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Articles by Irene Chou (23)

Emma Stone shines as Cruella de Vil, the rising-star/budding antagonist on the West End in 70’s London.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘Cruella,’ the Disney villainess with a fashionable backstory

June 7, 2021 0 comments

Directed by Craig Gillespie (“I, Tonya”), “Cruella” is a dazzling crime-comedy, villain origin story with a vampy flair distinct from the standard Disney live-action feature.

The distinctly unconventional bronze sculpture was set up across the Friedman Hall, inviting the debate and discussion of passing students.

Arts & Culture

‘Large Concretised Monument to the Twentieth Century,’ newest installation on College Green

June 3, 2021 2 comments

British contemporary artist Rebecca Warren’s 2007 sculpture ‘Large Concretised Monument to the Twentieth Century’ is the newest addition to the University’s public art collection.

From semi-autobiographical family dramas to feature film debuts with throwback pizzazz, here are four movies and a TV show that celebrate AAPI heritage.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Five films, TV series celebrate AAPI heritage

May 23, 2021 0 comments

Sasha Tran (Ali Wong) and Marcus Kim (Randall Park) are childhood best friends who drifted apart after an awkward falling-out as teenagers. Fast-forward 15 years, Sasha has garnered culinary fame as a chef renowned for elevated Asian cuisine.

"Godzilla vs Kong" delivers epic fight scenes between legendary rivals. The conclusion of the Monsterverse series packs a punch.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“Godzilla vs. Kong” showcases feel-good fisticuffs extravaganza between legendary rivals

April 8, 2021 0 comments

As the fourth installment in Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse franchise — a shared cinematic universe which began with the 2014 “Godzilla” — “Godzilla vs. Kong” is an incredibly fun watch.

Tom Holland's compelling performance is not enough to save the film that fails to go deep enough.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘Cherry,’ a failed American epic despite sincere performances

April 1, 2021 0 comments

In Part One of the film “Cherry,” adapted from Nico Walker’s semi-autobiographical 2018 novel of the same title, Tom Holland plays the titular character in a college setting.

Oscar nominations offer several long-awaited historical moments for underrepresented groups

Arts & Culture

Oscar nominations offer several long-awaited historical moments for underrepresented groups

March 23, 2021 0 comments

Pushing blockbusters and big names aside, small-scale films and directorial debuts are given rare visibility among couch-bound movie-goers. 

“Raya and the Last Dragon,” spectacular addition to Disney’s pantheon of non-princesses

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“Raya and the Last Dragon,” spectacular addition to Disney’s pantheon of non-princesses

March 16, 2021 0 comments

Since 2013’s “Frozen,” Disney has demonstrated a conscious attempt at steering toward material with greater socio-political significance, shedding the archetypal characters of Western medieval romances and diversifying their stories.

Frances McDormand's acting and Chloé Zhao's directing helped elevate "Nomadland" beyond a typical melodrama, earning it accolades at the Golden Globes.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“Nomadland,” a poignant portrait of grief and healing

March 9, 2021 0 comments

Written and directed by Chloé Zhao, “Nomadland” is a simultaneously intimate and effusive meditation on the stratum of unsettled Americans. These nomads are often flippantly deemed the outcome of some sort of failure, be it economic dissolution or domestic upheaval.

Minari represents writer-director Lee Isaac Chung portrayal of the semi-autobiographical tale of a Korean-American family living in Arkansas.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“Minari” is a modest American tale universal in tenderness

February 25, 2021 0 comments

“Minari” opens with the American heartland flitting past the inquisitive faces of 6-year-old David (newcomer Alan S. Kim) and his older sister, Anne (Noel Kate Cho).

HyunA’s latest mini-album “I’m Not Cool” features a set of catchy new hits celebrating the singer’s unabashed sense of self worth.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Comeback season: The queens of K-pop return with an affirming message of self-love and flawed authenticity

February 18, 2021 0 comments

With no end in sight to COVID-19, K-pop luminaries are offering some long-awaited escapist relief from pandemic doldrums with two of the biggest female soloists in the industry, HyunA and IU, returning with a heartfelt embrace of selfhood and all its imperfections.