Searching. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Did you know: private data on mobile phones can be used to search for missing persons – just like in ‘Searching’

Sep 27th, 2018 Crime, Thriller Marcus Goh 9 min read

Mobile phones have become our fifth limb – can you imagine going anywhere without one? There’s even a name for that feeling you get that your phone is vibrating even when it’s not in your pocket, the phantom vibration syndrome. So it’s no surprise how much private data there is about you on your mobile phone, which is how John Cho’s character attempts to find his…

The Happytime Murders. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Could Muppets live in a human world? Here are 6 intriguing (and M-18) questions we have

Sep 11th, 2018 Action, Adult Themes, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 10 min read

Adulting is tough. You can’t watch Sesame Street without being judged once you turn 21 – but who doesn’t like watching colourful, furry Muppets interacting with humans? You could watch Avenue Q, but musicals are expensive. So it’s fortunate that we’ve got The Happytime Murders coming in to fill that Muppet-shaped void in our hearts. It’s an adult murder mystery set in a world of…

Yu Chau (Nick Cheung) in The Trough (低压槽). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Movie undercover cops – why do we love them so much?

May 2nd, 2018 Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

无间道 (Infernal Affairs) made every kid want to be undercover cop when he or she grew up (although admittedly, you probably shouldn’t be watching it if you were under 13). Being an undercover cop is an equal mix of danger, glamour, heroics, and action. It takes a certain kind of person to be an undercover cop, a grizzled tough guy who secretly has a moral code…

Den of Thieves. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 dumb but real attempts to rob banks – that clearly failed

Feb 1st, 2018 Action, Adventure, Crime Marcus Goh 9 min read

Quick – if you were to rob a bank (hypothetically, we’re not encouraging you to!), what would you do? Spend months and months planning, collecting information, fine-tuning actions, until you were perfectly ready to execute that flawless heist right? Well, not everyone is as intelligent as you are. For some people, robbing a bank was nothing more than an impulsive (and stupid) decision, which got…

Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg) and Gail Harris (Michelle Williams) discuss the kidnapping in All the Money in the World. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Was ‘All the Money in the World’ worth all the trouble?

Jan 26th, 2018 Adult Themes, Awards, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 12 min read

If you’ve been following the publicity behind All the Money in the World, you’ll have heard that it cost $50 million to make – as well as the problems which beset the movie. It’s almost as if the movie was cursed. Maybe it is – it’s based on the real-life kidnapping of J. Paul Getty’s grandson, and Getty was the richest man in the world when it…

Murder on the Orient Express. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Mysterious mysteries which ought to be made into films (Warning: Don’t read at night)

Nov 26th, 2017 Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

Truth is stranger than fiction – after all, there so many unexplained facts in this world that science cannot explain. The worst part is that these mysteries can’t always be ascribed to supernatural factors. Sometimes, they are simply about people doing horrible things for inexplicable reasons. Human nature can be terrifyingly vicious at times. Here’s a list of some of the most bizarre mysteries that…

Line Walker (使徒行者). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 problems with going undercover in Singapore that nobody talks about

Aug 8th, 2016 Action, Asian Cinema, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

In Line Walker (使徒行者), we see almost every character (save one) go undercover at some point or the other. This will inevitably prompt discussions about how Singapore should make an undercover cop drama (film, television, or otherwise), which is an exciting proposition! Except… it’s not going to work in Singapore, not in this day and age anyway. It’s a small country and there are hardly enough…