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The Ringer dives into movies as Sean Fennessey sits down with Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers, breaks down the latest industry trends, handicaps the upcoming Oscars race, and reviews new films with Ringer colleagues like Shea Serrano, Amanda Dobbins, and Bill Simmons.

Latest Episodes

Top Five Movie Soundtrack Needle Drops. Plus: Robbie Robertson | The Big Picture

EThe art of placing music in a movie is harder than it looks. 'Ringer' staff writer Rob Harvilla joins Sean to explore the rules of a great needle drop and the pitfalls of an obvious one, before sharing their five favorite music movie moments (0:42). Then, Sean sits down with The Band cofounder Robbie Robertson to discuss his collaborations with Martin Scorsese, the relationship between movies and music, and 'Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band' a new documentary about his life and musical career (39:25). Hosts: Sean Fennessey Guest: Rob Harvilla and Robbie Robertson

66 MIN1 d ago
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Top Five Movie Soundtrack Needle Drops. Plus: Robbie Robertson | The Big Picture

Introducing the Movie Director Game, With Sam Esmail | The Big Picture

EMovies have the February blues, so we enlisted a friend of the show to liven things up. 'Mr. Robot' creator and movie fanatic Sam Esmail joins Sean and Amanda and comes bearing a new game to play that reveals a lot about their favorite directors, personal taste, and how they view the long arc of film. Their sprawling conversations covers more than 80 years of movie history. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Sam Esmail

122 MIN5 d ago
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Introducing the Movie Director Game, With Sam Esmail | The Big Picture

Welcome to Dumpuary: Breaking Down a Bad Movie Buffet | The Big Picture

EThe Oscars are a distant memory, but we are still trapped in February, a typically scary time for movie lovers. Sean and Amanda explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2020 Dumpuary movie slate so far this season, including 'Sonic the Hedgehog,' 'Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey,' 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before P.S. I Still Love You,' and 'Fantasy Island' (1:11). Then Sean is joined by Oscar-winning screenwriters and directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to talk about 'Downhill,' their American remake of the Swedish film 'Force Majeure,' and working with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell (68:54). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

98 MIN1 w ago
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Welcome to Dumpuary: Breaking Down a Bad Movie Buffet | The Big Picture

Have the Academy Awards Changed for Good? A Post-'Parasite' Oscars Mailbag | The Big Picture

EStill awash in the 'Parasite' afterglow, we drill down on some of the lingering questions from the 92nd Oscars submitted by you, the listeners (1:17). Has 'Parasite' undone the wrongs that the Academy inflicted on Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’? What happened to ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ and what are Quentin Tarantino’s future Oscar prospects? Which films are emerging as early contenders to be discussed for next year’s Oscars? Then, writer-director Céline Sciamma joins to discuss her wonderful film ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ which goes wide in the United States on Valentine’s Day (56:38). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Céline Sciamma

98 MIN2 w ago
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Have the Academy Awards Changed for Good? A Post-'Parasite' Oscars Mailbag | The Big Picture

The 2020 Oscars: Holy S***, ‘Parasite’ Won! | The Big Picture

EIn a shocking and exhilarating finale to the 92nd Academy Awards, ‘Parasite’ and Bong Joon-ho won Best Picture, capping off an amazing Cinderella run to the top. Sean and Amanda gather their emotions to recap a strange and often dull ceremony that was highlighted by some extraordinary bursts of greatness. They break down all the awards and the best presenters, speeches, and moments from the show. They also try to understand why there were so many damn musical performances. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

64 MIN2 w ago
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The 2020 Oscars: Holy S***, ‘Parasite’ Won! | The Big Picture

Predicting the 2020 Oscars | The Big Picture

EIn our final show before the 92nd Oscars, we run down every category and predict what we think will win each award. Will it be a historic night for 'Parasite' and Bong Joon-ho, a sweep for '1917' and Sam Mendes, or a night full of curveballs we don't see coming? We also discuss whether the feeling of inevitability surrounding the acting categories has decreased excitement for the show overall. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

68 MIN2 w ago
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Predicting the 2020 Oscars | The Big Picture

Our Alternative Academy Awards | The Oscars Show

ENow that we know how this weekend’s Oscar ceremony is lining up, we’re ready to share some ideas of our own. Wesley Morris joins Sean and Amanda for the first annual Big Picture Oscars to create some new awards for the telecast and find new nominees in the six big categories. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Wesley Morris

