Suddenly 20. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 reasons why suddenly turning young again is disaster for Singaporeans

Mar 23rd, 2017 Adventure, Comedy Marcus Goh 7 min read

Judging from the number of skincare commercials I’ve seen on YouTube, it seems that becoming young again is the dream of every Singaporean. It’s the main reason why a certain Japanese luxury skincare brand which claims that it can stall the ageing process charges $2.58 for every milligram of its anti-ageing cream. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could do a Benjamin Button and become…

Life. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 movie alien tropes that defy basic biological principles

Mar 22nd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Horror, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 7 min read

The problem with aliens in movies is that most of us (in fact, I’d daresay all of us) have never seen an alien before. Since nobody has seen an alien before, scriptwriters have to tap into their imaginations when writing movies about aliens. And since scriptwriters are generally not trained in biology, it means that movie aliens all tend to follow the same tropes – tropes that…

Beauty and the Beast. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 upcoming live action Disney fairy tales that we all want to catch

Mar 14th, 2017 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Drama, Fantasy, Musical Marcus Goh 7 min read

If you’re a fan of “Once Upon A Time”, a drama where they keep including more and more Disney fairy tales into the story, then you’ll be happy to know that the television success of those fairy tales has indirectly paved the way for the return of some beloved Disney classics on the silver screen. That’s right – all those animated features that we loved…

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Why the cinema is the best hangout this week if you’re at least 13

Mar 13th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, Musical, Romance, Superheroes, Teens, Thriller Rachel Chan 9 min read

Because PG13 movies, of course. While the more kid-friendly films tend to be released during June, September and closer to Christmas, March school holidays are usually bereft of G-rated movies. There’s no exception for this school holiday either – there are a couple of blockbusters and Japanese anime features showing right now; you just need to be old enough to watch them. In case you didn’t…

Kong: Skull Island. Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

6 horrible creatures that King Kong lives with on Skull Island

Mar 10th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 7 min read

It’s great being King Kong right? You can do whatever you like. Eat whatever you like. Go wherever you like. Maybe there’s that slight downside that you are a gigantic ape the size of a building, so you can’t really find a place to sleep at night. King Kong does fine though. He has an entire island to himself, known as Skull Island. Except that…

If Wolverine had cancer in Logan, he would be old and ugly. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

5 painful symptoms of aging for a mutant like Wolverine

Mar 5th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Drama, Superheroes Marcus Goh 6 min read

Logan is one of the most painful X-Men movies ever to grace the silver screen. It takes the sole member of the X-Men who can survive a nuclear explosion, the one character that is literally unkillable – and shows you that even he isn’t safe from the ravages of old age. In case you forgot, here’s Wolverine getting burnt to a crisp by an atomic…

A Dog's Purpose. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 struggles that only Singaporean dog owners will understand

Mar 3rd, 2017 Child-friendly, Comedy Marcus Goh 7 min read

It’s a dog’s life here in Singapore, and I’m not talking about those born in 1982, 1994, or 2006 (check the Chinese lunar calendar to see what I mean). I’m talking about dog owners in Singapore. It’s really, really difficult to keep a dog here on our island nation. From housing restrictions to transport restrictions, it seems that it might actually be easier to keep…

A helpless victim in "Eloise". Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Why supernatural horror films are scarier than psychological horror films

Feb 23rd, 2017 Horror Marcus Goh 9 min read

A vengeful spirit or an axe murderer – which is more scary? Although some might say that the 30% increase in water prices might be the scariest of all (and they’re right), most people would consider a vengeful spirit a scarier opponent to face. That’s because you can’t call 999 if you encounter a vengeful spirit – those police cardboard standees aren’t going to stop a…

The Space Between Us. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

5 things that aliens would marvel at in Singapore

Feb 16th, 2017 Drama, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 7 min read

You can’t deny that as a species, humankind is rather… weird. We do all sorts of things that continually endanger ourselves (eating processed foods) while using powerful technologies at our disposal for the most mundane things, like shooting angry birds at egg-stealing pigs. And we’re probably the most diverse species on the planet. Singapore, in particular, would be indisputably unique as a specimen of human civilisation. If…

A Cure for Wellness. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 ways that Singaporeans practice “wellness”

Feb 14th, 2017 Horror, Teens, Thriller Marcus Goh 7 min read

Singaporeans are a pretty health-conscious bunch, despite our predilection for putting soya sauce inside virtually every dish that we have (all that sodium!). However, our thirst for wellness goes far beyond just eating and… eating. Beyond folksy remedies, wellness permeates every aspect of a Singaporean’s life. From our wall colours to our mobile phone stickers, there’s a secret health reason for everything we do. Don’t believe…