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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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.

 
 

10: Justin Young Loves The Host

We landed a doctor! Justin Young, filmmaker but also real-life Dr. Doctor, comes by to talk up The Host, which is not the 2013 Stephenie Meyer adaptation but the far-better 2006 South Korean feature by Bong Joon-ho. This movie hops between horror and family drama and creature feature and even manages some broad comedy and pointed criticism of the American military-industrial complex, yet despite all that going on, it still works. All this plus a story about childhood rooster shenanigans!

 
 

9: Connie Shin Loves The Love Witch

The newest film we’re doing this season is one you’d be forgiven for thinking was a lost, decades-old classic: The Love Witch, a 2016 dark comedy that is a showcase for star Samantha Robinson as well as writer-director-everything else-er Anna Biller. Connie Shin, UCB performer and host of the podcast Indie Darlings, explains why the movie explores sex, gender, love and magic like maybe no other film, and how it does it all the while with a vintage Technicolor sheen.

 
 

8: Jeffrey McCrann Loves Fright Night

In 1985, little gay horror fans got two amazing gifts: Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and Fright Night. Horrormonger Jeffrey McCrann joined us to talk about the latter, a thoroughly entertaining and thoroughly queer vampire featuring Stephen Geoffreys, Amanda Bearse and Herman’s Head himself, William Ragsdale. BTW, there is also a longer version of this episode for listeners who like horror movies but also stories about Barbra Streisand, Faye Dunaway and Bernadette Peters.

 
 

7: Lennon Parham Loves The Silence of the Lambs

Primo funny lady Lennon Parham discusses her favorite thriller but oh so much more, including but not limited to hypercolor shirts, the NBC series Profiler, Brigadoon, Jodie Foster being teeny-tiny, the old lady who dies in the motorized chair in Gremlins, how kids learn what cannibals are, Katharine Hepburn being the inspiration for Hannibal Lector’s accent, the tragically inept way this film handles trans issues, and walking by Cate Blanchett without telling her how much you love her.

 
 

6: Mano Agapion Loves Hunk

This 1987 body swap fantasy suggests a Freaky Friday remake if everyone behind the camera was gay. UCB comedian and Greek homoprince Mano Agapion tells Tony and Drew why this movie is a pretty mess that everyone needs to see… but then the conversation devolves into a discussion about boys.

 
 

5: Joan Ford Loves Gremlins 2: The New Batch

The sequel to the 1984 hit Gremlins didn’t recapture the success of the original, but Joan Ford — comedian, actress and Emmy-nominated writer — makes the case that the second outing is bigger, weirder and maybe also more relevant to certain trans narratives. Also, Phoebe Cates, come back. The world needs you more than ever.

 
 

4: Spencer Alcorn Loves The Last of Sheila

If trapped on a boat, wouldn’t you murder someone? A game of high bitchery and turns deadly in 1973’s The Last of Sheila in a plot that plays out exactly how you’d expect of a plot written by Anthony Perkins and Stephen Sondheim. Movie person and noted ex-boyfriend Spencer Alcorn joins Tony and Drew to talk Dyan Cannon, Raquel Welch and James Coburn.

 
 

3: Tess Paras Loves Billy Jack

A 1971 indie feature that taught the nation to cheer for a man who kicks racists in their faces, Billy Jack is the cinematic lovechild of its stars, Tom Laughlin and Delores Taylor. It's A LOT, but actress Tess Paras joins Drew and Tony to talk about how this film has its heart in the right place and might be more relevant to life in 2018 than you realize.

 
 

2: Katherine Spiers Loves Strictly Ballroom

Meet Katherine Spiers, food journalist and host of the podcast Smart Mouth. She grew up watching movies with a high camp sensibility, Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 cult hit Strictly Ballroom being foremost among them. In this episode, Katherine joins Tony and Drew to talk about star Paul Mercurio’s shining moment in the Hollywood limelight, the towering wonder that is Tina Sparkle and how “Time After Time” is one of the most moving pop songs ever.

 
 

Episode 1: Tony Rodriguez Likes Big Business

Comedian and actor Tony Rodriguez grew up adoring funny women on screen, and though this 1988 Bette Midler-Lily Tomlin comedy performed well at the box office, he's found too often that it's an iconic '80s film that many haven't seen. It's the first-ever episode of You Have to Watch This Movie! Marvel as you hear its origin story!