Bad Moms. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The 5 most irritating things that Singapore mums always say

Jul 24th, 2016 Adult Themes, Comedy, Singles Marcus Goh 7 min read

We love our mums, we really do – after all, how can we help but love the woman who buys chicken essence for us during exams, brews barley water when we’re sick, and makes kaya sandwiches for us when we’re sad? But as much as we love Mummy Dearest, we have to confess that she can sometimes be a bit… naggy. Maybe it’s a function…

Apprentice. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 facts you never knew about Singapore prisons

Jun 30th, 2016 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Drama, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 6 min read

Prison is a taboo topic for Singaporeans, since it usually has unpleasant connotations. Plus, we’re all a little bit pantang (Malay for “superstitious”), so we won’t talk about prisons for fear that we’ll end up in one. Same reason why your parents won’t let you play with toy handcuffs – they’d buy the entire toy police set for you, guns and all, but will throw away the…

Why Purge Night won’t be fun in Singapore

Jun 29th, 2016 Action, Adult Themes, Thriller Rachel Chan 7 min read

If a night of wanton, government-sanctioned violence is your idea of fun, you’d agree that Purge Night is, as what one of the characters in The Purge: Election Year says: “Halloween for adults.” Initiated in the United States in the late 2010s following an economic collapse, the purge is a national civic tradition whereby anyone is free to hurt or kill anyone for one night. For 12 hours…

Enjoy Chen Bolin in three ways in Distance

Jun 1st, 2016 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 4 min read

What do an illegitimate son, an estranged friend and a student admirer-turned-ex-lover have in common? All three relationships come back to haunt them after a long period of separation and absence. Also, these three roles in the feature film Distance are each achingly portrayed by Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin. Last Friday, Chen himself, executive producer Anthony Chen (director of the award-winning Ilo Ilo) and Singaporean director Tan Shijie (Tan…

The Boss. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

How to tell if you have a Good Boss or a Bad Boss

Apr 21st, 2016 Adult Themes, Comedy Marcus Goh 11 min read

It’s a corporate jungle out there, with the Boss at the top of the food chain. Whether it’s a he or a she, you’ll see some or all of these traits: exacting, idiosyncratic, full of bullsh*t, assertive, maybe a little shouty, and definitely bossy. All of which make great fodder for entertaining movies – remember Miranda Priestly of The Devil Wears Prada, Kylo Ren of Star Wars:…

Heaven in the Dark

6 unforgettable priests in film

Apr 8th, 2016 Adult Themes, Asian Cinema Marcus Goh 8 min read

Priests are boring, right? Not if you’ve met these film priests! They run the gamut from lounge singers on the run to furry blue mutants who teleport. Some of them are successful businessmen, and not all of them are on the side of good (but they’re still religious, so that’s got to count for something, right?). So here are some religious folk who’ll definitely change…

How To Be Single

Did you spot these 7 classic couples on Valentine’s Day?

Feb 17th, 2016 Adult Themes, Comedy, Deals & Promotions, Romance, Singles Marcus Goh 8 min read

Valentine’s Day ushered in the season of love, romance and hackneyed stereotypes last Sunday. Just like horoscopes, the millions of couples who were out on a date could be broken down into seven broad, sweeping categories. Maybe after that, you’d want to learn How To Be Single. But what are those seven types of couples that you’ll see in every restaurant? And most importantly, which…

The Revenant

6 furry Singapore mascots that could take down the Revenant

Feb 4th, 2016 Action, Adult Themes, Thriller Marcus Goh 6 min read

The Revenant sees experienced fur trapper Hugh Glass defeating wild beasts of all sorts in his mad quest for revenge. But if he had to traverse the wild landscapes where Singapore’s mascots roamed, he’d have been the one getting skinned for his fur. Ferocious grizzly bears have nothing on Singapore’s furry mascots, who may come across as cute little cuddly animals… but hide savage instincts. Here’s…

8 Singaporean stereotypes Quentin Tarantino would use in “The Hateful Eight”

Jan 19th, 2016 Action, Adult Themes, Comedy Marcus Goh 9 min read

Quentin Tarantino is fond of using archetypes in his storytelling, and this is especially so in The Hateful Eight. Set in the late 1800s, it’s about eight strangers who are trapped in a stagecoach stopover during a blizzard – except that each of the eight strangers represents a certain archetype, like The Bounty Hunter or The Prisoner. Imagine the characters he’d use if the story were set in…

Bet you didn’t know that Singapore used to be a hub for sex change ops

Jan 16th, 2016 Adult Themes, Arthouse Rachel Chan 7 min read

In The Danish Girl, we learn of the story of Lili Elbe, said to be the first recipient of gender reassignment surgery sometime in 1930. Originally Einar Wegener, a prolific Danish landscape painter, she felt that she had been born into the wrong body and found salvation in Kurt Warnekros, a surgeon who would perform the life-changing operation for her in Dresden, Germany. The story…