Inflight entertainment

What to Watch Onboard Right Now

Flying in January 2020? With live sports channels and hundreds of films and TV episodes to choose from on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, you can now fly around the world 45 times without ever having to watch the same thing twice

It can be hard to know what to watch first. Our entertainment editor Amanda Sheppard selects the month’s best inflight entertainment – and shares related video clips that might pique your interest.

1) Zombieland: Double Tap: A Day in the Life of a Zombie Hunter

Ten years after the original film’s debut, the cast reunite for the sequel. Now expert zombie hunters, the characters are joined by other survivors from across the country. In this clip, the old cast discuss the reunion 10 years in the making and give a preview of what to expect from new recruits:

2) Downton Abbey: Maggie’s Moments

Diehard fans and casual viewers alike will be equally familiar with Maggie Smith’s witty – and often cutting – one-liners as Violet Crawley in Downton Abbey, both the TV series and 2019 movie. In this clip, the cast go through their favourite Maggie-isms and what it was like to hear them firsthand:

3) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil: Angelina Jolie Finding her Fey

Reprising her role as the all-powerful fairy, Angelina Jolie stepped into the makeup chair to transform into the famous fey, yet again. Watch the timelapse to see what went into transforming one of Hollywood’s most famous faces into Mistress of Evil:

4) Ne Zha: Giving the Terrible Twos a Whole New Meaning

China’s highest grossing animation of all time has its winning combination of action-packed fight scenes and sentimental scenes to thank. Watch cursed toddler Ne Zha battle his fate and fight to save his hometown in the trailer below:

5) Succession: Making the Music

Oscar-nominated composer Nicholas Britell may be better known for melancholic soundtracks like the one he penned for 2018’s If Beale Street Could Talk, but the hip-hop inspired theme tune for Succession has become one of the decade’s biggest ear worms. Learn what went into constructing the tune in this clip:

6) Gemini Man: Back to the Future with Will Smith

Ang Lee’s 2012 drama Life of Pi won the director an Oscar, but it’s widely remembered as a technical feat, with its use of CGI. Lee proves himself capable of staying ahead of the curb in his latest film Gemini Man. Watch what went into transforming Will Smith into a youthful clone of himself in the clip below:

7) Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken: The McMemories

Thirteen years after he ate himself sick in Super Size Me, documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock returns to screens. But this time, he’s setting up his own fast food restaurant, intent on debunking the myths that surround the industry’s healthier upgrades. Watch a clip of the filmmaker visiting a McDonalds for the first time in over a decade:

8) Die Tomorrow: A Touching Tribute to Time

A series of vignettes based on a collection of personal experiences and shared memories, Thai documentary Die Tomorrow pays tribute to the memories made in peoples’ final moments. The film is available exclusively on Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights this month. Watch the trailer below:

9) The Last Black Man in San Francisco: Home Is Where the Trellis Is

The Sundance-winning, semi-autobiographical indie film follows Jimmie Fails on his quest to reclaim both his home and his identity in a changing San Francisco. In this clip, he homes in on both, rebuking challenges by a Segway tour guide (played by former Dead Kennedy’s frontman Jello Biafra):

10) Tazza: One-Eyed Jack: Cards at the Ready

Following on from the popular South Korean crime thriller Tazza: The High Rollers, the sequel Tazza: One-Eyed Jack introduces a new cast and a new scam. Card sharks unite to pull off the mother of all heists in this underworld comedy. Watch the trailer below:

What’s next for inflight entertainment?

Look out for Joker, Judy, The Farewell, Jojo Rabbit, The Climbers, Gully Boy and more coming soon.

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