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….

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…

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…

The Miracles of Namiya General Store. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 famous time-travelling films that don’t have all that much time-travelling

Oct 5th, 2017 Drama Marcus Goh 6 min read

When you talk about time-travelling films, everyone thinks of the Back to the Future series, which had a fairly coherent timeline, or the Terminator series, which has such a terribly inconsistent timeline that the original director, James Cameron, is coming back for the sixth movie in the instalment. In fact, he literally said that “We’re pretending the other films were a bad dream” and maybe he’ll…

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James Bond vs Jackie Chan: Who would win?

Sep 28th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Drama Marcus Goh 7 min read

In The Foreigner, we get to see former Bond actor (does that make him a former Bondsman?) Pierce Brosnan go up against Jackie Chan in their roles as Liam Hennessy and Quan, respectively. But is it really a fair fight? We all know any character played by Jackie Chan would win – but if he battled Brosnan’s James Bond, that would be a completely different…

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…