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Each month Discovery brings readers a bit of escapism, often with articles about travelling vast distances to lesser-known lands. This month’s Chase Your Dream collection offers movies that bring escapist adventure to our screens.

In 1995, Cheryl Strayed was looking to escape the tragedy in her personal life. Despite not being an experienced hiker, she set out on an epic solo trek along the Pacific Crest Trail, travelling 1,770 kilometres from California’s Mojave desert to the Oregon-Washington border. Director Jean-Marc Vallée recounts the journey in Wild, adapted from Strayed’s memoir and starring Reese Witherspoon. The work received critical acclaim, including two Oscar nominations. You can also see Vallée’s latest TV series, Sharp Objects, onboard this month (read more on page 88).

Also seeking refuge in nature, Chris McCandless adopts a vagabond lifestyle after graduating from university in 1990, living off the land and travelling across the US. In 1992, he hitchhiked from South Dakota to Alaska, where the outdoor environment proved ruthless. Sean Penn adapts journalist Jon Krakauer’s book on McCandless with Into the Wild, a poignant character study starring Emile Hirsch.

Penn takes an adventure of his own in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a contemporary adaptation of a 1939 short story by James Thurber. Ben Stiller stars as a low-level employee at Time magazine who goes on a life-changing journey to Greenland, Iceland and the Himalayas in pursuit of Penn’s character, an elusive photographer. Stiller’s fifth and most ambitious film as a director, Walter Mitty is a romantic and visually grand work that also features one of the best uses of David Bowie’s Space Oddity in recent memory.

Another feel-good adventure onboard this month is The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two terminally ill men who go on a journey across the globe to tick off all the things they’ve ever wanted to do before they ‘kick the bucket’. It’s a light, uplifting film that features two great actors at their most charismatic.

In addition to popular commercial cinema, we’re also committed to introducing great independent films to our passengers. This month, we’re offering a selection of documentary shorts from New York City’s Tribeca Film Institute. Read more about them on page 86.

每月,《Discovery》雜誌都會以文字帶領讀者探索遙遠而陌生的土地,逃離刻板沉悶的日常。適逢本月機上的娛樂節目亦以「追尋夢想」為主題,我們因此為你帶來了多部精神上或生活中暫時避世的歷奇電影故事。

1995 年, Cheryl Strayed 在生活經歷連串不如意之後,希望找個途徑讓自己走出人生的陰霾。雖然她並非經驗豐富的遠足 者,但卻獨自走過全長1,770 公里的太平洋翠園步道,由內華達州的莫哈韋沙漠一直走到華盛頓州。導演 Jean-Marc Vallée 將

Strayed 的回憶錄拍成電影《狂野行》,由

Reese Witherspoon 擔任主角。電影上映後好評如潮,更獲得奧斯卡兩項提名。Vallée最新執導的電視劇集《利器》(參閱88頁「視屏.視評」專欄的相關評論)本月同樣在機上播放,萬勿錯過。

Chris McCandless同樣希望在大自然中尋找慰藉,於是在1990 年大學畢業後,展開到處流浪的生活。他在美國各地居無定所,於1992年從南達科他州乘搭順風車前往偏遠苦寒的阿拉斯加州,途中飽嘗野外環境的殘酷無情。記者Jon Krakauer 將McCandless的事蹟寫成書後,演員 Sean Penn將書改編,拍成電影《浪蕩天涯》,由

Emile Hirsch飾演這位孤獨而辛酸的旅人,令人動容。

在《發夢王大歷險》中, Penn則踏上屬於自己的歷險之旅。這部電影將 James Thurber 於1939年推出的短篇故事加以現代化改編而成,由Ben Stiller 飾演《時代》雜誌一個低級職員,不顧一切踏上旅途,前往格陵蘭、冰島及喜馬拉雅山區,追尋由Penn飾演的行蹤飄忽的攝影師,結果卻改變了自己的人生。這是 Stiller 執導的第五部電影,亦是最具野心的作品。本片的影像十分

壯觀,故事浪漫,而且片中將 David Bowie的名曲〈Space Oddity〉運用得十分巧妙,屬近年難得之作。

同樣於本月在機上放映的《玩轉身前事》,則是一部令人看得愜意的歷險電影。片中兩位主角 Jack Nicholson 與 Morgan Freeman飾演患上不治之症的病人,一起結伴環遊世界,希望在大限來到之時,能夠盡償平生素願。這部電影由兩位演技爐火純青、達到顛峰狀態演員擔綱,氣氛輕鬆之餘亦振奮人心。

除了賣座商業片外,我們亦為乘客帶來多部精采的獨立製作。本月我們精選多部來自紐約翠貝卡電影學院的紀錄短片,請參閱86頁「世界電影俱樂部」專欄的介紹。

Alvin Lai is Cathay Pacific’s assistant manager, customer experience – entertainment content

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