As the fall festivals begin, Friday’s lineup focuses on two movies that debuted during last year’s award season. Both highlights are biopics, the pick of the night focusing on an American icon and the other centering on a failed writer that becomes an expert forger. No need to feel bummed about not being at this year’s festivals when you can enjoy Oscar quality films from the comfort of your own home.
Pick of the Day:
“First Man” (HBO2) at 9:00 PM ET
Off the heels of becoming the youngest person to win the Oscar for best director, Damien Chazelle re-teamed with his “La La Land” actor Ryan Gosling to tell the story of one of the most important moments in American history. “First Man” follows Neil Armstrong, a NASA test pilot that led the Apollo 11 team that landed on the Moon in 1969. While the film does look at the behind the scenes moments of the historic mission, it is also an examination of Armstrong’s determination to complete the mission. Josh Singer’s script highlights a lot of personal moments with Armstrong and his family and the heartbreaking reasons why he tried so hard to become the first man to walk on the moon.
“First Man” screened at the 2018 Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival with massive critical praise. While not a massive box office success, Chazelle was able to turn “First Man” into a visually stunning film that is deeply personal to not just ever American but to the legacy of Neil Armstrong and his family.
Other Movies on TV:
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (HBO) at 8:00 PM ET
In Marielle Heller’s “Can You Ever Forgive Me,” we follow down-on-her-luck author Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), who spends most of her time day drinking with her friend Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant). Since Lee can’t get a new book deal, she must sell her personal possessions in order to pay the bills. While selling some autographed celebrity letters, she realizes how much money she can get for them. So, when Lee goes home, she starts forging more letters and becomes an expert. By doing this, she finds her passion for writing again and becomes very protective of her new work when experts start to question her letter’s authenticity.
“Can You Ever Forgive Me” debuted at the Telluride Film Festival and also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. The film was a critical darling and received three Oscar nominations for McCarthy, Grant and the screenplay. With a 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this is a perfect time to catch up on one of the best indies of 2018 as well as getting ready for “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” Heller’s next film which premieres at Toronto this year.
Other Movies on TV:
- “The Incredibles” (Freeform) at 6:30 PM ET
- “The Hangover” (AMC) at 8:00 PM ET
- “Grease” (Paramount) at 8:00 PM ET
- “Immortals” (TNT) at 8:00 PM ET
- “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (USA) at 8:00 PM ET
- “The House” (TBS) at 8:00 PM ET
- “Ride Along 2” (FX) at 8:00 PM ET
- “Pretty Woman” (Lifetime) at 8:00 PM ET
- “The Freshman” (TCM) at 8:00 PM ET
- “Trading Places” (BBC) at 8:00 PM ET
- “Man on Fire” (Viceland) at 9:00 PM ET
- “Thank You for Smoking” (HBO Comedy) at 10:00 PM ET
- “Closer (Cinemax) at 10:20 PM ET
- “Beer Fest” (HBO2) at 10:40 PM ET
New Episodes on TV:
Below are the new episodes airing tonight:
- “Ridiculousness” (MTV) at 8:00 p.m. ET
- “BattleBots” (Discovery) at 8:00 p.m. ET
- “How Do Animals Do That” (Animal Planet) at 8:00 p.m. ET
- “Killjoys” (Syfy) at 10:00 PM ET
- “Mysteries of the Abandoned” (Discovery) at 10:02 p.m. ET
- “House Hunters” (HGTV) at 10:00 PM ET
- “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO) at 10:00 PM ET