Unspooled is a podcast discussion series about classic films, hosted by actor and comedian Paul Scheer (The League, Black Monday, How Did This Get Made?) and film critic Amy Nicholson (NY Times, Variety). The show is currently in its second season...in Season 1, they watched every one of the AFI’s Top 100 films, everything from Citizen Kane to Jaws to Toy Story. Now, in Season 2, they’re filling in the gaps of that list by investigating wildly diverse areas of film through miniseries on topics like horror movies, documentaries and romantic comedies, tackling films like The Exorcist, Hoop Dreams and When Harry Met Sally. Along the way, they dissect iconic scenes, spotlight their favorite characters, and talk to some of the actors and directors who worked on these classics (past guests include Spike Lee, Conan O' Brien, Quentin Tarantino, Patton Oswalt, Brian Cox, Mira Sorvino, Karen Gillan, and Amy Heckerling). Once Paul & Amy have built their own list of the best movies on earth, they’ll blast them into space to be immortalized for eternity.
PAUL SCHEER is most known as a star of the Showtime series, Black Monday, alongside Don Cheadle. He was the one of the stars of the long running FX series The League as well as the co-creator and one of the stars of the cult MTV sketch series, Human Giant, as well as the Adult Swim action-comedy series NTSF:SD:SUV::. He won a SAG award for his work on the HBO comedy, Veep, and frequently appears in the ABC sitcom Fresh Off The Boat and Hulu’s Future Man. He recently appeared in The Disaster Artist with James Franco and The Long Shot with Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron. Scheer hosts the popular movie podcasts “How Did This Get Made?” with Jason Mantzoukas and June Diane Raphael, and “Unspooled” with film critic Amy Nicholson.
AMY NICHOLSON is the host of the podcast "Unspooled" and critic for KPCC's Film Week. Formerly, she was the chief film critic for MTV News and LA Weekly. Her other credits include the New York Times, Variety, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and the Guardian, as well as the podcast miniseries "Zoom," "The Canon," "Quentin Tarantino Presents," "Halloween Unmasked," and "Skillset." She has served on the jury for Sundance and SXSW, and screened submissions for Sundance, AFI, and the Los Angeles Film Festival. Amy holds a double B.A. in Film Studies and Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma as well as a Masters in Professional Writing from USC. Her first book, "Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor," was published by Cahiers du Cinema, and her second, "Extra Girls," will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2022. Reach her on Twitter at @theamynicholson.