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Nov 25, 2020

The 2014 Movie Draft: CR’s Revenge

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It’s time once again for a Movie Draft. Chris Ryan returns with hopes of staving off Sean and Amanda to claim his first draft victory (15:00). Then, Sean is joined by Clea DuVall, an actress you may know from films like ‘But I’m a Cheerleader,’ ‘Zodiac,’ and ‘Argo.’ They talk about DuVall’s second film as a director, ‘Happiest Season’—a charming holiday rom-com about a couple played by Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis—that hits Hulu on Wednesday (59:47).

Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
Guests: Chris Ryan and Clea DuVall

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Ron Howard’s adaptation of JD Vance’s bestselling memoir hits Netflix this week—Sean and Amanda look at the film and the careers of stars Amy Adams and Glenn Close, including their chances at their first-ever Academy Award win (1:00). ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ also inspired a deep dive into the history of a tricky subcategory: Oscar Bait. What is it? When did it start? What movies count as Oscar Bait? Sean and Amanda break it all down (27:00).

Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

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With so many movies pushed to 2021, TV has taken an even bigger share of our viewing time this year. Sean and Amanda talk about the Netflix sensation ‘The Queen’s Gambit,’ Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ anthology series, and the best miniseries they’ve seen this year (1:00). Then, Sean is joined by Aneesh Chaganty, the director of 2018’s ‘Searching’ and a new thriller called ‘Run’ that hits Hulu this weekend (48:00).

Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
Guest: Aneesh Chaganty

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The last big-ticket theatrical release, ‘Wonder Woman 1984,’ is still on the calendar. Will it go to HBO Max? PVOD? When will we see it? Amanda and Sean break down the possibilities (0:54). Then, they are joined by David Hill, the host of the new podcast series ‘Gamblers,’ to pick their top five gambling movies (17:44). Finally, Sean interviews director Christopher Landon, a Blumhouse staple who brought us the ‘Happy Death Day’ series, to talk about his clever new body-swap horror-comedy ‘Freaky’ (1:16:30).

Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
Guests: David Hill and Christopher Landon

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Nov 13, 2020

Mailbag Special: 25 Movies You Should Stream Now

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Sean and Amanda dive back into the mailbag to answer an array of questions about under-the-radar 2020 movies you can watch now on VOD and streaming, the prolonged closure of movie theaters around the country, and the book adaptation they’ve always wanted to see on the big screen, among others (0:50). Then, Sean is joined by Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin to discuss their delightful new film ‘The Climb’ (59:00).
Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
Guests: Michael Angelo Covino and Kyle Marvin

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Things are quiet in the world of movies, so we’re taking a moment to celebrate one of our favorite subgenres: GARBAGE CRIME. What’s that? Allow chief criminologist Chris Ryan to break it all down and hand out some awards to the very best the subgenre has to offer. (1:00) Then, Sean is joined by writer-director Brandon Cronenberg to talk about his viscerally overwhelming new film, ‘Possessor.’ (1:05:00)
Host: Sean Fennessey
Guests: Chris Ryan and Brandon Cronenberg

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We want to go back to a more nostalgic, maybe even more hopeful, period in history. So Sean is joined by Richard Linklater and journalist Melissa Maerz to talk about Maerz’s new book, ‘Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused,’ which comes out on November 17 (47:00). To warm up for that chat, Amanda and Sean share their top five Richard Linklater movies (1:07).

Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins
Guests: Richard Linklater and Melissa Maerz

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It’s Election Day, so Sean and Amanda have compiled a collection of double features for the politically minded. Cast your ballots! (31:29) Plus, they discuss the passing of iconic screen actor Sean Connery and briefly discuss David Fincher’s forthcoming film ‘Mank’ (0:52).

Hosts: Sean Fennessey and Amanda Dobbins

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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.