We start this week’s show with a discussion about the furore surrounding Wong Jing’s upcoming Chinese New Year offering From Vegas To Macau 3, before giving a shoutout to the marvellous animated short Pineapple Calamari and then moving on to reviews of Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip and Pixar’s troubled The Good Dinosaur.
With nothing of note opening in Hongb Kong this week, we look ahead to a few upcoming releases that I have already been able to see. Soi Cheang’s The Monkey King 2 will be this year’s big Chinese New Year title, while Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and journalism drama Spotlight open later next month.
Lots to get through this week, including the Robert De Niro/Zac Efron comedy Dirty Grandpa, Oscar-nominated financial comedy The Big Short, Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton in Our Brand Is Crisis, Feng Xiaogang in mainland gangster drama Mr. Six and Japanese musical shenanigans in La La La At Rock Bottom.
On this week’s show we have the unfortunate pleasure of honouring the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, both of whom succumbed to cancer this week aged 69. After that we take a look at the freshly announced Oscar Nominations before I review the week’s big new release, Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs.
On the last day of the year it’s our last show of the year, in our newer, longer format. Which means more time for movie discussion! This week I review David O. Russell’s Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant, which may finally bag Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar, and Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home.