Arrival. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 horrible mistranslations that could only happen in Singapore

Jan 12th, 2017 Action, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

Singapore is a land of wonders. So many people speak so many different languages that it’s perfectly possible to have someone rattle off a sentence with three different languages in it. I mean when you order your kopi si siu dai in English, you’re also speaking Malay (kopi) and Hokkien (si siu dai). No wonder other countries marvel at our ability to code switch so…

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…

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…

Your Name. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 Singaporeans we wish we could swap bodies with

Nov 5th, 2016 Animation, Asian Cinema, Science Fiction, Teens Marcus Goh 7 min read

In the beautiful anime Your Name, two Japanese teenagers find themselves involuntarily swapping bodies at random and having to live each other’s lives when it happens – which is diffcult when one’s a boy and the other’s a girl. Being able to live someone else’s life is everyone’s fantasy, especially when their lives are better than yours! So we take a closer look at some awesome…

Max Steel. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 things Singaporeans would do if an alien tried to bond with them

Oct 20th, 2016 Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Superheroes, Teens Marcus Goh 7 min read

In Max Steel, teenager Max bonds with alien Steel and gains super powers. As Spider-Man III has shown us with that evil black alien costume, no good can come of alien symbiotes… right? Well, Max and Steel are here to dispel that notion as they right wrongs and save lives with their newfound powers. Come to think of it, Max took it pretty well. Most people would scream…

The 9th Life of Louis Drax. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 movies about the subconscious that have lingered in our subconscious

Sep 23rd, 2016 Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

The subconscious is a powerful and curious aspect of the human mind. It’s what gives horror movies like Blair Witch and Lights Out such power (we involuntarily recall those scary scenes when we’re in similar situations), but it’s also what fuels our most beautiful emotions, like love and sorrow. It’s no wonder so many movies have been made about the subconscious, thanks to this mysterious…

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5 of the most famous humanoid robots in film

Sep 16th, 2016 Action, Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 6 min read

The only people who don’t like humanoid robots are, ironically, people who are actually humanoid robots in disguise. Robots are one of the most visual representations of human skill and ingenuity, and to have our creations be fashioned in our image is one of our proudest achievements. Hence the gamut of humanoid robots in films. Do they have genders? Do they garner sympathy from the…