Searching. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Did you know: private data on mobile phones can be used to search for missing persons – just like in ‘Searching’

Sep 27th, 2018 Crime, Thriller Marcus Goh 9 min read

Mobile phones have become our fifth limb – can you imagine going anywhere without one? There’s even a name for that feeling you get that your phone is vibrating even when it’s not in your pocket, the phantom vibration syndrome. So it’s no surprise how much private data there is about you on your mobile phone, which is how John Cho’s character attempts to find his…

Yu Chau (Nick Cheung) in The Trough (低压槽). Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Movie undercover cops – why do we love them so much?

May 2nd, 2018 Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

无间道 (Infernal Affairs) made every kid want to be undercover cop when he or she grew up (although admittedly, you probably shouldn’t be watching it if you were under 13). Being an undercover cop is an equal mix of danger, glamour, heroics, and action. It takes a certain kind of person to be an undercover cop, a grizzled tough guy who secretly has a moral code…

Unsane. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

How to shoot a movie on your iPhone just like in Unsane

Apr 18th, 2018 GV Exclusive, Thriller Marcus Goh 9 min read

Believe it or not – if you own an iPhone, you have in your hands the power to shoot a movie. It doesn’t even have to be the latest iPhone. Korean horror movie Night Fishing was shot on an iPhone 4 in 2011, and there’s even an iPhone Film Festival specially for films shot on an iPhone. Before you grab your iPhone and start fulfilling your…

Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg) and Gail Harris (Michelle Williams) discuss the kidnapping in All the Money in the World. Credit: Golden Village Pictures

Was ‘All the Money in the World’ worth all the trouble?

Jan 26th, 2018 Adult Themes, Awards, Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 12 min read

If you’ve been following the publicity behind All the Money in the World, you’ll have heard that it cost $50 million to make – as well as the problems which beset the movie. It’s almost as if the movie was cursed. Maybe it is – it’s based on the real-life kidnapping of J. Paul Getty’s grandson, and Getty was the richest man in the world when it…

Murder on the Orient Express. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Mysterious mysteries which ought to be made into films (Warning: Don’t read at night)

Nov 26th, 2017 Crime, Drama, Thriller Marcus Goh 8 min read

Truth is stranger than fiction – after all, there so many unexplained facts in this world that science cannot explain. The worst part is that these mysteries can’t always be ascribed to supernatural factors. Sometimes, they are simply about people doing horrible things for inexplicable reasons. Human nature can be terrifyingly vicious at times. Here’s a list of some of the most bizarre mysteries that…

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…