Ok, seriously, where do I sign up for Monsters University??? The prequel to the worldwide success Monsters, Inc. has every quality to be a box office charmer. Set 10 years before the events of Monster, Inc., Monsters University (MU) chronicles the college life of Mike and “Sulley”. They both are enrolled to major in Scaring … Read more
Listen up and get excited – A Design Film Festival 2013 has returned to our shores after a yearlong hiatus! The Festival was conceived in 2010 by Anonymous, a local multidisciplinary studio that integrates creative direction, content and design. It has travelled around the world (Portland, Berlin, Taipei, Kaohsiung and Bangkok) in the past few … Read more
It seems like Hollywood has no luck with movies with “great” in the title. You might recall a certain Oz The Great and Powerful from earlier on in the year. Although The Great Gatsby was a tad more tolerable, I am not sold on the movie adaptation. Gatsby‘s central theme revolves around a timeless and classic storyline of absurd … Read more
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” And yet, I’m quite sure I haven’t had all or even any of the advantages each of the shallow and damned central characters in the movie – or those … Read more
Find yourself pressed for time and need to catch up on all the movies that you’ve missed out recently? A first world problem shared by many, Popspoken is here to help by giving you a (very short) list of 5 movies that you could be watching on your laptop right now (yes, whenever you want, because they’re on-demand – a concept that’s been takin’ over the world as of late).
To be honest, I’ve stopped watching television for a long time now. Not to mention MTV. In this generation of content easily available online, I’ve become a slave to the Internet. I would tune in only for the occasional guilty pleasure of an episode or two of Jersey Shore or some other show that involves … Read more
Before the 2013 MTV Movie Awards premiere on April 15, Popspoken gives you a quick rundown of the nominees most likely to win the coveted golden popcorn bucket.
Rejoice, all you animated fish-lovers and fans of Ellen DeGeneres! Disney Pixar has officially announced the sequel to Finding Nemo! After a decade of waiting and vigorous campaigning on her show, comedian and television host Ellen DeGeneres finally got what she (and a handful of us) wanted. Returning in a new motion picture, expect to … Read more
Having masterminded critical successes such as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Inglorious Basterds, director Quentin Tarantino once again brings us another ultra-violent flick rife with witty one-liners .
Remember the time in Bruce Almighty where Steve Carell played the rival of Jim Carrey’s character? Well, that’s taking a switch in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Steve Carell plays Burt Wonderstone, a famous magician who performs in Las Vegas together with his partner in crime Anton Marvelton, played by Steve Buscemi. As ecstatic as we … Read more
Claiming top spot at the local box office, Oz the Great and Powerful enthralls the audience with spectacular special effects and costumes. Although the 130-minute visual feast could have been a real treat in 3D, Oz, is hardly that great and powerful. Plateauing mainly on a “good” level, Oz never really reaches a climatic point. … Read more
The army boys are back in Ah Boys to Men 2 with their childish pranks and cunning schemes. If you are waiting for your enlistment into the army, this film will show you what’s in store (more or less) and perhaps change your mindset towards National Service. In this comedy-drama sequel, director, Jack Neo continues … Read more
As Singapore tries to nurture its nascent arts scene, the inaugural edition of the Art-In-Film Festival at Dusk comes at a timely moment. Featuring a program of 8 films focusing on various artists, the Art-In-Film Festival at Dusk aims to provide a form of immersive escapism for the busy yuppie, whose life revolves around work, bars, … Read more
Another year, another great Oscar ceremony. Aside from honouring the year’s best in films, this year’s ceremony also took on the theme of music in film in order to acknowledge the contributions that great music makes to turn a film into a box office hit. Seth MacFarlane’s only-slightly-funny antics aside, music took the centre-stage this … Read more
Internalise this. Burn this post and drink it up if you have to. (No, not from your iPad, dummy.)
…and the nominations are out! Here are the nominees in major categories for the 85th Oscars!
When we trekked down to The Cathay for the gala premiere of Hotel Transylvania, we were in expecting a mundane animated flick containing the cheesy sequences we have all come to remember like clockwork — laughs for the kids with some poke-here-poke-there physical comedy, crazy camera pans as characters traipse lengths or cavernous spaces seemingly … Read more
Multidisciplinary creative collective Freight has done up a gorgeous short film in collaboration with knapsack label Uyii. Titled Halfway Home, the video is directed by Martin Hong and tells the story of a boy and his search for home. We see him lugging a paper boat through grassy terrain and caught in his thoughts while looking at … Read more
(Warning: Spoiler alert. Just saying.) It was a shame, really. To be enticed with the premise of a surfing movie with Gerard Butler and an unknown kiddo (you know the deal with unknows: starlets waiting to erupt) got me really excited. Maybe it’s the Oscar season period, when top contenders for movie accolades would typically … Read more
Movie Review: Wall Street (1987) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) ‘Gordon Gekko: What’s worth doing is worth doing for money.’
Undoubtedly the most anticipated movie in the second half of 2012, Skyfall has had everyone literally falling at its feet with it’s twenty-third spy film in the James Bond series. So it was no surprise that we at Popspoken could hardly hold our excitement in at being one of the lucky few being invited to … Read more
In our new Issues beat, we examine how the ban for Singapore movie Sex.Violence.FamilyValues is at risk of placing Singapore behind when a sizable part of its population is moving the country forward.
Michelle Chong speaks to Popspoken about her film’s commercial and critical success, life after Mediacorp and that Barbarella movie that had some licensing problems during its conceptualisation.
