Lucky Boy Blog Aloud session with Boris Boo, Jeremy Chan and Terence Then

May 18th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Comedy, GV Exclusive, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 4 min read

A lucky audience not only got to watch Singaporean film Lucky Boy a day ahead of official release, but also pose questions to its director and two cast members after the show. On Wednesday (May 17) night, Golden Village hosted a “Blog Aloud” session which saw Singaporean director Boris Boo, comedian Jeremy Chan, and YouTube star Terence Then (WahBanana) field questions about the movie and behind-the-scene…

All about Boris Boo – one of Singapore’s most underrated filmmakers

May 9th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Comedy, Drama, GV25, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 8 min read

If you’ve spent any amount of time in Singapore’s film industry, you’ll definitely have heard of or even met Boris Boo. He’s got an alliterative name that’s pretty memorable, and he’s also contributed quite a fair bit to Singapore’s film industry. However, he’s kept quite a low profile (behind a more behind-the-scenes kind of guy) – until now. That’s because we’re going to tell you…

Pop Aye. Credit: Pop Aye Facebook Page

Why elephants are more important to Singapore than you think

Apr 14th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Drama, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 9 min read

The animal most commonly associated with Singapore is the lion – after all, that’s what Sang Nila Utama reportedly saw when he first stepped on our shores. Singapore also has the Merlion, which would be The Popping Post’s mascot if not for the fact that I’ve been thwarted on numerous attempts to change it. There’s the fact that Singapura also literally means “Lion City”. But we really, we…

GV launches new grant scheme for aspiring filmmakers

Apr 13th, 2017 GV25, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 2 min read

If you’re aspiring to make a film of your own but lack the funds, here’s a new grant scheme to jumpstart your career. Golden Village has launched GV25 Film Shorts, a new grant scheme for aspiring filmmakers to make a short film here in Singapore. Three successful applicants will each receive a grant of $2,000 each to make a short film, with the best film…

Here’s the goss on J Team’s CNY film Take 2

Jan 27th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Drama, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 7 min read

The last thing you want is your kaypoh aunties and uncles to focus on you during Chinese New Year. What’s the best way to deflect attention? Watch a CNY movie, of course! Not only do you get to escape conversation, you also divert their attention to the fictional lives of strangers. And, when you’re done with the movie, you can gossip about the film and…

Apprentice. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 facts you never knew about Singapore prisons

Jun 30th, 2016 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Drama, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 6 min read

Prison is a taboo topic for Singaporeans, since it usually has unpleasant connotations. Plus, we’re all a little bit pantang (Malay for “superstitious”), so we won’t talk about prisons for fear that we’ll end up in one. Same reason why your parents won’t let you play with toy handcuffs – they’d buy the entire toy police set for you, guns and all, but will throw away the…

Boo Junfeng won’t leave you hanging at his Blog Aloud session [Giveaway inside]

Jun 27th, 2016 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Event, GV Exclusive, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 5 min read

How does one go about making a film about being an executioner? As Boo Junfeng, director of Apprentice, will tell you, it took him five years, during which he interviewed retired executioners, religious counsellors, and family members of those who have received the death sentence. The latest film of Singapore’s critically acclaimed Boo focuses not just on the death penalty, but the point of view of the…

Enjoy Chen Bolin in three ways in Distance

Jun 1st, 2016 Adult Themes, Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Singapore Film Rachel Chan 4 min read

What do an illegitimate son, an estranged friend and a student admirer-turned-ex-lover have in common? All three relationships come back to haunt them after a long period of separation and absence. Also, these three roles in the feature film Distance are each achingly portrayed by Taiwanese actor Chen Bolin. Last Friday, Chen himself, executive producer Anthony Chen (director of the award-winning Ilo Ilo) and Singaporean director Tan Shijie (Tan…

Young and Fabulous poster. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 cosplayers who will give you nightmares

May 26th, 2016 Asian Cinema, Comedy, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 11 min read

Cosplaying sounds fairly simple to grasp – dress up as the character you like! You might need some more time to source for props, since it’s not like there are many online blogshops that have cosplay costumes in multiple sizes (PSA: Be careful when ordering from these online cosplay blogshops, because many of them do shoddy work which look nothing like their pictures). And you can wear…

The Faith of Anna Waters

6 things we’re all pantang about as Singaporeans

May 10th, 2016 Horror, Singapore Film Marcus Goh 9 min read

As Singaporeans, we’re acutely aware that there’s another supernatural realm that exists alongside. Hence all our superstitions like not giving clocks as presents or wearing red to a funeral. But there are some things that we’re all universally pantang about, regardless of race, language, or religion. Break one of these taboos and you’ll find yourself dealing with the wrath of humans and non-humans alike! So…