Stronger. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

How do directors shoot “missing limbs” scenes in movies?

Sep 21st, 2017 Drama Marcus Goh 7 min read

Losing a limb is one of the most thrilling (and horrifying) events that can happen in a film. Think back to how Luke Skywalker’s hand got cut off in The Empire Strikes Back. Would he survive? And even if he does, how would life go on for him? For filmmakers, they have a different problem. Assuming a character survives, how exactly would he or she…

So you think you got bitten by something at the cinema… What was it?

Sep 20th, 2017 GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 11 min read

In between being bombarded by sound and light from the silver screen, as well as snatching handfuls of popcorn from your buddy, you thought you felt it: an insect bite. But was it or wasn’t it? What may have started as an itchy sensation in one spot has mushroomed into a suspicious rash by the end of the movie, no thanks to your incessant scratching….

Taron Egerton (left) reprises his role as Eggsy, who is Former Agent Galahad's (Colin Firth, middle) protege. They are joined by Agent Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) in Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle. (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

Which is the best evil terrorist organisation to work for?

Sep 19th, 2017 Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 12 min read

If you live in a fictional universe where evil terrorist organisations have madcap plans every year for world domination, then there’s one thing that’s very clear. Evil terrorist organisations are probably the biggest employers in any country, and probably the world. Think about it. To be a proper evil terrorist organisation, you need to hire: enough soldiers or mercenaries to rival a country’s armed forces…

10 movies to catch before 2017 ends

Sep 13th, 2017 Deals & Promotions, GV25 Rachel Chan 14 min read

The first half of the year brought us Hugh Jackman’s last performance as Wolverine, the first Wonder Woman standalone movie, the magical Beauty and the Beast, the hilarious The LEGO Batman Movie, and the long-awaited Despicable Me 3 instalment. As we inch towards Oscar season in the second half of 2017, you can expect more Gal Gadot, more metahumans, LEGO figurines, and jedis, and more…

mother! Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

7 predictions about ‘mother!’ since we know nothing about it at all

Sep 12th, 2017 Horror Marcus Goh 8 min read

mother! premieres soon and we have almost no information about the plot, save for a few scant details around the Internet and burgeoning reviews that are so vague that you wonder why they bother to give a plot synopsis at all. And the lack of information so far has been all intentional. The marketing for mother! has been intentionally skimpy on the details, but that hasn’t…

Pennywise the Dancing Clown from It. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 onscreen clowns that have scared the crap out of us

Sep 11th, 2017 Horror Marcus Goh 6 min read

Talk about clown characters on screen, and they’re almost always antagonists. It’s rare to see a clown character that’s not out to murder someone (Fizbo the Clown, Cam’s clowning alter-ego in Modern Family, comes to mind as one of the rare non-evil clowns) in film and television, and they’ve somehow been associated with fear even though they’re supposed to make us laugh. Here are some…

A KNPU lesson in Midnight Runners. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Why the Korean National Police University is like a real-life Hogwarts

Sep 9th, 2017 Action, Comedy Marcus Goh 9 min read

You can’t get into Hogwarts, but don’t fret. The Popping Post has found the next best thing – the Korean National Police University (KNPU). Enrolling in the KNPU is almost like studying in Hogwarts, if you don’t mind not learning how to cast magic spells. You do learn how to be the real-life equivalent of an Auror (a magical policeman) though. KNPU has so many…

Kang Ha-neul makes his entrance into the ballroom at the Intercontinental Singapore. (Image credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Kang Ha-neul a perfect gentleman at Midnight Runners press conference

Sep 2nd, 2017 Action, Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Comedy, Event Rachel Chan 5 min read

When Korean actor Kang Ha-neul was in town with director Jason Kim on last Thursday to promote their new film Midnight Runners, he wowed all present with his cheerfulness and earnestness. Before group interviews commenced, Kang went around the whole room once to shake hands with every reporter present, even remarking to familiar faces, “I remember you!” And when a reporter expressed disbelief, he insisted,…

The Mimic. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 Korean mythological monsters you don’t want to meet in Seoul

Aug 29th, 2017 Horror Marcus Goh 10 min read

Planning a trip to Seoul? As modern and metropolitan as it might be, supernatural dangers may lurk in unexpected corners. This being the Seventh Month, we’re expecting that the mythological monsters of Korea would be a bit more active, although Korea doesn’t technically “celebrate” the Seventh Month. These are dangers that Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet (do people still buy Lonely Planet guides) won’t warn…

Masataka Kubota as Ken Kaneki in Tokyou Ghoul. Credit: Encore Films

All you ever wanted to know about ghouls in ‘Tokyo Ghoul’

Aug 23rd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

The ghouls in Tokyo Ghoul aren’t just undead monsters running around the bustling metropolis. Besides being stronger and faster than average humans, they each possess a Kagune, a special weapon that’s more powerful than any manmade weapon around (except for a nuclear warhead, perhaps). What can ghouls do? Here’s all you need to know about their powers and weaknesses.   Powers 1. Special predator organs called…