The Kitchen. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

7 movies that you didn’t know came from comics, like ‘The Kitchen’

Aug 16th, 2019 Action, Crime, Drama Marcus Goh 10 min read

One of New York’s most famous (or infamous) areas is the Hell’s Kitchen neighbourhood – which is exactly where crime drama The Kitchen takes place. If Hell’s Kitchen sounds familiar to you – it should. it’s where Daredevil comes from, and it’s also a playable area in Grand Theft Auto IV (although it’s given the clever name “Purgatory” in that game). The Kitchen follows a…

Kim Ki-taek (Song Kang-ho) in Parasite. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 films that’ll show you that Song Kang-ho is the most underrated Korean actor you’ve never heard of

Jun 30th, 2019 Drama Marcus Goh 11 min read

Quick, who’s the most underrated Korean actor you know of, who goes by the surname Song? If you said either of the Songs (Joong-ki and Hye-kyo), then you’ve read the first sentence wrongly – we’re asking for underrated actors (meaning that the actor is better than people realise), not overrated actors. The most underrated actor in Korean cinema is actually Song Kang-ho, who appears in…

John Smith (Marcel Ruiz) kisses his mum Joyce (Chrissy Metz) in Breakthrough. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 medical miracles that were scientific Breakthroughs

Apr 12th, 2019 Drama, GV Exclusive Marcus Goh 9 min read

Although modern medicine has made great leaps and strides, there are still some cases that defy explanation. Patients who have been told to prepare for the worst have sometimes made miraculous recoveries that have stunned medical experts around the world. It can be incredibly inspirational to witness such a case for yourself, like the surprising revival of John Smith in American Christian drama Breakthrough. He was a…

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‘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…

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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…

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Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet could be one of the best onscreen father-son pairings

Oct 25th, 2018 Drama Marcus Goh 8 min read

Unlike fictional familial relationships such as Uncle Scrooge and his three nephews in Ducktales, Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet’s characters in Beautiful Boy are based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff. The film chronicles the heartwarming story of how a father supports his son who struggles with a drug addiction. Stories about father-son relationships can be even more…

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Which actress has the most chemistry with Ryan Gosling?

Oct 20th, 2018 Drama Marcus Goh 7 min read

If you’re a true fan of Ryan Gosling, then you’ll followed his adventures ever since he appeared on television screens in 1999 as Young Hercules. In fact, he’s been hitting screens ever since he was 12, since he starred in the 1993 revival of The Mickey Mouse Club! Ever since then, his career has been on an upward trajectory, progressing from The Notebook to La…

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Quiz: Could you be The Spy Who Dumped Mila Kunis?

Aug 3rd, 2018 Action, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 12 min read

A spy’s life is perfect. You get to travel to exotic locations. Your job scope includes seducing (and being seduced by) beautiful people like Mila Kunis. You also get to dump beautiful people like the douchebag in The Spy Who Dumped Me. All in all, it’s a pretty good gig! Who wouldn’t want to sign up to be a spy? But before you apply to…

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The most bewitching onscreen witches before ‘Laplace’s Witch’ came along

Jun 9th, 2018 Asian Cinema, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 10 min read

Far from symbolising the occult, the darkness and depravity of the human soul, witches portrayed in mass media these days have evolved into young and attractive paragons of female empowerment. There was a time when being called a “witch” would have been an insult (or even dangerous, since they drowned or burned those accused of witchcraft as recently as the 1600s) – but it’s a…

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…