:   8
So much potential

Good if you want a breakdown of the top 100 AFI films. Bad if you want a contrast to a critic, either as a comedian or as a an everyman to represent Joe Public.

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Jilltobo
Nov 25
Rating:   8
I agree with the other reviewers

I love Paul and I listen to HDTGM often. Amy needs to stop reviewing any movie that came out prior to 1998. Things were different. We are aware. We can’t wave a wand and make them all wholly politically correct nor would I want to because last I understood it, movies, books and art weren’t to be held under those kind of lenses. Overall entertaining but sometimes it irritates the crap out of me (quite frankly) and I have to skip over large sections of it. They don’t allow for “half stars” or I’d give it 3.5 ⭐️

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DoubleRockBottom
Nov 22
Rating:   8
Great introduction to AFI list

Great to hear discussion and interviews about the AFI list. I feel like a lot of these movies have been forgotten with time and it’s great to hear modern analysis of the films. Sometimes it feels a little too amateurish (how have I seen more of these movies than two people in the industry doing a podcast about them?) but I still appreciate the insight.The one drawback is the hosts (particularly Amy) can’t help themselves in adding in their politics. I’m not tuning to hear snippets of west coast leftist bubble politics (or any politics for that manner). I get I get it Orange Man = Bad. Give it a rest it’s not going to hold up well. For example, all the Mueller talk about how he’s going to take down Trump soon in All the President’s Men episode is already embarrassing to listen to.Having said that it’s still a great listen and will continue to the end. Hoping for it to go into the movies taken off the original AFI after it’s over.

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Dra Ngipon
Nov 13
Rating:   10
Fun

Firstly, these are reviewers the age of my kids. Their naïveté is startling at times and irritating at others. Amy talks faster than any East Coast native and begins many statements with, “Yeah, I mean...” But she also treats so gently the interview with Cary Grant’s daughter that I was almost in tears myself. When they get excited, they throw malapropisms around like Yogi Berra but that’s just funny. Altogether grand fun.

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Sass80
Nov 11
Rating:   10
Fun times with great flicks

I like a podcast where I can disagree with the hosts or think “no you’re missing the point!” often but still find their opinions interesting and compelling. They do a great job analyzing classic films under the lens of the present and they do it with a great sense of humor and a willingness to be challenged by one another and the listener. They have also forced me to go back and rewatch some great films. Thanks for making my night shifts fly by!

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Mr.S.Martin
Nov 10
Rating:   10
Absolutely favorite podcast

Funny, smart, easy and enthusiastic. Colorful, healthy and easy to digest criticisms. Amy & Paul are like peas & carrots.

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TASR gamer
Nov 8
Rating:   10
Favorite Movie Podcast

This show is great. Paul and Amy are both smart, funny, and knowledgeable and their chemistry is awesome. I was surprised to see so many reviews hating on Amy but shocker, women can’t ever catch a break especially if they dare to have opinions. Love the premise of going back over the classics and the excuse it gives me to rewatch all these greats. I am dreading the end of the show and I hope they find a way to keep it going - maybe they each pick 10 movies they think should be added to the list and do an episode on each of them? 20 more weeks of awesome content!

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SerialPodcastReviewer
Nov 1
Rating:   8
Great movie commentary, a little too much politics.

When I found Unspooled, I was thrilled to finally have a movie podcast with a female host. I was getting sick of only listening to guys talk about movies. Both hosts here are good and pretty seriously like the stuff they talk about, unfortunately, Amy brings too many politics into the show. This is a podcast about movies, not a place to express your dislike for Trump and Republicans. Paul is good at keeping politics out of it and I wish Amy would do the same. Other than that, pretty good pod.

