Friend Zone. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 of the most tragically Friend Zoned film characters who were pretty hot

Apr 6th, 2019 Comedy, Romance Marcus Goh 7 min read

Have you ever fallen in love before? It’s such a warm, fuzzy feeling that makes your day, filling it with flowery scents and positive sunshine until you discover one critical problem. That person doesn’t love you back, and has put you in the Friend Zone. This used to be romantised in literature as “unrequited love” – a beautiful, haunting concept. However, if we’re to be honest……

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Getting to know Shazam for the first time? Here’s what you need to know

Apr 5th, 2019 Action, Adventure, Superheroes Marcus Goh 10 min read

This April, the second most powerful DC superhero hits the big screen – Shazam! This big, buff red character is almost as powerful as Superman and has a very similar power set, just that he wields lightning bolts instead of heat vision. In fact, he’s even gone toe-to-toe with the Big Blue Boy Scout in the comics. But how much do you know about this…

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Some of the most interesting interpretations of King Arthur on screen

Mar 21st, 2019 Action, Adventure, Fantasy Marcus Goh 8 min read

“Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise king born of all England.” This was the inscription on a mystical stone that had a sword lodged within it, from Thomas Malory’s classic Le Morte d’Arthur, the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. And on one fateful day, a man came and pulled that sword out of the…

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Why stop at ‘Killer Not Stupid’? Here are 6 more ‘Not Stupid’ movies that Jack Neo should make

Feb 9th, 2019 Comedy Marcus Goh 12 min read

Singapore’s favourite director just can’t stop churning out box office hits – he’s back at it again this Lunar New Year with a brand new comedy shot in Taiwan – Killer Not Stupid. Do you think that he’s hit upon the perfect formula for creating comedies that appeal to Singaporeans? Take a topic (like children or killers), add Not Stupid to the end, and hey presto, instant unique…

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5 of the best on-screen journalists that make all of us want to be like them

Jan 30th, 2019 Action, Drama, Thriller, War Marcus Goh 8 min read

Being a reporter is tough work – do you think all those news stories fall out of the sky? It takes a lot of digging, research, questioning and fact-checking in order to tease out all those juicy stories you read in the news. As a journalist, you have to be thick-skinned, determined, and resourceful to uncover the truth behind matters. Often, they also have to…

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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…

Jennifer Lopez plays Maya and Milo Ventimiglia plays Trey in Second Act. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

‘Second Act’ will inspire you to start a second act in 2019

Dec 21st, 2018 Comedy, Romance Marcus Goh 12 min read

Have you made your resolutions for 2019? If 2o18 has had you in the doldrums and you aren’t too inspired on setting new goals for 2019, then Second Act will inspire you to turn your life around – just like how its star Jennifer Lopez did, in real life. The singer-actress made a comeback after several low points in the early 2000s, like her character…

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Ever noticed all these awful puns in the names of Dragon Ball characters?

Dec 18th, 2018 Adventure, Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction Marcus Goh 11 min read

As every good anime fan knows, there’s one surefire way to get a wish granted – collect all the seven Dragon Balls! Most of the time, the fighters in Dragon Ball are battling for these mystical orbs, since they constitute the ultimate prize – just like in the Dragon Ball Super anime series. However, in the Dragon Ball Super: Broly film, the fighters are faced with…

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Here’s why you should stop laughing at Aquaman and start taking him seriously

Dec 13th, 2018 Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Superheroes Marcus Goh 9 min read

We know what you’re all secretly thinking – Aquaman, a big screen superhero? Really? Even though he’s portrayed by the big, buff Jason Momoa (who played Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones), whose role in Justice League was pretty cool, Aquaman is still just a guy who talks to fish and swims really fast right? Putting aside Momoa’s portrayal in the upcoming Aquaman, most of…