June 4 2012, 9am was the official live airing for the MTV Awards 2012. Popspoken was pleased to be invited to the live-screening at the MTV Office. VJs Holly Gabarek and Richard Herrera kickstarted the day by giving a brief overview of the awards that would be given out. Host Russell Brand used his unpredictable … Read more
Movie Review: Inside Job (2010) ‘Wall Street owns Washington. You might think you know this, but “Inside Job” makes you feel the enormity of it.’ – Tom Long (Detroit News)
Movie Review: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) ‘Hughes plays to our workaday souls’ fantasies, without making us feel excluded or dumb. He urges us to follow the young hero’s example and to enjoy life a little bit, even if it moves ‘pretty fast.’ – Pete Croatto
You may have heard about all the buzz surrounding new Jurong mall JCube, but wait – here’s a second mall offering a slightly different approach to suburban-meets-downtown shopping. Here’s a few things we think you’ll like about new mall JEM (plus a fashion design competition!).
The dreaded curse of the 3D movie: sometimes it does wonders, and at others, you’re wondering why was so much money wasted. We think James Cameron spent some good moolah recreating the 3D version. Read through for our review.
Jennifer Lawrence is compelling at best as she faces 23 other tributes in a national must-see TV event called The Hunger Games.
First and foremost, be warned because this article is mildly spoiler-ish. (We won’t spoil the most important parts of the plot for you though, so don’t worry!) Do note: this article was written based on what went down in the book (that, of course, had BETTER be in the movie!)
We’re seven days away from the release of The Hunger Games in Singapore! Let the countdown begin. First, let us enjoy some photos from the film’s London premiere with the cast looking all dapper. The Hunger Games opens next Thursday, 22 March 2012 in Singapore. Watch our space for a review!
Alternatively known as Piranha 3D: The Sequel. Set a year after the nasty attack on Lake Victoria, our favourite piranhas are back and ready to give a bloody splashing time at the new water theme park called ‘Big Wet’. After a massive bloodbath in the previous feature Piranha 3D, it looks like the locals have … Read more
And it will continue to stay that way unless all these delusions of grandeur are stripped away and people, you know, chill the f*ck out.
No no, enough of sparkling vampires and bare-chested werewolves. It’s time to gear up for one of the biggest franchises to date. Based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel collection, The Hunger Games brings us into a dystopian world like no other. Every year amidst the ruins of Panem (formerly known as North America), the Capitol … Read more
Wait no more – the Oscar noms are out and surprise, surprise, Martin Scorcese’s 3D movie ‘Hugo’ tops the list!
Two epic instalments later and the franchise slides right into a straight-to-DVD release directed by Scott Spiegel. Eli Roth’s absence from this feature has left fans disappointed but hey, someone’s gotta helm Endangered Species, right? Here’s our take on this rather decent VOD sequel.
Your morning digest today, plus Beyoncé uses too much Photoshop (what’s new), Lunarin releases The Midas Sessions, Lana Del Rey gets SXSW and Cashew Chemists are on to Round 2 of their Baybeats auditions!
Golden Globes best picture winner The Descendants has 3 nominations but hot favourite The Artist has 12! Will they finally get sweet revenge in London? The full list of nominations here!
Here are the winners! Katy Perry nabs 5, Harry Potter wins 4, and Singapore doesn’t get to watch it live on Channel 5! Don’t we all love free-to-air TV?
MYCA’s first achievement award is name – get this – “Most Awesome Personality I Wanna Be BFFs With”. That’s youth speak for “Golden Achievement Award”.
It’s Season 9 for 2 shows. In what must be the Mayan gods casting their spells, the horror that is Punk’d is coming back and a reality show loses its results show? Now, how will that turn out on TV?
In Part 2 of the best and worst movies in 2011, we discuss the best and worst sequels/remakes!
It’s been a pretty draggy year for the film industry. 2011 reminded us that CGI is the way of the future, and remakes are going to be a norm. Sequels will drive the film industry and everything else will either be animated, in 3D or a chic-flick. In Part 1, we’ll share the best and … Read more
‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows’ is the follow-up to British director Guy Ritchie’s mildly surprising 2009 take on ‘Sherlock Holmes’. Playful and action-packed, Ritchie gave Sherlock a fresh spin that drew in new audiences but had enough clear love and respect for the original source material. Now, here we are with another Sherlock Holmes … Read more
The comic book creation of Belgian artist Herge’s, Tintin, has long captivated the imagination of millions across the globe ever since the boy wonder’s first appearance in 1929. The sheer thrill of seeing one’s favourite childhood comic being transposed on to a different medium (film) combined with technology and the best of hands from Hollywood … Read more
You’ve been warned. Tom Six, the genius behind The Human Centipede concept is back with a sequel, which reveals a different kind of horror from its predecessor. The Human Centipede 2 is rather vile, hard to stomach and not for your viewing pleasure. Synopsis The film kicks off with the closing sequence of The Human Centipede (First … Read more
For those who don’t know, there have been documented cases of persons who are seemingly haunted or obsessed with the reoccurrence of double digit numbers, more notably the set 11:11. In the latest film 11-11-11, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, IV), this very study is explored to a mass of cinema goers. … Read more
If you’re a fan of Rush Hour, Eddie Murphy and/or Ben Stiller, you are probably going to adore Tower Heist, the new crime comedy film directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour trilogy, X-Men: The Last Stand) and written by Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven) with Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can). Synopsis Ben Stiller stars … Read more