Gifted. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Confessions of a real former GEP student

Apr 19th, 2017 Drama Marcus Goh 15 min read

Every kiasu parent’s dream is for their child to be in the Gifted Education Programme (GEP). Literally. Just look at the KiasuParents forum for GEP. According to MOE, the GEP selection tests identify pupils with high intellectual potential. Note that it’s not necessarily academic potential, but intellectual potential. To get into the GEP back then (the early 90s), you had to pass two tests in…

Genocidal Organ. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 weapons in movies more powerful than a nuke

Apr 18th, 2017 Action, Adult Themes, Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, Science Fiction, War Marcus Goh 13 min read

In almost any movie (and in real life too), a nuclear missile is the most powerful option. That’s why so many countries are alarmed about the ownership of nukes. A nuclear missile is so destructive that if one side launches a full scale nuclear assault and is also met by a full scale nuclear assault, both sides would perish. It’s called mutually assured destruction, which is…

Pop Aye. Credit: Pop Aye Facebook Page

Why elephants are more important to Singapore than you think

Apr 14th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Drama, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 9 min read

The animal most commonly associated with Singapore is the lion – after all, that’s what Sang Nila Utama reportedly saw when he first stepped on our shores. Singapore also has the Merlion, which would be The Popping Post’s mascot if not for the fact that I’ve been thwarted on numerous attempts to change it. There’s the fact that Singapura also literally means “Lion City”. But we really, we…

Movies that turn 25 this year – just like Golden Village

Apr 13th, 2017 Action, Adult Themes, Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy, GV25, Horror Rachel Chan 14 min read

The year was 1992. Bill Clinton became the president of the United States, the Summer Olympics was held in Barcelona, Spain, and in England, Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales were legally separated. Closer to home, Singaporeans will remember this as the year that the import, sale and manufacture of chewing gum was banned. And 1992 was also the year Golden Village opened its first cinema! Singapore’s…

Beauty and the Beast. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 upcoming live action Disney fairy tales that we all want to catch

Mar 14th, 2017 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Drama, Fantasy, Musical Marcus Goh 7 min read

If you’re a fan of “Once Upon A Time”, a drama where they keep including more and more Disney fairy tales into the story, then you’ll be happy to know that the television success of those fairy tales has indirectly paved the way for the return of some beloved Disney classics on the silver screen. That’s right – all those animated features that we loved…

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…

If Wolverine had cancer in Logan, he would be old and ugly. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox

5 painful symptoms of aging for a mutant like Wolverine

Mar 5th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Drama, Superheroes Marcus Goh 6 min read

Logan is one of the most painful X-Men movies ever to grace the silver screen. It takes the sole member of the X-Men who can survive a nuclear explosion, the one character that is literally unkillable – and shows you that even he isn’t safe from the ravages of old age. In case you forgot, here’s Wolverine getting burnt to a crisp by an atomic…

The Space Between Us. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

5 things that aliens would marvel at in Singapore

Feb 16th, 2017 Drama, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 7 min read

You can’t deny that as a species, humankind is rather… weird. We do all sorts of things that continually endanger ourselves (eating processed foods) while using powerful technologies at our disposal for the most mundane things, like shooting angry birds at egg-stealing pigs. And we’re probably the most diverse species on the planet. Singapore, in particular, would be indisputably unique as a specimen of human civilisation. If…

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…

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…