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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…

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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…

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 cosmopolitan cities that are just like the City of a Thousand Planets


Jul 17th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Teens Marcus Goh 11 min read

If Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks familiar, that means that you’re living in the 20th Century. Star Wars, The Fifth Element (also directed by Luc Besson), and even DC and Marvel Comics have all taken inspiration from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The film is based on the French science fiction comic series Valérian and Laureline, which started in…

War for the Planet of the Apes. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 times you’ve “seen” Andy Serkis in popular films but never realised it


Jul 13th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 12 min read

Does Gollum sound familiar to you? King Kong? Supreme Leader Snoke? How about Andy Serkis? Well, his name should ring a bell, because he’s the motion capture performer for all of these roles. In fact, many of the CGI characters we’re familiar with today owe their memorable performances to Andy Serkis. His body of work is so prolific that he’s even been critically acclaimed for it,…

In This Corner of the World. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 forgotten facts about Singapore’s World War II era

Jul 7th, 2017 Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, War Marcus Goh 10 min read

For many History students, World War II is one of those important yet inaccessible topics. After all, it took place over 70 years ago (1943 – 1945), and it’s hard to imagine how modern day Singapore would have been like during those times. But as the saying goes, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. World War II was an event that…

Mad World (一念无明). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 things that get Singaporeans really depressed

Jun 23rd, 2017 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

Singapore can be a really depressing country, especially when you’re waiting for a bus at 1.30pm and the bus shelter’s shadow doesn’t cover the bus stop’s seats, so you have to decide if you want to sit down in the sun or stand in the shade (stand in the shade of course). Or if it’s one of those super sunny days with a light drizzle…

Transformers: The Last Knight. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

7 of the most powerful Transformers in the movies

Jun 20th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 6 min read

The Transformers are probably the most powerful fictional alien race ever depicted in films (bet you forgot they were technically aliens, right?). After all, they are a race of giant shapeshifting robots with massive guns and heavy firepower, and just one of them can take out a whole platoon of soldiers. But who are the most powerful Transformers in the movies? Here’s a list of the…

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Can you solve these 5 notoriously difficult test questions from Singapore?

Jun 9th, 2017 Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 9 min read

If you’re in Singapore’s education system, you can’t just be average. You have to be a genius. Have you seen the PSLE Maths questions these days? Even the multiple-choice questions will make you tear your hair out. But then, we did top the recent PISA rankings. PISA stands for Programme for International Student Assessment, and it’s basically the “World Cup for education”. Singapore was literally first…