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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 Holiday Movie Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 70:11


    It's December, which means it's officially holiday movie season. We're bringing Chris Ryan back to draft holiday movies with one special twist—a wild-card category of any holiday content. It's the most wonderful draft of the year! Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    ‘The Beatles: Get Back' and Our Fab 5 Beatles Albums

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 87:41

    The weekend delivered a bountiful feast for Beatles fans: Peter Jackson's epic, revelatory eight-hour ‘Get Back' documentary series on Disney+. Amanda and Sean talk about the film today and their favorite Beatles albums (1:00). Then, Sean is joined by Penny Lane, whose film ‘Listening to Kenny G' in the latest installment of The Ringer's Music Box series, which premieres on HBO and HBO Max Thursday night (49:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Penny Lane Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Licorice Pizza' and the Paul Thomas Anderson Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 86:28

    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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘House of Gucci' and Top 5 Ridley Scott Movies

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 108:21


    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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 93:47

    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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 110:27

    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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 87:24

    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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Royal Movie Hall of Fame and ‘Spencer'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 69:01


    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 (0:00) before building a 10-movie Hall of Fame comprising the best films about royals (0:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Top Five Movie Robots, ‘Finch,' and the Awful Truth About Hollywood

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 80:19


    A new Tom Hanks movie, ‘Finch,' just hit Apple TV+; it's about a man and his robot pal enduring a post-apocalyptic terrain. Sean is joined by 'Gene and Roger' host and writer Brian Raftery to break down the movie and share their favorite movie robots (1:00). Then, writer-director-producer Jim Cummings stops by to talk about his new film, ‘The Beta Test,' and the uncomfortable truths about a career in Hollywood (49:00). Host: Sean Fennessey Guests: Brian Raftery and Jim Cummings Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    ‘Eternals' Is a Big Miss. But Is Marvel Too Big to Fail?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 85:50

    The newest entrant in the MCU comes from Oscar-winning filmmaker Chloe Zhao, but something isn't quite right about the movie. Sean is joined by Joanna Robinson to break down the film and what its struggles mean for the future of Marvel (1:00). Then, writer-director Joanna Hogg stops by to talk about her latest, ‘The Souvenir Part II,' the follow-up to her brilliant 2018 film (54:00). Host: Sean Fennessey Guests: Joanna Robinson and Joanna Hogg Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The 1994 Mega-Movie Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 93:51


    We are drafting again! And this time, the roster is growing. Shea Serrano and Van Lathan join Sean, Amanda, and Chris Ryan for a draft of one of the greatest years in movie history: 1994.  Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guests: Chris Ryan, Van Lathan, Shea Serrano Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    The Edgar Wright Rankings and ‘Last Night in Soho' With Edgar Wright!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 87:22

    The director's latest, the psychological horror movie ‘Last Night in Soho,' is out in theaters. Sean is joined by The Ringer's Rob Harvilla to talk about Wright's fascinating career and their favorite Edgar Wright films, including 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,' 'Shaun of the Dead,' and 'Baby Driver.' Then, Sean talks with Wright himself about how he crafted his new movie, his career, and the movies he loves. Hosts: Sean Fennessey Guests: Edgar Wright and Rob Harvilla Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Dune. DUNE. DUNE!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 77:49

    This is a podcast about ‘Dune.' DUUUUUUUUUUUNE. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Top Five Wes Anderson Movies and ‘The French Dispatch'

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 102:33

    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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 96:07

    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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 87:12


    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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    The 1998 Movie Draft: A Time for Betrayal

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 129:07


    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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    No Time to Die' and Top Five James Bond Movies

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 112:02


    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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage' and Top 5 Comic Book Movie Sequels

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 104:49

    Eddie Brock and his alien symbiote pal are back in 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage,' a sequel to the surprise mega-hit from 2018. To break down the new 'Venom' movie and our favorite comic book movie sequels, Sean is joined by Van Lathan and Charles Holmes, aka The Midnight Boys (0:30). Then, Sean talks to 'Let There Be Carnage' director Andy Serkis, the acclaimed performance capture artist behind Gollum in the 'Lord of the Rings' films and a filmmaker in his own right (1:14:05). Host: Sean Fennessey Guests: Van Lathan, Charles Holmes, and Andy Serkis Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Top Five ‘Sopranos' Episodes and ‘The Many Saints of Newark' With David Chase

