Smurfs: The Lost Village. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 Smurf spells that could be used to rule the world

Apr 7th, 2017 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Fantasy Marcus Goh 8 min read

Smurfs are so delightful. Only three apples high, and they can also cast little spells that make their lives easier. They’re basically blue garden gnomes who don’t live in a garden. And they could rule the world if they wanted to. No, I didn’t suddenly mistake Gargamel for the Smurfs. Seriously, it’s not Gargamel we need to worry about. It’s the Smurfs. They have all sorts…

Ghost in the Shell. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 ways we’re all becoming cyberised like Major in Ghost in the Shell

Mar 31st, 2017 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 10 min read

“Cyberised” may not be a word now, but it will be in the Oxford Dictionary in 10 years, mark my words. That’s because as science progresses, we’re finding more and more ways to become like machines. Wait, don’t you mean becoming more dependent on machines? Nope. We’re becoming just like machines. We’re not quite Transformers yet. We’re becoming more and more like the titular shells…

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…

The Lego Batman Movie. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

9 Uniquely Singapore Lego sets

Feb 9th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Fantasy, Superheroes Marcus Goh 10 min read

Lego is a part of almost every kid’s childhood. Those building blocks allowed you to create anything you could imagine (as long as you had the parts), and kept children entertained for hours. They were so much fun that it was worth the occasional spasm of agony you would get from stepping on an errant piece (those 4×2 bricks are the worst, I tell you)….

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,…

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…

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 Sith Lords that only Singapore could produce

Dec 15th, 2016 Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, War Marcus Goh 11 min read

Darth Vader and Darth Sidious – even if you didn’t know who they were, their names already hint at the evil within. Darth Vader is literally an In-Vader and Darth Sidious is rather In-Sidious in how he ascends to power. They’re Sith Lords, the evil space wizards of the Star Wars franchise, capable of shooting lightning and strangling people just by thinking it. They’re opposed,…

Underworld: Blood Wars. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 types of were-creatures that you would only find in Singapore

Dec 2nd, 2016 Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Teens Marcus Goh 9 min read

Underworld: Blood Wars sees the Vampires battling the Werewolves Lycans once again. Werewolves are called Lycans in the Underworld series, as Lycan is a truncation of lycanthrope. If you’re anything like me, you probably spent the first or second movie trying to figure out what “Lycan” was, and only found out what it meant when you got home and Googled it. But werewolves have existed for…