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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.

    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 hr 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
    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

Customer Reviews

Minaroxanne ,

Could be so much better

The enthusiasm for the subject matter is infectious. The host’s speaking voice is clear and articulate. The varied films that are discussed are well-rounded. So, why the 3 star review? The host interviews fascinating, world-class directors and SPENDS THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW SPEAKING. He asks long-winded questions and barely gives his guests a chance to answer. It’s a shame!

Coralflorida ,

Directors Game ep

There’s nothing wrong with being a contrarian if you’re informed and knowledgeable. Amanda doesn’t like Linklater because there’s “so much talking”? Hasn’t seen canonical blockbuster films from her lifetime? If you’re on a movie podcast, shouldn’t you have more than a passing knowledge of movies?

Sara91190 ,

Amanda ruins the show

Amanda,

You can’t in the same breath ask for women to be represented, complain about athletic filming because it’s “ showing off” and has male energy AND at the same time when a man is brought up you talk about brad Pitts shirt off, that you want him to win so you can see him more. Not once did you talk about his talent or his acting in the film. You sexualize men but fight people when a conversation is about typical male directors. You have no valid points. You didn’t like true detective because of the long shots? Make your own opinions about something, instead of watching something with the lens of your social justice warrior glasses. Just enjoy something because it’s well written and enjoyable.
Please choose a side. It’s annoying. You make women look bad.

Thanks!

Side note : Sean is great and tries to reason with her madness.
Still worth watching as of now. Hopefully she doesn’t get worse.

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