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Film critics Devin Faraci (Badass Digest) and Amy Nicholson (LA Weekly) have a weekly conversation about a movie-- is it "canon" or not? They will put it up to fan vote at the end of the show and then the legacy of each film will be officially decided forevermore.

Film critics Devin Faraci (Badass Digest) and Amy Nicholson (LA Weekly) have a weekly conversation about a movie-- is it "canon" or not? They will put it up to fan vote at the end of the show and then the legacy of each film will be officially decided forevermore.
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Film critics Devin Faraci (Badass Digest) and Amy Nicholson (LA Weekly) have a weekly conversation about a movie-- is it "canon" or not? They will put it up to fan vote at the end of the show and then the legacy of each film will be officially decided forevermore.

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Episodes

Unspooled Presents: Titanic

8/13/2018
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Amy announces the winner of the final Canon call-in showdown, before presenting an episode of Unspooled, all about 1998's Titanic. Don't forget to subscribe to Unspooled on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts!

Duration:01:19:44

163 Zodiac vs. Shaun of the Dead vs. Magnolia

7/16/2018
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We asked, and you nominated! For the final episode of the season, Amy and Engineer Sam take listener calls to hear arguments as to which of these films should enter The Canon: David Fincher’s 2007 thriller “Zodiac;” the first film in the Cornetto trilogy, 2004’s “Shaun of the Dead;” or the 1999 Paul Thomas Anderson drama “Magnolia.” Which film will round out this edition of The Canon? Head over to the Earwolf forums now to cast your vote!

Duration:01:03:54

162 Scream (w/ Benjamin Lee)

7/9/2018
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Arts editor at Guardian US Benjamin Lee joins Amy for the penultimate episode of the season to discuss the 1996 Wes Craven slasher “Scream.” They break down the movie’s deceptive callousness, how it makes even popcorn seem stressful, and the go-for-broke score. Plus, they get into how “Scream” satirized and revitalized a whole genre with its “judo intelligence.” Should “Scream” enter The Canon? Head to the Earwolf forums now to cast your vote!

Duration:01:12:10

161 Grey Gardens (w/ Alissa Wilkinson)

7/2/2018
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Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson joins Amy this week to discuss the 1975 documentary “Grey Gardens.” They break down the film’s more difficult moments, examining the relationship between Big Edie and Little Edie as well as the undercurrent of latent sadness. Plus, they consider the direction and vision of Albert and David Maysles, themes of capitalism and decay, and how “Grey Gardens” encapsulates the central question of documentary. Should “Grey Gardens” enter The Canon? Cast your vote on...

Duration:01:12:39

160 Tommy (w/ David Fear)

6/25/2018
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Film critic David Fear joins Amy this week to discuss the 1975 rock musical “Tommy.” They’ll trace the roots of rock star celebrity hysteria plus The Who’s many contributions to the art form before getting into the film’s uninhibited tone, its contrast of trauma with excess, and the cultural flowing of “sick humor.” Plus, we’ll hear about Ann-Margret’s power performance and how “Tommy” finds heart within a loud premise. Should “Tommy” be inducted into The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf...

Duration:01:19:28

159 Caddyshack (w/ Alex Schmidt)

6/18/2018
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Alex Schmidt of The Cracked Podcast joins Amy to discuss the 1980 comedy film “Caddyshack.” They’ll discuss Danny Noonan’s character arc, the pedigree of Chevy Chase, and how the film forged the foundations of modern American comedy. Plus, we’ll hear about old money versus new money, the sadness of Rodney Dangerfield, and the backstory behind the Bill Murray-Chevy Chase feud. Should “Caddyshack” enter The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums now! This episode is sponsored by Mack...

Duration:01:08:37

158 The Talented Mr. Ripley (w/ Tom Bissell)

6/11/2018
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This week, writer Tom Bissell (The Disaster Artist) joins Amy to discuss the 1999 film “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” Tom discusses his personal connection to the film as the ostensible inspiration for Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room” before they dive into a conversation about its focus on male friendship and attraction, issues of class, and the layered performance of a young Matt Damon. Should “The Talented Mr. Ripley” take a place amongst the greats in The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums...

Duration:01:29:03

157 Grease vs. Hairspray (w/ Adam Egypt Mortimer)

6/4/2018
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Filmmaker Adam Egypt Mortimer joins Amy to pit the 1978 musical “Grease” against the 1988 musical “Hairspray.” They’ll get into the focus on changing identity in “Grease” and question why anyone would be into Danny Zuko. Then they’ll dive into a discussion on “Hairspray,” noting its commitment to camp and the aesthetic of director John Waters. Which movie musical deserves a spot in The Canon? Head to the Earwolf forums now to cast your vote!

Duration:01:16:00

156 Legends of the Fall (w/ Kendra James)

5/28/2018
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Writer Kendra James (Shondaland) joins Amy to discuss the 1994 film “Legends of the Fall.” Amy and Kendra talk about the depiction of World War I in film, Anthony Hopkins’ performance, and the stigma of being a “girl movie.” Plus, we’ll hear about Brad Pitt’s rise to stardom and which baby name spiked in popularity after the movie’s release before they make their final arguments. Should “Legends of the Fall” enter The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums now!

