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    Galaxy Quest

    I'm a fan of this movie. I remember finding the writing surprisingly sharp when seeing it in a theater back in 1999, and have found it very rewatchable since. Is it really one of the 100 best movies ever made, though? No, I don't think so. There's a certain charm to the chintzy effects, but it's also very much shot like a TV show, with a fairly flat visual palette. One can argue that's the point since it's spoofing a TV show, but that raises my other issue: is this movie a classic if you're not already familiar with Star Trek? I'm not sure we need to be blasting off any movies that require familiarity with another property to fully work as they should. By contrast, I'd bring up something like Life of Brian, which is certainly a parody of Ben-Hur and other Biblical epics like it, but is also making a larger point about humanity and religion beyond its other media inspirations, so I'd be way more comfortable designating that as an all-time great movie comedy. I'm not sure that Galaxy Quest is about anything other than Star Trek and the culture around it, though it does a great job of being about that narrow subject.
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    Galaxy Quest

    Paul & Amy beam aboard 1999’s TV sci-fi satire Galaxy Quest! They discuss how fandom has changed over the last 20 years, learn about an in-joke that inspired the villain’s name, and debate whether Tim Allen was the right choice for the Shatner-esque lead role. Plus: Paul shares his secret history with this film. You can join the conversation for this series on the Unspooled Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/unspooledpodcast, and on Paul’s Discord at https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6. Learn more about the show at unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. You can also listen to our Stitcher Premium game show Screen Test right now at https://www.stitcher.com/show/unspooled-screen-test, and apply to be a contestant at unspooledpod@gmail.com! Photo credit: Kim Troxall
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    A Trip to the Moon

    I'd never seen the full film before, but I thought it was really creative and entertaining and certainly worthy of a spot on the list. I've also always loved that Smashing Pumpkins video, one of the best of the 90s. Obviously it's not the same tone as the original, but it takes the aesthetics and does its own fun thing. Fun fact: the main explorer guy is Tom Kenny, a.k.a. Spongebob Squarepants.
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    A Trip to the Moon

    Amy & Paul set a course for 1902’s seminal space short A Trip To The Moon (aka Le Voyage dans la Lune)! They dissect it as a work of imperialist satire, learn more about director Georges Méliès, and listen to a modern score made for the film by Air. Plus: Which films will we cover for the rest of our space series? Next week our galactic trip continues with Galaxy Quest! You can join the conversation for this series on the Unspooled Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/unspooledpodcast, and on Paul’s Discord at https://discord.gg/ZwtygZGTa6. Learn more about the show at unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. You can also listen to our Stitcher Premium game show Screen Test right now at https://www.stitcher.com/show/unspooled-screen-test, and apply to be a contestant at unspooledpod@gmail.com! Photo credit: Kim Troxall
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    Hoop Dreams

    Paul & Amy take on 1994’s groundbreaking high school basketball documentary Hoop Dreams! They compare the look of the film to slick modern docs, look at the subtle ways director Steve James contrasts his two subjects, and learn what stars Arthur and William are doing today. Plus: how Siskel & Ebert’s advocacy for the film unveiled an Oscar scandal. Next week, we begin our discussion of films set in space with A Trip To The Moon, and start the conversation on which films should be part of the series! Learn more about the show at unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. You can also listen to our Stitcher Premium game show Screen Test right now at https://www.stitcher.com/show/unspooled-screen-test, and apply to be a contestant at unspooledpod@gmail.com! Photo credit: Kim Troxall
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    2021 Oscar Special

    Well, that ending was . . . awkward.
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    2021 Oscar Special

    I actually like all of the Best Picture nominees to some degree (meaning if I were a guest on Siskel & Ebert I would give them all a thumbs-up), which is pretty unusual. In just about every other year there's at least one I would give a thumbs-down. The Trial of the Chicago 7 would be my least favorite, but it's not bad.
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    Upcoming Episodes

    Listener's choice is Hoop Dreams.
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    2021 Oscar Special

    Paul & Amy break down Nomadland, Mank, Judas & The Black Messiah, and all the Best Picture nominees before this year’s Academy Awards! They discuss which movies looked too depressing to tackle during a pandemic (and which are less depressing than you’d think), ask why the Best Picture and Best Director nominations aren’t one and the same, and give their predictions for the big category winners (and the shorts of course). Plus: some of their favorites from 2020 that didn’t get nominations! Next week, we finish our Underdogs series with the fan-voted pick, Hoop Dreams! Learn more about the show at unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. You can also listen to our Stitcher Premium game show Screen Test right now at https://www.stitcher.com/show/unspooled-screen-test, and apply to be a contestant at unspooledpod@gmail.com! Photo credit: Kim Troxall
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    A League of Their Own

