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…

Bond with your family at the cinema this Chinese New Year!

Jan 23rd, 2017 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy Rachel Chan 5 min read

That time of year is here. If you’re Chinese, you will put aside everything just to spend time with family – not just immediate family but in-laws and second cousins twice, thrice removed. But what else is there to do together during Chinese New Year other than visiting friends and relatives, playing mahjong and stuffing our faces with food? Catch a movie at a cinema,…

Split. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 of the best films about multiple personality disorders

Jan 17th, 2017 Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller Marcus Goh 6 min read

Quick lesson – multiple personality disorders are not the same as schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is a mental disorder where patients exhibit abnormal social behavior and fail to understand what is real and what is not. You can hear voices when you’re schizophrenic. Multiple personality disorders (MPD) are exactly what you think it is – different personalities within the same person. MPD movies resonate with us simply because each…

Collateral Beauty. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

What Singaporeans would say if we wrote letters to Love, Time, and Death

Jan 6th, 2017 Adult Themes, Drama Marcus Goh 7 min read

Death, Time, Love. Such ephemeral concepts. If we ever met these entities in person, we would no doubt treat them with respect… unless we’re Singaporeans, of course. Then we’d be asking them for discounts and trying to get some good deals from them. I mean, we’re Singaporean. Of course we’d interact with them in the most utilitarian way possible. So here’s what we’d ask them…

The Great Wall. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 barriers which are more effective than the Great Wall of China 

Dec 30th, 2016 Action, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy, War Marcus Goh 7 min read

You might think that Trump’s plan to build a wall to block off Mexico is a little… unconventional, but hundreds of years ago, China did the same thing to protect itself against a country that also starts with M – Mongolia. The Great Wall of China was built as a deterrent against Mongolian invaders, because electric fences and aeroplanes didn’t exist then. Horseback riders were the…

Your Name. Credit: Purple Plan

And the best anime of the year is…

Dec 28th, 2016 Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Teens Marcus Goh 6 min read

Your Name. No, that’s not a joke, because that’s literally the title of the best anime of 2016, Your Name. It’s not just a great animated film, it’s a great film, full stop. Despite its rave reviews, the director has exhorted audiences to stop watching it because he’s afraid that all the flaws and imperfections of the film will eventually be exposed. How many times do you…

Assassin's Creed. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 Singapore eras we’d visit if we had the Animus from Assassin’s Creed

Dec 23rd, 2016 Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

In Assassin’s Creed, the titular “Assassin” explores different time periods, like the Renaissance and the French Revolution in the games, through a device called the Animus. He doesn’t actually time travel (that would be amazing though) – rather, the Animus allows him to experience the memories of his ancestors, thereby letting him roam through the time periods his ancestors lived in. It’s kind of like…