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 117:00


    This weekend sees the release in theaters and streaming on HBO Max of ‘The Many Saints of Newark,' a film prequel to David Chase's medium-altering TV series. Justin Sayles, The Ringer's resident Sopranosologist, joins the show to discuss the movie and his deep dive on every single episode in show history, including his top five picks (35:30). Then, ‘Sopranos' creator and ‘Many Saints' cowriter and producer Chase joins Sean to talk about the movie, his relationship to the show now, and a lot more (1:17:39). Host: Sean Fennessey Guests: Justin Sayles and David Chase Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    A 400th Episode "Ask Us Anything" Mailbag Extravaganza

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 87:28

    It's the 400th episode! To celebrate, Sean and Amanda are opening up the mailbag to answer just about anything you wanted to know, in the world of movies and beyond.  Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The 2021 Movie Star Ranking: 35 Under 35. Plus, the Catastrophe of 'Dear Evan Hansen.'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 89:51

    It's back! We revisit our controversial list of young stars 18 months later and determine what we got right, what we got wrong, and where movie stardom is going in 2021.  Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Top-Five Actor Transformations, ‘The Eyes of Tammy Faye,' and the Horrifying Future of Award Shows

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 87:29

    It's late September, and that can only mean one thing: We now begin that deathless march to the center of the hellscape better known as Awards Season. But will anyone care? Sean and Amanda discuss the lay of the land after Telluride and TIFF, including the reception of 'Belfast,' 'Dune,' and 'Dear Evan Hansen' (1:00). Then, they talk about 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye,' a Jessica Chastain showcase and possible Oscar contender, before picking their top-five favorite actor transformations (42:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Top 5 Clint Eastwood Movies and ‘Cry Macho'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 92:26


    'Cry Macho,' the 44th film directed by 91-year-old Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood, arrives in theaters and is now available on HBO Max. Adam Nayman and Chris Ryan join Sean to talk about the expansive, six-decade career of one of the signature filmmakers and movie stars of all time. They analyze 'Cry Macho,' his on-screen persona, his complicated political presence, and his relationship to genre, and, finally, they share their five favorite Eastwood films. Host: Sean Fennessey Guests: Chris Ryan and Adam Nayman Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    The 2004 Movie Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 94:23

    We asked, you decided: After a public vote, we're drafting from the year 2004. Who were we? What were we doing? And what movies were we seeing? Join Sean, Amanda, and Chris as they explore a time of anchormen, eternal sunshine, and sequels galore. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Prestige Dirtbag Movie: A Celebration

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 71:20


    Sean is joined by Chris Ryan to break down the new Paul Schrader film ‘The Card Counter,' explore Schrader's seminal works, and define one of their favorite movie subgenres: the Prestige Dirtbag Movie. What is it and why do they love them (0:30)? Then, Sean and Chris review James Wan's ‘Malignant' before discussing the state of horror movies in 2021 (59:00). Host: Sean Fennessey Guest: Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    The 20 Most Anticipated Fall Movies and the Winners of the Telluride Film Festival

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 80:43

    Sean chats with Amanda about his trip to the Telluride Film Festival, an annual launchpad for Oscar contenders. He talks about the best films he saw and the scene in Colorado (0:30). Then they discuss what to look forward to for the rest of the movie year (44:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' and the 10 Movies to See Before It

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 93:10

    This weekend sees the release of a hugely important movie for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.' Sean breaks down the character's place in Marvel mythology, the films that influenced the new movie, and whether it all worked with The Ringer's Daniel Chin (1:00). Then, Sean is joined by the film's screenwriter, Dave Callaham, to talk about writing blockbusters in the 21st century, the challenges and rewards of the work, and how 'Shang Chi' came together (46:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey Guests: Daniel Chin and Dave Callaham Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Dune,' ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home' and the Best Trailers of 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 113:34

    Sean and Amanda talk about the buzzy new ‘Spider-Man' trailer, as well as some hotly anticipated awards-season films, including ‘The Power of the Dog' and ‘Spencer' (0:31). Then they dig into the mailbag to answer listener questions about ‘Dune,' their dream biopics, and the HBO Max experiment so far (30:00). Finally, Sean is joined by Michael Sarnoski, the writer-director of the acclaimed Nicolas Cage drama ‘Pig' (1:20:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Michael Sarnoski Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Top Five Summer 2021 Movies and Everything Sean Missed While He Was Out

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 102:56

    Sean returns from his break and Amanda runs down the major story lines from the world of movies that he missed (0:31). Then, they share their favorite (and not so favorite) movies of the summer (48:30). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    8. “Something Wonderful Is Coming to an End” | Gene and Roger