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HistoryofMatt
Nov 1
Rating:   2
Amy Nicholson is a “film critic” who knows nothing about films and film history

I often heard Paul talk about this podcast on How Did This Get Made and finally decided to give it a try. I’m sorry I did. I expected to find a podcast about a comedian-turned film enthusiast being guided through the AFI’s 100 Best Films by a knowledgable film critic who understands the process of filmmaking and the history of these great movies. What I found instead is a comedian-turned film enthusiast who knows more about these movies than the supposed film critic, Amy Nicholson, whose ignorance is staggering.I should have known something was wrong when in episode 2, “Ben-Hur,” she actually admitted she had never seen this seminal film. How can you be a film critic and not have seen Ben-Hur, one of the greatest films ever made? That’s right, Amy Nicholson isn’t a film critic in the classic sense; trained and schooled. She’s like all of the new media “film critics,” aka ignorant bloggers who fell bass backwards into blogging their inane thoughts about movies through a lens of neo progressive ideology and identity politics.I then listened to the episode about Unforgiven, a classic Western, rich with heavy themes revolving around revenge, forgiveness, honor, and loyalty, and all Amy Nicholson could do was talk about how much she didn’t like Clint Eastwood (because she doesn’t like his politics… like that has ANYTHING to do with the movies he makes), and then said the film shouldn’t be on the AFI’s 100 Best Films list, again, not because she made an intelligent argument as to why the film is lacking, but because she doesn’t like Clint Eastwood’s politics.Save your time. If you’re a passionate film fan who is tired of terrible bloggers with ignorant opinions posing as film critics that inject their inanely shallow political bias into everything they write as opposed to offering actual criticism about films involving writing, acting, directing, scoring, or anything about filmmaking, then you should avoid this tedious podcast.What a shame. Had Paul paired himself with an film critic with a passion for filmmaking and knowledge of film history, someone like Drew McWeeny, this could have been so much better. It should have been better.

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GrittyStrikesBack
Oct 30
Rating:   2
Identity politics at its worst

Unlistenable thanks to Paul’s cohost. Truly difficult to believe that some people only view the world as oppressor vs oppressed. This could have been good if they simply talked about if the films were good or not.

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JBNJ007
Oct 29
Rating:   6
Great concept. Meh execution

Great idea. Paul is great and lots of energy. Amy I think has changed. Less interested and mostly negative. They’d generally like to take their anti 70s films and simply replace them with their formative films from their youth. Still live the Early show.

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Kyle Chaney
Oct 25
Rating:   2
Liked it until it became the "I hate New Hollywood" podcast.

It was interesting until it just became a slog of them not liking or connecting with 70's cinema and the "New Hollywood" era of directors. The "Gone With The Wind" episode and "On the Waterfront" are so engaging and full of fun information but man is it getting old just hearing them dump on Scorsese and Spielberg.

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Capt. Sav-A-Ho
Oct 24
Rating:   6
Stole AFI bit from Classy Clarke Wolfe

Other-wise I’ll give it time

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Disone72
Oct 22
Rating:   10
Love it!

Amazing commentary and discussion. Paul and Amy work off each other well. Whether or not you agree with their take, it’s an interesting ride.

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Blurgh
Oct 19
Rating:   10
I love it

I look forward to each new episode. Unlike many film podcasts, Amy and Paul talk about the film; there are no sad attempts at comedy, no dull recounts of their exciting weekends, etc. It’s a tight, well produced podcast, and they keep it interesting, and under three hours.

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Mr. Chavez Ravine
Oct 18
Rating:   8
Brilliant concept

Paul is fantastic a creative who appreciates the art. Amy is the critic who can find the rainstorm on a sunny day and is too hot “takey” for me. Not everything needs to be social justice’d. Sometime we just like movies and these are good ones. When you can’t like Shawshank and The Godfather maybe the movies aren’t the issue....

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HowDidThisGetReviewed
Oct 18
Rating:   6
This podcast should be fun.

Amy is eager to share a “woke” take. If the film does not fit cleanly into a 2019 narrative then it will inevitably be described as misogynistic or uninspired. Many of the films, film-makers and actors are from a different era. It feels arrogant to judge the cast and crew through modern standards. Her focus is less on the material and more on political correctness. It makes the conversations about the films odd and disjointed. This podcast should be fun. Paul is funny and pleasant. Amy is simply bad at this.

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