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The Ringer dives into movies as Editor-In-Chief 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 1997 Movie Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 91:17


    We are drafting again! And Amanda is back! She and Sean are joined by Chris Ryan to pick their faves and foil their pals in a draft of the movies from 1997. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' Is Here!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 76:18


    The sequel to Ryan Coogler's box office–dominating, culture-shifting, Oscar-nominated 2018 film is here. Van Lathan joins Sean and Amanda to break it all down. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Van Lathan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The 2022 Movie Star Ranking: 35 Under 35, Revisited

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 103:39


    More than 20 months ago, Sean and Amanda embarked on their first-ever Movie Star Ranking. It's become a yearly tradition, and with the streaming release of two under-35 star-led vehicles, Harry Styles's 'My Policeman' and Jennifer Lawrence's 'Causeway,' we're running it back. Who's up, who's down, who's aged out, and who's hitting the scene hard? Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘The Banshees of Inisherin' and Top 5 Movie Friendships

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 97:02


    Chris Ryan joins Sean and Amanda to dive into Martin McDonagh's new film, ‘The Banshees of Inisherin,' a reunion of Brendan Gleeson and Colin Farrell from McDonagh's 2008 cult classic, ‘In Bruges,' (1:00) before sharing their top 5 movie friendships (38:00). Then, McDonagh talks with Sean about the making of his new film (1:10:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Martin McDonagh and Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Ten Movies to See Right Now. Plus, James Gray Returns!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 109:05


    It's a tremendously hectic period at the movies right now, with award season picking up pace, the Streaming Wars in high gear, and some major-event movies right around the corner. Sean and Amanda break down 10-plus new releases now streaming or in theaters (39:00). Then, writer-director James Gray returns to the show to discuss his autobiographical new film, ‘Armageddon Time,' and the state of the movie business. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: James Gray Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    'Tár' Is the Movie of 2022. Here's Why.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 123:15


    Sean and Amanda dive deep into one of the year's most exciting and resonant movies, Todd Field's ‘Tár' (1:00). Then, Field joins Sean to discuss the world of classical music, Cate Blanchett, and how he made the film (1:27:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Todd Field Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Black Adam': The Worst Movie of the Decade?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 65:16


    The hierarchy of power has changed and Sean is depressed about it. Charles Holmes and Rob Mahoney join Sean to talk about ‘Black Adam,' the no. 1 movie at the box office, the latest installment in the DCEU, and yet another Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson action vehicle. Host: Sean Fennessey Guests: Charles Holmes and Rob Mahoney Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Julia Roberts Hall of Fame and ‘Ticket to Paradise'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 102:29


    Julia Roberts, the once (and maybe future) queen of the box office returns to movie theaters this weekend with ‘Ticket to Paradise,' a rom-com reunion of sorts with George Clooney—her first starring role on the big screen in four years. Amanda and Sean will review this new film, then build their Julia Roberts Hall of Fame by choosing 10 of her most essential movie roles. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Halloween Ends' and the 'Halloween' Movie Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 78:37


    ‘Halloween Ends,' the third and allegedly final installment of David Gordon Green's legacy sequel 'Halloween' trilogy, debuted this weekend in theaters and streaming on Peacock. Chris Ryan joins Sean to talk about the new film, the year in horror, and to rank all 13 'Halloween' films. Host: Sean Fennessey Guest: Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Horror Movie Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 129:41


    We are drafting again and since it's Halloween season, we needed to bring in a big gun. Six-time 'Big Picture' returning champion Alex Ross Perry is live and in studio to parse through the horror canon. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Alex Ross Perry and Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The David Lynch Episode

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 96:07


    This year marks the 30th anniversary of David Lynch's ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,' and the 25th anniversary of ‘Lost Highway.' To celebrate, Sean and Adam Nayman are diving deep into the unnerving, beautiful, often terrifying dream logic of their Lynchian fascinatination. Host: Sean Fennessey Guest: Adam Nayman Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Most Exciting (and Baffling) Movies of Awards Season, Plus the Genius of ‘Andor'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 81:51


