May is the month of family here in Korea, with Children’s Day on the fifth and Parents’ Day on the eighth. As I gave my parents a bouquet of carnations for Parents’ Day, I hoped that, one day, I will be able to confidently raise my hand and proclaim that I have no regrets.
Amidst a craze for Avengers: Endgame, a (supposedly) heartwarming Korean film, Inseparable Bros, was released on May 1. But if you are contemplating on watching this after having watched Avengers: Endgame, I recommend you just watch that twice.
“Americanization” originally referred to the influence of American culture on immigrants in the 1900s, who accepted and conformed to it. In the present day, the word may apply to the rest of the global population, most of whom have never even set a foot in the USA. From food, film, fashion, music, and even language being largely accepted as the means of global communication, it does not take a genius to notice how “mainstream” it is to be “Americanized”.
As anticipation for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) grows, a new hero, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), has been introduced to the universe in the latest movie of the same name. Expected to play a big role in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame movie, Captain Marvel is introduced as a prominent figure also holds significance for the representation of women in leading roles and therefore for women worldwide rather than just for the MCU fanbase. While the social significance may be major, the plot and storytelling of the movie are rather subpar.
After his sensational debut with the Oscar-winning comedic thriller Get Out, Jordan Peele has returned as writer and director with a doppelganger horror movie, Us. Having enjoyed his tightly-knit writing and clever incorporation of social commentary in his first film, I quickly bought a ticket to his new release on the opening weekend. However, the experience was not as refreshing as expected.
In the basement of the K Museum of Contemporary Art (KMCA) lies its latest exhibition stylishly titled “Museum Therapy: Dear Brain”. Relaxing your brain through audiovisual stimuli is the purported intent, advertised with colorful photo spots and meditative background music. Unfortunately, my brain did not enjoy the experience.
The Black Skirts, a Korean indie rock band with singer-songwriter Hyu-il Jo as its only member, came back on February 12 with a new album, THIRSTY. As the second part to the artist’s “love trilogy”, which aims to explore the different aspects of what one may define as love, the 12 songs focus on the “shameless and grotesque” side of affection.
“Do you have trouble sleeping”, asks the robotic voice introducing Epik High’s comeback album sleepless in __________. The newest album by the alternative hip hop group composed of rappers Tablo and Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz is dedicated to all those insomnious and troubled.
The Seoul Arts Center is known for hosting prized musicians and presenting some of the finest musical performances in Korea. This time, the one that piqued my curiosity was Marc Chagall, a Jewish artist of Russian and French descent born in Belarus.
The Korean War is a fresh piece of history for Koreans that only adds a chapter each day. As such, this 65-year-old frozen conflict has been the subject of various forms of media, with the film industry carving out an entire genre for itself.
Cinematic universes are like mankind’s search for a maritime route to India. People just found the amazing spice of cinematic universes, and now producers and directors are racing to find the sea route that will be their Cape Route.
The Miracles of the Namiya General Store revolves around the concept of “guidance”. In the novel, there is no protagonist, antagonist, or a deus ex machina. All the characters rely on others to guide them through their paths.
Imagine a life without any light — nothing but darkness. It is a reality that most of us will never experience, but it is something that we can experience through an exhibition — Dialogue in the Dark.