Love, Simon. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

No matter which way you swing, these five cathartic coming-out stories in film will move you

Apr 10th, 2018 Adult Themes, Comedy, Drama, GV Exclusive, Romance Marcus Goh 8 min read

It’s difficult to be gay. Even though attitudes have improved (Pink Dot, anyone?), there’s still a lot of social stigma attached to being gay in today’s world, especially in Asian societies. That’s why in real life, people can keep their true sexuality hidden for years (or even forever), because the cost of social exclusion may not be worth the freedom to love whoever you want….

Dakota Johnson is Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Do you know what it really means to be in a BDSM relationship? (Reader warning: R21)

Feb 10th, 2018 Adult Themes, Drama, Romance Marcus Goh 9 min read

You might think that BDSM relationships are all about whips and handcuffs, but there’s more than meets the eye to such lifestyles. Lifestyles? Yes, BDSM isn’t just about sex acts – it’s about a particular way of life which involves a set of rules between two people in a relationship. There’s even a BDSM community in Singapore, which (for understandable reasons) is fairly secret and…

Movies we can’t wait to watch in 2018

Jan 21st, 2018 Action, Adventure, Animation, Celebrities, Comedy, Disaster, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Superheroes, Thriller Rachel Chan 34 min read

It’s too early to tell whether 2018 is going to be a good year, but Hollywood has promised that it will be an entertaining one – there will be monsters, dinosaurs, spies, vampires, Biblical figures, Transformers, teens who come of age, and some very powerful female characters. On the home front, we will see Liang Xi Mei on the silver screen during Chinese New Year,…

This Is Not What I Expected. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 on-screen couples that loathed each other off-screen

May 10th, 2017 Drama, Romance Marcus Goh 10 min read

Whenever we see star-crossed lovers finally sharing a long awaited kiss on screen, we hardly thinking that they might be thinking up ways to murder each other even as they’re sharing intimate gestures and bodily fluids. After all, they’re so in love right? But sometimes, on-screen couples hate each other just as much as they love each other on set. Here are some of the…

Jimmy (Shawn Yue) and Cherie (Miriam Yeung) in Love off the Cuff. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Oddball “truths” about love that people somehow still believe in

May 3rd, 2017 Asian Cinema, Romance Marcus Goh 8 min read

For an advanced civilisation of sentient beings, we’re still pretty backward when it comes to romantic love. After all, for most other species, mating is really just about propagating their kind and ensuring that their race carries on into future generations. Humans, however, don’t just mate to make more humans. They mate because of romantic love, because they are soul mates, because it is their…

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…

Get cozy at the cinema this Valentine’s Day

Feb 5th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Deals & Promotions, GV Exclusive, Romance, Science Fiction, Thriller Rachel Chan 5 min read

Counting down in dread to Valentine’s Day because you haven’t the faintest idea what to do? We’ve got a few options for you involving a choice of three movies, the coziest couple seats in Singapore, free popcorn, goodie bags you’ll love, and a chance to win a hotel stay or a couple spa treat. Make the best of Golden Village’s Two To View offer at Gemini! In…

Movies to look forward to in the first half of 2017

Hollywood blockbusters will come and go, but 2016 will be remembered as the year that Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his Oscar, and the year that muscle movie Mad Max: Fury Road received 10 Oscar nominations. The dust has settled but not for long; 2017 has its noteworthy releases any cinephile should look forward to. From action flicks to animated features to sequels/prequels of DC/Marvel movie…

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…