A Marriage Story

Did the Pixar film Up make you cry? At The Ringer, director Pete Docter and codirector Bob Peterson talk about the nuances of craft that created a deeply emotional response to the characters in the film.

But these early scenes reveal that Up isn’t only about Carl—it’s also about his relationship with his wife, Ellie. They’re kids when she bursts into his life with a shock of red hair and a passion for exploration, and the interaction leads to a deeply felt, lifelong connection. In a flash, Up snaps into a montage of their life together: the two pals fall in love, get married, buy what was once Ellie’s hideaway and turn it into a home of their own.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Jun 14, 2022
Length: 9 minutes (2,330 words)

Your Favorite Scary Movie: The Oral History of ‘Scream’

“It’s hard to imagine now that the franchise has been spilling gallons of fake blood for a quarter-century—Paramount Home Entertainment recently released a remastered anniversary edition on 4K Ultra HD, and the fifth installment of the franchise will hit theaters in January—but there was a time when no one wanted to direct Scream. At first, even Wes Craven passed. Several times. The man behind horror classics like A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Last House on the Left was tired of being confined to the genre that he’d mastered. Yet the pull of Williamson’s script eventually turned out to be too much to resist, and with its elements at his fingertips, Craven reinvented big-screen horror.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Dec 20, 2021
Length: 28 minutes (7,096 words)

Two Assholes Lost in the Woods: An Oral History of ‘Pine Barrens’

“Twenty years after it aired, David Chase and Co. look back on the one of the wildest, boldest, funniest episodes of ‘The Sopranos’ ever made.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: May 5, 2021
Length: 22 minutes (5,600 words)

One Night in D.C.: The Oral History of June 1, 2020

“There was no amping up of tensions, there was none of that feeling of, ‘This is gonna go down.’ Within 15 minutes, it went from protest to pandemonium.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Jul 13, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,153 words)

Pure Magic: The Oral History of Prince’s Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show

“As the heavens opened up and rain poured down, the Purple One ran through a handful of covers and some of his own songs, delivering an iconic set on the biggest stage possible and only expanding his legend.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Jan 29, 2020
Length: 28 minutes (7,138 words)

Three Feet From God: An Oral History of Nirvana ‘Unplugged’

Twenty-five years ago, Nirvana turned down their amps and played the most memorable, original, and tender performance of their career. Here’s how history was made.

Source: The Ringer
Published: Nov 14, 2018
Length: 35 minutes (8,958 words)

Going All In: An Oral History of ‘Rounders’

“How two first-time screenwriters, a guy from Montana, and a pair of up-and-coming movie stars made the greatest poker movie ever.”

Source: The Ringer
Published: Sep 20, 2018
Length: 44 minutes (11,214 words)

The Troubled, Tormented, Surprisingly Lucky Life of Michael Graham

A former Georgetown basketball star’s life took a troubled turn. Then he stopped at a gas station to buy a lottery ticket.

Source: Washingtonian
Published: Mar 30, 2015
Length: 16 minutes (4,043 words)

How These Two White Guys Wound Up In This Kendrick Perkins Family Photo

For the next four hours, they watched television, ate Funyuns, and talked about the Kevin Garnett trade and the upcoming season. Perk was still skeptical about the deal that sent his friend Al Jefferson to Minnesota for KG. Brian remembers Perk saying that the Celtics better win a title that year or else “they’re gonna blame me.” At the end of the night, Perk brought Brian and Justin into the kitchen and offered them some homemade spaghetti and meat sauce. For some reason, Perk didn’t want them to eat in front of him. Instead, he shoveled single portions of pasta into plastic containers and instructed his new buddies to call him later, when they were finished with dinner.

Source: Deadspin
Published: Apr 20, 2011
Length: 10 minutes (2,663 words)