X-Men Apocalypse. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 reasons why Professor X would never be able to start a school in Singapore

May 17th, 2016 Action, Event, Free Stuff, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

In X-Men: Apocalypse, Professor X has effectively set up his own BMTC (Basic Military Training Centre) for mutants (people born with special power). After all, when he says he’s “training them to use their powers wisely,” he’s actually teaching them how to fight using their mutant abilities. Don’t believe him when he calls them students, they’re really soldiers – no, commandos! Hey, that’s an entrepreneurial idea…

Three reasons to watch Mad Max: Fury Road [Giveaway inside]

May 9th, 2015 Action, Free Stuff, Premiere Rachel Chan 11 min read

Spectacular explosions. Vehicles dressed in porcupine spikes race through a parched dessert. A souped-up tanker truck loaded with lithe, exotic-looking women wearing chastity belts, fleeing. The two only things that stand between the pursued and the pursuers: Solitary vigilante Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy) and an elite female Imperator named Furiosa (Charlize Theron). The third sequel to the original Mad Max (1979) opens in theatres this Thursday, May 14. It’s a road war loaded with…

Last SCFF ticket giveaway: Award-winning Singapore film 03-Flats

Apr 27th, 2015 Asian Cinema, Documentary, Free Stuff, GV Exclusive, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 4 min read

Three women, three neighbourhoods, three flats. Housing, heartland, home. What will you find in their Housing Development Board flats? Amidst the backdrop of Singapore’s celebrated and politicised public housing intended for families, 03-Flats follows the domestic existence of three single women who are striving for independence at different stages of their lives. It juxtaposes the nationalistic ambitions of a state-driven housing program against the occupants’ struggles…

Based on a true story: The girl who can’t decide if she has feelings for her rapist [Giveaway inside]

Apr 26th, 2015 Asian Cinema, Free Stuff, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 4 min read

See the girl with the headphones in the masthead? That’s Pai Hui-hua (played by Taiwanese actress and singer Amber Kuo), who’s heading to Taitung to pursue a master’s degree in music. Bathed in light and clothed in cream, with a faint smile playing on her lips: a perfect picture of untainted innocence. What better way than this to foreshadow that her chastity is about to…

Who was Chinese writer and director Evan Yang? [Giveaway inside]

Apr 25th, 2015 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Documentary, Free Stuff, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 6 min read

Remember the golden age of Hong Kong film and cinema in the 1950s and 1960s? Evan Yang, better known as 易文,directed dozens of films from that era starring famous movie stars Ge Lan (also known as Grace Chang), You Min, Lin Dai, Peter Chen Ho, Chang Yang, Loh Ti and Lin Tsui. Intrigued by his legacy, film critic, scholar and director Shu Kei has made not one, but…

More free tickets to the Singapore Chinese Film Festival [Giveaway inside]

Apr 23rd, 2015 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Awards, Documentary, Free Stuff, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 4 min read

The Singapore Film Society is giving away one pair of tickets each to tonight’s screening of Nezha, showing at GV VivoCity at 7pm, as well as The Moment – 50 Years Of Golden Horse 那时.此刻, showing at GV VivoCity at 9pm. Both shows are screening tonight (April 24). Synopsis of Nezha: When Li Xiao-lu meets Wang Xiao-bing, they become best friends. However, over time they drift apart as serious…

Meet Fung Bo Bo and get tickets to her latest movie! [Giveaway inside]

Apr 22nd, 2015 Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Free Stuff, GV Exclusive Rachel Chan 4 min read

Get up close and personal with Hong Kong actress Petrina Fung Bo Bo (冯宝宝) tonight, as she takes questions about her latest movie, Wonder Mama. Also starring Susan Shaw (邵音音), Kenneth Tsang (曾江), Babyjohn Choi (蔡瀚亿) and Tse Kwan Ho (谢君豪), Wonder Mama sees Fung play the role of Ah-Oi, a 49-year-old librarian who is also a single mum. Ah-Oi desperately tries to keep her dysfunctional family together when they…

How Rubbers were used in RUBBERS [Movie poster giveaway inside]

Apr 19th, 2015 Asian Cinema, Comedy, Free Stuff, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 5 min read

A total of 188 condoms were used in the making of Rubbers, Han Yew Kwang’s upcoming sex comedy opening in theatres on April 30. If you were to use condoms for anything but sex, this movie could give you a few ideas. One of these scenes involve at least 100 of them blown up into balloons and used to decorate the room. “You will be surprised…