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…

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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…

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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…

Mad World (一念无明). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 things that get Singaporeans really depressed

Jun 23rd, 2017 Arthouse, Asian Cinema, Drama Marcus Goh 9 min read

Singapore can be a really depressing country, especially when you’re waiting for a bus at 1.30pm and the bus shelter’s shadow doesn’t cover the bus stop’s seats, so you have to decide if you want to sit down in the sun or stand in the shade (stand in the shade of course). Or if it’s one of those super sunny days with a light drizzle…

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Can you solve these 5 notoriously difficult test questions from Singapore?

Jun 9th, 2017 Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 9 min read

If you’re in Singapore’s education system, you can’t just be average. You have to be a genius. Have you seen the PSLE Maths questions these days? Even the multiple-choice questions will make you tear your hair out. But then, we did top the recent PISA rankings. PISA stands for Programme for International Student Assessment, and it’s basically the “World Cup for education”. Singapore was literally first…

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Are you a true magical girl anime fan? Take our test to find out!

Jun 5th, 2017 Action, Adventure, Animation, Asian Cinema, Child-friendly, Comedy, Fantasy, GV Exclusive Marcus Goh 8 min read

Are you a true anime fan? Then it’s likely that you’ll have watched mahou shoujo, or magical girl anime. It’s a genre of anime that focuses on teenage girls who can transform into super-powered heroines, frequently with the aid of magical items. It’s a form of wish fulfilment for many anime fans, since it taps into that desire everyone has to have secret super powers….

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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…

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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…

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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…