Duration:01:08:10

155 The Fountainhead (w/ Larry Karaszewski)

5/21/2018
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Screenwriter Larry Karaszewski joins Amy to discuss the 1949 film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s book, “The Fountainhead.” They consider Ayn Rand’s creative control and her anti-communist history, the casting of Gary Cooper as Howard Roark, and the coalescing of character archetypes with Rand’s ambitious ideas before making their final cases. Should “The Fountainhead” make its way into The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forum now!

Duration:01:15:19

Introducing Unspooled

5/17/2018
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Here’s a preview of Unspooled, a new podcast where Amy teams up with Paul Scheer to watch the all time great films on AFI’s top 100 list. Episode 1: Citizen Kane is out right now. Check out Unspooled in Apple Podcasts: www.applepodcasts.com/unspooled

Duration:00:09:16

154 Infernal Affairs vs. The Departed (w/ Andrew Ti)

5/14/2018
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Andrew Ti (Yo, Is This Racist?) joins Amy this week to pit the 2002 Hong Kong crime-thriller “Infernal Affairs” against it’s Scorsese-directed 2006 remake “The Departed.” They discuss the Hong Kong identity, the operatic inspiration of “Infernal Affairs,” and both films’ hidden symbolism. Plus, they compare the films’ respective criminals before making their final cases as to which film should enter The Canon. Should “Infernal Affairs” or “The Departed” go down as one of the all-time greats?...

Duration:01:08:40

153 Cry Uncle! (w/ Lloyd Kaufman)

5/7/2018
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Renowned filmmaker Lloyd Kaufman (Troma Entertainment) joins Amy to discuss the 1971 comedy “Cry Uncle!” Lloyd talks about his work as a production manager on the film as well as the auteur style of director John G. Avildsen. Plus, we hear about the film's brand of modern feminism, Lloyd’s cameo in “Rocky,” and the puritanism of American cinema. Does "Cry Uncle!" belong in The Canon? Go to the Earwolf forums to cast your vote now!

Duration:01:28:34

152 The Breakfast Club (w/ Christy Lemire)

4/30/2018
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This week, film critic Christy Lemire joins Amy to discuss the 1985 John Hughes film “The Breakfast Club.” They’ll touch on the film’s nostalgia appeal, its interesting individual character arcs, and the parental issues of the main characters. Plus, they find out where the cast is now and examine the dynamic between Emilio Estevez’s Andy and Molly Ringwald’s Claire. Does “The Breakfast Club” deserve a spot in The Canon? Head to the Earwolf forums now to cast your vote! This episode is...

Duration:01:21:30

151 The Exorcist vs. The Exorcist III (w/ Thomas Lennon)

4/23/2018
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Actor and filmmaker Thomas Lennon joins Amy live from Overlook Film Festival to pit the 1973 horror film “The Exorcist” against its 1990 sequel “The Exorcist III.” They discuss how the films use sound design to scare, the true story behind the exorcism, and why “The Exorcist III” is the best threequel of all time. Plus, we get insights about both films from the audience before Amy and Thomas make their final cases for which film should enter The Canon. Should “The Exorcist” or “The Exorcist...

Duration:01:22:48

150 The Avengers (w/ Jenelle Riley)

4/16/2018
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Screenwriter Jenelle Riley joins Amy to discuss the 2012 superhero movie “The Avengers.” They touch on the strengths of the main cast, the evolution of Marvel’s characters and storylines, and the prominent female stars. Plus, they dissect the film’s humorous beats and the small human moments among the spectacle. Should “The Avengers” be inducted into The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums now! This episode is sponsored by Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com code: CANON).

Duration:01:30:33

149 Boomerang (w/ Marc Bernardin)

4/9/2018
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Writer and co-host of Fatman on Batman Marc Bernardin joins Amy to discuss the 1992 Eddie Murphy film "Boomerang." They discuss the importance of the all-black cast, the powerful female characters, and the evolution of the Eddie Murphy identity. Plus, we’ll hear about Robin Givens’ strong performance and how “Boomerang” challenges the audience’s empathy. Does “Boomerang” deserve a spot in The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums.

Duration:01:30:36

148 Point Break (w/ Andrew Barker)

4/2/2018
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Writer Andrew Barker of Variety joins Amy to discuss the 1991 action thriller “Point Break.” They examine the film as an entrance to the 90s, the complex dynamic between Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, and the greatness of character names like Johnny Utah before before getting into director Kathryn Bigelow’s strong understanding of male relationships. Does “Point Break” deserve a spot in The Canon? Head over to the Earwolf forums now to cast your vote!

Duration:01:25:24

147 The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (w/ Jen Yamato)

3/26/2018
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LA Times writer Jen Yamato joins Amy this week to discuss the 1964 French-German romantic musical “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.” They talk about the background of director Jacques Demy, the film’s focus on youthful romantic optimism, and how “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” went against the tone of French cinema on its release. Plus, we’ll hear about the film’s use of color to reflect emotion and feeling as well as how it frames the ultimate tragedy of dreams that are destined to die. Should “The...

Duration:01:28:07

146 Punch-Drunk Love (w/ Emily Yoshida)

3/19/2018
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This week, film critic and host of the podcast Night Call Emily Yoshida joins Amy to discuss the 2002 Paul Thomas Anderson film “Punch-Drunk Love.” They talk about the film’s stylized rage, the strange charm of Adam Sandler, the clever camerawork and costuming and the relationship between the two lead characters. Does “Punch-Drunk Love” belong in The Canon? Cast your vote on the Earwolf forums now! This episode is sponsored by Filmstruck and Audible.

Duration:01:20:16