Love, Simon. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

No matter which way you swing, these five cathartic coming-out stories in film will move you

Apr 10th, 2018 Adult Themes, Comedy, Drama, GV Exclusive, Romance Marcus Goh 8 min read

It’s difficult to be gay. Even though attitudes have improved (Pink Dot, anyone?), there’s still a lot of social stigma attached to being gay in today’s world, especially in Asian societies. That’s why in real life, people can keep their true sexuality hidden for years (or even forever), because the cost of social exclusion may not be worth the freedom to love whoever you want….

Jimmy (Shawn Yue) and Cherie (Miriam Yeung) in Love off the Cuff. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Oddball “truths” about love that people somehow still believe in

May 3rd, 2017 Asian Cinema, Romance Marcus Goh 8 min read

For an advanced civilisation of sentient beings, we’re still pretty backward when it comes to romantic love. After all, for most other species, mating is really just about propagating their kind and ensuring that their race carries on into future generations. Humans, however, don’t just mate to make more humans. They mate because of romantic love, because they are soul mates, because it is their…

Collateral Beauty. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

What Singaporeans would say if we wrote letters to Love, Time, and Death

Jan 6th, 2017 Adult Themes, Drama Marcus Goh 7 min read

Death, Time, Love. Such ephemeral concepts. If we ever met these entities in person, we would no doubt treat them with respect… unless we’re Singaporeans, of course. Then we’d be asking them for discounts and trying to get some good deals from them. I mean, we’re Singaporean. Of course we’d interact with them in the most utilitarian way possible. So here’s what we’d ask them…

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…

One Day. Credit: Channel Newsasia

How do you know that your Singaporean boyfriend loves you

Oct 27th, 2016 Asian Cinema, Romance Marcus Goh 7 min read

Men are reticent creatures, and Singaporean males are no different. It’s hard enough for us to express any sort of emotion unless it’s to cheer for another one of Manchester United’s glorious goals. But yes, we do have emotions, if Facebook’s new Like emoticons are of any indication. Try standing between a man and his sandwich and you’ll know what I mean. Unfortunately, this tight-lipped…

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5 convent school girl stereotypes

Feb 17th, 2016 Asian Cinema, Horror, Romance Marcus Goh 5 min read

At the risk of being eviscerated by all the convent school girls in Singapore, I’m going to go a limb here and point out that they do share many traits that mark them as, well, being from convent schools. There’s no smoke without a fire though, so let’s take a look at some of the sterotypes (warranted or unwarranted) that come along with being from…

5 ways a member of the opposite sex can give you a heart attack

Oct 14th, 2015 Asian Cinema, Comedy, Romance Holly Jean Aroozoo 7 min read

Your pulse quickens even though you haven’t been running. A tingle runs down your spine at the slightest touch. You feel giddy with joy when he or she is near, black despair when you are apart, and your heart feels like it could break into a million pieces at the thought of losing him or her forever. Yes, when you fall in love, it could feel as though your…