Charlize Theron as Charlotte Field and Seth Rogen as Fred Flarsky in Long Shot. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Are you better at dating than Fred (Seth Rogen) in ‘Long Shot’?

May 3rd, 2019 Comedy, Romance Marcus Goh 12 min read

All species need to mate in order to ensure their continued survival. And yet, despite being at the top of the food chain, humans can be notoriously bad at it. That’s not to say that all humans are bad at the dating game – some of them can be dark horses in the dating world, like Fred (Seth Rogen) in Long Shot. Being a romantic…

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……

How much tissue to bring to watch ill-fated romances like ‘Five Feet Apart’

Mar 19th, 2019 Romance, Teens Gwen Ng 9 min read

Filmmakers can’t seem to stop making movies about ill-fated couples. Literally ill in the case of our leads in the upcoming hospital romance Five Feet Apart.   Audiences ain’t masochists. But we keep returning to the cinemas to vicariously experience the agony of lovebirds torn apart by a fatal disease. In other words, a relationship with a looming expiration date. You’re probably familiar with the story: either one or both of…

‘When Ghost Meets Zombie’ star Nathan Hartono: “I’m terrified of the supernatural”

Feb 27th, 2019 Asian Cinema, Celebrities, Comedy Rachel Chan 11 min read

Have you caught heartthrob Nathan Hartono and dancer-actress Ferlyn G in Singapore’s first ghost-zombie romance comedy? The movie, co-written and directed by local filmmaker Han Yew Kwang, tells the story of Pong (Hartono), who turns into a zombie when saving his town from a disaster. He leads a mechanical and aimless life until a female ghost named Zhen Zhen (Ferlyn G) comes into his life….

50 First Kisses. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

’50 First Kisses’ vs ’50 First Dates’ – which is the better romantic comedy?

Jul 24th, 2018 Asian Cinema, Comedy, Romance Marcus Goh 11 min read

Picture this – a seemingly normal girl who cannot form any new memories, and hence lives the same day over and over again, thanks to her loving family (who wants to prevent her from getting hurt). It sounds like a recipe for a dating disaster, but it has oddly become the basis for not one, not two, but a grand total of four romantic comedies, including the…

Adrift. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Which is your favourite onscreen Young Adult couple?

May 29th, 2018 Drama, Romance, Teens Marcus Goh 10 min read

You can be considered a young adult from as early as 18 years old – but did you know that you could still be classified as one all the way until 39? Depending on the classification criteria used, a person can be considered a young adult from 18 to anywhere from 35 to 39. Jennifer Lawrence herself was just 21 when she first starred in…

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….

Fireworks, Should We See It From The Side Or The Bottom. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

The cutest anime characters to fall in love with in 2017

Nov 29th, 2017 Animation, Fantasy Marcus Goh 11 min read

Human beings are just… gross sometimes. Hair grows in the wrong places (shaving is an unfortunate reality for all genders, it’s just a matter of frequency), good taste seems to elude certain members of humanity, and we ooze so many disgusting body fluids when we’re sick. Anime characters are so much more attractive in comparison. They don’t have a hair out of place (because the…

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…

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…