Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 shows that sound just like ‘X-Men’

Sep 29th, 2016 Action, Adventure, Child-friendly, Fantasy Marcus Goh 8 min read

If you think about it, the whole concept of X-Men is an incredibly lazy but brilliant way to explain how normal humans can have super powers. They’re just born with it! No need for some convoluted explanation about how you’re an alien from a dying planet who gains super powers from our sun, or how a radioactive spider bit you and gave you the ability…

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5 times Singapore faced ecological disasters like the Deepwater Horizon spill

Sep 29th, 2016 Action, Disaster, Drama Marcus Goh 6 min read

Deepwater Horizon is a dramatisation of life on the eponymous oil rig and the horrendous oil spill that happened when it exploded. It was so bad that it leaked oil for three months straight, resulting in 4.9 million barrels of wasted oil. But this is the sort of disaster that only happens in America, right? Singapore’s so small, what kind of ecological nightmares could we face?…

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5 movies about the subconscious that have lingered in our subconscious

Sep 23rd, 2016 Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

The subconscious is a powerful and curious aspect of the human mind. It’s what gives horror movies like Blair Witch and Lights Out such power (we involuntarily recall those scary scenes when we’re in similar situations), but it’s also what fuels our most beautiful emotions, like love and sorrow. It’s no wonder so many movies have been made about the subconscious, thanks to this mysterious…

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5 places that Singapore parents always say their children are from

Sep 23rd, 2016 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy Marcus Goh 7 min read

One of the most awkward questions a pre-pubescent child can ask is “where do babies come from?” Either you use lousy euphemisms for it (like “the birds and the bees”), you go into scientific Slot A/Tab B style explanations (that they can’t understand yet), or you lie. And if you’re a parent, you’re going to go for that last option, you terrible obscurer of truth you….

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5 of the most famous humanoid robots in film

Sep 16th, 2016 Action, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 6 min read

The only people who don’t like humanoid robots are, ironically, people who are actually humanoid robots in disguise. Robots are one of the most visual representations of human skill and ingenuity, and to have our creations be fashioned in our image is one of our proudest achievements. Hence the gamut of humanoid robots in films. Do they have genders? Do they garner sympathy from the…

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5 pantang things that Singaporean mothers never do when pregnant

Sep 15th, 2016 Adult Themes, Comedy, Drama Marcus Goh 6 min read

Guess who’s pregnant? Not me la, but Bridget Jones – because, as the title reveals, she has a baby in Bridget Jones’ Baby. Although she’s a mother-to-be, her greatest worry isn’t about her child’s well-being – it’s about the paternity of her unborn kid. Not too sure if she’s got her priorities right, but then she is Bridget Jones, after all. Luckily, that’s all she has…

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5 threats to airplanes that you never thought were dangerous

Sep 9th, 2016 Disaster, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 7 min read

Aeroplanes are amazing feats of engineering. Tonnes of steel and glass can rise into the air and take us halfway around the globe, shielding us from the elements as we fall asleep in uncomfortable positions. It’s almost as if aeroplanes are built to be impervious to anything nature can throw at it. Yet the most innocuous hazards can actually be fatal to plane passengers. All that steel and…

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Did you fold these 5 origami objects as a kid?

Sep 9th, 2016 Action, Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy Marcus Goh 5 min read

If you think about it, Kubo from Kubo and the Two Strings is just like every other Singaporean kid – when left to his own devices (and a piece of paper), he’ll fold origami shapes. It’s just that he uses magic to fold origami shapes (hence ensuring perfectly creased folds) and he’s lost one eye, but besides that, he’s like the average Singapore child! But…

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5 definitions of War Dogs that you would never have guessed

Sep 2nd, 2016 Adventure, Crime, Drama, War Marcus Goh 6 min read

Fun fact – there are no dogs in War Dogs. Then why does the movie have such a title? It all boils down to language, and one of the definitions of the term “war dogs.” There’s war in the film though, so at least half of the title can be found in the film. So what does that term mean? The Popping Post reveals the…

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The Secret Life of Singaporean Pet Owners

Sep 2nd, 2016 Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy Marcus Goh 7 min read

Everybody thinks about The Secret Life of Pets and what they do when we owners are not looking, but how about pet owners? Have you ever thought about what pet owners secretly do when non-pet owners aren’t looking at them? You might think I’m exaggerating, but it’s true. If you don’t own a pet, go stalk your pet owner friends and observe how they behave…