    Sean and Amanda get excited for the best movie month of the year, digging into some new October releases, including ‘Amsterdam,' ‘Triangle of Sadness,' and ‘Tár,' as well as the best movies at the New York Film Festival and a brief celebration of the new Star Wars show 'Andor.' Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Great ‘Avatar' Debate with Blank Check's Griffin Newman and David Sims

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 111:04


    ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,' the sequel to the most lucrative movie of all time, is slated for the end of this year. Does anyone care? Sean is joined by Griffin Newman and David Sims, hosts of the ‘Blank Check' podcast, to discuss the lasting impact of James Cameron's technologically revolutionary behemoth, and more importantly, whether ‘Avatar' is actually good. Host: Sean Fennessey Guests: Griffin Newman and David Sims Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Bros' and Our Top Five 21st Century Comedies

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 91:05


    ‘Bros,' Billy Eichner's first leading role in a feature, is in theaters. Sean and Amanda dig into the movie before sharing their five favorite studio comedies of the century (1:00). Then, Sean is joined by Nicholas Stoller, the director of ‘Bros' and other comedy installments like ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall' and ‘Neighbors,' to discuss the film and the current state of theatrical comedies in relation to streaming and television (58:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Nicholas Stoller Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Blonde' and the Top 5 Essential Marilyn Monroe Movies

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 67:20


    ‘Blonde,' Andrew Dominik's long-awaited Marilyn Monroe biopic starring Ana de Armas, is now available on Netflix. Sean and Amanda dissect the film's handful of successes and numerous, puzzling failures, before discussing Monroe's titanic impact on movie stardom and the various depictions of her throughout cinema history. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The ‘Don't Worry Darling' Fiasco

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 95:20


    It's the movie event of the fall, but not in a good way. Sean and Amanda break down all things ‘Don't Worry Darling,' Olivia Wilde's controversy-racked new thriller, and talk about the most scandalous productions in movie history (2:00). Then, Sean is joined by Brett Morgen, direct of the new David Bowie documentary ‘Moonage Daydream' (1:05:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Brett Morgen Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘The Woman King' and 10 Movies to See Now. Plus: The Best and Worst Films at TIFF.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 90:54


    After a quiet few weeks, movies are back in theaters in a big way—and none bigger than Gina Prince-Bythewood's warrior epic ‘The Woman King.' Sean and Amanda break down the new Viola Davis vehicle and nine more new releases, including a pair of disturbing horror movies, a David Bowie doc, and, um, ‘Pinocchio' (2:00). Then, Adam Nayman joins Sean to share a report from the Toronto International Film Festival, including word on Steven Spielberg's ‘The Fabelmans,' ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,' and ‘My Policeman' (56:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Adam Nayman Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The 1980s Comedy Movie Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 83:20


    We are drafting again! And we're widening the scope this time around. Sean, Amanda, and Chris Ryan pick their faves and foil their pals in a draft of 1980s comedy movies. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    'Barbarian'!!!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 84:09


    The no. 1 movie in America is a depraved, completely unpredictable horror movie: hallelujah! Sean and Amanda are joined by Chris Ryan (2:00) to talk about this wonderful freak show before Sean is joined by writer-director Zach Cregger (53:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Chris Ryan and Zach Cregger Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    500th Episode Call-In Spectacular!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 118:42


    We did it—500 episodes! To celebrate, Sean, Amanda, and Bobby are taking your calls and answering your burning questions about their favorite episodes, movie theater experiences, Big-Pic bits, and the future of the show. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    10 Way-Too-Early Oscar Predictions and the Best Movies at Telluride

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 108:57


    The Oscars Show is back! Sean recounts his biggest takeaways from Telluride and what can be gleaned for the upcoming awards season, before Sean and Amanda share their semi-serious predictions for an Oscars show that is six months away. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The 2005 Upside-Down Movie Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 107:14


