If you haven’t seen the Eurovision Song Contest, you’re either missing out or lucky. Here at Screen Scholars we clearly feel it’s the latter, as the over-the-top pop Olympics offer a grand spectacle (and we do love us a spectacle) of ice fairies and mythical creations all in the service of songs with hooks as broad as Montana — a state where maybe one person has heard of the Eurovision Song Contest. Will Ferrell and writing partner Andrew Steele certainly are fans to the point they have written a fittingly goofy movie about it and of course we’re leading with that. It’s a great day for flashy dressers, as Billy Porter and Harley Quinn lead the shows that round out our three suggestions.
Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga [Netflix]
If you are burnt out from trying to remember what day it is, have no fear, Will Ferrell is here! In his latest comedic opus, he and Rachel McAdams star as two aspiring singers with pop star dreams who get the chance to represent their country in the biggest song competition in the world. What could possibly go wrong? Can they make their dreams come true? Or at least gain the respect of his strikingly handsome dad? Come for the slapstick, stay for the breathtaking views of Iceland and escape reality for a bit this weekend.
Pose-a-thon [FX, 10p]
The quarantine has delayed the third season of Pose, the best ’80s ball reflecting bastion of excess and elegance, indefinitely. If we can’t have Pose, then a Zoom vogue-off and variety show led by sartorially minded Billy Porter, and featuring most of the rest of the cast, will have to do.
Harley Quinn [DC Universe]
Ivy and Kite Man’s big day is here! Will Gordon’s plot succeed? How will Harley react? The season finale should be full of surprises. But really, what everyone wants to know is will Clayface impress Tim Burton?
ALSO ON TAP TONIGHT:
- With its new docu-series Home Game, Netflix explores the mostly obscure sports which inspire passion in the denizens of at least one country in this world. Based on the picture, there’s a rugby-like game that is shirts v. skins… or theater majors v. stars of Oi!
- Dave Bautista, Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Drax, gets his own family comedy — a rite of passage for wrestlers-turned-thespians — as a CIA operative who finds himself teamed with a 9-year-old girl in My Spy, which once was theatrical, but has landed on Amazon Prime.
- Speaking of theatrics, we’re down to seven queens who get their second chance to become Drag’s Next Superstar on the fifth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars on VH1.
- Call it The Amazing Race with a language barrier and an Asian setting. Twogether — on Netflix — sets Lee Seung-gi from South Korea and Jasper Liu from Taiwan off on missions they must collaborate, with the twist that neither speaks the other’s native tongue.
- The second installment of Disney’s latest cash gra… we mean great franchise — gets its own full scale behind-the-scenes treatment on Disney Plus with Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2.
- It’s time for the side stage of television’s most glamorous night — although tamped down and remote this year for quarantine. Talk shows, game shows, and soap operas get their moments in the sun with The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS.
- If you’re truly getting cabin fever and want to be swept back to a simpler time of 20 years ago, MTV’s got the hook up with an airing of the 2000 MTV Music Awards. And, if you clicked on the link, baby, you can expect to see Britney… many more times on the airing.
The VoD Trailer Round-up:
- The Audition – Nina Hoss plays a violin teacher from the JK Simmons school of music instruction in this German flick.
- Beats – This movie about two partiers navigating the 1994 ban on raves in the UK is earning raves itself to the tune of a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things – This documentary explores the life of the First Lady of Song, mixing archival footage with interviews from everyone from Tony Bennett to Smokey Robinson to her own son.
- House of Hummingbird – Set in the backdrop of a tragic 1994 bridge collapse, this South Korean film focuses on a young girl wandering around Seoul.
- Irresistible – Jon Stewart directs a political comedy starring Steve Carell and Chris Cooper as the odd couple of an upbeat, if scheming Democratic operative and a rough hewn Marine candidate should be a magical match, but the reviews have been tepid. Well, the last Carell project to get underwhelming reviews turned out to be pretty good.
- Madagasikara – The story of three woman struggling to lead their families on the African island country of Madagascar amid a worldwide tragedy for which the U.S. and others bear much of the blame.
- A Regular Woman – Ripped from one of the most tragic international headlines, this German film puts a face on the horror of honor killings with the real-life story of Hatun Suruku, a 23-year-old Turkish woman murdered in 2005 by her brother.
- Shanghai Triad – Zhang Yimou’s 1995 Academy Award nominee thriller about crime syndicates of the 1930s gets the full restoration tribute — those last three words feel strange to say about a movie that came out when 3/4 of the current Scholars were adults.