What to Watch on Board Air Canada in May
Next month, Air Canada brings you Academy Award-nominated films I, Tonya and Lady Bird, the spectacular new Star Trek: Discovery series and the powerful box-office blockbuster Black Panther.
For Short Flights
TV: Star Trek: Discovery (Season 1, episodes 1–4)
Gene Roddenberry’s iconic sci-fi franchise celebrates five decades of “boldly going,” with a new ship and crew fighting Klingons a decade before the era of Kirk and Spock. In an interesting twist, the lead character from the USS Discovery, Michael Burnham (played by Sonequa Martin-Green), is a disgraced scientist and not the captain.
Where to Find It: Drama TV channel
Running Time: 45 minutes per episode
TV: Portlandia (Season 8, episodes 1–4)
Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have used their prodigious comedic talents – and their own high coolness quotients – to keenly satirize Portland, Oregon’s über-hipster culture for the better part of a decade. Yet they never seem to run out of prime satirical targets.
Where to Find It: Comedy TV channel
Running Time: 22 minutes per episode
What to Listen To
Audio: Joan Baez – Whistle Down the Wind
The 77-year-old folk icon has declared this, her 25th studio album, to be her last. And she bows out with a powerful farewell: a collection of 10 covers of artists like Tom Waits, Anohni and Mary Chapin Carpenter, about the fragile state of today’s world.
Where to Find It: Rock audio channel
Running Time: 38 minutes
For Longer Flights
Movie: Lady Bird
Indie stalwart Greta Gerwig moves behind the camera, and the writer’s desk, with this nuanced, funny and feminist take on the coming-of-age genre. “Lady Bird” (Saoirse Ronan) is a teen from a disadvantaged household who struggles with adolescence, college dreams and a stubbornly strong-willed mother (played by Laurie Metcalf).
Where to Find It: New Releases and Comedy movie channels
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Running Time: 93 minutes
Movie: Black Panther
Director Ryan Coogler’s take on the beloved Marvel character boasts an almost all-African and African-American cast, and is as much a cultural phenomenon as a stunning action adventure. Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, king of the fictional country of Wakanda, battles to protect his land from tormented anti-hero Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan).
Where to Find It: New Releases and Action movie channels
Languages: English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
Running Time: 134 minutes
Movie: Le sens de la fête (C’est la vie!)
This French comedy, from directors Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache (Intouchables), is a riotous farce detailing the chaos that ensues for a wedding caterer and his entire staff when elaborately lavish wedding plans in a 17th-century château go wildly awry. A trenchant take on the behind-the-scenes working class.
Where to Find It: Franco movie channel
Language: French, with English subtitles
Running Time: 117 minutes
Monthly Themed Programming: Rivals
Movie: I, Tonya
Figure skater Tonya Harding was a disgraced athlete in American culture for decades for her role in the vicious attack on her rival, Nancy Kerrigan. This Academy Award-nominated biopic, starring Margot Robbie, paints a far more sympathetic portrait of Harding’s rough upbringing and determination to succeed.
Where to Find It: New Releases and Drama movie channels on international flights only
Languages: English, French, German, Russian, Spanish
Running Time: 120 minutes
The stoic Swede (Björn Borg) versus the angry American (John McEnroe) provided perhaps the most entertaining rivalry ever in professional tennis. Sverrir Gudnason and Shia LaBeouf portray the racket legends as they prepare to clash at the epic 1980 Wimbledon Men’s Final.
Where to Find It: Independent and Drama movie channels on international flights only
Running Time: 100 minutes