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…

Excuse me, are you a Foodie? Q&A with Foodies director Thomas Jackson

Jul 17th, 2015 Arthouse, Documentary, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 12 min read

Eid Mubarak! Now that it’s time to eat and eat, it’s also the perfect time to talk about Foodies, a documentary which opened in Golden Village theatres on July 16. If you think that you’re a foodie, then you’ll enjoy following these five influential and devoted food maniacs who are on a mission to dine at the best restaurants on earth. They are: Aiste Miseviciute…

5 things you might not know about J. D. Salinger

Jul 14th, 2015 Arthouse, Documentary, GV Exclusive Nicholas Yong 8 min read

No other published book has used the word “phony” as many times as The Catcher In The Rye. A novel by Jerome David Salinger about an adolescent boy’s contempt for humanity, it has been linked to assassins Mark David Chapman (he shot John Lennon), John Hinckley Jr (he attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan) and Lee Harvey Oswald (the sniper who shot J.F Kennedy). Considered one of…

And you could add chilli sauce to any of these dishes. Credit: Serious Eats

5 strange Singaporean food habits

Jul 13th, 2015 Arthouse, Documentary, GV Exclusive Marcus Goh 5 min read

Eating is the national past time of Singaporeans, and with that dubious honour comes a whole host of strange rituals that accompany our dining. These odd habits came about from a mixture of factors – old wives’ tales, our predilection for spiciness, and just plain old technology. It might have gotten some weird stares at first, but now most of us can’t begin a meal…

Who was Chinese writer and director Evan Yang? [Giveaway inside]

Apr 25th, 2015 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Documentary, Free Stuff, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 6 min read

Remember the golden age of Hong Kong film and cinema in the 1950s and 1960s? Evan Yang, better known as 易文,directed dozens of films from that era starring famous movie stars Ge Lan (also known as Grace Chang), You Min, Lin Dai, Peter Chen Ho, Chang Yang, Loh Ti and Lin Tsui. Intrigued by his legacy, film critic, scholar and director Shu Kei has made not one, but…