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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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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.

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

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

    The 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

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Have the Academy Awards Changed for Good? A Post-'Parasite' Oscars Mailbag | The Big Picture

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

    Still 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

    • 1 hr 38 min
    The 2020 Oscars: Holy S***, ‘Parasite’ Won! | The Big Picture

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

    In 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

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Predicting the 2020 Oscars | The Big Picture

    Predicting the 2020 Oscars | The Big Picture

    In 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

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Our Alternative Academy Awards | The Oscars Show

    Our Alternative Academy Awards | The Oscars Show

    Now 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

    • 1 hr 44 min
    The Idiot's Guide to Winning Best Picture. Plus: We Make the Case for 'Parasite.' | The Oscars Show

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

    '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

    • 1 hr 12 min

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