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…

Your Name. Credit: Purple Plan

And the best anime of the year is…

Dec 28th, 2016 Animation, Asian Cinema, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Teens Marcus Goh 6 min read

Your Name. No, that’s not a joke, because that’s literally the title of the best anime of 2016, Your Name. It’s not just a great animated film, it’s a great film, full stop. Despite its rave reviews, the director has exhorted audiences to stop watching it because he’s afraid that all the flaws and imperfections of the film will eventually be exposed. How many times do you…

6 mind-boggling Japanese inventions you never knew you needed

Oct 7th, 2015 Action, Asian Cinema, Comedy Esther Au Yong 5 min read

What’s your secret guilty pleasure? Well, if you’re like eccentric public prosecutor Kuryu Kohei (Takuya Kimura) from Hero 2015 – the Japanese movie based on a TV series of the same name – it’s buying weird stuff off the infomercial channel. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. So many Japanese customers, like Kohei, buy these aidea shohin (idea products in Japanese) off infomercial channels that they’ve…