Guardians of the Galaxy. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Your definitive guide to the new characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Apr 24th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Superheroes Marcus Goh 11 min read

Everyone’s favourite heroes that nobody knew about three years ago is coming back this week! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 hits cinemas on 27 April, and we’ve got plenty of new cast members that, again, most people don’t know about! Star-Lord (yes, there’s a dash in his name, just like Spider-Man) is back with Groot (awwww), Rocket, Gamora, and Drax. This time, they’re joined…

Gifted. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Confessions of a real former GEP student

Apr 19th, 2017 Drama Marcus Goh 15 min read

Every kiasu parent’s dream is for their child to be in the Gifted Education Programme (GEP). Literally. Just look at the KiasuParents forum for GEP. According to MOE, the GEP selection tests identify pupils with high intellectual potential. Note that it’s not necessarily academic potential, but intellectual potential. To get into the GEP back then (the early 90s), you had to pass two tests in…

Genocidal Organ. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 weapons in movies more powerful than a nuke

Apr 18th, 2017 Action, Adult Themes, Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, Science Fiction, War Marcus Goh 13 min read

In almost any movie (and in real life too), a nuclear missile is the most powerful option. That’s why so many countries are alarmed about the ownership of nukes. A nuclear missile is so destructive that if one side launches a full scale nuclear assault and is also met by a full scale nuclear assault, both sides would perish. It’s called mutually assured destruction, which is…

What to do in Tiong Bahru now that the market is closed for renovation

Apr 15th, 2017 Deals & Promotions, GV Exclusive, GV25 Rachel Chan 5 min read

The grand dame of Tiong Bahru at 30 Seng Poh Road has been closed since February 20 for a three-month renovation, leaving regulars and novelty-seekers somewhat bereft of their favourite food and market stalls. If you really want to get some decent grocery shopping done, the nearest place would be the supermarket at Tiong Bahru Plaza. At least this shopping mall has completed its $90 million refurbishment,…

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…

Don't Knock Twice. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 horrible acts of witchcraft you need to protect yourself from in Singapore

Apr 13th, 2017 Horror Marcus Goh 9 min read

Despite being a modern, cosmopolitan city, you can’t deny the existence of the supernatural in Singapore. Whether it be NTU in the west or Old Changi Hospital in the east, it seems like every other building in Singapore is hiding a spooky tale. You know what’s worse? People who manipulate the unseen for their own benefit. I’m not talking about pastors who secretly use church money…

Movies that turn 25 this year – just like Golden Village

Apr 13th, 2017 Action, Adult Themes, Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy, GV25, Horror Rachel Chan 14 min read

The year was 1992. Bill Clinton became the president of the United States, the Summer Olympics was held in Barcelona, Spain, and in England, Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales were legally separated. Closer to home, Singaporeans will remember this as the year that the import, sale and manufacture of chewing gum was banned. And 1992 was also the year Golden Village opened its first cinema! Singapore’s…

Smurfs: The Lost Village. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 Smurf spells that could be used to rule the world

Apr 7th, 2017 Adventure, Animation, Child-friendly, Fantasy Marcus Goh 8 min read

Smurfs are so delightful. Only three apples high, and they can also cast little spells that make their lives easier. They’re basically blue garden gnomes who don’t live in a garden. And they could rule the world if they wanted to. No, I didn’t suddenly mistake Gargamel for the Smurfs. Seriously, it’s not Gargamel we need to worry about. It’s the Smurfs. They have all sorts…

Ghost in the Shell. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 ways we’re all becoming cyberised like Major in Ghost in the Shell

Mar 31st, 2017 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 10 min read

“Cyberised” may not be a word now, but it will be in the Oxford Dictionary in 10 years, mark my words. That’s because as science progresses, we’re finding more and more ways to become like machines. Wait, don’t you mean becoming more dependent on machines? Nope. We’re becoming just like machines. We’re not quite Transformers yet. We’re becoming more and more like the titular shells…