Bond with your family at the cinema this Chinese New Year!

Jan 23rd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy Rachel Chan 5 min read

That time of year is here. If you’re Chinese, you will put aside everything just to spend time with family – not just immediate family but in-laws and second cousins twice, thrice removed. But what else is there to do together during Chinese New Year other than visiting friends and relatives, playing mahjong and stuffing our faces with food? Catch a movie at a cinema,…

Movies to look forward to in the first half of 2017

Hollywood blockbusters will come and go, but 2016 will be remembered as the year that Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his Oscar, and the year that muscle movie Mad Max: Fury Road received 10 Oscar nominations. The dust has settled but not for long; 2017 has its noteworthy releases any cinephile should look forward to. From action flicks to animated features to sequels/prequels of DC/Marvel movie…

The Great Wall. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 barriers which are more effective than the Great Wall of China 

Dec 30th, 2016 Action, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy, War Marcus Goh 7 min read

You might think that Trump’s plan to build a wall to block off Mexico is a little… unconventional, but hundreds of years ago, China did the same thing to protect itself against a country that also starts with M – Mongolia. The Great Wall of China was built as a deterrent against Mongolian invaders, because electric fences and aeroplanes didn’t exist then. Horseback riders were the…

Your Name. Credit: Purple Plan

And the best anime of the year is…

Dec 28th, 2016 Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Teens Marcus Goh 6 min read

Your Name. No, that’s not a joke, because that’s literally the title of the best anime of 2016, Your Name. It’s not just a great animated film, it’s a great film, full stop. Despite its rave reviews, the director has exhorted audiences to stop watching it because he’s afraid that all the flaws and imperfections of the film will eventually be exposed. How many times do you…

Everyday professions which could make you a hero (at least in Singapore)

Dec 28th, 2016 Action, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Disaster Rachel Chan 8 min read

During the second Sino-Japanese War in December 1941, a railway porter (played by Jackie Chan) leads a ragtag team of freedom fighters to sabotage a a railway network used by the Japanese to transport supplies from Tianjin to Nanjing. Comprising a motley crew of tailor, noodle shop owner, railroad hand, and professional thug, they make weapons out of shovels and loose railway track planks to ambush Japanese…

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…

Your Name. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 Singaporeans we wish we could swap bodies with

Nov 5th, 2016 Animation, Asian Cinema, Science Fiction, Teens Marcus Goh 7 min read

In the beautiful anime Your Name, two Japanese teenagers find themselves involuntarily swapping bodies at random and having to live each other’s lives when it happens – which is diffcult when one’s a boy and the other’s a girl. Being able to live someone else’s life is everyone’s fantasy, especially when their lives are better than yours! So we take a closer look at some awesome…

One Day. Credit: Channel Newsasia

How do you know that your Singaporean boyfriend loves you

Oct 27th, 2016 Asian Cinema, Romance Marcus Goh 7 min read

Men are reticent creatures, and Singaporean males are no different. It’s hard enough for us to express any sort of emotion unless it’s to cheer for another one of Manchester United’s glorious goals. But yes, we do have emotions, if Facebook’s new Like emoticons are of any indication. Try standing between a man and his sandwich and you’ll know what I mean. Unfortunately, this tight-lipped…

Pick your worst fear at Golden Village this Halloween

Oct 6th, 2016 Asian Cinema, Event, GV Exclusive, Horror Rachel Chan 5 min read

Is being tailed by a ghost child or being stuck in a train with flesh-eating zombies more scary? Find out at Horrorthon 2016 this Halloween! Golden Village’s annual spook-fest features a total of four films this year, which are bound to send shivers down your spine. Heard of the Taiwanese urban legend about the little girl in the red dress? Footage taken on a hiking trip in…

Line Walker (使徒行者). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 problems with going undercover in Singapore that nobody talks about

Aug 8th, 2016 Action, Asian Cinema, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

In Line Walker (使徒行者), we see almost every character (save one) go undercover at some point or the other. This will inevitably prompt discussions about how Singapore should make an undercover cop drama (film, television, or otherwise), which is an exciting proposition! Except… it’s not going to work in Singapore, not in this day and age anyway. It’s a small country and there are hardly enough…