The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

8 movies to catch in our Lunar New Year “film festival”!

Feb 1st, 2019 Action, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 16 min read

Many Singaporeans are going to take leave on February 7 and 8 – and chances are, you’re one of them! That’s because Chinese New Year falls on the February 5 and 6 (Tuesday and Wednesday), so taking Thursday and Friday off will give you an ultra long weekend. That uber holiday is the perfect opportunity to catch some of the hottest films in cinemas, since…

Ferlyn G and Nathan Hartono in When Ghost Meets Zombie. (Credit: GVP)

Movies at the cinema in February 2019

Dong dong dong dong qiang! We are counting down the days as we usher in the pig year this Chinese New Year, followed by Valentine’s Day the week after! Apart from the fun-filled comedies and romantic dramas, don’t miss the two local films this month, Jack Neo’s Killer Not Stupid and Han Yew Kwang’s When Ghost Meets Zombie. In addition, awards season is about to culminate…

A Private War. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 of the best on-screen journalists that make all of us want to be like them

Jan 30th, 2019 Action, Drama, Thriller, War Marcus Goh 8 min read

Being a reporter is tough work – do you think all those news stories fall out of the sky? It takes a lot of digging, research, questioning and fact-checking in order to tease out all those juicy stories you read in the news. As a journalist, you have to be thick-skinned, determined, and resourceful to uncover the truth behind matters. Often, they also have to…

On The Basis of Sex. Credit: Moves in Focus

‘On The Basis of Sex’ and other landmark films that change how we see women

Jan 8th, 2019 Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

Like it or not, gender stereotypes are rife in our world. Men are supposed to be the strong hunter-gatherers of society, or at least, the main breadwinners of the family. Women are supposed to be the domestic nurturers of family, or at least the main housekeeper at home. But before you flame me for my chauvinistic statements, remember that I’ve just listed stereotypes rather than…

Default. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Ever noticed how Korean movies like ‘Default’ all use this one weird trope?

Jan 4th, 2019 Asian Cinema, Drama Marcus Goh 10 min read

If you’ve embraced the good bits of the Hallyu wave, then you’ll have noticed that all the critically acclaimed Korean movies have some… similarities. We’re not just talking about impressive production values or memorable plots. We’re talking about one particular character archetype that turns up in films like Default. The corrupt official. It seems like good Korean movies have that in common – a villainous…

Movies at the cinema in January 2019

Goodbye, 2018 and hello 2019! Let us usher in the new year with a bunch of great films to look forward to, from comedies to thrillers, action blockbusters and even a remastered release of one of Steven Spielberg’s classics. As we inch closer to the Golden Globes and the Oscars, expect more serious films such as The Mule and A Private War to hit the silver screen. As for…

Why Emily Blunt will make a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins

Dec 24th, 2018 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy Andre Teh 14 min read

Mary Poppins Returns arrives over 50 years after the first onscreen appearance of the eponymous nanny. Yet, the magical guardian of the Banks children in the 1964 Academy Award-nominated film, played by Julie Andrews, doesn’t look a day older – thanks to a little movie magic and recasting. Emily Blunt, 35, takes up the mantle (or rather, wool coat and parrot umbrella) of the beloved…

Goku in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Ever noticed all these awful puns in the names of Dragon Ball characters?

Dec 18th, 2018 Adventure, Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 11 min read

As every good anime fan knows, there’s one surefire way to get a wish granted – collect all the seven Dragon Balls! Most of the time, the fighters in Dragon Ball are battling for these mystical orbs, since they constitute the ultimate prize – just like in the Dragon Ball Super anime series. However, in the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film, the fighters are faced with…

Aquaman. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Here’s why you should stop laughing at Aquaman and start taking him seriously

Dec 13th, 2018 Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Superheroes Marcus Goh 9 min read

We know what you’re all secretly thinking – Aquaman, a big screen superhero? Really? Even though he’s portrayed by the big, buff Jason Momoa (who played Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones), whose role in Justice League was pretty cool, Aquaman is still just a guy who talks to fish and swims really fast right? Putting aside Momoa’s portrayal in the upcoming Aquaman, most of…

Can Singapore survive as a Traction City in ‘Mortal Engines’?

Dec 5th, 2018 Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Andre Teh 10 min read

In Philip Reeve’s steampunk book series Mortal Engines, World War III has happened, and what is left of humanity roam the post-apocalyptic wasteland in cities on wheels, fighting the elements and consuming each other for survival. Now adapted into a movie of the same name, the story follows the adventures of Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), a boy from London, and Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar), a mysterious…