You Have to Watch This Movie is a podcast hosted by Tony Rodriguez and Drew Mackie. Each week, they ask the people they love to tell them about the movies they love. Say you were dating someone new or made a new friend. Is there a single movie that, if this person said they hadn’t seen it, would elicit the response, “Oh, you have to watch this movie”? That one singular movie — the one you’ve watched again and again — is what this podcast is about. 

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17: Nicole Byer Loves What’s Love Got To Do With It

In the last episode of the first season, professional cake-taster Nicole Byer presents the 1993 Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It, which features great music, Oscar-worthy performances by Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, and a rather liberal take on factual events. But does historical accuracy matter much in the face of the majestic perfection that is Tina Turner? Nope. Special appearance by Glen Lakin, a.k.a. Roommate Glen.


16: Dhruv Uday Singh Loves Hausu

Hey, do you like abstract paintings? If you do, we’ve got the world’s best surreal Japanese horror-comedy that features a demon cat puking a deluge of blood: Hausu, a.k.a. the horror movie House that isn’t the American one. Dhruv Uday Singh joins Tony and Drew to explain a movie that defies explanation.


15: Michael Bourret Loves Soapdish

Soapdish features not only one of Sally Field’s best performances but also one of the best comedic performances ever in a movie. And while it’s not uncommon for a gay guy who came of age in the 1990s to love the film, that love has to contend with a surprise ending that reads very problematic in 2018. Literary agent and avowed book-reading person Michael Bourret joins Drew and Tony to talk through this one.


Our most special guest yet is Joyce Kerkhoff, mother of a Florida state senator and also Tony. For our final episode of 2018, we’re giving you the first episode we ever recorded: Tony and Joyce talking about their relationship with the Griswolds, Cousin Eddie and a hateful couple named Todd and Margo. Yes, it’s the movie that’s probably playing around the clock this time of year, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.


13: Alonso Duralde Has Strong Feelings About the Scary French Home Alone

Alone in a house on Christmas eve, a kid is the victim of a home invasion, so he resorts to booby traps to save himself. That’s Home Alone, right? It is, but it’s also a bonkers French thriller known as 36.15 code Père Noël, among many other names. Film critic and Christmas movie expert Alonso Duralde comes in to talk about this oddity, which was released a year before Home Alone and the director of which alleged that Home Alone’s creators had plagiarized his work. (They didn’t, we decide.)


12: Janie Haddad Tompkins Loves The Prince of Tides

You might think the 1991 Barbra Streisand-starring, Barbra Streisand-directed film The Prince of Tides is typical mom fare along the lines of The Bridges of Madison County. You are wrong. Guest Janie Haddad Tompkins gets Tony and Drew to realize why this film is deeper, darker and more profound than any misty watercolored-memories you might have in mind. Trigger warning: This film concerns a violent home invasion rape, so if that is something that is not your thing, don’t listen beyond the 44-minute mark.


11: Beth Dover Loves The Big Lebowski

Hey! We got Beth Dover — star of Orange Is the New Black, Burning Love, Children’s Hospital and a lot of other stuff — to come in and talk to us about romcoms, bald caps, Kenan & Kel and also The Big Lebowski, a legitimately great film that some people might have overlooked because it has a hardcore dude-bro following. But ignore that! Because this is one of the best movies of the 1990s and it hold up on repeat viewings, if for Julianne Moore alone.


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