Ferlyn G and Nathan Hartono in When Ghost Meets Zombie. (Credit: GVP)

Movies at the cinema in February 2019

Dong dong dong dong qiang! We are counting down the days as we usher in the pig year this Chinese New Year, followed by Valentine’s Day the week after! Apart from the fun-filled comedies and romantic dramas, don’t miss the two local films this month, Jack Neo’s Killer Not Stupid and Han Yew Kwang’s When Ghost Meets Zombie. In addition, awards season is about to culminate…

A Private War. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 of the best on-screen journalists that make all of us want to be like them

Jan 30th, 2019 Action, Drama, Thriller, War Marcus Goh 8 min read

Being a reporter is tough work – do you think all those news stories fall out of the sky? It takes a lot of digging, research, questioning and fact-checking in order to tease out all those juicy stories you read in the news. As a journalist, you have to be thick-skinned, determined, and resourceful to uncover the truth behind matters. Often, they also have to…

Homestay. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 plot twists in thrillers and horror movies that you never saw coming

Jan 25th, 2019 Fantasy, Thriller Marcus Goh 9 min read

The most unforgettable plot twists come from thrillers and horror movies. That’s because in these types of shows, our sense of normalcy has already been thrown off balance by all the frights and scares. Thus, when the big reveal comes around, it hits us even harder – because our reality is already teetering from jangled nerves. Films like the Thai thriller Homestay (an adaptation of the Japanese…

Have you met these five dragons who are not Toothless from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

Jan 20th, 2019 Animation, Child-friendly, GV Exclusive Jedd Jong 21 min read

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the long-awaited third instalment in Dreamworks’ blockbuster fantasy adventure series of animated films. The movies, based on the series of children’s novels by Cressida Cowell, take place in a mythical Viking world and follow the adventures of young Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and the mysterious dragon who becomes his best friend, Toothless the Night Fury. Audiences have…

Escape Room. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Five other real-life adventure games not unlike ‘Escape Room’

Jan 11th, 2019 Horror, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

If you’ve ever participated in an escape room, you know how it goes. You and your friends are locked in a (usually themed) room and must escape within a certain time limit. The only clues you have are the items in the room – and it’s up to your ingenuity and creativity to figure out how all these items work together to get out of…

On The Basis of Sex. Credit: Moves in Focus

‘On The Basis of Sex’ and other landmark films that change how we see women

Jan 8th, 2019 Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

Like it or not, gender stereotypes are rife in our world. Men are supposed to be the strong hunter-gatherers of society, or at least, the main breadwinners of the family. Women are supposed to be the domestic nurturers of family, or at least the main housekeeper at home. But before you flame me for my chauvinistic statements, remember that I’ve just listed stereotypes rather than…

Default. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Ever noticed how Korean movies like ‘Default’ all use this one weird trope?

Jan 4th, 2019 Asian Cinema, Drama Marcus Goh 10 min read

If you’ve embraced the good bits of the Hallyu wave, then you’ll have noticed that all the critically acclaimed Korean movies have some… similarities. We’re not just talking about impressive production values or memorable plots. We’re talking about one particular character archetype that turns up in films like Default. The corrupt official. It seems like good Korean movies have that in common – a villainous…