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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.

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

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

    After 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 min
    The 15 Most Anticipated Movies at Sundance. Plus: Randy Newman! | The Big Picture

    The 15 Most Anticipated Movies at Sundance. Plus: Randy Newman! | The Big Picture

    We've touched down in Park City, Utah, for the Sundance Film Festival and we're ready to watch some movies. Sean and Amanda break down what it means to be a Sundance movie, the evolving state of the festival, and a few of the films they've already seen, including a Taylor Swift documentary and a hair-centric horror movie from the director of 'Dear White People' (1:00). Then, they share their lists of the movies they're most excited to see, from documentaries with grave international consequences to a drama based on a "stripper saga" Twitter thread (19:12). Finally, Sean is joined by Randy Newman to discuss his Oscar-nominated work in 'Marriage Story' and 'Toy Story 4,' his showdown at the Academy Awards with his cousin Thomas Newman, and his long career as a songwriter, composer, and bastion of wit and wisdom (41:55).




    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

    Guest: Randy Newman

    • 1 hr 8 min
    'Parasite' vs. '1917' : The Best Picture Showdown Is Here. Plus: It's Mailbag Time | The Oscars Show

    'Parasite' vs. '1917' : The Best Picture Showdown Is Here. Plus: It's Mailbag Time | The Oscars Show

    After a busy weekend for guild awards ceremonies, we have a new front-runner, '1917,' which scored a big win at the Producers Guild Awards. But 'Parasite' nabbed a surprise victory for Best Cast at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, setting up an intriguing showdown. Sean and Amanda break down the new narrative for Best Picture as we head into the Oscars home stretch (0:57). Then, we're joined by Shea Serrano, who shares the best and most important things about the weekend's box office champ, 'Bad Boys for Life' (20:59). And finally, Sean and Amanda dig into the mailbag to answer all your questions about the past, present, and future of the Academy Awards (36:52).




    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

    Guest: Shea Serrano

    • 1 hr 20 min
    The 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2020 | The Big Picture

    The 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2020 | The Big Picture

    A new movie year is upon us, and just like that we have our first disaster: 'Dolittle.' Sean and Amanda break down the Robert Downey Jr.–talking animals fiasco (0:55). Then they wash out the bad taste in their mouth by discussing the movies they're most excited for this year, among them long-awaited new projects from Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson, the latest in the MCU, a new 'Dune' adaptation, and much more (15:30).




    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

    • 1 hr 10 min
    '1917' and the Roger Deakins Hall of Fame (SPOILERS) | The Big Picture

    '1917' and the Roger Deakins Hall of Fame (SPOILERS) | The Big Picture

    Sam Mendes's extraordinary World War I drama, designed and shot to look as if it is unfolding in one seamless take, has crashed the Oscars party and dominated at the box office in its first week of wide release. Sean and Amanda are joined by Chris Ryan to discuss the movie's technical feats, storytelling troubles, and Academy chances next month (1:04). Then, the trio discuss the work of '1917' cinematographer Roger Deakins and select the 10 essential films from his brilliant career—which damn sure wasn't easy (44:00).




    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

    Guest: Chris Ryan

    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Snubs and Surprises of the 92nd Academy Award Nominations | The Oscars Show

    The Snubs and Surprises of the 92nd Academy Award Nominations | The Oscars Show

    Sean and Amanda break down all the surprises and snubs (RIP, 'Uncut Gems') among a complicated collection of Oscar nominations, including the overwhelming support for 'Joker,' 'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood,' and 'The Irishman' (1:43). Then they discuss whether the Academy has a persistent problem with diversity, snubs for long-rumored nominees like Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé, and a solution for the Oscar telecast's lingering issues (21:30).




    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

Jack tadych ,

Please remove Amanda!!

I wish I could hit the like button on many of these reviews. I share the same opinion that it is a great show, but the female cohost Amanda needs to go. I love this podcast so much, Sean is amazing, very intelligent and interesting to listen to.
He has a way of sharing his opinions, without putting down others who think differently. Amanda on the other hand is very condescending, and acts superior to everyone. I hope the producers read this and ALL the other comments, and make some changes. She also has a very annoying voice. Give Sean his own show. He would do much better on his own, with all the interesting guests he brings in.

mcj311 ,

It’s be great to have more guest co-hosts

Whew, reading through the comments below and there are a lot of thoughts out there. Honestly, I’ve really enjoyed hearing from both Sean and Amanda. While the hosts might not always be my taste, it has been meaningful personally, to hear folks that don’t always share the same thoughts as me. I would though, love to have more guest hosts of color and other marginalized identities (e.g. LGBTQIA+) as Sean and Amanda are speaking from their white lens/experience of being in a predominantly dominant group - I don’t feel that they alway broach subjects that disproportionately affect our LGBTQIA+ communities, women, people of color and particularly women of color as well because that’s not their forte-also don’t seem to have as vast a vocab to discuss from. And while I recognize that isn’t marginalized folks responsibility to educate them, it’d be refreshing to hear those communities perspectives of film as movies and cinema are such a microcosm of our world. Stoked that Wesley is gonna be on, but also want to know who else?!?! There’s no lack of intelligent film critics out there with different thoughts and perspectives that hold minoritized identities and intersect with Sean and Amanda’s views/experiences etc.

Sirot34 ,

Horrible.

Done of these reviewers already havff dc opinions begins they watch the films. Very biased. Garbage.

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