What to Watch on Board in December
Air Canada brings you the global sensation Crazy Rich Asians, the fascinating documentary travelogue Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America and Frank Capra’s holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life on your seatback screen.
For Short Flights
TV: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Set in 1950s New York City, this brilliant comedy from creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) tells the story of Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), an irrepressible young housewife who discovers her gift for provocative autobiographical stand-up comedy following the unexpected end of her marriage.
Where to Find It: Comedy channel
Running Time: 57 minutes per episode
TV: Lâcher prise
Renowned Québécois TV writer Isabelle Langlois (Mauvais Karma, Rumeurs) returns with a comedy about burnout that follows Valérie Danault, a controlling high-achiever whose tidy existence unravels after a minor delay cascades into her losing her job, forcing her to re-evaluate her entire life.
Where to Find It: Comedy TV channel
Running Time: 30 minutes per episode
TV: Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America
In this fascinating documentary, Welsh architect Jonathan Adams sets off across the United States to find out about the family history and heritage of one of the most famous architects of the 20th century. Step inside and discover numerous iconic Wright-designed buildings, such as New York’s Guggenheim Museum.
Where to Find It: Style and Documentary TV channels
Running Time: 59 minutes
For Longer Flights
Movie: Papillon (2017)
This stunning remake of the 1973 classic that starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman revisits the astonishing story of a French safecracker (Charlie Hunnam) who attempts to escape a notorious and brutal tropical prison with the help of an eccentric counterfeiter (Rami Malek).
Where to Find It: New Releases and Drama channels
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Running Time: 136 minutes
Movie: The Predator
Lethal Weapon director Shane Black helms the latest instalment of the franchise that shows no sign of slowing down. Amid heavy action sequences and witty dialogue, The Predator sees another crew of reptilian aliens come to Earth to hunt down missing relics – and humans.
Where to Find It: New Releases and Action channels
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish
Running Time: 106 minutes
Movie: Crazy Rich Asians
This worldwide smash hit is a landmark for Asian representation in Hollywood. Based on the first novel of Kevin Kwan’s rollicking series, this frothy romance finds U.S.-born Rachel discovering her Singaporean boyfriend’s ultra-wealthy family secret as they travel to his homeland to attend the country’s wedding of the century.
Where to Find It: New Releases and Comedy channels
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
Running Time: 121 minutes
Monthly Themed Programming: ’Tis the Season
Movie: Die Hard
Bruce Willis graduated to action stardom with this 1988 pulse-pounding thriller about John McClane, an acerbic New York detective who confronts a gang of hostage-taking terrorists (led by Alan Rickman) while visiting his estranged wife and their children in Los Angeles over Christmas.
Where to Find It: ’Tis the Season and Action channels
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Running Time: 132 minutes
Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life
Frank Capra’s story of gratitude and resilience stars the iconic Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, whose suicide attempt is stopped by a guardian angel who shows him how the world would have suffered without him and his generous spirit.
Where to Find It: ’Tis the Season and Drama channels
Languages: English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
Running Time: 131 minutes
What to Listen To
Audio: Alexandra Stréliski – Inscape
The music of Montreal composer and pianist Alexandra Stréliski has been featured in numerous films by Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallée. Her latest album is an exquisite exploration of the piano’s sonic range, from the muffled delicacy of “The Quiet Voice” to the powerful “Burnout Fugue.”
Where to Find It: Franco audio channel
Running Time: 32 minutes