    This one is in a weird space for me, in that it's a movie I enjoy very much but I don't feel the all-out love that someone like Amy clearly does. It's also pretty clear this movie means a lot to young women who grew up with it, so I don't want to harsh that buzz. There are a lot of much worse movies to have imprinted on in your youth. Things I like: -The whole cast is great, and they have great chemistry. Hate to single out the one male lead, but . . . Tom Hanks is completely brilliant in this. Almost everything out of his mouth is pure comedy gold. -The baseball action looks great too. There's some great color footage of the real league over here, and I'd have to say the movie nailed the look of it. -In general the comedy and the gags have kept working even after multiple rewatches, which is no small thing. It's a very entertaining movie. -One thing that makes me think about voting for it is that it does deviate from the same old "underdog" narrative that runs through Rocky and Hoosiers and Cool Runnings, being more focused on the interpersonal relationships and the story climax being more about that than about the result of the final match. It is doing more of its own thing than most other sports films. Criticisms: -The framing device with Old Dottie is bad. It's the Saving Private Ryan problem all over again: the story is over, but then we've got to have these extra scenes at the end that put a hat on a hat and reiterate the same message and theme we'd already gotten. The story is over when the World Series ends and Dottie reconciles with Kit after the game. The epilogue that introduces everyone at an older age simply goes on too long and adds little more than sentimentality. -I get that some of those original reviews had a misogynist bent, but the criticism about Penny Marshall not fully committing to the feminism of the story is fair. I also find the feminism of this movie a bit muddled. Take the treatment of Marla. The scene when the scout won't take her but Dottie and Kit stand their ground is good, and the way she meets her husband is sweet, but I also get the sense that the MOVIE is making fun of Marla's looks quite a bit. There are a lot of jokes at the expense of her appearance, and I'm not sure the tone always reads as satirical/critical of the person making the joke. It's just kind of thrown out there and in some ways validates what the Lovitz character thought. Then the movie also just goes with the assumption that when each of these players has a man who is ready to marry them, they'll do that and stop playing ball. I know, it's the 40s, but again here I'm not sure the presentation is telling the audience to view this with a critical eye. Like the Ugly Marla jokes, it's just kind of put out there. The only character who ever criticizes one of these decisions is Jimmy, a man who is hardly presented as a sage full of wisdom. Again, I think it MOSTLY works, but there are these nagging issues that keep me from considering it a great film. It's a marginal no vote.
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    A League of Their Own

    Amy & Paul hit a grand slam for 1992’s Penny Marshall baseball comedy A League Of Their Own! They make the case this is a film about female friendship as much as a sports movie, dig into the camaraderie between Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell, and ask what was really going through Dottie’s head in the final game. Plus: Amy met a Rockford Peach! This is the fifth episode of our Underdogs series; next week tune in for our preview of the 2020 Oscars! Learn more about the show at unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. You can also listen to our Stitcher Premium game show Screen Test right now at https://www.stitcher.com/show/unspooled-screen-test, and apply to be a contestant at unspooledpod@gmail.com! Photo credit: Kim Troxall
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    Chariots of Fire

    I think it's fine, I'm not mad at it, but I don't think it would be all that memorable if not for the Vangelis score, which is doing a lot of work to help set it apart from all the other stiff-upper-lip British historical dramas. Otherwise it's well-done, hits its marks and all that, but I don't feel strongly about it one way or the other. It does seem weird to me that American audiences flipped for this back in the day. I fully understand it if British audiences did, but outside of that . . . it seems to me the movie is really leaning heavily on assumed British patriotism to make any of the emotional stuff land. This as opposed to a real classic like Lawrence of Arabia, which really goes out and shows you why this story is important. Chariots of Fire seems to just kind of assume you already know.
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    Chariots of Fire

    Paul & Amy run through 1981’s Olympic track drama Chariots of Fire! They learn why this is Joe Biden’s favorite film, ask if this thoroughly British story was at all jazzed up for American audiences, and compare the arcs of individual sports like running to the team sports they’ve covered so far. Plus: How composer Vangelis fought to get his iconic theme in the film. This is the fourth episode of our Underdogs series; next week’s film is A League Of Their Own! Learn more about the show at unspooledpod.com, follow us on Twitter @unspooled and Instagram @unspooledpod, and don’t forget to rate, review & subscribe to us on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify. You can also listen to our Stitcher Premium game show Screen Test right now at https://www.stitcher.com/show/unspooled-screen-test, and apply to be a contestant at unspooledpod@gmail.com! Photo credit: Kim Troxall
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    Upcoming Episodes

    Voting for the annual Spoolies awards is open! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSekrnnKzdKZq1K7pI9uybIVbqo4MGsf2J2ghq3IuuIBZYUzNQ/viewform
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    Cool Runnings

    Yeah, the thing is that I think you could make a pretty interesting movie while still keeping pretty close to the real events. They didn't need to make it seem like the Jamaicans were about to win; them even qualifying was a pretty big accomplishment.
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