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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.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 132 Ratings

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.

    The 1975 Movie Draft

    The 1975 Movie Draft

    Yes, we are drafting again. It’s the Movie Draft: 1975 Edition. It was simply one of the best years in film history. Let’s get it!

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Guest: Chris Ryan
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Top Five Movies Time Forgot. Plus: Why the Beatles Movie Is No Longer a Movie.

    Top Five Movies Time Forgot. Plus: Why the Beatles Movie Is No Longer a Movie.

    Sean and Amanda discuss the news that Peter Jackson's Beatles documentary will stretch into a limited documentary television series (0:30). Then, Sean is joined by writer-director Alex Ross Perry to talk about the phenomenon of the lost movie, specifically great works from well-known filmmakers that have fallen out of circulation, critical celebration, and general viewership. With the advent of so many streaming services, it’s shocking how many once high-profile movies can’t be seen easily. So Sean and Alex list five memorable examples and explain the contexts of their releases and how they may have slid into obscurity (14:32).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Guest: Alex Ross Perry
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    ‘Loki’ and 10 Ways to Build the Perfect Streaming Service

    ‘Loki’ and 10 Ways to Build the Perfect Streaming Service

    Sean and Amanda discuss the box office returns for ‘In the Heights’ and how the movie’s availability on HBO Max may have affected it. They also discuss the launch of ‘Loki’ on Disney+ and ‘Infinite’ on Paramount+ and the challenges facing movie lovers as more and more services pop up (0:30). Then, they share their plans to build the perfect streaming service, by drafting film and TV libraries, sports rights, signature stars and creators, and more (41:36).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Top 10 Movie Musicals and ‘In the Heights’

    Top 10 Movie Musicals and ‘In the Heights’

    Sean and Amanda discuss one of the year's most anticipated movies, 'In the Heights,' a movie adaptation of the Tony-Winning Lin-Manuel Miranda musical that is now in theaters and available on HBO Max (0:30). Then they discuss what makes a great movie musical and share their 10 favorites (45:00).

    Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside,’ Five New Movies to Stream, and the First Couple of ‘The Big Picture’

    Bo Burnham’s ‘Inside,’ Five New Movies to Stream, and the First Couple of ‘The Big Picture’

    On today’s episode, Sean and Amanda dig into Bo Burnham’s Netflix special ‘Inside’ ... or is it a movie? They talk about the songs, the production style, the themes, and that pesky "is it a movie?" question. Then, they share some new streaming movie recommendations (31:00) before opening up the mailbag for questions about ‘The Underground Railroad,’ movie book recommendations, and more (47:00). Finally, they’re joined by two special-guest lovebirds (1:20:00).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Top Five Threequels and ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’

    Top Five Threequels and ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’

    ‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,’ the third ‘Conjuring’ movie and the eighth installment in the franchise hits HBO Max and movie theaters this weekend. We’re diving into the film and our favorite "no. 3" entries in movie history with Chris Ryan. Plus, we discuss the exciting lineup for this year's Cannes Film Festival.

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Guest: Chris Ryan
    Producers: Bobby Wagner and Steve Ahlman
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    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
132 Ratings

132 Ratings

Spongebob Jnr ,

Great hosts

Love the podcast and the chemistry of the hosts + <3 CR

Molly THA Dawg ,

Lovely, lovely, lovely

Sean & Amanda are lovely, Chris is the goat!

akkie lumberjakkie ,

Enough Oscars

Not sure if you will read this. But I wonder why you talk so much about the Oscars. I think the two are mutually exclusive: either people care about what you think or they care what the Academy thinks. I do not think any people care about both. I love hearing you talk about film.

The Watch covers the Emmys for like 10 mins. Pitchfork media covers the Grammies for like two days. NFL podcasts talk about the Super Bowl for like a few weeks.

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