In 1977, a science-fiction movie called Star Wars was released in only 40 theaters in the US. Initially meant to be a small passion project of director-writer George Lucas, it soon became the highest-grossing movie in the world and spawned two sequels, along with a sizable, passionate fanbase.More t
It’s Friday night, and I walk out of the club searching for my friends. I usually know where they are, but several shots of tequila have hindered my ability to follow them. Wandering around Dunsan-dong, I get a message from one of my seniors: “COME QUICK TO GS25”. There are many convenience stores n
And just like that, another year has passed. Padded coats and parkas have started to crawl out of closets. Just like how my will to live falls every morning as I walk in the painful cold from the showers back to my room, the fruits of ginkgo trees have started falling, making every sidewalk stink li
Omar, a Youtuber who talks about life, thoughts, and relationships on his channel “KOREAN LIFE OF OMAR”, has woven some of his best life advice and content from his most-viewed videos into a book. Let’s Not Get Along with Everybody is a book for people like me — people who don’t know how to act when
From the frozen pitches in Tampere, Finland to the massive old stadiums of Buenos Aires, Argentina, football leagues have special games few times every season. These are the moments when fans chant louder than usual, players cross the field at higher paces, and pressure reaches its peak. You might t
In terms of music, last year was a good one. Two songs I will hold onto dearly for years to come, “Freely” by Kwak Jin-eon, and “Bridge” by Baek A, were released within it. When “Bridge” first came out, I couldn’t help but listen to “Freely” right after. The two were reminiscent of each other. The l
Disclaimer: the following review contains spoilers for Joker! After a series of lackluster films, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have released Joker, a standalone film in the DC Extended Universe, which was of a disturbingly satisfying quality. Joker, contrary to other action-packed and allegedly shallo
As a Materials Science and Engineering major who resides in W1 for a large portion of my day, I could not help but be excited to hear that there were going to be three new places to eat around the west side of campus this semester. But excitement soon turned into disappointment. Mind you, I was not
Chuseok, Korean Thanksgiving, is one of the most important holidays in Korea, where extended families gather to spend time together and worship ancestors. Traditionally, this includes preparing offerings and visiting ancestral tombs. However, nowadays more families choose to minimize lengthy food pr
I will be honest. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve joked — if you could call it that when, at best, all I got was a chuckle — about Daejeon’s motto being simply “It’s Daejeon”. It is as if that’s all they could say about the city. And, for a long time, that’s truly what I thought as well:
Celebrities, being often looked up to, have always influenced pop culture. Pop culture in Korea is a particularly interesting case. Being such a small country with a unique native language, there are far fewer people involved compared to pop culture in the West. Trends therefore spread and circulate
Though Once Upon a Time In Hollywood was released in August in many other countries, this latest film by Quentin Tarantino just came out in Korea.The film tells the story of a Hollywood actor trying to find his place in the sun. Rick Dalton, who is brilliantly played by Leonardo DiCaprio, is an old
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.