HBO Max Movie Club

HBO Max Movie Club

The official HBO Max Movie Club podcast provides a forum for fans of the service’s priority library films and new Saturday night theatricals via conversational host commentary, along with guest appearances from the folks who produced, directed, wrote, or starred in these very awesome movies. Hosted by comedian Matt Rogers (Las Culturistas), this fun (and often, hilarious) podcast that covers the freshest new releases and most beloved nostalgic films of the past is your one-stop-shop for all movies on HBO Max…and beyond.

Episodes

December 12, 2022 43 mins
"Batman Returns” is the iconic 1992 superhero film where Horror Queers can go for Christmas content. In both aesthetic and legacy, the sexy silhouettes, childhood nightmare foder, and commercial success could only be the product of Tim Burton’s fantastic stylings. In this sequel, as Batman inevitably returns to battle the joint efforts of the monstrous Penguin (Danny DeVito) and businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken) we see th...
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In some of the most unpredictable ways, “The Bodyguard” is the ultimate queer narrative! The romantic drama follows a former Secret Service agent tasked with protecting a high-profile actress and singer, iconically starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston. On this episode, journalist & podcaster Sam Sanders joins Matt to explore the legacy of Whitney Houston’s acting debut. Most notably, the soundtrack for the film featuring Whit...
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November 14, 2022 42 mins
The first in Drew Barrymore’s iconic pairings with Adam Sandler, “The Wedding Singer” is the perfect gentle yet sassy rom-com that could only be a product of the 90s. When Robbie, a wedding singer, meets Julia their friendship slowly reveals that they have both fallen for the wrong people. Gracing the pod today is actress, D’Arcy Carden, to gush over the film’s cutest moments on top of Drew’s life in the spotlight and her evolution...
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October 31, 2022 36 mins
“Little Shop of Horrors” is an iconic American horror comedy musical turned film, but simply put, it is a cult classic. Starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia, and countless iconic cameos, “Little Shop” somehow makes murder endearing when paired with a catchy, early 1960s rock & motown soundtrack. The film follows Seymour, a nerdy flower shop attendant, who seizes an opportunity to jumpstart the straining business, a...
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If there is one thing we all want a little more than world peace, it’s Matt Rogers and comedian Joel Kim Booster to relive the Sandra Bullock masterpiece that is “Miss Congeniality.” Joining the movie club again this season, Joel and Matt rival mixed reviews for the film with their appreciation for every quotable moment and Bullock’s endless number of dedicated pratfalls. Bullock plays an undercover FBI agent who transforms from on...
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October 3, 2022 35 mins
“Magic Mike” was the major box office hit to spawn the G-string paradise that would kick off the female frenzy and boost Channing Tatum’s sex symbol status as a movie star. This week, Matt is joined by comedian and friend, Mary Beth Barone, to revisit the cultural phenomenon that took straight women by storm. From the iconic Live stage show to the 3rd installment “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” the original film became a franchise that ...
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The legendary comeback queen, Miss Tina Turner herself is the focus of the heart-wrenching documentary respectively named, “Tina.” Angela Bassett’s Oscar-nominated performance as the soulful singer and dancer gave a glamorous, yet raw telling of a life of trauma and suppression. Matt is joined by HBO Docs Club host, Ronald Young Jr., to unpack over 50 years of Tina’s career in popular music and culture profiled in the film. The tra...
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September 5, 2022 33 mins
Satire-comedy, “9 to 5,” stars the iconic trio, Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda), Violet Newstead (Lily Tomlin), and Doralee Rhodes (Dolly Parton), as exhausted secretaries navigating their toxic workplace. While under the heavy thumb of their sexist boss, they find their wildest revenge fantasies coming true, while of course, hilarity ensues. To recall the classic, Matt is joined by writer and friend of the show, Louis Virtel, to reflect ...
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For childhood friends, Monica (Sanaa Lathan) and Quincy (Omar Epps), their love for the game has stiff competition against their growing love for each other. It begs the question: is all fair in Love & Basketball? Matt is joined by comedian and actress, Sydnee Washington, to rehash the edgy chemistry and all-star cast in this sweet sports classic. The film follows the two friends as they shoot their shot at love as the success of t...
