Don’t Miss! 10 Great Movie, TV and Music Highlights Onboard This Month

The best way to ensure you’re not sitting next to an annoying movie know-it-all on your next flight, is to be one yourself. Kevin Ma picks 10 moments of trivia and backstory relating to this month’s inflight entertainment

Flying during November? With more than 200 films and 500 hours of TV onboard Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon flights, it’s hard to know what to watch first.

Here are the best moments, stories and trivia from this month’s onboard programming.

1. Motion capture technology in War for the Planet of the Apes

Using the technology of motion capture, Andy Serkis gives an Oscar-calibre performance as ape leader Caesar in War for the Planet of the Apes onboard this month.

But he’s been using the technology for years, and has become one of the world’s go-to motion-capture actors as a result (remember Gollum and his ‘precious’?). Listen to him talk about his history with the tech here:

2. The song in A Ghost Story 

The heartbreaking song that Casey Affleck’s character writes in A Ghost Story is actually I Get Overwhelmed by American band Dark Rooms.

Listen to it here: 

3. The idea behind Band Aid 

Writer-director-actor Zoe Lister-Jones’s Band Aid premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Watch the two lead stars – Lister-Jones and Adam Pally – talk about the film’s conception during the festival:

4. The replica Stonehenge in Transformers: The Last Knight 

Veteran actor Anthony Hopkins talks about his appreciation for director Michael Bay and how the production crew created a replica of Stonehenge for Transformers: The Last Knight:

5. The parody of The Handmaid’s Tale 

You know when a show’s being parodied on Saturday Night Live that it’s hit the big time. You can see SNL’s version of the eight-time Emmy award-winning TV sensation The Handmaid’s Tale right here: 

6. The story behind Whitney: Can I Be Me 

Whitney: Can I Be Me is an honest look at the circumstances that led to Whitney Houston’s ascension and fall from grace.

Director Nick Broomfield talks about the late superstar’s tumultuous relationship with rapper Bobby Brown in this clip: 

 7. The man behind Mifune: The Last Samurai 

A frequent collaborator with director Akira Kurosawa, Toshiro Mifune is often cited as Japan’s greatest actor – one of the few to have influenced international cinema, too.

Watch the trailer for the documentary Mifune: The Last Samurai, showing onboard this month, here: 

8. The awkwardness of The Dark Tower 

Matthew McConaughey talks about The Dark Tower (showing onboard) and the difficulty of doing romantic comedies on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert:

9. The playlist: Clockenflap

Hong Kong’s best music festival, Clockenflap, is back at the Central Harbourfront over 17-19 November. Among the acts representing the local music scene this year is rock band Supper Moment.

You can check out Supper Moment’s music and other acts on this year’s line-up in a special Clockenflap playlist, onboard this month. But before that, check out their hit single Robot

10. What’s next?

Coming in December: Dunkirk, Logan Lucky, It, Wolf Warrior II, Game of Thrones (season 7) and much, much more!


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