Jason Tan as Ah Bao in Before We Forget (当我们在一起). Credit: Three Pictures

What’s it like being a child actor? The small stars of《当我们在一起》 tell us

Nov 18th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Child-friendly, Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

Do you remember what you were doing when you were 12? You were probably getting sand all over yourself in the playground (for old fogeys) or catching all the Pokemon in the latest Pokemon game (if you’re younger than our 30-year-old North-South MRT Line). One thing you probably weren’t doing? Memorising scripts and getting up early in the morning for a full day of filming….

Justice League. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Justice League’s worst kept secret: Superman’s going to come back to life

Nov 14th, 2017 Action, Science Fiction, Superheroes Marcus Goh 10 min read

Quick, name the members of the Justice League in your head. Even if you can’t recite all of their names (pfft, Cyborg’s a Teen Titan, no matter what anyone says), there’ll always be one name on everyone’s list. Superman. Yet almost all Justice League posters and media have been conspicuously omitting Superman from it – since he died in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice….

Ah Boys To Men 4’s only female star can kick ass for real

Nov 11th, 2017 Action, Asian Cinema, Event, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 3 min read

Jack Neo’s army franchise is back, this time with Hong Kong TV actress Apple Chan as Lieutenant Zhang Xin Yi, the Ah Boys’ superior in the armour unit. Faced with such an attractive madam, the boys are all a twitter at first – until they realise that Lieutenant Zhang is by no means a typical specimen of the weaker sex. In one of the scenes,…

Victoria and Abdul. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Did you know Queen Victoria was born the same year Singapore was founded?

Nov 9th, 2017 Comedy, Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

If you haven’t disappointed your History teachers, then you’ll remember that 1819 was the year when Singapore was founded by the British – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, to be exact. It was also the year that Britain’s most famous queen was born, Queen Victoria. Her name is where we get the term “Victorian era” from, and it was an era of great positive change for…

Know a guy who loves MLP? He could be a “brony”

Nov 3rd, 2017 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Fantasy Rachel Chan 7 min read

Before your mind goes to dark and dirty places in order to decipher what “MLP” stands for, let’s get this straight: MLP is Hasbro’s pastel-sweet cartoon My Little Pony, and a brony is a male My Little Pony fan. More specifically, they are fans of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic incarnation of the franchise. While the subculture is believed to have started in…

And the winner of the GV25 Film Shorts Competition is…

Oct 31st, 2017 Asian Cinema, Event, GV Exclusive, GV25 Rachel Chan 7 min read

Moonmen’s nine-minute film Chiak! Chiak, which is about a son’s struggle to deal with his father’s dementia, beat out two other contenders to clinch the winner’s spot and a cash prize of $3,000. Their film will also be shown in selected Golden Village theatres in the next two weeks. In April this year, more than 200 aspiring filmmakers had heeded Golden Village’s call to submit…

The Evil Within. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Horror tropes that are staler than a rotting corpse

Oct 25th, 2017 GV Exclusive, Horror Marcus Goh 9 min read

If you’re a horror film buff, you know how a good scary movie can make you feel alive. A top psychologist claims that “people are driven to see scary movies to escape from the tedium,” which makes sense if you think about it. Few things get the adrenaline running like a frightening flick does – even train breakdowns no longer get our blood pumping as…

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) fan service in Thor: Ragnarok. Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

What we’re betting will happen in ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

Oct 23rd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Superheroes Marcus Goh 11 min read

Thor has been considered “the most boring superhero in the Marvel pantheon” (we beg to differ however, have you read about Thor’s exploits in traditional Norse mythology?), so it’s amazing how he’s getting his third movie, The Revengers Thor: Ragnarok, just six years after his debut in 2011! To begin with, let’s all learn how to pronounce Ragnarok properly – the Nordic pronunciation sounds more…

Mary and the Witch's Flower. Credit: Purple Plan

7 regular plants that have unbelievable magical powers

Oct 13th, 2017 Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Child-friendly, Fantasy, Teens Marcus Goh 15 min read

You don’t need to have attended Professor Pomona Sprout’s Herbology lesson at Hogwarts to know that plants and flowers are not just good to look at – many of them possess medicinal properties which make them seem almost magical. Granted, we often see all kinds of flowers in our Garden City – bougainvilleas, ixoras, hibiscuses, and others – which may be why they don’t carry…

Takeru Satoh as Kei Nagai in Ajin: Demi-Human. Credit: Encore Films

Did you know that the Ajins of ‘Ajin: Demi-Human’ have played other superhero characters too?

Oct 11th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 10 min read

Ajin Demi-Human has seen astronomical popularity ever since it was published. It’s been adapted into an anime series, a trilogy of anime films, an OVA, and now even a live-action series! You can even find the anime series on Netflix. The series revolves around the Ajin, superhumans who will come back to life (with all injuries healed) after being killed. Even if there is only…