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…

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…

Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

‘Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds’ is the movie version of Haw Par Villa and this is why

Jan 11th, 2018 Action, Adventure, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy Marcus Goh 9 min read

Did you know that Haw Par Villa is actually operational? My editor didn’t, haw haw, and it seems that she isn’t the only one! If you were born in the 70’s or 80’s, a day trip to Haw Par Villa would have been unforgettable (to put it in an understated way). The ostensibly “educational” theme park features more than 1,000 statues in a series of…

Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The cutest anime characters to fall in love with in 2017

Nov 29th, 2017 Animation, Fantasy Marcus Goh 11 min read

Human beings are just… gross sometimes. Hair grows in the wrong places (shaving is an unfortunate reality for all genders, it’s just a matter of frequency), good taste seems to elude certain members of humanity, and we ooze so many disgusting body fluids when we’re sick. Anime characters are so much more attractive in comparison. They don’t have a hair out of place (because the…

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…

Jason Tan as Ah Bao in Before We Forget (当我们在一起). Credit: Three Pictures

What’s it like being a child actor? The small stars of《当我们在一起》 tell us

Nov 18th, 2017 Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Child-friendly, Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

Do you remember what you were doing when you were 12? You were probably getting sand all over yourself in the playground (for old fogeys) or catching all the Pokemon in the latest Pokemon game (if you’re younger than our 30-year-old North-South MRT Line). One thing you probably weren’t doing? Memorising scripts and getting up early in the morning for a full day of filming….

The Miracles of Namiya General Store. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 famous time-travelling films that don’t have all that much time-travelling

Oct 5th, 2017 Drama Marcus Goh 6 min read

When you talk about time-travelling films, everyone thinks of the Back to the Future series, which had a fairly coherent timeline, or the Terminator series, which has such a terribly inconsistent timeline that the original director, James Cameron, is coming back for the sixth movie in the instalment. In fact, he literally said that “We’re pretending the other films were a bad dream” and maybe he’ll…

Stronger. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

How do directors shoot “missing limbs” scenes in movies?

Sep 21st, 2017 Drama Marcus Goh 7 min read

Losing a limb is one of the most thrilling (and horrifying) events that can happen in a film. Think back to how Luke Skywalker’s hand got cut off in The Empire Strikes Back. Would he survive? And even if he does, how would life go on for him? For filmmakers, they have a different problem. Assuming a character survives, how exactly would he or she…

The Battleship Island. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

7 things you never knew about Hashima – the real Battleship Island

Aug 15th, 2017 Action, Asian Cinema, Drama, Thriller, War Marcus Goh 12 min read

The Battleship Island is based on true events (although we’re quite sure the prisoners on the island weren’t quite as handsome as Song Joong-ki and So Ji-sub) that happened during World War II. I think it’s a strong contender for movie of the year so if there’s one movie you should catch this year, it’s The Battleship Island. Battleship Island is just a nickname though – the island’s…

In This Corner of the World. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 forgotten facts about Singapore’s World War II era

Jul 7th, 2017 Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, War Marcus Goh 10 min read

For many History students, World War II is one of those important yet inaccessible topics. After all, it took place over 70 years ago (1943 – 1945), and it’s hard to imagine how modern day Singapore would have been like during those times. But as the saying goes, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. World War II was an event that…