|Hosted by||Paul Scheer|
|No. of episodes||25 (+1 Preview episode)|
|Original release||May 7, 2018 – present|
Unspooled is a podcast on the Earwolf network. It is hosted by Paul Scheer and film critic Amy Nicholson. Each show, which typically has a different guest, features the hosts discussing and breaking down one of the films from the AFI Top 100 occasionally with a special guest interview to add more context.  Paul Scheer, who also hosts the movie podcast How Did This Get Made? which is about famously bad movies, announced the podcast in April 2014 in a press release stating they were looking to find out "what makes these movies so special, how they hold up in 2018, and if they truly are the best films ever made." The podcast has been well-received, being named one of the best podcasts of 2018 by Thrillist, who noted "The hosts never feel preachy, and it's a great excuse to dig into some of the greatest American films ever made." The Ben Hur episode of the Podcast received praise from The Hollywood Reporter, who listed it in their Top 50 Podcasts of 2018, stating it "is a delicate balance of cinematic appreciation and a full view of the classic movie canon".
Format[edit | edit source]
The hosts watch then comment on the film, noting whether it deserves its spot in the AFI Top 100 movies. After discussing the film, they may talk to a guest with particular knowledge on the film or the subject matter. Vox also notes that "it’s also dedicated to placing these movies in their proper historical context, as an engaging discussion about cinematography in the (Citizen) Kane episode highlighted."
Episode guide[edit | edit source]
Episodes are often chosen from the AFI Top 100 during each previous episode often by the roll of a 100-sided die. The goal of the series is to cover the list in full so the remaining episodes of the series are known.
|Episode||AFI #||Film or episode title||Year of release||Guest(s)||Release date|
|0.||-||Preview: What is Unspooled?||7th May 2018|
|1.||1.||Citizen Kane||1941||16th May 2018|
|2.||100.||Ben-Hur||1959||23rd May 2018|
|3.||10.||The Wizard of Oz||1939||30th May 2018|
|4.||90.||Swing Time||1936||Kathryn Burns, Andrew Ti & Tawny Newsome||6th June 2018|
|5.||93.||The French Connection||1971||13th June 2018|
|6.||83.||Titanic||1997||20th June 2018|
|7.||15.||2001: A Space Odyssey||1968||27th June 2018|
|8.||42.||Bonnie and Clyde||1967||4th July 2018|
|9.||86.||Platoon||1986||11th July 2018|
|10.||18.||The General||1926||Jeff Tremaine||18th July 2018|
|11.||72.||The Shawshank Redemption||1994||Duncan Trussell||26th July 2018|
|12.||41.||King Kong||1933||1st August 2018|
|13.||28.||All About Eve||1950||8th August 2018|
|14.||29.||Double Indemnity||1944||Ed Brubaker||16th August 2018|
|15.||5.||Singin' in the Rain||1952||22nd August 2018|
|16.||89.||The Sixth Sense||1999||30th August 2018|
|17.||52.||Taxi Driver||1976||6th September 2018|
|18.||24.||E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial||1982||12th September 2018|
|19.||27.||High Noon||1952||19th September 2018|
|20.||30.||Apocalypse Now||1979||26th September 2018|
|21.||50.||The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring||2001||3rd October 2018|
|22.||14.||Psycho||1960||10th October 2018|
|23.||66.||Raiders of the Lost Ark||1981||17th October 2018|
|24.||65.||The African Queen||1951||25th October 2018|
|25.||60.||Duck Soup||1933||Conan O'Brien||31st October 2018|
|26.||-||Listener Questions Special||7th November 2018|
|27.||26.||Mr. Smith Goes to Washington||1939||Jon Lovett||14th November 2018|
|28.||91.||Sophie's Choice||1982||21st November 2018|
|29.||70.||A Clockwork Orange||1971||28th November 2018|
|30.||57.||Rocky||1976||Freddie Roach||6th December 2018|
|31.||8.||Schindler's List||1993||Embeth Davidtz||12th December 2018|
|32.||20.||It's a Wonderful Life||1946||Karolyn Grimes||19th December 2018|
|33.||75.||In the Heat of the Night||1967||DeRay Mckesson, Lee Grant||December 26th 2018|
|34.||12.||The Searchers||1956||Joely Proudfit||2nd January 2019|
|6.||Gone with the Wind||1939|
|7.||Lawrence of Arabia||1962|
|19.||On the Waterfront||1954|
|22.||Some Like It Hot||1959|
|23.||The Grapes of Wrath||1940|
|25.||To Kill a Mockingbird||1962|
|31.||The Maltese Falcon||1941|
|32.||The Godfather Part II||1974|
|33.||One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest||1975|
|34.||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs||1937|
|36.||The Bridge on the River Kwai||1957|
|37.||The Best Years of Our Lives||1946|
|38.||The Treasure of the Sierra Madre||1948|
|40.||The Sound of Music||1965|
|44.||The Philadelphia Story||1940|
|46.||It Happened One Night||1934|
|47.||A Streetcar Named Desire||1951|
|51.||West Side Story||1961|
|53.||The Deer Hunter||1978|
|55.||North by Northwest||1959|
|58.||The Gold Rush||1925|
|67.||Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?||1966|
|71.||Saving Private Ryan||1998|
|73.||Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid||1969|
|74.||The Silence of the Lambs||1991|
|77.||All the President's Men||1976|
|79.||The Wild Bunch||1969|
|82.||Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans||1927|
|85.||A Night at the Opera||1935|
|87.||12 Angry Men||1957|
|88.||Bringing Up Baby||1938|
|95.||The Last Picture Show||1971|
|96.||Do the Right Thing||1989|
|98.||Yankee Doodle Dandy||1942|
References[edit | edit source]
- "How Did This Get Made?". Earwolf. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
- "Get Wrapped Up in UNSPOOLED". lwos. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
- "Paul Scheer to talk about movies that are actually good on new podcast". AV Club. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
- "The Best New Podcasts of 2018". Thrillist. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
- "The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2018 (So Far)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 6, 2018.
- "4 great new movie podcasts to listen to right now". Vox. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
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