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 36:27

    Still reeling from Gene Siskel's death, Roger Ebert tries to bring their show into the new century. But Hollywood is changing, and so is the media landscape Gene and Roger conquered during their time together. And as the story of Gene and Roger ends, it's clear that movies—and movie criticism—will never be the same again. Host: Brian Raftery Producers: Amanda Dobbins, Sean Fennessey, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    7. “The Realities of Time” | Gene and Roger

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 32:02

    By the late '90s, the unlikely alliance between Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert was stronger than ever. But their hard-won friendship would soon face unexpected challenges that would end their time together sooner than anyone expected Host: Brian Raftery Producers: Amanda Dobbins, Sean Fennessey, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The M. Night Shyamalan Rankings and ‘Old'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 91:25

    In July, the sometimes-acclaimed, sometimes-controversial, sometimes-downright-vilified writer-director M. Night Shyamalan released his 14th feature film, 'Old.' Joining Sean to talk about all things Shyamalan—from his best films to his worst and everything in between—is the cohost of 'Higher Learning' and one-half of the Midnight Boys on the Ringer Podcast Network, Van Lathan. Host: Sean Fennessey Guest: Van Lathan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    6. “The Human Condition” | Gene and Roger

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 31:10

    For Siskel and Ebert, the '90s were a revolutionary era—both for the movies and for their careers. A new generation of filmmakers was taking over Hollywood, and Gene and Roger became cheerleaders for the bold next wave of writers and directors. But the industry was also plagued by problems and controversies, many of which Siskel and Ebert faced head on. By the time the '90s ended, Gene and Roger would become more than just the country's best-known film critics. They'd also become advocates. Host: Brian Raftery Producers: Amanda Dobbins, Sean Fennessey, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The 2007 Movie Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 75:17

    We're drafting again—and this time we're not messing around. It's 2007, one of the greatest movie years of our lifetimes, with several personal favorites on the board. Who will drink whose milkshake? Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    5. Attack of the Clones | Gene and Roger

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 28:18

    As Gene and Roger jumped from one program to another, they left behind shows that were desperate to replicate the duo's groundbreaking success. These reiterations, along with other imitations of the format, paved the way for a television market saturated with Siskel and Ebert wannabes. But what they all failed to realize was that what made Gene and Roger special was Gene and Roger themselves. Host: Brian Raftery Producers: Amanda Dobbins, Sean Fennessey, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    4. Top Guns | Gene and Roger

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2021 28:56

    The '80s were the blockbuster era—and Siskel and Ebert were its blockbuster film critics. It was the decade in which Gene and Roger would realize the full extent of their powers, as well as their limitations. And it would find them making yet another high-profile business decision, one that would have big consequences for Gene. Host: Brian Raftery Producers: Amanda Dobbins, Sean Fennessey, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Movie Swap: ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day' and ‘Titanic.' Plus: ‘The Green Knight'!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 118:18

    It's time for another movie swap! This time, Amanda and Sean trade a pair of classics from James Cameron: the Oscar-winning behemoth ‘Titanic' and the action classic ‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day' (0:30). Then, Sean is joined by David Lowery, the director behind the long-awaited Arthurian fable ‘The Green Knight' (1:24:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: David Lowery Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    3. “The Thumbs” | Gene and Roger

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 30:19

    In the early '80s, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert went from PBS stars to pop-culture celebrities. That newfound fame tested their already-heightened rivalry. But it also united them as they made one of the riskiest moves of their careers—a move that would change the way films were talked about, and that made Gene and Roger bigger than ever. Host: Brian Raftery Producers: Amanda Dobbins, Sean Fennessey, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Top Five Music Documentaries and ‘Woodstock '99: Love, Peace, and Rage'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 100:17

    We're living in a boom time for music documentaries. Rob Harvilla joins Sean to talk about the history of the subgenre, why it's exploding, and their top five favorites (1:00). Then, Sean is joined by Garret Price, the filmmaker behind the first installment in Ringer Films' new documentary music series Music Box: ‘Woodstock '99: Love, Peace, and Rage,' a powerful and fascinating portrait of a terrifying moment in music and American history (1:12:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey Guests: Rob Harvilla and Garret Price Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    2. “Is the Room Big Enough for Both These Guys?” | Gene and Roger

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 35:40

    From the minute Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert hit the air, everyone wanted to know: Did these two guys actually hate each other? In this episode, we'll learn more about how Gene and Roger came to be critics and rivals, and what made them the perfect foils for each other on TV. Host: Brian Raftery Producers: Amanda Dobbins, Sean Fennessey, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    1. “I Must Destroy Him” | Gene and Roger

