Best movies and TV shows on HBO Max this weekend (October 1 and 2, 2022)

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Dragon House is still the show to watch every weekend on HBO Max, but with October coming, there’s more entertainment to check out. Gotham left Netflix to find a new home at HBO Max, with fellow DC shows already making their way onto the platform. There are also plenty of independent films featuring top actors at their best. With plenty of never-before-seen content, HBO Max subscribers can’t complain that there’s nothing on the streaming service.


Gotham expands the gritty world of Batman

Netflix subscribers were scrambling to catch up Gotham last weekend as he left the platform. But rest assured; if they’re also an HBO Max subscriber, they can pick up where they left off. Each season of Gotham migrated to HBO Max, where most DC properties have been living for a while. Now that Gotham is over here, it’s time to admit that this is one of the best interpretations of the Batman comics, with a heavy focus on the city known for its crime.

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Gotham takes a step back from the typical Batman origin story to tell another: a young Jim Gordon is featured for this series, showing how important his work is to Gotham City and how much he was influential in Bruce Wayne’s early years. But along with Bruce, there’s an array of other iconic faces in the Batman mythos. Selina Kyle takes center stage, along with the Penguin, the Riddler and Alfred Pennyworth. Don’t forget Jérôme and Jérémie Valeska, who Gotham is too scared to name “Joker”, but everyone knows who he is really supposed to be. It may seem like Batman character overload on the surface, but, at its core, Gotham crafts a grittier, grounded side to the city that’s so rarely seen in other directors’ visions of the superhero home.

Who does it belong to anyway? Create a game from improvisation

Who does it belong to anyway? is a place where actors will shine — but only actors who specialize in improv. Hosted by Drew Carey, four performers improvise throughout the episode to create characters and scenes on the spot. To make it a “game show”, Carey gives performers points, but they never mean anything, and it’s never explained why he awards points to certain people. The games vary from episode to episode, with many being imported from the original UK version of the show. For those absolutely obsessed with the original Carey-animated series, they can catch Season 9, which premieres this weekend on HBO Max.

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Juno is a timeless story about teenage issues

Before Elliot Page was violinist Viktor Hargreeves in the Netflix superhero series The Umbrella Academyhe was known for his versatile work in independent films in the 2000s. One of them earned him an Oscar nomination for Juno, which arrived this month on HBO Max. Page stars as the titular teenage character dealing with an unplanned pregnancy while also tackling an awkward teenage romance. Thrown into the mix are the adoptive parents of Juno’s baby, played by Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman, whose troubled marriage forces Juno to face adulthood much earlier than expected.

While dealing with such a heavy subject matter, the film’s witty humor adds a light layer to it that creates a healthy balance. Diablo Cody’s comedic yet moving storyline is the film’s true standout performance, with Page, Michael Cera and the rest of the star-studded cast adding their own twists to it. After its initial release, the tricky subject sparked critical conversations, but it was still considered one of the best films of 2007.

The Witch Proves Why Indie Horror Is Superior

The Scarlet Witch may be everyone’s favorite magical witch these days, but before her came this popular horror movie’s take on witchcraft. The witch features Anya Taylor-Joy in her first film appearance, making her a truly remarkable force to watch. The film is set in the 1630s and follows a Puritan family who encounter dark evil in the woods that captivate Thomasin de Taylor-Joy.

The witch is also Robert Egger’s first feature film to direct and write and sparked the start of the folk theme often found in his films. With age-old concepts of witchcraft and elegant style, The witch circumvents all of the modern tropes of wizardry most associated with Marvel’s version of magic. He is obsessed with the horror aspect of black magic and possession which, of course, A24 is not afraid to portray on the big screen.

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Nightcrawler’s psychological thrill is an adrenaline rush

Between his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home and driving Taylor Swift fans crazy for never returning the scarf, Jake Gyllenhaal continues to add impressive performances to his resume in the indie film genre. One of those performances is in the underrated thriller Somnambulistdirected and written by Dan Gilroy.

Somnambulist follows Gyllenhaal as Louis “Lou” Bloom, who finds work as a freelance videographer filming violent crimes and other happenings in Los Angeles. His obsession with the job takes a dark turn and speaks heavily of unethical journalism. Through many twists and turns, viewers may want to turn away from the dodgy images onscreen – but they can’t help but watch Gyllenhaal fly off the screen as a creepy, desperate stringer on a mission.

Call Me By Your Name creates a gripping love story

bones and all is one of the most anticipated films of 2022, but it’s actually the second collaboration between Timothée Chalamet and director Luca Guadagnino. The first was call me by your name, which made Chalamet a household name and earned him an Oscar nomination. A controversial but beautiful love story call me by your name – a coming-of-age story about two men having a summer adventure in northern Italy in 1983. The age difference between them drew mixed reactions from fans and critics, but the visuals of a perfect Italy combined with a not-so-perfect relationship unanimously creates a cinematic masterpiece. After the brilliant direction that Guadagnino brought to call me by your name, bones and all has a hard act to follow.

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