Homestay. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 plot twists in thrillers and horror movies that you never saw coming

Jan 25th, 2019 Fantasy, Thriller Marcus Goh 9 min read

The most unforgettable plot twists come from thrillers and horror movies. That’s because in these types of shows, our sense of normalcy has already been thrown off balance by all the frights and scares. Thus, when the big reveal comes around, it hits us even harder – because our reality is already teetering from jangled nerves. Films like the Thai thriller Homestay (an adaptation of the Japanese…

Have you met these five dragons who are not Toothless from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’

Jan 20th, 2019 Animation, Child-friendly, GV Exclusive Jedd Jong 21 min read

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is the long-awaited third instalment in Dreamworks’ blockbuster fantasy adventure series of animated films. The movies, based on the series of children’s novels by Cressida Cowell, take place in a mythical Viking world and follow the adventures of young Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and the mysterious dragon who becomes his best friend, Toothless the Night Fury. Audiences have…

Escape Room. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Five other real-life adventure games not unlike ‘Escape Room’

Jan 11th, 2019 Horror, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

If you’ve ever participated in an escape room, you know how it goes. You and your friends are locked in a (usually themed) room and must escape within a certain time limit. The only clues you have are the items in the room – and it’s up to your ingenuity and creativity to figure out how all these items work together to get out of…

On The Basis of Sex. Credit: Moves in Focus

‘On The Basis of Sex’ and other landmark films that change how we see women

Jan 8th, 2019 Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

Like it or not, gender stereotypes are rife in our world. Men are supposed to be the strong hunter-gatherers of society, or at least, the main breadwinners of the family. Women are supposed to be the domestic nurturers of family, or at least the main housekeeper at home. But before you flame me for my chauvinistic statements, remember that I’ve just listed stereotypes rather than…

Default. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Ever noticed how Korean movies like ‘Default’ all use this one weird trope?

Jan 4th, 2019 Asian Cinema, Drama Marcus Goh 10 min read

If you’ve embraced the good bits of the Hallyu wave, then you’ll have noticed that all the critically acclaimed Korean movies have some… similarities. We’re not just talking about impressive production values or memorable plots. We’re talking about one particular character archetype that turns up in films like Default. The corrupt official. It seems like good Korean movies have that in common – a villainous…

Movies at the cinema in January 2019

Goodbye, 2018 and hello 2019! Let us usher in the new year with a bunch of great films to look forward to, from comedies to thrillers, action blockbusters and even a remastered release of one of Steven Spielberg’s classics. As we inch closer to the Golden Globes and the Oscars, expect more serious films such as The Mule and A Private War to hit the silver screen. As for…

Why Emily Blunt will make a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins

Dec 24th, 2018 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy Andre Teh 14 min read

Mary Poppins Returns arrives over 50 years after the first onscreen appearance of the eponymous nanny. Yet, the magical guardian of the Banks children in the 1964 Academy Award-nominated film, played by Julie Andrews, doesn’t look a day older – thanks to a little movie magic and recasting. Emily Blunt, 35, takes up the mantle (or rather, wool coat and parrot umbrella) of the beloved…

Jennifer Lopez plays Maya and Milo Ventimiglia plays Trey in Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

‘Second Act’ will inspire you to start a second act in 2019

Dec 21st, 2018 Comedy, Romance Marcus Goh 12 min read

Have you made your resolutions for 2019? If 2o18 has had you in the doldrums and you aren’t too inspired on setting new goals for 2019, then Second Act will inspire you to turn your life around – just like how its star Jennifer Lopez did, in real life. The singer-actress made a comeback after several low points in the early 2000s, like her character…

Goku in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Ever noticed all these awful puns in the names of Dragon Ball characters?

Dec 18th, 2018 Adventure, Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 11 min read

As every good anime fan knows, there’s one surefire way to get a wish granted – collect all the seven Dragon Balls! Most of the time, the fighters in Dragon Ball are battling for these mystical orbs, since they constitute the ultimate prize – just like in the Dragon Ball Super anime series. However, in the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film, the fighters are faced with…