I Am Not Madame Bovary. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 Uniquely Singaporean insults that you can use overseas

Nov 17th, 2016 Adult Themes, Asian Cinema, Comedy Marcus Goh 9 min read

Calling a woman “Madame Bovary” (or “潘金莲” in Chinese) might sound like an atas compliment, but it actually means slut. That’s because Madame Bovary is the title of a French novel where the titular character sleeps around and over spends because she is bored, or as the Wikipedia entry puts it so eloquently, “to escape the banalities and emptiness of provincial life”. You might even…

Sausage Party. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 R21 references hidden in famous cartoons

Sep 30th, 2016 Adult Themes, Animation, Comedy Marcus Goh 7 min read

If you’re a tired, harried parent, chances are you’d want to go to the movies for some peace and quiet. But if you’ve got kids in tow, then you’re going to want to choose an animated film – no adult content there, right? Animated films are made for kids, there’s no way they’d put in a stray vagin – No, wait. They did. And chances…

Bridget Jones' Baby. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 pantang things that Singaporean mothers never do when pregnant

Sep 15th, 2016 Adult Themes, Comedy, Drama Marcus Goh 6 min read

Guess who’s pregnant? Not me la, but Bridget Jones – because, as the title reveals, she has a baby in Bridget Jones’ Baby. Although she’s a mother-to-be, her greatest worry isn’t about her child’s well-being – it’s about the paternity of her unborn kid. Not too sure if she’s got her priorities right, but then she is Bridget Jones, after all. Luckily, that’s all she has…

[Giveaway inside] Kickstarting GV’s 8th Love & Pride Film Festival with Jake Witzenfeld

Aug 22nd, 2016 Adult Themes, Arthouse Rachel Chan 7 min read

Last Friday, a full-house audience helped kickstart Golden Village’s 8th annual Love & Pride Film Festival with a screening of Oriented, a documentary by new filmmaker Jake Witzenfeld, who showed up at the end of the movie to take questions via Skype. The 86-minute film was whittled down from more than 25 hours of footage taken by following three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual…

[Giveaway inside] Get Oriented with GV’s 8th Love & Pride Film Festival

Aug 18th, 2016 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Documentary, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 5 min read

How complicated can life get when you’re Muslim, your family is the mafia, you live in Tel Aviv, and your boyfriend is Jewish? Oh, did I mention also that you’re also gay? This is not fiction; it is a true story. Oriented is a documentary which follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel Aviv during the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict….

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:…