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2021 28:53

    Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were the most famous and powerful film critics of their time—and their shows were smash hits that changed an entire industry. Over the next eight episodes, host Brian Raftery will talk to Siskel and Ebert's families, friends, coworkers, and peers to explore the duo's lasting impact—on movie criticism, on the media landscape, and on how we talk to one another. Host: Brian Raftery Producers: Amanda Dobbins, Sean Fennessey, Isaac Lee, Noah Malale, Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Return of the Movie Auction!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2021 132:40


    The 'Big Picture' Movie Auction is back! Sean and Amanda are joined by Chris Ryan to bid on the rest of the movies coming out this year that they're desperate to see (17:00). Sean and Amanda also talk to Brian Raftery about ‘Gene and Roger,' his new podcast series about the true story behind the rivalry and the partnership between legendary film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert (1:30). Finally, Sean is joined by Morgan Neville to talk about his powerful new documentary, ‘Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain' (1:41:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan, Brian Raftery, Morgan Neville Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    Introducing ‘Gene and Roger'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 1:01

    Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert were the most powerful and influential movie critics of their time. The way they talked about film set a template for pop culture conversations far beyond the cinema. In this eight-part series, premiering July 20 on ‘The Big Picture' feed, we'll talk to everyone from family members to show producers to filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino about the legacy Siskel and Ebert built, and just how impactful they remain to this day. Host: Brian Raftery Producers: Amanda Dobbins, Sean Fennessey, Noah Malale, Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Brian De Palma Top 10 and ‘Blow Out' at 40

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 84:36

    It's a very special episode of the show: a deep dive into the career of one of our favorite filmmakers, Brian De Palma. We're celebrating the 40th anniversary of one of his masterworks, ‘Blow Out,' this summer, and exploring the depths of his career. Joining Sean is Ringer contributor and author Adam Nayman. Host: Sean Fennessey Guest: Adam Nayman Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Black Widow' Is Finally Here. Was It Worth the Wait?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 90:53

    The first new movie installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 737 days is finally here, available now on Disney+ with Premier Access or in movie theaters. Amanda and Sean break down ‘Black Widow' and the future of the MCU, emphasis on the “C” (0:30). Then, Sean is joined by writer-director Leigh Janiak to discuss her three ‘Fear Street' films that are rolling out on three consecutive Fridays on Netflix this month (61:00). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Leigh Janiak Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Top Five Movies of 2021 So Far. Plus: Questlove on ‘Summer of Soul'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 84:25

    It's been an odd movie year, but there have been a handful of standouts at the halfway mark. Sean and Amanda share their top fives of 2021 thus far and explore whether we need to define what qualifies (1:00). Then, Sean is joined by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the Roots drummer and now film director, to discuss his new documentary, ‘Summer of Soul (... or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised),' which is out now on Hulu and in theaters (47:03). Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson Producers: Bobby Wagner and Kaya McMullen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Top 5 Heist Movies and ‘No Sudden Move'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 88:33

    ‘No Sudden Move,' the latest film from Steven Soderbergh—now available on HBO Max—is a return to a familiar form for one of our favorite filmmakers: the heist movie. So in this episode, Sean and Amanda share their top 5 favorite heist flicks. (0:45) Then, Sean is joined by Janicza Bravo, the writer-director behind one of the year's most entertaining films, the ripped-from-Twitter tale of ‘Zola.' (48:17) Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Janicza Bravo Producer: Bobby Wagner Associate Producer: Sasha Ashall Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Quentin Tarantino on ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood' ... the Book!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 123:48

    Quentin Tarantino is here! The writer-director had adapted his film 'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood' into a novel, and on this episode he dives deep on everything: what's different from the movie, why he wrote a novelization in the first place, the movies he watched during quarantine, the future of moviegoing, and so much more. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Chris Ryan Guest: Quentin Tarantino Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    ‘Fast 9' and the ‘Fast & Furious' Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 64:09


    The long-awaited ‘Fast 9' is here, so Sean and Amanda are digging into the entire ‘Fast & Furious' series of movies and ranking 'em all with the man who lives his life one-quarter of a pod at a time, Shea Serrano. Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Shea Serrano Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    The 1975 Movie Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2021 81:38

    Yes, we are drafting again. It's the Movie Draft: 1975 Edition. It was simply one of the best years in film history. Let's get it! Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins Guest: Chris Ryan Producer: Bobby Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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