December 21, 2014

EP. 8 — It’s A Wonderful Life

Devin & Amy leap back seven decades for a special holiday episode where they hash out if Frank Capra’s film It’s A Wonderful Life belongs in the canon even though people didn’t like the movie when it came out in 1946. How did critics and audiences get it wrong? What are we getting wrong today? And isn’t evil Pottersville more fun than boring old Bedford Falls? Plus, Devin & Amy ask listeners if they’ll vote literally sight-unseen to put The Interview in the canon for triggering an international incident. Does The Interview’s role in film history matter more than its mediocrity? Tune in for the debate — and head to the forums on Wolfpop to cast the deciding vote for both films!

Recent Episodes

August 12, 2018

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!

July 15, 2018

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!

July 2, 2018

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 the Earwolf forums now!