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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.

    Dune. DUNE. DUNE!

    Dune. DUNE. DUNE!

    This is a podcast about ‘Dune.’ DUUUUUUUUUUUNE.

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Guest: Chris Ryan
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Top Five Wes Anderson Movies and ‘The French Dispatch’

    Top Five Wes Anderson Movies and ‘The French Dispatch’

    After being delayed more than a year by COVID, Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’ has finally hit theaters in limited release. We gather to discuss the film and rank Wes Anderson’s unique world of film (1:00). Then, Sean is joined by Mia Hansen-Løve to discuss ‘Bergman Island’ (1:09:12).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Guest: Mia Hansen-Løve
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 42 min
    Top 5 Movie Duos and Why ‘The Last Duel’ Rules

    Top 5 Movie Duos and Why ‘The Last Duel’ Rules

    We’re talking about ‘The Last Duel,’ the latest film from Ridley Scott and the first produced screenplay from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck since ‘Good Will Hunting.’ Thinking about Matt and Ben has us in the mood to celebrate movie duos, so Sean and Amanda drop some top 5s (1:00). Then, Sean talks to Todd Haynes about his new documentary, ‘The Velvet Underground’ (43:55).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Guest: Todd Haynes
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 36 min
    Let’s Rank the Horror Franchises. Plus: ‘Halloween Kills.’

    Let’s Rank the Horror Franchises. Plus: ‘Halloween Kills.’

    Every year, Chris Ryan joins Sean to share his favorite horror flicks, break down the state of the genre, and spotlight a few under-the-radar gems. They also rank their favorite horror franchises and put Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, Chucky, and more in their proper place (1:00). Then, filmmaker David Gordon Green comes to the show to discuss 'Halloween Kills' and his 'Exorcist' reboot (58:00).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey 
    Guests: Chris Ryan and David Gordon Green
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    The 1998 Movie Draft: A Time for Betrayal

    The 1998 Movie Draft: A Time for Betrayal

    We are drafting again! Sean and Amanda are joined by Chris Ryan to pick their faves and foil their pals in another hotly contested draft over a delightful time in recent movie history: 1998 (23:43). Then, actor Fran Kranz sits down with Sean to discuss his impressive and powerful directorial debut, ‘Mass’ (1:24:00).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Guests: Chris Ryan and Fran Kranz
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    • 2 hr 9 min
    No Time to Die’ and Top Five James Bond Movies

    No Time to Die’ and Top Five James Bond Movies

    James Bond is back! After a nearly two-year delay, ‘No Time to Die’ finally arrives in theaters around the world. To celebrate, Sean and Amanda are joined by Chris Ryan to talk about the new film, Daniel Craig’s legacy as 007, and their top five favorite Bond films (47:00). Then, Sean welcomes ‘No Time to Die’ director Cary Joji Fukunaga to talk about becoming the first American to take on Bond and the unique challenges of shepherding a massive franchise film (1:22:00).

    Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
    Guests: Chris Ryan and Cary Joji Fukunaga
    Producer: Bobby Wagner
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    • 1 hr 52 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

kyle1501 ,

The Sea is Dope

Fear is the mind killer

TheVolumeOfItAll ,

GREAT but a little sound-editing would go far

Despite Sean’s occasional buck wild takes, S, A & CR are brilliant, insightful and really entertaining. The pace is really great too.

Amanda ear-piercingly laugh-talks a sentence every once in a while and says “the ________ of it all” too much. And trails off the last words of important sentence where she finally names a film she’s been building towards. A little sound editing would go a long way.

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