    We are drafting again! And we have a twist: Rather than draft the best movies of 2005, we're looking at some of the worst and making a case for them. Sean, Amanda, and Chris Ryan pick their faves and foil their pals in an upside-down draft of the movies from 2005. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Sylvester Stallone Hall of Fame With Bill Simmons

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 82:52


    Sylvester Stallone is back on the big screen in ‘Samaritan,' an Amazon Prime superhero vehicle with Stallone at the center. To mark the occasion, Sean is joined by Bill Simmons to build out the Sly Hall of Fame. Host: Sean Fennessey Guest: Bill Simmons Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Our Top 5 Fantasy Favorites: ‘Lord of the Rings,' ‘House of the Dragon,' and ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 91:19


    George Miller, the beloved filmmaker responsible for the 'Mad Max' films, 'Babe,' 'Happy Feet,' and more, has a new fantasy film called 'Three Thousand Years of Longing' out this weekend. Sean is joined by Joanna Robinson to talk about the movie, and our undeniable fantasy moment (1:00). Then, Owen Kline talks to Sean about his debut feature ‘Funny Pages' (1:09:00). Host: Sean Fennessey Guest: Joanna Robinson and Owen Kline Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The 20 Most Anticipated Movies of Fall 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 95:26


    It's been a grim summer movie season, but a promising fall awaits. Amanda and Sean break down the summer doldrums at the box office and then share the 20 fall films of 2022 they're most excited to see. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Top Five “One Crazy Night” Movies and ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 102:31


    Joanna Robinson joins Sean to dig into A24's new Gen Z horror-comedy-whodunit ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies' (0:00) and to share their five favorite “one crazy night” movies (1:00). Then, Halina Reijn, the Dutch actress and director of ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies,' talks with Sean about how she transitioned to working behind the camera full-time (1:12:00). Host: Sean Fennessey Guests: Joanna Robinson and Halina Reijn Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Prey' and the ‘Predator' Movie Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 73:53


    The latest in the ‘Predator' movie saga, ‘Prey,' is streaming on Hulu now. Chris Ryan joins Sean to talk about the film and where it sits in the ‘Predator' canon (1:00). Then, ‘Prey' director Dan Trachtenberg talks with Sean about how he made the film (44:00). Host: Sean Fennessey Guests: Dan Trachtenberg and Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Bullet Train' and the Top 5 Movies Set on a Train

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 62:33


    ‘Bullet Train', a new movie set—you guessed it—on a Bullet Train, hits theaters this weekend. Van Lathan joins Sean to discuss the star-studded Brad Pitt action vehicle, and then they share their top five favorite movies set on the railway (23:00). Host: Sean Fennessey Guest: Van Lathan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Five New Films to Stream, ‘Top Gun: Maverick' for Best Picture, and a Summer Movie Mailbag

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 82:59


    Sean shares five new films to stream (1:00) before opening up the mailbag to answer your questions and beat the summer doldrums (22:00). Host: Sean Fennessey Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘The Gray Man' and the Top 10 Trash Special Ops Movies

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 82:06


    The Russo Brothers' new Netflix action extravaganza got Sean and Chris Ryan thinking about a subgenre they love: trashy spy subcontractor stories. They discuss ‘The Gray Man' (1:00) and the movies it's lifting from in depth (33:00). Host: Sean Fennessey Guest: Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The 1987 Mega-Movie Draft With Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 150:26


    We are drafting again and we have some special guests: Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary, longtime friends, filmmaking collaborators, and the hosts of the Video Archives Podcast join Sean, Amanda, and Chris Ryan to pick their faves and foil their pals in a draft of the movies from 1987. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary, and Chris Ryan Producers: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Nope' With Jordan Peele!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 88:00


