Split. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 of the best films about multiple personality disorders

Jan 17th, 2017 Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller Marcus Goh 6 min read

Quick lesson – multiple personality disorders are not the same as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder where patients exhibit abnormal social behavior and fail to understand what is real and what is not. You can hear voices when you’re schizophrenic. Multiple personality disorders (MPD) are exactly what you think it is – different personalities within the same person. MPD movies resonate with us simply because each…

Monster Trucks. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 iconic vehicles of Singapore’s roads

Jan 14th, 2017 Action, Child-friendly, Comedy, Superheroes Marcus Goh 9 min read

One of the most distinguishable characteristics of a country is the cars on the road. It says so much about the population and mindset of nation when you see the type of cars that its citizens buy… even if that country is purportedly moving to a car-lite society (facilitated by those who are drivers, ironically). So these are the most iconic cars on the Singapore…

The Bye Bye Man. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 ways to prevent ghostly possession in Singapore

Jan 13th, 2017 Horror Marcus Goh 8 min read

For a tiny red dot, we’ve certainly got more than our fair share of supernatural sightings. Everyone has seen or knows someone who’s seen a ghost. And with several different cultures on the same island, we’ve got to contend with ghastly apparitions that require different rituals for exorcism. The worst kind of ghosts are those that pretend to be humans. I’m not talking about zombies…

Arrival. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 horrible mistranslations that could only happen in Singapore

Jan 12th, 2017 Action, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

Singapore is a land of wonders. So many people speak so many different languages that it’s perfectly possible to have someone rattle off a sentence with three different languages in it. I mean when you order your kopi si siu dai in English, you’re also speaking Malay (kopi) and Hokkien (si siu dai). No wonder other countries marvel at our ability to code switch so…

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Movies to look forward to in the first half of 2017

Hollywood blockbusters will come and go, but 2016 will be remembered as the year that Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his Oscar, and the year that muscle movie Mad Max: Fury Road received 10 Oscar nominations. The dust has settled but not for long; 2017 has its noteworthy releases any cinephile should look forward to. From action flicks to animated features to sequels/prequels of DC/Marvel movie…

Collateral Beauty. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

What Singaporeans would say if we wrote letters to Love, Time, and Death

Jan 6th, 2017 Adult Themes, Drama Marcus Goh 7 min read

Death, Time, Love. Such ephemeral concepts. If we ever met these entities in person, we would no doubt treat them with respect… unless we’re Singaporeans, of course. Then we’d be asking them for discounts and trying to get some good deals from them. I mean, we’re Singaporean. Of course we’d interact with them in the most utilitarian way possible. So here’s what we’d ask them…

The Age of Shadows. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Gong Yoo’s 5 best roles on screen

Jan 4th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Thriller Marcus Goh 7 min read

After being overtaken by Song Joong-ki in Descendants of the Sun, Gong Yoo returned to the hearts and minds of Korean pop culture fans everywhere when Train to Busan debuted. There’s a reason why he’s such an evergreen idol though – he’s taken on a number of vastly different roles and excelled in all of them. So today, we pay tribute to five of Gong Yoo’s…

The Great Wall. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 barriers which are more effective than the Great Wall of China 

Dec 30th, 2016 Action, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy, War Marcus Goh 7 min read

You might think that Trump’s plan to build a wall to block off Mexico is a little… unconventional, but hundreds of years ago, China did the same thing to protect itself against a country that also starts with M – Mongolia. The Great Wall of China was built as a deterrent against Mongolian invaders, because electric fences and aeroplanes didn’t exist then. Horseback riders were the…

Your Name. Credit: Purple Plan

And the best anime of the year is…

Dec 28th, 2016 Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Teens Marcus Goh 6 min read

Your Name. No, that’s not a joke, because that’s literally the title of the best anime of 2016, Your Name. It’s not just a great animated film, it’s a great film, full stop. Despite its rave reviews, the director has exhorted audiences to stop watching it because he’s afraid that all the flaws and imperfections of the film will eventually be exposed. How many times do you…

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Everyday professions which could make you a hero (at least in Singapore)

Dec 28th, 2016 Action, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Disaster Rachel Chan 8 min read

During the second Sino-Japanese War in December 1941, a railway porter (played by Jackie Chan) leads a ragtag team of freedom fighters to sabotage a a railway network used by the Japanese to transport supplies from Tianjin to Nanjing. Comprising a motley crew of tailor, noodle shop owner, railroad hand, and professional thug, they make weapons out of shovels and loose railway track planks to ambush Japanese…