Burning questions of a diehard Liang Xi Mei girlfan, answered

Feb 24th, 2018 Asian Cinema, Comedy, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 7 min read

Remember dashing home to watch Comedy Night on Channel 8 on Mondays, back in the mid-1990s? That was me. It may have been okay to miss the first half of the popular Chinese variety show, but God forbid that I should miss Liang Xi Mei’s skit in the last 20 minutes. Despite being middle-aged, with a limited wardrobe mainly comprising green Pucci-esque blouses and one…

Movies that are more fun to watch with your family

Feb 14th, 2018 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy Rachel Chan 7 min read

It’s that wonderful time of the year of all-night mahjong, wanton feasting, and at least one and a half days of complete rest from work. This being one of the rare times of the year an entire family gets together, most Chinese New Year movies are produced with the intention of entertaining the whole family. This coming Chinese New Year holiday, we have: Marvel Studios’…

Insider tip: Psst, here’s when CNY movie sessions will be released

Feb 11th, 2018 Action, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Drama, Event, Singapore Film, Superheroes Rachel Chan 5 min read

If there’s anything we learned from watching Oscar-nominated film The Post, it’s that a good source is essential to a good news story. And our trusted source from Golden Village has shared with us a most valuable insider hack on avoiding a mad rush for movie tickets this CNY: Buy them online the moment they’re released for sale. Back in 2016, we published a guide on…

Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

‘Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds’ is the movie version of Haw Par Villa and this is why

Jan 11th, 2018 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy Marcus Goh 9 min read

Did you know that Haw Par Villa is actually operational? My editor didn’t, haw haw, and it seems that she isn’t the only one! If you were born in the 70’s or 80’s, a day trip to Haw Par Villa would have been unforgettable (to put it in an understated way). The ostensibly “educational” theme park features more than 1,000 statues in a series of…

Namiya. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

What REAL people would do if they ever had the ability to time travel

Jan 8th, 2018 Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 8 min read

Namiya, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, The Time Traveler’s Wife – these are all great films, but they ignore one rather critical fact – what living, breathing, logical human beings would ever do if they had the ability to time travel. Let’s face it, it’s nice to be all sappy about going back in time to confess your love or relive certain events, but…

Bleeding Steel. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 new character types we’d love to see Jackie Chan play

Dec 23rd, 2017 Action, Asian Cinema, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 7 min read

Jackie Chan is one of those rare individuals who has found something he’s good at, keeps doing it, and makes loads of money from it – playing a character who fights incredibly well and speaks halting English (for English films like the Rush Hour or The Foreigner) or a simply a dude with funny and amazing martial arts skills (for Chinese movies like Skiptrace or…

A happy taxi driver in A Taxi Driver. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Should you be a driver-for-hire? Try our quiz!

Dec 7th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Drama, War Marcus Goh 13 min read

So the saying goes: Those who can do, do; those who can’t, teach; and those who have a driver’s licence become Grab or Uber drivers. You get to work whenever you want, wherever you want, plus potentially, your car pays for itself. Life doesn’t get much better than this, right? That’s why people are signing up in droves to be Grab and Uber drivers –…

The Promise. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 absurd myths about sleepwalking that need to be debunked

Nov 19th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Horror Marcus Goh 8 min read

Did you know that you can pee while sleepwalking? True story: When I was younger, I used to sleepwalk a fair bit and mumble Mandarin in my sleep (which is weird given I’m a kantang). In one disgusting incident, I sleepwalked into someone’s room, peed on them, and then went right back to bed. Needless to say, that person wasn’t too happy and I had…

Jason Tan as Ah Bao in Before We Forget (当我们在一起). Credit: Three Pictures

What’s it like being a child actor? The small stars of《当我们在一起》 tell us

Nov 18th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Child-friendly, Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

Do you remember what you were doing when you were 12? You were probably getting sand all over yourself in the playground (for old fogeys) or catching all the Pokemon in the latest Pokemon game (if you’re younger than our 30-year-old North-South MRT Line). One thing you probably weren’t doing? Memorising scripts and getting up early in the morning for a full day of filming….

Ah Boys To Men 4’s only female star can kick ass for real

Nov 11th, 2017 Action, Asian Cinema, Event, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 3 min read

Jack Neo’s army franchise is back, this time with Hong Kong TV actress Apple Chan as Lieutenant Zhang Xin Yi, the Ah Boys’ superior in the armour unit. Faced with such an attractive madam, the boys are all a twitter at first – until they realise that Lieutenant Zhang is by no means a typical specimen of the weaker sex. In one of the scenes,…