Where can you hide in Singapore in case of an attack?

Feb 17th, 2016 Action, Celebrities, Thriller Esther Au Yong 5 min read

In 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, an American political and action thriller directed and co-produced by Michael Bay, and billed as based on a true story and the book 13 Hours, six members of a security team fight to defend the American diplomatic compound in Libya from terrorists. Completely outnumbered in the September 11 attack in 2012, a security expert initially had Ambassador…

5 of the world’s biggest financial crimes you must know

Jan 24th, 2016 Action Esther Au Yong 6 min read

The global financial crisis of 2008 is considered by many economists to have been the worst one since the Great Depression in the ’30s. In part, it was caused by the bursting of the US housing bubble, which was also in part due to the overvaluation of bundled subprime mortgages based on the theory that housing prices would continue to escalate. Well, what goes up…

Will Smith as Dr Omalu in Concussion. Credit: Golden Village

6 surprising reasons you get a headache

Jan 14th, 2016 Action, Thriller Esther Au Yong 8 min read

Don’t you just hate it when you get headaches or migraines? Well, in the movie Concussion – a 2015 American sports medical film that’s based on the 2009 GQ expose Game Brain by Jeanne Marie Laskas –  it’s quite clear that what the professional football players in the film are suffering from is more than just a headache. Dr Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), a  Nigerian…

5 dinosaurs we love

Nov 24th, 2015 Action, Animation, Child-friendly Esther Au Yong 4 min read

What if dinosaurs didn’t become extinct? What if they could talk? What if they were the smart ones and we humans were knuckleheads? In The Good Dinosaur, we find out what happens if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct. Actually, considering all the shows and movies which have featured dinos as their main characters,…

What would you ask for if you were trapped underground?

Nov 17th, 2015 Action, Celebrities, Documentary, Thriller Esther Au Yong 5 min read

We all have our comfort items. If you think about it, many of these are frivolous wants and not needs. But one man’s gold is another’s poison, and if you’re like one of the 33 miners trapped 700 metres underground in The 33, you’ll likely be dreaming of a great many “needs”. In the movie, the miners, whose chief Mario Sepulveda is played by Antonio…

5 Asian artistes who could be the next Bond/Bond girl

Nov 4th, 2015 Action, Adult Themes, Thriller Esther Au Yong 7 min read

In the latest Bond film Spectre, where the master spy searches out Spectre, an international terror organisation, we see Daniel Craig as James Bond for the fourth time. Sorry, die-hard fans, but we’re going, “Again?” Don’t get us wrong – he is a perfectly competent Bond — but we’re so ready to see an Asian actor take the role already! Ditto the Bond girl. Besides,…

5 shocking confessions of real-life pilots

Oct 14th, 2015 Arthouse, Thriller Esther Au Yong 5 min read

In Bridge of Spies, U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) was captured after his plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. While Powers was a true-blue spy during the Cold War, don’t you think that pilots in general live in a mysterious world? As passengers, there’s so much we don’t know – and maybe would rather not know – about the…

5 reasons why being 12 years old sucks

Oct 8th, 2015 Action, Child-friendly, Comedy Esther Au Yong 4 min read

In Pan, 12-year-old Peter Pan (Levi Miller) is whisked away from a bleak London orphanage to Neverland, where together with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and new friend James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), he fights the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Pan stays forever young, on the cusp of teenage-hood for eternity. Sure, it’s fun, if you’re living in the adventurous and fantastical world that…

6 mind-boggling Japanese inventions you never knew you needed

Oct 7th, 2015 Action, Asian Cinema, Comedy Esther Au Yong 5 min read

What’s your secret guilty pleasure? Well, if you’re like eccentric public prosecutor Kuryu Kohei (Takuya Kimura) from Hero 2015 – the Japanese movie based on a TV series of the same name – it’s buying weird stuff off the infomercial channel. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. So many Japanese customers, like Kohei, buy these aidea shohin (idea products in Japanese) off infomercial channels that they’ve…