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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.

    Criterion Channel Is a Streaming Miracle. Here are 25 Movies You Should Watch Now | The Big Picture

    Criterion Channel Is a Streaming Miracle. Here are 25 Movies You Should Watch Now | The Big Picture

    The Criterion Channel streaming service is celebrating its one-year anniversary this week and it has been a shelter in a storm for movie lovers during quarantine. To celebrate, we've asked 15 friends of The Big Picture—writers, filmmakers, and critics—to explain why the Channel is so crucial and suggest one must-watch from its massive and essential library. (And maybe a few runners-up, too.) Then, Sean is joined by Criterion programmer Penelope Bartlett to break down how the movies find their way to the service.




    Hosts: Sean Fennessey

    Guests: Ari Aster, Penelope Bartlett, Erin Lee Carr, Amanda Dobbins (and Amanda's dad), Sam Esmail, Liz Hannah, Barry Jenkins, Miranda July, Adam Nayman, Amy Nicholson, Alex Ross Perry, Peyton Reed, Chris Ryan, Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

    • 2 hrs 17 min
    Movie Swap: 'Aliens' vs. 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' | The Big Picture

    Movie Swap: 'Aliens' vs. 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' | The Big Picture

    Hollywood has officially canceled summer movie season, so we're going back to old favorites and exposing each other to new experiences. For their latest movie swap, Sean chooses James Cameron's epic sci-fi actioner 'Aliens,' while Amanda selects Richard Curtis's aggressively charming rom-com 'Four Weddings and a Funeral.' Will they love the picks? Hate them? Will they come to understand each other more deeply as humans?




    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

    • 1 hr 51 min
    100 Years of Genius: The Toshiro Mifune Hall of Fame | The Big Picture

    100 Years of Genius: The Toshiro Mifune Hall of Fame | The Big Picture

    The Japanese superstar would have turned 100 years old this week, so for our 250th episode, Mifune's centenary is as good a time as we're ever going to get to celebrate his extraordinary career as a film actor. Sean is joined by Chris Ryan to walk through Mifune's life and work, including his iconic collaborations with director Akira Kurosawa, and analyze his mind-blowing physical and emotional power. They choose the actor's 10 essential performances and recommend the best hidden gems in his filmography.




    Hosts: Sean Fennessey

    Guest: Chris Ryan

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Screw It, We're Giving Out 2021 Oscars Right Now | The Big Picture

    Screw It, We're Giving Out 2021 Oscars Right Now | The Big Picture

    New movie releases have slowed to a crawl, but we do have a quarter of a year's worth to judge. Sean and Amanda have scanned the results and decided to hand out some premature Academy Awards to spotlight the very best we've seen so far. Then, they do a little guesswork, peruse the year ahead, and make some blind guesses on the 2021 winners for the big six Oscar categories.

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Movie Star Ranking: 35 Under 35 | The Big Picture

    The Movie Star Ranking: 35 Under 35 | The Big Picture

    With no new movies on the horizon, we have resorted to ridiculous rankings. First up, a completely unscientific but emotionally charged rundown of the 35 best, most exciting movie stars under the age of 35 working today in Hollywood. How did we choose them? Did your internet boyfriend make the cut? Is playing a superhero a prerequisite for this list? Tune in to find out.




    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

    • 1 hr 53 min
    We're Watching Every New Movie at Home Now. Is That a Good Thing? Plus: Bill Simmons on 'The Hunt.' | The Big Picture

    We're Watching Every New Movie at Home Now. Is That a Good Thing? Plus: Bill Simmons on 'The Hunt.' | The Big Picture

    Suddenly, nearly every 2020 movie that's been released is available at home. Sean and Amanda break down our new (hopefully temporary) reality of home consumption, discuss the drawbacks of the VOD economy, and go in-depth on two new at-home releases, 'The Hunt' and 'Emma.' (0:32). Then, Bill Simmons stops by to talk about how excited he is for the future of seeing new movies from the comfort of his home, and why 'The Hunt' was the perfect movie for that experience (58:30).




    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

    Guest: Bill Simmons

    • 1 hr 26 min

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