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Where would we be without ‘90s teen movies? A true time capsule of over-the-top high school stereotypes, films like “She’s All That” left their mark on informing a generation of rom-com drama addicts. Matt is joined by the second half of the “Seek Treatment” podcast, Pat Regan, to rewind the tapes and share their take on the teen classic. The clichés colored the foundation for their nineties youth and the politics of a high schoole...
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For the bright young ladies of Wellesley College, their time at university may have more to do with finding the man of their dreams than chasing dreams of their own. Featuring one of the most empowering performances by the one and only Julia Roberts, ”Mona Lisa Smile” challenges the dominant culture in the movie’s 1950s landscape. Joined by comedian and podcaster, Cat Cohen, the two break down Roberts’ portrayal of this new subvers...
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Televangelist turned queer icon, Tammy Faye Bakker redefined the boundaries of her religious beliefs. Equal parts comedy and tragedy, Tammy’s story is quite the Hail Mary as she and her husband, Jim Bakker, turn their ministry into the world’s largest religious broadcasting network. It seemed the only appropriate way to discuss this story through “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” was for Matt to sit down with the film’s director - the one a...
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As part of the biggest HBO Max movie premiere to date, this epic remake of the 1991 classic “Father of the Bride" brings a tale as old as time to new heights. With the best in wedding traditions and tantrums, Matt is joined by comedian Danielle Perez, to break down this wedding day with a Latinx spin. Exploring the intergenerational compromise to uphold tradition while forging a new future, this all-star cast does not disappoint. T...
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No better way to celebrate Pride Month with the movie club than to talk about the colorful and energetic classic “The Birdcage.” Joining Matt to explore this flamboyant 90s feel good film is comedy duo Aaron Jackson and Josh Sharp. The remake of the French film "La Cage aux Folles" presents a challenge to family values for South Beach drag club owner Armand (Robin Williams) and his life partner, Albert (Nathan Lane). The couple is ...
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Pioneer of the mockumentary genre, Christopher Guest has molded movies from both on and off the screen. With a unique ability to embody and employ comedy for his films, they remain quirky and quotable beyond their years. So naturally, Matt Rogers is joined by friend of the show, Greta Titelman, to paw through the catalog that defines Guest’s prowess. Fearless to present a strong cast of characters, the real pedigree of Guest’s work...
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May 16, 2022 43 mins
As part of so many modern classics, and a proper example of Hollywood royalty, Renée Zellweger is the focus of our first movie club meeting. To explore everything from her British embodiment in Bridget Jones’s Diary, to her depth and humor in Chicago, host Matt Rogers welcomes the Roxie to his Velma. You may know this first guest from Saturday Night Live, or their podcast Las Culturistas: Bowen Yang is the name on everyone’s lips. ...
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May 9, 2022 4 mins
It’s natural to feel suspicious of a sequel. But, take it from the Academy (if the Academy were us…) this is a sequel you won’t want to miss. HBO Max Movie Club is back for season two with your beloved host Matt Rogers (Las Culturistas), to serve the hottest Hollywood takes and relish in the movies immortalized by our adoration. In season two, the club shares all of the biggest moments in your year alongside all of your favorite fi...
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December 20, 2021 45 mins
In honor of The Matrix Resurrections (coming to theaters and HBO Max on December 22nd), host Matt Rogers makes good on his promise from the Keanu-thon episode by revisiting the films that started it all! And to make this week's episode of HBO Max Movie Club extra special, we've invited the boys from the Blank Check podcast (Atlantic film critic David Sims and actor Griffin Newman) to help Matt detangle what exactly makes The Matrix...
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December 6, 2021 38 mins
This week on HBO Max Movie Club, host Matt Rogers invites guest Brendan Scannell (Bonding) to reminisce on 2018's 'A Star Is Born' frenzy and the chokehold Bradley Cooper's remake had on the cultural zeitgeist. From a debate on where exactly the film takes place to a recount of the film's impact on their respective 'Spotify Wrapped' playlists, it's clear this most recent version of A Star Is Born left its mark. The pair also discus...
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November 22, 2021 44 mins
This week on HBO Max Movie Club, host Matt Rogers has a special treat for you all: rewatching his favorite movie of all time, Clueless! Joined by writer, podcaster, and friend Louis Virtel, the two discuss every possible literal detail of this iconic movie they could think of. Spectacular yet surprisingly affordable wardrobe? Check. Exactly how director Amy Heckerling managed to bottle 90s teen essence into a cult classic? Check. G...
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