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….

Victoria and Abdul. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Did you know Queen Victoria was born the same year Singapore was founded?

Nov 9th, 2017 Comedy, Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

If you haven’t disappointed your History teachers, then you’ll remember that 1819 was the year when Singapore was founded by the British – Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, to be exact. It was also the year that Britain’s most famous queen was born, Queen Victoria. Her name is where we get the term “Victorian era” from, and it was an era of great positive change for…

Takeru Satoh as Kei Nagai in Ajin: Demi-Human. Credit: Encore Films

Did you know that the Ajins of ‘Ajin: Demi-Human’ have played other superhero characters too?

Oct 11th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 10 min read

Ajin Demi-Human has seen astronomical popularity ever since it was published. It’s been adapted into an anime series, a trilogy of anime films, an OVA, and now even a live-action series! You can even find the anime series on Netflix. The series revolves around the Ajin, superhumans who will come back to life (with all injuries healed) after being killed. Even if there is only…

The Miracles of Namiya General Store. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 famous time-travelling films that don’t have all that much time-travelling

Oct 5th, 2017 Drama Marcus Goh 6 min read

When you talk about time-travelling films, everyone thinks of the Back to the Future series, which had a fairly coherent timeline, or the Terminator series, which has such a terribly inconsistent timeline that the original director, James Cameron, is coming back for the sixth movie in the instalment. In fact, he literally said that “We’re pretending the other films were a bad dream” and maybe he’ll…

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James Bond vs Jackie Chan: Who would win?

Sep 28th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Drama Marcus Goh 7 min read

In The Foreigner, we get to see former Bond actor (does that make him a former Bondsman?) Pierce Brosnan go up against Jackie Chan in their roles as Liam Hennessy and Quan, respectively. But is it really a fair fight? We all know any character played by Jackie Chan would win – but if he battled Brosnan’s James Bond, that would be a completely different…

[Giveaway] GV’s 9th Love & Pride Film Festival returns with theme “Identity”

Sep 22nd, 2017 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Drama Rachel Chan 6 min read

Is it friendship, a relationship, or just skinship one seeks via a gay dating app? How does a 17-year-old boy cope with being forced to live with someone he just wants to punch in the face? What happens when a transgender woman and her boyfriend meet a lonely girl? Golden Village’s Love & Pride Film Festival returns for its 9th year armed with a bold…

Stronger. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

How do directors shoot “missing limbs” scenes in movies?

Sep 21st, 2017 Drama Marcus Goh 7 min read

Losing a limb is one of the most thrilling (and horrifying) events that can happen in a film. Think back to how Luke Skywalker’s hand got cut off in The Empire Strikes Back. Would he survive? And even if he does, how would life go on for him? For filmmakers, they have a different problem. Assuming a character survives, how exactly would he or she…

Taron Egerton (left) reprises his role as Eggsy, who is Former Agent Galahad's (Colin Firth, middle) protege. They are joined by Agent Whiskey (Pedro Pascal) in Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle. (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

Which is the best evil terrorist organisation to work for?

Sep 19th, 2017 Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 12 min read

If you live in a fictional universe where evil terrorist organisations have madcap plans every year for world domination, then there’s one thing that’s very clear. Evil terrorist organisations are probably the biggest employers in any country, and probably the world. Think about it. To be a proper evil terrorist organisation, you need to hire: enough soldiers or mercenaries to rival a country’s armed forces…

The Battleship Island. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

7 things you never knew about Hashima – the real Battleship Island

Aug 15th, 2017 Action, Asian Cinema, Drama, Thriller, War Marcus Goh 12 min read

The Battleship Island is based on true events (although we’re quite sure the prisoners on the island weren’t quite as handsome as Song Joong-ki and So Ji-sub) that happened during World War II. I think it’s a strong contender for movie of the year so if there’s one movie you should catch this year, it’s The Battleship Island. Battleship Island is just a nickname though – the island’s…

Julie Tan as Linda and Benjamin Kheng as Richard in "Wonder Boy". Credit: MM2 Entertainment

Daniel Yam and Dick Lee’s most memorable moments filming “Wonder Boy”

Aug 8th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Drama, Musical, Singapore Film, Teens Marcus Goh 11 min read

It’s not every day that we have a biopic of a true blue Singaporean hitting the silver screen, but that’s exactly what Wonder Boy is, the biographical film about Dick Lee. It’s the tale of his teenage years, and how he came to fame in 70’s Singapore. The film is directed by Dick Lee himself and Daniel Yam, an award winning Singaporean filmmaker. The Popping…