The Best Movies and TV Shows on HBO Max This Weekend (September 24-25, 2022)
September is over and HBO Max is gearing up for October. Following tradition, HBO Max is releasing a lot of movies this month to make room for more in October—hopefully horror movies to get you ready for Halloween. There are also plenty of new TV shows to catch up on if subscribers aren’t in the mood for a movie. At CBR, we’ve rounded up the best of what readers need to catch up on this weekend, from reality racing shows to action-packed thrillers.
The buzz is back for more fashion in Season 2
One TV series that has survived HBO Max cleaning house is the reality series Hype. The series follows the formula of established fashion design shows Project Runway and Making the cut, taking several designers into a competition and putting their talent and skills to the test. Each designer is given different challenges, will be eliminated one by one in each episode and ultimately hopes for a cash prize at the end. Contestants take their love of streetwear and use it to win the ultimate prize.
Season 2 of Hype sees new contestants from around the country showcasing their streetwear design talents for the judges (known as “co-signers” on the show). Co-signers Offset, Beth Birkett and Marnie Senofonte return to evaluate up-and-coming designers who will knock audiences’ socks off. Special guests are expected to premiere in season two, including DJ Khaled, Law Roach and Angelo Baque. Additionally, Speedy will return to host the eight-episode second season.
Living Alone is one of the most underrated series of the 90s
Expect all five seasons of the Living alone, which ran from 1993 to 1998. The series stars Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander and others as five friends who live together in a Brooklyn brownstone. The show focuses on their shared life experiences, both personal and professional, and how they deal with life’s adversities while maintaining their relationships. The show struggled to be one of the highest-rated programs during its run, but has remained a fan favorite and a beloved sitcom to look back on – for some people, it’s their friends or The office.
As I said before, Living alone focuses on six people living in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. They are all single, and their households are divided in the brownstone: four women live in one apartment together, and two men, who have known each other since childhood, live in another. In the first apartment are an editor and her cousin, who dreams of becoming an actress. There is also her childhood friend who is looking for a man to spend her life with and is a bit self-conscious about her spending habits. The last woman in the apartment is a lawyer who acts as the mother of the group and likes to cause trouble with the men next door.
Super 8 remains one of JJ Abrams’ best films
One movie coming out of HBO Max this week is Super 8, starring Joel Courtney and Elle Fanning as teenage filmmakers trying to make a zombie movie. Kyle Chandler also stars in the film as the grieving father of one of the teenagers. The film is said to be director/writer JJ Abrams’ love letter to Steven Spielberg, who is also producing the film (and was recently revealed to be in the running to produce Hocus Pocus). The connection can sometimes be obvious, with references to Spielberg’s work from the 1980s ET and The Goonies. But sometimes those references and homages make the movie even better.
Super 8 focuses on teenage filmmakers as they try to make their film when a train derails and strange events begin to occur. The events can only be explained by aliens, which the children’s biology teacher seems to have known about. The kids are the obvious highlight of the film as all their personalities shine against the backdrop of 1979. Their relationships and the mysterious creature causing all the chaos in the city make it one of the best sci-fi films of the 21st century, proving that JJ Abrams is a master of science fiction.
Journey to the Center of the Earth is a Brendan Fraser fan favorite
There’s something of a Brendan Fraser renaissance happening in 2022 with his recent film The whale has already received critical acclaim since its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. While Fraser had recurring roles on TV shows like Doom Patrol and cancellations Batgirl movie, many believed he would never return to acting like he once did in the early 2000s. But with his excellent performance in The whale — a performance most people haven’t seen yet but are applauding — people are dying to re-immerse themselves in Frasier’s most iconic roles. One of those roles is as volcanologist Trevor Anderson in Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Journey to the Center of the Earth is based on Jules Verne’s 1864 novel of the same name, a book that had previously been adapted into film many times. Starring alongside Fraser is Josh Hutcherson The Hunger Games-era, Anita Briem and Seth Meyers (yes, the talk show host). The film follows the first three as they travel to the “Center of the Earth”, believing Verne’s novel to be based on an actual scientific description. What they find there are things they never would have expected and discoveries that will stay with them for a lifetime.
Check out the scary movie franchise before it’s too late
The Scary Movie the franchise has had its ups and downs. The fifth film is one of the worst rated films of all time, but the first few films, which are absolute classics, make up for the poor reviews. While it’s the right time for horror movies (and their parodies), HBO Max is taking the first three movies from Scary Movie off-platform franchise. That’s one more reason to check out the movies this weekend to get into the spooky Halloween season.
The Scary Movie films are concoctions of multiple genres across the horror spectrum. Movies and shows that have been spoofed include Vik, Friday the 13th, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and many others. The first film itself follows a group of teenagers who accidentally hit someone in their car and bury the body in the lake. A year later, they are hunted down by a man in a Ghostface mask, who kills them one by one.