Ghost in the Shell. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 ways we’re all becoming cyberised like Major in Ghost in the Shell

Mar 31st, 2017 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 10 min read

“Cyberised” may not be a word now, but it will be in the Oxford Dictionary in 10 years, mark my words. That’s because as science progresses, we’re finding more and more ways to become like machines. Wait, don’t you mean becoming more dependent on machines? Nope. We’re becoming just like machines. We’re not quite Transformers yet. We’re becoming more and more like the titular shells…

Why the cinema is the best hangout this week if you’re at least 13

Mar 13th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, Musical, Romance, Superheroes, Teens, Thriller Rachel Chan 9 min read

Because PG13 movies, of course. While the more kid-friendly films tend to be released during June, September and closer to Christmas, March school holidays are usually bereft of G-rated movies. There’s no exception for this school holiday either – there are a couple of blockbusters and Japanese anime features showing right now; you just need to be old enough to watch them. In case you didn’t…

Here’s the goss on J Team’s CNY film Take 2

Jan 27th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Drama, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 7 min read

The last thing you want is your kaypoh aunties and uncles to focus on you during Chinese New Year. What’s the best way to deflect attention? Watch a CNY movie, of course! Not only do you get to escape conversation, you also divert their attention to the fictional lives of strangers. And, when you’re done with the movie, you can gossip about the film and…

What’s real and what’s not in Kung Fu Yoga?

Jan 26th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Celebrities Rachel Chan 6 min read

Luxury super sports cars getting smashed up. A pink diamond the size of a baby’s fist. Camels racing on a sand strip alongside an actual tarmac road. Actors diving underwater in the Icelandic outdoors, surrounded by glaciers. Real or not real? Jackie Chan’s latest action flick isn’t afraid to take hyperbole to the next level, and that’s exactly what director Stanley Tong does in Kung Fu Yoga, which…

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…