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…

Boo Junfeng won’t leave you hanging at his Blog Aloud session [Giveaway inside]

Jun 27th, 2016 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Event, GV Exclusive, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 5 min read

How does one go about making a film about being an executioner? As Boo Junfeng, director of Apprentice, will tell you, it took him five years, during which he interviewed retired executioners, religious counsellors, and family members of those who have received the death sentence. The latest film of Singapore’s critically acclaimed Boo focuses not just on the death penalty, but the point of view of the…

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…

Midnight Special. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 child stars we will never forget

Apr 20th, 2016 Arthouse, Thriller Marcus Goh 7 min read

Child actors are difficult to find and direct because of their age. Imagine memorising lines, pretending to be someone else, and having to fake emotions when everyone else is twice your height! But once in a while, you get child stars that wow us so much with their performances that we forget that they should really be going for extra tuition instead of starring in movies….

Local musicians at The Songs We Sang: Blog Aloud.

Local musicians talk about xinyao at The Songs We Sang: Blog Aloud

Mar 31st, 2016 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Documentary, Event, GV Exclusive, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 7 min read

Xinyao fans from across Singapore attended The Songs We Sang: Blog Aloud session last week on March 22, where director Eva Tong and four of Singapore’s best young musicians held a dialogue session about the music scene in Singapore. Shigga Shay, Inch Chua, Diya Tan, and Carrie Yeo joined xinyao enthusiasts of all ages in a special preview screening of The Songs We Sang. While the four singers…

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…

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…

Sometimes, parents need to take Baby Steps too

Oct 11th, 2015 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Event, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 5 min read

Movies about coming out is old hat. But a movie about a mother coming out to her friends? This is something you have got to bring your parents to see. October 9 to 18 marks the 7thLove & Pride Film Festival, where Golden Village screens a curated list of films featuring homosexual themes or content in contemporary cinema. This year’s event opened with Taiwanese-American filmmaker Barney Cheng’s new movie, Baby Steps,…

Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) ponders in Pawn Sacrifice. Credit: Golden Village

What chess pieces would be named if chess were created in Singapore

Sep 30th, 2015 Arthouse Marcus Goh 6 min read

Pawn Sacrifice features the game in which the titular Pawn comes from – chess. Surprisingly, it is said that it originates from India, which isn’t too far from Singapore. Doesn’t that make you wonder what chess pieces would have been named if the game had its origins in Singapore? The powers would be the same, but they would take on a decidedly more Singaporean bent. After all,…

7 love letters for Singapore

Aug 5th, 2015 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 3 min read

You remember her quick, carefree laugh, how she used to play five stones on the dirt floor, and the way her nose wrinkled when she came too near the live poultry stall at the wet market. In between those memories and the present, you realise that the dirt floor has been tiled; gone are the ducks, geese and chickens from villages, from markets; and the lass you once knew…