The Spoolis creating Reviews and Podcasts for Film and TV
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You get access to the monthly Patron-only podcast Cocktails & Criterions, as well as the Patron-only poll to decide which film we talk about! You'll also get access to our monthly newsletter, where we break down everything we've covered each month.
All of the above rewards, PLUS early access to our posts and podcasts (including Hall of Faces and More of a Comment, Really...) whenever possible.
You also get access to the Spool Playlist, a monthly Spotify playlist curated by The Spool's staff - popular music, classics, and film scores to fuel your commute, workout or writing session!
In 2011, Alcohollywood started as a weekly film review podcast started by two theatre kids in Chicago - film critic Clint Worthington and mixologist Jared Latore. Altogether, the podcast has amassed more than a quarter million downloads, and two nominations for Best Food/Drink Podcast at the People’s Choice Podcast Awards. The podcast is a longtime member of the Chicago Podcast Coop, and has performed live shows at the Chicago Podcast Festival and PodSlam.
Seven years later, Alcohollywood has rebranded into a full-fledged film and television outlet called The Spool, with a growing staff of writers edited by Worthington, now a Tomatometer-approved member of the Chicago Film Critics Association and Senior Writer for Consequence of Sound.
We’ve interviewed filmmakers, actors, and authors including Mads Mikkelsen, Penny Lane, Filmspotting’s Josh Larsen, Zoe Lister-Jones, Felix van Groeningen, Leigh Whannell, Terry Notary, Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian, and others. We’ve also covered festivals such as Sundance, SXSW, Reeling LGBTQ+ Film Festival, Fantasia Fest, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, and the Chicago International Film Festival.
While the Alcohollywood podcast has come to a close (though its archives are still available on alcohollywood.com), The Spool features two new podcasts:
More of a Comment, Really..., a weekly interview podcast in which Worthington talks to actors, filmmakers, and others from the wide world of film and TV;
And Hall of Faces, in which Worthington and TV critic Allison Shoemaker (and guests) debate which characters belong in their patented pantheon of TV’s greatest roles.
Why Should I Pledge?
Well, running a film and TV website like this takes a lot of resources - whether in the form of time, energy or money - and in the cutthroat world of online pop culture journalism, that can be hard to come by. Just about every week, you hear about another major website or magazine that unceremoniously lays off its writing staff in favor of freelancers, or worse - interns. It's our goal at The Spool to offer a small-scale, writers-run website that will never be in danger of sacrificing quality at the altar of the bottom line. Rather than reach beyond our grasp, The Spool wants to build out slowly but surely, operating within its means while still providing high-quality, top-tier film and TV content for its readers.
Pledging to The Spool will help us pay for a lot of things, including:
-Website hosting fees
-Podcast hosting fees
-Graphic design and podcast theme song work
-Travel costs for critics and writers to attend festivals
-Paying writers a fair share for their reviews and articles
-Feeding the editorial staff more than gruel and stale bread
We sincerely hope you see fit to support us; we pledge to offer insightful, critically-minded pop culture criticism for as long as the doors stay open.