Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water. (Credit: IMDB)

The REALLY watchable Oscar-nominated titles for 2018

Jan 28th, 2018 Awards Rachel Chan 12 min read

Running up to the announcement of the Oscar winners on March 4 and up to a week after, you might wonder: Are the nominated titles really worth two hours of my time? Will I really be entertained, or will I leave the cinema asking myself, “WTF?!?!” (As in, “WTF happened after I dozed off?”) Sure, film and culture critics from The New York Times to…

Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg) and Gail Harris (Michelle Williams) discuss the kidnapping in All the Money in the World. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Was ‘All the Money in the World’ worth all the trouble?

Jan 26th, 2018 Adult Themes, Awards, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 12 min read

If you’ve been following the publicity behind All the Money in the World, you’ll have heard that it cost $50 million to make – as well as the problems which beset the movie. It’s almost as if the movie was cursed. Maybe it is – it’s based on the real-life kidnapping of J. Paul Getty’s grandson, and Getty was the richest man in the world when it…

Silence. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Why does Liam Neeson always play serious mentor roles?

Feb 10th, 2017 Awards, Drama Marcus Goh 10 min read

Liam Neeson has a name that’s difficult to pronounce and remember, but he always gets picked to play those hardcore, serious mentor roles. Like Qui-Gon Jinn (the mentor of Obi-Wan Kenobi and the grandmentor of Darth Vader), for instance. Or all those Taken movies (bad guys really need to stop kidnapping Liam Neeson’s kids). But have you ever stopped to wonder why we don’t cast someone…

More free tickets to the Singapore Chinese Film Festival [Giveaway inside]

Apr 23rd, 2015 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Awards, Documentary, Free Stuff, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 4 min read

The Singapore Film Society is giving away one pair of tickets each to tonight’s screening of Nezha, showing at GV VivoCity at 7pm, as well as The Moment – 50 Years Of Golden Horse 那时.此刻, showing at GV VivoCity at 9pm. Both shows are screening tonight (April 24). Synopsis of Nezha: When Li Xiao-lu meets Wang Xiao-bing, they become best friends. However, over time they drift apart as serious…

“Oscar-worthy” Moments from the 9th Asian Film Awards

Mar 26th, 2015 Asian Cinema, Awards, Celebrities alvin 5 min read

The 9th Asian Film Awards (AFA) ceremony, dubbed the “Oscars of Asia”, was held at The Venetian Macao on 25 March, commemorating another year of excellence in Asian cinema. The 9th AFA was jointly organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA), and its constituent partners – Busan Film Festival, Tokyo Film Festival and Hong Kong Film Festival. Hong Kong pop star, and breakout actress…