The best movie screenings in Hong Kong this week
Looking for a movie to see tonight or this weekend? From local Cantonese films to major blockbusters, check out our lineup of the best movies on Hong Kong cinemas. RECOMMENDED: Want to stay at home instead? Curl up in bed with these new shows on Netflix Hong Kong this month, or settle down with these feel-good movies on Netflix.
The 9 coolest movie locations in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has long been one of the world’s most beloved metropolises, and this certainly isn’t lost on directors and producers when capturing our unique city in movies. The narrow back alleys lined with traditional eateries, the bustling malls in sleek skyscrapers that shoot skyward, this perfect entrepot between east and west – literally nowhere else looks like this. Despite the negative side of colonialism, Hong Kong’s unique history is what shaped the city into what it’s known as today: a melting pot of countless different cultures, cuisines and architecture styles. Let’s take a look at some of the Fragrant Harbour’s coolest movie locations that are incredible for the ‘gram. By Ashlyn Chak RECOMMENDED: if you're a movie buff, then you'll love our list of best films from the 2010s or the greatest ever Kung Fu movies made in Hong Kong.
New shows to watch on Netflix Hong Kong this January
Another month, another round of great Netflix shows. If your New Year's resolution for 2020 is to save up some dough for that dream trip of yours, or simply just go out less, then these TV shows and movies we've lined up is perfect for you. From inspiring, feel-good tales to just straight-up creepy, there's plenty to add to your watchlist this month. RECOMMENDED: Add some fun to your watchlist and settle down with one of these feel-good movies found on Netflix Hong Kong.
7 TV Shows you must watch to start off this new decade on an inspiring note
We often celebrate the New Years by creating new elaborate resolutions and lamenting on our old failed ones, a tradition that of course needs to be faithfully continued if only for the burst of fresh inspiration brings. So to help you, we have compiled a list of our favorite TV shows that can assist you in this often futile but always stimulating process. Scroll down below to sift through some of our pick of stories that can, hopefully, inspire you to dream big, take charge, push through life’s challenges and resolve those conflicts. RECOMMENDED: If your New Year’s resolution is also to get in shape, check out some of the best gyms in Hong Kong. Or if you want to start off the year by eating healthy after those hefty Christmas dinners, check out our pick of healthiest vegetarian and vegan restaurantsin Hong Kong.
The best films of the 2010s: the 30 movies of the decade
The decade began with emotional farewells to Harry Potter and Toy Story, Iron Man 2 disappointing everyone who came into contact with it and Tim Burton’s trippy take on Alice in Wonderland hinting that maybe, just maybe, 3D was here to stay. Fast forward ten years and Marvel has shrugged off that rare misfire to become an all-conquering, Martin-Scorsese-upsetting behemoth, 3D is all but mothballed again, Star Wars is back and old franchises (hello Toy Story) proved to be not nearly as finished as we thought they were. And in among those headline stories, there have been some killer movies released. From films by brilliant new voices like Ari Aster, Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele to old masters like Hirokazu Kore-eda, Richard Linklater, George Miller and Kathryn Bigelow, here’s a half-century of greats from the 2010s. RECOMMENDED: If you're more into action movies, check out our pick of the greatest kung-fu movies made in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong film interviews
Time Out meets Joaquin Phoenix ahead of Joker release
The most anticipated film of the autumn, ‘Joker’ examines how failed stand-up Arthur Fleck morphed into the Gotham psychopath we all know and dread. Its star Joaquin Phoenix is its beating heart in a jittery, terrifying turn that’s already gathering Oscar buzz. The man himself has a rep for being an occasionally scratchy interviewee – ‘Most of the time I just try to get to the end of interviews’, he tells me, unpromisingly – but the man I encounter is direct but laid-back, and eager to chat about his turn as the DC supervillain. By Olivier Joyard Do you have to like a character like the Joker to play him? ‘Frankly, it was a challenge. Sometimes, while reading the script, I felt sympathetic, other times I was repulsed. Made no fucking sense. He was pathetic, whiny. I saw traces of post-traumatic stress disorder in him. When he’s attacked by kids at the start of the movie, he freezes up like a statue, unable to respond. This guy was physically abused when he was a child. It’s difficult not to feel some empathy for someone who’s been through that. That sort of thing changes your brain, the way you think. And it made me change how I see his character. At the start, I wanted him to go fuck himself.’ How did you prepare for the role? Did you study mental health problems in any way? ‘I watched some videos and read two books in particular. I’m not going to tell you which, as I don’t want to give the criminals they’re about more attention than they deserve. The general idea was