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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.

    The Monster Movie Hall of Fame and 'The Invisible Man' | The Big Picture

    The Monster Movie Hall of Fame and 'The Invisible Man' | The Big Picture

    To celebrate the release of 'The Invisible Man,' Leigh Whannell's clever reimagining of the classic Universal monster movie, Adam Nayman joins the show to help construct a shrine to the greatest creatures, ghouls, aliens, oversized apes, and ineffable spirits in film history (1:03). Then, Whannell joins Sean to talk about the making of his new movie, casting Elisabeth Moss as the protagonist of the story, and the unlikely inspirations he channeled (47:30).




    Hosts: Sean Fennessey

    Guest: Adam Nayman and Leigh Whannell

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Top Five Movie Soundtrack Needle Drops. Plus: Robbie Robertson | The Big Picture

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

    The 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

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Introducing the Movie Director Game, With Sam Esmail | The Big Picture

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

    Movies 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

    • 2 hrs 2 min
    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

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