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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…

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…

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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…

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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…

The Hitman's Bodyguard. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

7 of Samuel L. Jackson’s deadliest roles

Aug 17th, 2017 Action, Comedy Marcus Goh 13 min read

Samuel L. Jackson is one Hollywood’s most hardworking (and wealthiest) stars. He started acting in 1972, and he’s starred in more than 110 films since then. And that’s not counting his television and voiceover work, which would put it at more than 150 different projects. As a result, he’s the highest all-time box office star, and the combined box office receipts of all the films…

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7 things you never knew about Hashima – the real Battleship Island

Aug 15th, 2017 Action, Asian Cinema, Drama, Thriller, War Marcus Goh 12 min read

The Battleship Island is based on true events (although we’re quite sure the prisoners on the island weren’t quite as handsome as Song Joong-ki and So Ji-sub) that happened during World War II. I think it’s a strong contender for movie of the year so if there’s one movie you should catch this year, it’s The Battleship Island. Battleship Island is just a nickname though – the island’s…

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6 amazing facts you never knew about emojis

Aug 9th, 2017 Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy Marcus Goh 10 min read

Emojis are lifesavers. When someone you don’t really know messages you a whole lot of stuff that you don’t really care about, emojis are the perfect reply. You just have to choose the face with the most appropriate response to whatever it is that acquaintance sent you, and voila! You’ve responded in a caring, thoughtful way without actually caring or thinking about what they said….