104 MIN3 w ago
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Our Alternative Academy Awards | The Oscars Show

The Idiot's Guide to Winning Best Picture. Plus: We Make the Case for 'Parasite.' | The Oscars Show

E'1917' has run roughshod over the preliminary awards shows, dominating at the BAFTAs over the weekend. Does a WGAs win for 'Parasite' create any daylight for the South Korean sensation? Amanda and Sean break down the film's chances with a deep dive into the preferential balloting system that the Academy uses to determine its Best Picture winner (2:15). Then, they make the case for 'Parasite' as the right pick for the prize, celebrating its writing, production design, performances, direction, and so much more (37:02). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

72 MIN3 w ago
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The Idiot's Guide to Winning Best Picture. Plus: We Make the Case for 'Parasite.' | The Oscars Show

The Five Most Important Movies at Sundance | The Big Picture

EWe have returned from Sundance and we have seen the movies. Some of them, at least. Sean and Amanda break down the Sundance movie archetypes and share their favorites from the festival (1:02). Then, they discuss what's been purchased in the market, and how streaming services are trying to improve their track record of Sundance acquisitions. They also explore the festival's biggest disaster (35:25). Finally, Sean is joined by writer-director Eliza Hittman to talk about her terrific third feature, 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always,' which premiered in Park City last week (54:09). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Eliza Hittman

77 MIN3 w ago
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The Five Most Important Movies at Sundance | The Big Picture

Has '1917' Already Locked Up Best Picture? And Is That Bad for the Academy Awards? | The Oscars Show

EAfter a victory at the Directors Guild of America Awards, Sam Mendes's '1917' seems poised for dominance on Oscar night. How did the most exciting race in years become so predictable so quickly? And if there are surprises on February 9, what will they be? Sean, Amanda, and Chris Ryan debate whether a '1917' Best Picture win would signal a return to unimaginative Academy tradition (1:17). Then they break down the weekend's box office winners and losers, including Guy Ritchie's tasteless but entertaining crime romp 'The Gentlemen' (22:32). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan

47 MINJAN 28
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Has '1917' Already Locked Up Best Picture? And Is That Bad for the Academy Awards? | The Oscars Show

Latest Episodes

Top Five Movie Soundtrack Needle Drops. Plus: Robbie Robertson | The Big Picture

EThe art of placing music in a movie is harder than it looks. 'Ringer' staff writer Rob Harvilla joins Sean to explore the rules of a great needle drop and the pitfalls of an obvious one, before sharing their five favorite music movie moments (0:42). Then, Sean sits down with The Band cofounder Robbie Robertson to discuss his collaborations with Martin Scorsese, the relationship between movies and music, and 'Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band' a new documentary about his life and musical career (39:25). Hosts: Sean Fennessey Guest: Rob Harvilla and Robbie Robertson

66 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Top Five Movie Soundtrack Needle Drops. Plus: Robbie Robertson | The Big Picture

Introducing the Movie Director Game, With Sam Esmail | The Big Picture

EMovies have the February blues, so we enlisted a friend of the show to liven things up. 'Mr. Robot' creator and movie fanatic Sam Esmail joins Sean and Amanda and comes bearing a new game to play that reveals a lot about their favorite directors, personal taste, and how they view the long arc of film. Their sprawling conversations covers more than 80 years of movie history. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Sam Esmail

122 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Introducing the Movie Director Game, With Sam Esmail | The Big Picture

Welcome to Dumpuary: Breaking Down a Bad Movie Buffet | The Big Picture

EThe Oscars are a distant memory, but we are still trapped in February, a typically scary time for movie lovers. Sean and Amanda explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of the 2020 Dumpuary movie slate so far this season, including 'Sonic the Hedgehog,' 'Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey,' 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before P.S. I Still Love You,' and 'Fantasy Island' (1:11). Then Sean is joined by Oscar-winning screenwriters and directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to talk about 'Downhill,' their American remake of the Swedish film 'Force Majeure,' and working with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell (68:54). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

98 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Welcome to Dumpuary: Breaking Down a Bad Movie Buffet | The Big Picture

