Mon Mon Mon Monsters 報告老師!怪怪怪怪物!Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 classic films that show teenagers how cruel the world can be

Jul 27th, 2017 Action, Asian Cinema, Comedy, Horror, Teens, Thriller Marcus Goh 7 min read

The teen years are special but awkward for almost everyone. It’s when we come of age, when we define our own moral code, and of course, when we gain the ability to continue the human race. That’s why young adult movies work so well. The best ones capture the essence of our teenage struggles, and translate them into epic battles for the fate of cities,…

Alien Covenant. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 horrible forms that Alien Convenant’s aliens can take

May 9th, 2017 Action, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 7 min read

If you’ve ever watched Alien before, you’ll remember that they’re giant, virtually unstoppable creatures that are a mess of slime and bone and fluids that are clearly out of this world. Only Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) could stop them, and even so, things didn’t go all that well for her either. The problem is that the Aliens were a lot more than just that giant slimey insectoid…

Arrival. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 horrible mistranslations that could only happen in Singapore

Jan 12th, 2017 Action, Science Fiction, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

Singapore is a land of wonders. So many people speak so many different languages that it’s perfectly possible to have someone rattle off a sentence with three different languages in it. I mean when you order your kopi si siu dai in English, you’re also speaking Malay (kopi) and Hokkien (si siu dai). No wonder other countries marvel at our ability to code switch so…

The Girl on the Train. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

5 interesting factoids about Singapore’s trains

Oct 8th, 2016 Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

Most of us take the train everyday, and that’s just going to increase with our move to a car-lite society (although it still mystifies me how new ERPs are constantly being built even though we’re going car-lite). But what do we really know about our country’s trains, besides the fact that it breaks down more often than a Snorlax appears? Was it always like this?…

Line Walker (使徒行者). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 problems with going undercover in Singapore that nobody talks about

Aug 8th, 2016 Action, Asian Cinema, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

In Line Walker (使徒行者), we see almost every character (save one) go undercover at some point or the other. This will inevitably prompt discussions about how Singapore should make an undercover cop drama (film, television, or otherwise), which is an exciting proposition! Except… it’s not going to work in Singapore, not in this day and age anyway. It’s a small country and there are hardly enough…

Money Monster

5 things that are surprisingly cheap in Singapore

May 11th, 2016 Action, Thriller Marcus Goh 6 min read

So an American expat family recently complained that they’re struggling to get by comfortably here, but if only they knew that Singapore’s actually pretty cheap for most daily necessities! True, we have expensive big ticket items like cars and houses, and we’re frequently near the top of lists of expensive cities to live in. However, truth be told, for a first world country, we’ve got some pretty…

Midnight Special. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

6 child stars we will never forget

Apr 20th, 2016 Arthouse, Thriller Marcus Goh 7 min read

Child actors are difficult to find and direct because of their age. Imagine memorising lines, pretending to be someone else, and having to fake emotions when everyone else is twice your height! But once in a while, you get child stars that wow us so much with their performances that we forget that they should really be going for extra tuition instead of starring in movies….

10 Cloverfield Lane

6 mutated horrors that could spawn from Singapore

Apr 6th, 2016 Horror, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

10 Cloverfield Lane is the spiritual successor to Cloverfield, where a giant monster that’s never clearly shown stalks the protagonists. 10 Cloverfield Lane doesn’t have a giant monster attack, but we do know that something stalks the Earth in search of humans. That sort of thing only happens in America, thankfully. Singapore would never have such gigantic monstrosities plaguing us (notwithstanding the fact that they’ll be…

Will Smith as Dr Omalu in Concussion. Credit: Golden Village

6 surprising reasons you get a headache

Jan 14th, 2016 Action, Thriller Esther Au Yong 8 min read

Don’t you just hate it when you get headaches or migraines? Well, in the movie Concussion – a 2015 American sports medical film that’s based on the 2009 GQ expose Game Brain by Jeanne Marie Laskas –  it’s quite clear that what the professional football players in the film are suffering from is more than just a headache. Dr Bennet Omalu (Will Smith), a  Nigerian…

5 shocking confessions of real-life pilots

Oct 14th, 2015 Arthouse, Thriller Esther Au Yong 5 min read

In Bridge of Spies, U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers (Austin Stowell) was captured after his plane was shot down over the Soviet Union. While Powers was a true-blue spy during the Cold War, don’t you think that pilots in general live in a mysterious world? As passengers, there’s so much we don’t know – and maybe would rather not know – about the…