    ‘Nope,' Jordan Peele's third feature film as writer-director, is in theaters now. Sean and Van Lathan dig into this complex, fascinating extraterrestrial tale (1:00), before Peele himself joins to talk about how and why he made his movie (1:05:00). Host: Sean Fennessey Guests: Jordan Peele and Van Lathan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    John Carpenter's ‘The Thing' at 40, With John Carpenter!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 91:47


    This year marks the 40th anniversary of John Carpenter's sci-fi horror masterpiece, one of the signature cult classics in American cinema. Sean and Chris Ryan break down everything they love about the movie (1:00) before Carpenter joins the show to discuss how he made the film, and why it resonates to this day (55:00). Host: Sean Fennessey Guests: John Carpenter and Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The 2022 Movie Auction Returns!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 96:12


    It's time to auction again—after a thrilling Part 1 earlier in the year, Chris rejoins Sean and Amanda to bid on the best of the rest of the movies of 2022. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Thor: Love and Thunder' and Five Ways to Fix the Marvel Crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 84:43


    There's some angst among fans of the biggest franchise story of the 21st century. So Sean is joined by Charles Holmes and Rob Mahoney to discuss 'Thor: Love and Thunder', and the MCU'S recent struggles. They then pitch the Marvel stories they want to see on the big screen. Host: Sean Fennessey Guests: Charles Holmes and Rob Mahoney Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Thor: Love and Thunder' Is Here!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 93:43


    Sean is joined by Joanna Robinson to reflect on the passing of the great James Caan, before breaking down Taika Waititi's latest installment of the Thor story, ‘Love and Thunder' (6:37). Then, Sean is joined by the French filmmaker Claire Denis to talk about her brilliant career and her latest film, ‘Both Sides of the Blade' (67:11). HOST: Sean Fennessey GUESTS: Joanna Robinson and Claire Denis PRODUCER: Steve Ahlman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Effing Minions Episode and Top 5 Movies We'll Show Our Kids

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 65:31


    After years of threats, Sean and Amanda finally dive deep into the franchise that houses the world's biggest movie stars: the Minions! They discuss the movies, including the just released ‘The Rise of Gru' (2:00) and then share five movies they will show their children (39:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Mike Wargon Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The 10 Best Movies of 2022 … So Far

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 94:45


    Sean invites an all-star cast of Ringer contributors to share their favorite movies of the year. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Rob Harvilla, Charles Holmes, Van Lathan, Rob Mahoney, Adam Nayman, Joanna Robinson, Mallory Rubin, Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Ethan Hawke Hall of Fame and ‘The Black Phone'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 80:25


    Chris Ryan joins Sean to discuss the new horror thriller 'The Black Phone,' which stars one of our most beloved actors, Ethan Hawke (1:00). Then, they build out the Hawke Hall of Fame with his 10 essential performances (25:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey Guest: Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Elvis,' ‘Walk Hard' and Top Five Music Biopics

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 80:22


    Baz Luhrmann's latest film, a life-spanning biopic of Elvis Presley, is here, and Sean and Amanda are breaking down this exhaustive, expansive new film (1:00). Then, Adam Nayman joins to discuss the prescient comedy ‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story' and their favorite music biopics (24:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Adam Nayman Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Lightyear' and Five Signs of the Streaming Movie Apocalypse

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2022 82:30


    Sean and Amanda break down 'Lightyear,' the one new movie in theaters while a whole bundle of new movies are streaming at home right now, and what that tells us about the state of the movie business. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Spiderhead' and the Five Netflix Movies That Matter

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 86:40


    It's real and it's here. Chris Ryan joins Sean to discuss Netflix's new sci-fi drama ‘Spiderhead.' Then they discuss Netflix's challenges as a movie studio in 2022 (1:00). Finally, ‘Spiderhead' screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick discuss with Sean how they came to adapt a George Saunders short story and their careers (56:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey Guests: Chris Ryan, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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