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What’s on TV? – Saturday (01/18/2020)

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While not the most eventful day of the week for television, Saturdays are often a perfect opportunity to cozy up with some familiar blockbusters, binge-able shows, and exciting sports matchups. This Saturday may not boast the most impressive lineup, but there are some solid hidden (uncut) gems if you know where to look.

PICK OF THE DAY: “Jarhead” (Showtime)

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Sam Mendes’ WWI epic “1917” is in its second weekend at the box office (a MUST see if you haven’t already), and if you’re craving more from the award-winning academy filmmaker, Showtime subscribers might be in luck. “Jarhead” is by far Mendes’ most underrated and overlooked film and upon rewatch feels almost ahead of its time. In what is arguably the most accurate depiction of the conflict in the Middle East, Sam Mendes dropped a massive truth grenade that no one was ready to hear at the time. Serving more like a series of vignettes than a straightforward narrative, Mendes thoroughly examines the dichotomy between brutish basic training and the mundane reality of wartime. He highlights the mental distress placed on these Marines, the unintended consequences that come with enlisting, and the effect of being pushed to the breaking point. These men sacrifice so much and are wound dangerously tight, only to go home without firing a single shot. Mendes unflinchingly conveys the harsh reality of modern warfare and the universal truths these soldiers share across generations. Outstanding performances from Jake Gyllenhaal, Jamie Foxx, and Peter Sarsgaard with Roger Deakins and Thomas Newman adding their signature flavors, “Jarhead” is the whole package.

Also on TV

“Inception” (Netflix)

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As previously mentioned, Saturdays are perfect for sitting back and becoming reacquainted with an old favorite. It’s therefore fitting that I recommend one of Netflix’s latest additions and my favorite film of all time, “Inception.” Almost approaching its tenth anniversary, I think it’s safe to cement “Inception” as a bonafide classic. Seriously, name a more original film this past decade that became such a beloved cultural phenomenon? It’s more than a heist movie; it’s an examination of grief, our deepest fears and insecurities, and the value of time. It’s a technical marvel, a viscerally mind-blowing adventure, and an unforgettable cinematic experience. Christopher Nolan masterfully builds intrigue, emotion, and gradually ramps up the excitement as our crew plunges into dreams within dreams. Each layer presents a new challenge and provides a blank canvas for Nolan to exhaust his creativity. As a massive James Bond fan, the “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” inspired snow base not only boasts an incredible homage but some of the film’s most exhilarating action. The cross-cutting and manipulation of time is exceptional as it crescendos to arguably the greatest ending of all time. “Inception’s” closing montage propelled by Hans Zimmer’s moving piece “Time” is simply Nolan magic. Take this Saturday to sit back and let the sheer power of one of the decade’s finest grab hold of your emotions.

Movies on TV

  • “Captain Phillips” (AMC) at 6:00 PM ET
  • ”Guardians of the Galaxy” (TBS) at 6:30 PM ET
  • ”Moana” (Freeform) at 6:50 PM ET
  • “The Fate of the Furious” (FX) at 7:00 PM ET
  • “Sweet Home Alabama” (BRAVO) at 7:50 PM ET
  • “Ocean’s 8” (Cinemax) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Night at the Museum” (Starz) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Twister” (CMT) at 9:00 PM ET
  • “Scream” (TMC) at 9:00 PM ET
  • “Shooter” (Paramount) at 9:00 PM ET
  • “Despicable Me 2” (Freeform) at 9:20 PM ET

New TV Episodes

  • “Dateline Saturday Night Mystery” (NBC) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Man vs. Bear” (Discovery) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Beach Hunters” (HGTV) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Hunting UFOs: Investigating Alien Hotspots” (History) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Henry Danger” (Nickelodeon) at 8:00 PM ET
  • ”Aaron Hernandez: Killing Fields” (Reelz) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “What on Earth?” (Science) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “Say Yes to the Dress America” (TLC) at 8:00 PM ET
  • “All That” (Nickelodeon) at 8:30 PM ET
  • “Live PD” (A&E) at 9:00 PM ET
  • ”Seven Worlds, One Planet” (AMC and BBC America) at 9:00 PM ET
  • “Caribbean Life” (HGTV) at 9:00 PM ET
  • “Bahamas Life” (HGTV) at 10:00 PM ET
  • ”Haunted Hospitals” (Travel) at 10:00 PM ET
  • “My Hero Academia” (Cartoon Network” at 11:00 PM ET

Are you checking out “Inception” and/or “Jarhead?” What are you watching tonight? Let us know in the comments below!

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