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….

Know a guy who loves MLP? He could be a “brony”

Nov 3rd, 2017 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Fantasy Rachel Chan 7 min read

Before your mind goes to dark and dirty places in order to decipher what “MLP” stands for, let’s get this straight: MLP is Hasbro’s pastel-sweet cartoon My Little Pony, and a brony is a male My Little Pony fan. More specifically, they are fans of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic incarnation of the franchise. While the subculture is believed to have started in…

Mary and the Witch's Flower. Credit: Purple Plan

7 regular plants that have unbelievable magical powers

Oct 13th, 2017 Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Child-friendly, Fantasy, Teens Marcus Goh 15 min read

You don’t need to have attended Professor Pomona Sprout’s Herbology lesson at Hogwarts to know that plants and flowers are not just good to look at – many of them possess medicinal properties which make them seem almost magical. Granted, we often see all kinds of flowers in our Garden City – bougainvilleas, ixoras, hibiscuses, and others – which may be why they don’t carry…

Which Ninjago character are you? Take our quiz to find out!

Sep 30th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Superheroes Rachel Chan 7 min read

If you were born in the late 1980s, or live with under-12s, chances are that you’re aware of a LEGO universe called Ninjago – where a bunch of undisciplined teenagers train as secret ninja warriors under the tutelage of a white-bearded Sensei Wu (voiced by Jackie Chan), whose appearance is a dead ringer for Kill Bill’s Pai Mei. And even if you were not aware of Ninjago…

The Emoji Movie. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 amazing facts you never knew about emojis

Aug 9th, 2017 Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy Marcus Goh 10 min read

Emojis are lifesavers. When someone you don’t really know messages you a whole lot of stuff that you don’t really care about, emojis are the perfect reply. You just have to choose the face with the most appropriate response to whatever it is that acquaintance sent you, and voila! You’ve responded in a caring, thoughtful way without actually caring or thinking about what they said….

Spider-Man: Homecoming (Golden Village Cinemas)

The 6 sinister types of Spider-Man villains we meet at work everyday

Jul 4th, 2017 Action, Child-friendly, Science Fiction, Superheroes Marcus Goh 9 min read

Have you noticed how Spider-Man’s rogues gallery comprises zoo escapees? I’m not kidding here, Spider-Man fights the Lizard, the Vulture, Doctor Octopus, Rhino, Scorpion, Beetle, and a whole host of other villains with excellent costume designs and terribly lazy names. It’s like they drew animal flash cards for babies out of a hat. That’s not why he’s so insanely popular though. If you’re familiar with Spider-Man…

Doraemon The Movie: Nobita's Great Adventure In The Antarctic Kachi Kochi. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 more Doraemon gadgets you could really use

Jun 15th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Child-friendly, Comedy, Fantasy Marcus Goh 8 min read

Every day, our reality edges closer to that of Doraemon’s world. All of Doraemon’s futuristic gadgets are quickly becoming reality, because they’re from the future – which is now. We saw how the Take-Copter, Invisibility Cape, and Jelly Translator are now physically possible. Here are five more of Doraemon’s gadgets which you have become part of our everyday life (or soon will be).   1….

Despicable Me 3. (Golden Village Cinemas)

7 onscreen twins who had to battle each other for supremacy

Jun 13th, 2017 Action, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy Marcus Goh 7 min read

There’s just something about watching onscreen twins (that we know are being played by the same person) struggling against each other. Perhaps it speaks to the inner conflict within ourselves, where we have warring impulses (should I eat carrot cake or stick to my diet?) which rage for control over our body. It’s different when we know that the twins are literally played by different…

Napping Princess. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Are you a true magical girl anime fan? Take our test to find out!

Jun 5th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Child-friendly, Comedy, Fantasy, GV Exclusive Marcus Goh 8 min read

Are you a true anime fan? Then it’s likely that you’ll have watched mahou shoujo, or magical girl anime. It’s a genre of anime that focuses on teenage girls who can transform into super-powered heroines, frequently with the aid of magical items. It’s a form of wish fulfilment for many anime fans, since it taps into that desire everyone has to have secret super powers….

Smurfs: The Lost Village. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 Smurf spells that could be used to rule the world

Apr 7th, 2017 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Fantasy Marcus Goh 8 min read

Smurfs are so delightful. Only three apples high, and they can also cast little spells that make their lives easier. They’re basically blue garden gnomes who don’t live in a garden. And they could rule the world if they wanted to. No, I didn’t suddenly mistake Gargamel for the Smurfs. Seriously, it’s not Gargamel we need to worry about. It’s the Smurfs. They have all sorts…