Rank #1: Steven Spielberg's Top 5 Movies With Bill Simmons and Chris Ryan | The Big Picture (Ep. 57)
Mar 30 2018
Rank #2: Interview With 'Get Out' Director Jordan Peele | The Big Picture (Ep. 6)
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with writer-director Jordan Peele (of 'Key & Peele' fame) to discuss his new hit film, 'Get Out,' how and why he made it, and its overwhelmingly positive reception. Peele also talks about ideas for alternate scenes and endings as well as his reasoning behind some of the movie's most pivotal moments.
Mar 09 2017
Rank #3: The 10 Best Horror Movies of the Decade | The Big Picture
The '10s are nearly over, and horror has been one of the decade's most dominant genres. Chris Ryan teams up with Sean to break down the very best the genre has had to offer and where it's going in the coming decades (2:08). Then, Sean is joined by screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to talk about their new, Eddie Murphy–starring film, 'Dolemite Is My Name,' and their long history capturing what they call "the fringe history of America" in their screenplays (52:21).
Host: Sean Fennessey
Guests: Chris Ryan, Scott Alexander, and Larry Karaszewski
Oct 25 2019
Rank #4: Hereditary’ Is the Most Disturbing Horror Movie in Years, With Ari Aster | The Big Picture (Ep. 69)
Jun 08 2018
Rank #5: Barry Jenkins on Crafting the Sincerity of ‘Moonlight’ | The Big Picture (Ep. 4)
Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight is one of the heavyweights in this year’s Academy Awards race, racking up eight nominations. The film was the first movie for Jenkins in eight years, and provided particular challenges due to limited funding and time. One way he overcame those obstacles and made his movie unique was by casting non-actors alongside actors, something he discussed with Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey.
Feb 09 2017
Rank #6: Was 2007 the Best Year for Film? | The Big Picture (Ep. 40)
Dec 15 2017
Rank #7: ‘Avengers: Endgame’: Emergency Deep Dive (SPOILERS) | Exit Survey
‘Avengers: Endgame,’ the culmination of more than a decade of Marvel Cinematic Universe films, is finally here. We discuss how the long-running arcs of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and many others have been strung together and resolved in ‘Endgame.’ Plus, we break down the movie’s complex ideas about time travel, character deaths, and, ultimately, its stakes. Finally, we take stock of where this leaves the MCU, and what could be in store for Phase 4 and beyond.
Host: Sean Fennessey
Guest: Mallory Rubin
Apr 26 2019
Rank #8: Emergency ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Breakdown I The Big Picture (Ep. 62)
Apr 27 2018
Rank #9: How to Make a Marvel Movie Funny With ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi | The Big Picture (Ep. 32)
Nov 03 2017
Rank #10: The Top 5 Streaming Horror Films Right Now with Bill Simmons | Discussion (Ep. 90)
The Ringer’s Sean Fennessey and Bill Simmons each run down their lists of five great horror films they love that are streaming right now.
Oct 26 2018
Rank #11: The Best Movies of 2017 | The Big Picture (Ep. 42)
Dec 22 2017
Rank #12: Interview With ‘O.J.: Made in America’ Director Ezra Edelman | The Big Picture (Ep. 3)
Ringer editor-in-chief Sean Fennessey sits down with filmmaker Ezra Edelman to discuss the making of O.J.: Made in America, his epic eight-hour Oscar-nominated documentary examining O.J. Simpson’s rise and fall through the lens of race, place, celebrity, and time.
Feb 03 2017
Rank #13: ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Is Quentin Tarantino’s Most Sentimental Film Yet (SPOILERS) | Exit Survey
We gather to discuss Quentin Tarantino’s ninth—and allegedly penultimate—film, ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.’ We break down everything from Leonardo DiCaprio grappling with the end of his career in the leading role, to Brad Pitt’s quiet charisma, to the way historical accuracy competes with fantasy.
Hosts: Sean Fennessey, Amanda Dobbins, Chris Ryan
Jul 26 2019
Rank #14: The Top 10 Films of the Year | Discussion (Ep. 105)
We break down which movies made the final cut for our top 10 lists this year — including everything from ‘Black Panther’ and ‘A Star Is Born’ to ‘Burning,’ ‘Support the Girls,’ ‘Minding the Gap,’ and more.
Host: Sean Fennessey
Guests: Chris Ryan and Adam Nayman
Dec 07 2018
Rank #15: ‘A Star Is Born’: Instant Analysis | The Big Picture (Ep. 87)
Oct 08 2018
Rank #16: Oscars 2019: Instant Reactions to ‘Green Book’ and the Two Warring Academies | The Oscars Show (Ep. 131)
We react to what we feared might happen all Oscars season—a ‘Green Book’ Best Picture victory—by weighing the power of the old Academy vs. the new Academy. Plus, reactions to Spike Lee's long-awaited Oscar win, Alfonso Cuarón’s coronation, and Olivia Colman's shocking Glenn Close in Best Actress.
Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
Feb 25 2019
Rank #17: The Top Five Coen Brothers Films | Discussion (Ep. 98)
With 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' set to hit Netflix November 16, Sean Fennessey taps Chris Ryan and Adam Nayman to share and dissect their top five Coen brothers films.
Nov 15 2018
Rank #18: 'Parasite' Is the Movie of the Year—Will the Oscars Agree? | The Oscars Show
After winning the Palme d'Or at Cannes, soaring to international box office success, and riding a wave of extraordinary festival buzz, Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' has finally hit U.S. theaters. Donnie Kwak joins Amanda and Sean to break down Bong's career, what makes his latest so special, and the movie's chances come Oscar time (1:52). Then, Sean and Amanda break down the evolving conversation around 'Joker,' two unusually bad trailers that premiered over the weekend, and the complex race for Best International Feature Film (28:56).
Host: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
Guest: Donnie Kwak
Oct 15 2019
Rank #19: Top Five Quentin Tarantino Films. Plus: David Crosby, Cameron Crowe, and A.J. Eaton on ‘David Crosby: Remember My Name’ | The Big Picture
The ‘Cats’ trailer set fire to Twitter, and Marvel extinguished the flames by announcing its next decade of IP dominance—what are we looking forward to most (1:00)? Then, we finally hash it out: We debate the top five Quentin Tarantino movies (16:15). Lastly, producer Cameron Crowe, director A.J. Eaton, and titular star David Crosby join the show to discuss ‘David Crosby: Remember My Name,’ the long-in-the-works documentary about Crosby’s legendary life and music career (1:22:45).
Host: Sean Fennessey
Guests: Jason Concepcion, Chris Ryan, David Crosby, Cameron Crowe, A.J. Eaton
Jul 23 2019
Rank #20: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is Just the Beginning for Rian Johnson | The Big Picture (Ep. 41)
Dec 18 2017