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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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    • 4.4 • 3.2K 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.

    ‘Licorice Pizza’ and the Paul Thomas Anderson Rankings

    ‘Licorice Pizza’ and the Paul Thomas Anderson Rankings

    Paul Thomas Anderson’s ninth feature film opens today in select theaters. Sean and Amanda have a spoiler-free conversation about the coming-of-age story set in the San Fernando Valley (1:00). Then, Amanda allows Sean some room to work through his feelings and rank his favorite director’s movies from top to bottom (33:00).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    ‘House of Gucci’ and Top 5 Ridley Scott Movies

    ‘House of Gucci’ and Top 5 Ridley Scott Movies

    It's time for the house of Gucci! Ridley Scott's much-anticipated family crime drama set among the famed Italian fashion empire, starring Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino, and many others, is here. Sean and Amanda are joined by Chris Ryan to talk about how much fun they had with the film, the performances, the style, and the Gucci of it all (1:00). Then they share their top 5 favorite Scott-directed films (35:00). Finally, Sean is joined by Chris Frierson, the filmmaker behind the Music Box entry 'DMX: Don't Try to Understand,' to talk about his documentary on the beloved rapper (1:16:00).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Guests: Chris Ryan; Chris Frierson
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 48 min
    ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife,’ ‘Tick, Tick ... Boom!,' and Our Top Five Feel-Good Movies

    ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife,’ ‘Tick, Tick ... Boom!,' and Our Top Five Feel-Good Movies

    We're talking about a trio of new releases—'Ghostbusters: Afterlife,' 'Tick, Tick ... Boom!,' and 'C'mon C'mon'—that attempt to pluck our heartstrings. They inspired Sean and Amanda to share their top five feel-good movies (1:00). Then, Sean talks with 'C'mon C'mon' writer-director Mike Mills about his wonderful new film (1:00:00).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Guest: Mike Mills
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 33 min
    ‘King Richard’ and Top 5 Sports Movies With Bill Simmons

    ‘King Richard’ and Top 5 Sports Movies With Bill Simmons

    With Will Smith in the center of the frame, ‘King Richard’ has garnered a lot of Oscars buzz. Now that the film is in theaters and on HBO Max, we talk about what makes it a throwback sports movie—and ultimately a big success—before sharing our top five sports movies (1:00). Then, Sean is joined by ‘King Richard’ director Reinaldo Marcus Green to discuss how he became involved in the project, working closely with Will Smith, and the lineage of sports movies that influenced his approach to directing this film (1:17:00).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Guests: Bill Simmons and Reinaldo Marcus Green
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 50 min
    10 Irrational Best-Picture Oscar Predictions and Why ‘Belfast’ Is the Front-Runner

    10 Irrational Best-Picture Oscar Predictions and Why ‘Belfast’ Is the Front-Runner

    Once upon a time, this was a podcast dedicated to Academy Awards coverage, so we’re going to throwback today to discuss Kenneth Branagh’s autobiographical feature ‘Belfast’ and the state of the 2021 Oscar race (1:00). Then, Sean is joined by Alison Klayman to discuss ‘Jagged,’ her film about Alanis Morissette that is part of Ringer Films’ ‘Music Box’ documentary series on HBO (51:00).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Guest: Alison Klayman
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    The Royal Movie Hall of Fame and ‘Spencer’

    The Royal Movie Hall of Fame and ‘Spencer’

    Kristen Stewart’s much-anticipated role as Princess Diana in ‘Spencer’ has finally arrived. We discuss Stewart’s performance, as well as the larger successes and failures of the film (1:00) before building a 10-movie Hall of Fame comprising the best films about royals (34:00).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
3.2K Ratings

3.2K Ratings

Trevor Flynn-Stead ,

Preface: I like this podcast

This has been my favorite podcast for over two years now and ive listened nearly every week since early summer 2019. From then on I was hooked, and 2019 proved to be their best podcasting year to date. Partially due to the absolute goldmine that was that year but also mostly because of the structure of the show. Lately, it has been feeling repetitive and kind of losing its charm for me personally. The show usually used to work as follows: Sean and Amanda would discuss things that were new in the movie world and and then discuss the new releases of the week. There would be an occasional hall of fame or top five when something momentous came along, like a top five martin Scorsese pod for the Irishman etc. also they would discuss the Oscar race. Obviously now that infrastructure and interest around awards and the movie year at large has gone away which is fine and not their fault, but i definitely miss it as a side note. now every week there is a top five devoted to something dull or obscure (top five comic book movie sequels and top five horror *franchises*?🤨)to me, at least. And also nearly every podcast now features Chris Ryan, and Amanda dobbins is on the show only a couple times a month it feels like? I like Chris Ryan but I listen to the watch to hear him talk about movies and tv. On the big pic it just gets repetitive and I feel like he says the same thing each week. I like when Adam Nayman is on becuase he doesn't have his own pod and is a critic with a usually very different view than them. And i personally have grown tired of the movie drafts. It lost its intrigue- every time there's the same result, same jokes, everyone picks their same interests and it is so predictable. I also just feel like this and the top 5s don't lend themselves well to conversation. I find that the attempt to talk about new movies and old movies at the same time doesn't work entirely. there is still fun to find in current movie culture and I miss Sean and Amanda's back and forth. This rigid listing and drafting structure just seems to be holding it back a little bit for me. No one look at this I'm already embarrassed for leaving a podcast review😩. I'm sure a lot of people like the drafts this is just one opinion. I'm not trying to be mean or tell them how to do their jobs; I still like the pod and Sean Chris and Amanda a lot but I'm just curious if any other long time listeners have similar thoughts

Cliffs71 ,

I don’t know why I bother with this pod…

I really wanted to like this, but Sean and Amanda are so collectively pretentious as to be massively off-putting and unrelatable. I thought that because I was such a fan of The Rewatchables that this would be just as fabulous, but the unbridled snobishness of The Big Picture makes it borderline unlistenable. It’s like getting stuck listening to a couple of film school snobs, but then you also realize they don’t (especially Amanda) know s#!t about most movies made before 1990. The movie drafts are OK (mostly because Chris Ryan balances out the pomposity of Sean and Amanda) but then listening to Sean and Amanda lament the fate of having to choose a sequel or a Marvel film is all but admitting they think they’re too good for their own game. The Big Picture is a frustrating weekly encounter with two people who think they’re smarter than they really are.

Birdk92 ,

Straight Culture

If you’re annoyed talking about awards and awards season… literally why do you host a podcast about it? Also just peak Straight Movie Culture content. The people you avoided in film class at all costs.

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