Have the Academy Awards Changed for Good? A Post-'Parasite' Oscars Mailbag | The Big Picture

EStill awash in the 'Parasite' afterglow, we drill down on some of the lingering questions from the 92nd Oscars submitted by you, the listeners (1:17). Has 'Parasite' undone the wrongs that the Academy inflicted on Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’? What happened to ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ and what are Quentin Tarantino’s future Oscar prospects? Which films are emerging as early contenders to be discussed for next year’s Oscars? Then, writer-director Céline Sciamma joins to discuss her wonderful film ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire,’ which goes wide in the United States on Valentine’s Day (56:38). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Céline Sciamma

98 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Have the Academy Awards Changed for Good? A Post-'Parasite' Oscars Mailbag | The Big Picture

The 2020 Oscars: Holy S***, ‘Parasite’ Won! | The Big Picture

EIn a shocking and exhilarating finale to the 92nd Academy Awards, ‘Parasite’ and Bong Joon-ho won Best Picture, capping off an amazing Cinderella run to the top. Sean and Amanda gather their emotions to recap a strange and often dull ceremony that was highlighted by some extraordinary bursts of greatness. They break down all the awards and the best presenters, speeches, and moments from the show. They also try to understand why there were so many damn musical performances. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

64 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The 2020 Oscars: Holy S***, ‘Parasite’ Won! | The Big Picture

Predicting the 2020 Oscars | The Big Picture

EIn our final show before the 92nd Oscars, we run down every category and predict what we think will win each award. Will it be a historic night for 'Parasite' and Bong Joon-ho, a sweep for '1917' and Sam Mendes, or a night full of curveballs we don't see coming? We also discuss whether the feeling of inevitability surrounding the acting categories has decreased excitement for the show overall. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

68 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Predicting the 2020 Oscars | The Big Picture

Our Alternative Academy Awards | The Oscars Show

ENow that we know how this weekend’s Oscar ceremony is lining up, we’re ready to share some ideas of our own. Wesley Morris joins Sean and Amanda for the first annual Big Picture Oscars to create some new awards for the telecast and find new nominees in the six big categories. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Wesley Morris

104 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Our Alternative Academy Awards | The Oscars Show

The Idiot's Guide to Winning Best Picture. Plus: We Make the Case for 'Parasite.' | The Oscars Show

E'1917' has run roughshod over the preliminary awards shows, dominating at the BAFTAs over the weekend. Does a WGAs win for 'Parasite' create any daylight for the South Korean sensation? Amanda and Sean break down the film's chances with a deep dive into the preferential balloting system that the Academy uses to determine its Best Picture winner (2:15). Then, they make the case for 'Parasite' as the right pick for the prize, celebrating its writing, production design, performances, direction, and so much more (37:02). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

72 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Idiot's Guide to Winning Best Picture. Plus: We Make the Case for 'Parasite.' | The Oscars Show

The Five Most Important Movies at Sundance | The Big Picture

EWe have returned from Sundance and we have seen the movies. Some of them, at least. Sean and Amanda break down the Sundance movie archetypes and share their favorites from the festival (1:02). Then, they discuss what's been purchased in the market, and how streaming services are trying to improve their track record of Sundance acquisitions. They also explore the festival's biggest disaster (35:25). Finally, Sean is joined by writer-director Eliza Hittman to talk about her terrific third feature, 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always,' which premiered in Park City last week (54:09). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Eliza Hittman

77 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Five Most Important Movies at Sundance | The Big Picture

Has '1917' Already Locked Up Best Picture? And Is That Bad for the Academy Awards? | The Oscars Show

EAfter a victory at the Directors Guild of America Awards, Sam Mendes's '1917' seems poised for dominance on Oscar night. How did the most exciting race in years become so predictable so quickly? And if there are surprises on February 9, what will they be? Sean, Amanda, and Chris Ryan debate whether a '1917' Best Picture win would signal a return to unimaginative Academy tradition (1:17). Then they break down the weekend's box office winners and losers, including Guy Ritchie's tasteless but entertaining crime romp 'The Gentlemen' (22:32). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan

47 MINJAN 28
Comments
Has '1917' Already Locked Up Best Picture? And Is That Bad for the Academy Awards? | The Oscars Show
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