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About The Spool

The Spool is an irreverent, informative source for film and television coverage, focused on diverse, thoughtful opinions that seek out a greater understanding of the media we love.

The Spool is a Chicago-based film and television website that features reviews, interviews, festival coverage and more for new releases and classic fare alike.

Since 2019, we've posted hundreds of reviews, interviews, features, and podcasts, ranging from new releases to anniversaries of old favorites and festival coverage. Some of our biggest recurring features include:
  • Filmmaker of the Month -- monthly retrospectives on a filmmaker's works;
  • P.S.H. I Love You (COMPLETE) -- an exploration of the entire filmography of Philip Seymour Hoffman, courtesy of Staff Writer Jonah Koslofsky;
  • Right on Cue -- a weekly podcast (hosted by Spool Founder and Editor-in-Chief Clint Worthington) that features interviews with film/TV composers about the origins and nuances of their latest scores;
  • and more. 
We're Rotten Tomatoes-certified and fully independent -- we rely on no corporate sponsorships or outside money, just what we get from ads and Patrons like you. 

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Not a dime goes into the editor-in-chief's pocket; if you want to support young, independent writers through challenging times in journalism and cultural criticism, The Spool can work wonders with our your contributions. 
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