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The Big Picture podcast

The Big Picture

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.

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.

 

#416

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

19 Oct 2021

1 HR 36 MINS

1:36:07

19 Oct 2021


#415

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

15 Oct 2021

1 HR 27 MINS

1:27:12

15 Oct 2021


#414

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

12 Oct 2021

2 HR 09 MINS

2:09:07

12 Oct 2021


#413

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

08 Oct 2021

1 HR 52 MINS

1:52:02

08 Oct 2021


#412

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

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 ... Read more

05 Oct 2021

1 HR 44 MINS

1:44:49

05 Oct 2021


#411

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

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 ... Read more

01 Oct 2021

1 HR 57 MINS

1:57:00

01 Oct 2021


#410

A 400th Episode "Ask Us Anything" Mailbag Extravaganza

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 ... Read more

28 Sep 2021

1 HR 27 MINS

1:27:28

28 Sep 2021


#409

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

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 ... Read more

24 Sep 2021

1 HR 29 MINS

1:29:51

24 Sep 2021


#408

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

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 ... Read more

21 Sep 2021

1 HR 27 MINS

1:27:29

21 Sep 2021


#407

Top 5 Clint Eastwood Movies and ‘Cry Macho’

'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 ... Read more

17 Sep 2021

1 HR 32 MINS

1:32:26

17 Sep 2021


#406

The 2004 Movie Draft

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 ... Read more

14 Sep 2021

1 HR 34 MINS

1:34:23

14 Sep 2021


#405

The Prestige Dirtbag Movie: A Celebration

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 ... Read more

10 Sep 2021

1 HR 11 MINS

1:11:20

10 Sep 2021


#404

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

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 ... Read more

07 Sep 2021

1 HR 20 MINS

1:20:43

07 Sep 2021


#403

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

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 ... Read more

03 Sep 2021

1 HR 33 MINS

1:33:10

03 Sep 2021


#402

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

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 ... Read more

31 Aug 2021

1 HR 53 MINS

1:53:34

31 Aug 2021


#401

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

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 ... Read more

27 Aug 2021

1 HR 42 MINS

1:42:56

27 Aug 2021