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Articles by Irene Chou (15)

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.

Aespa’s first single, “Black Mamba,” recently reached 100 million views on YouTube.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Aespa releases sophomore single amid widespread anticipation

February 10, 2021 0 comments

Released on Feb. 5, South Korean girl group Aespa’s second single “Forever” is a sweet, polished rendition of SM Entertainment Songwriter and Producer Yoo Young-jin’s early 2000s original.

"The White Tiger," released on Netflix Jan. 13, is a largely faithful adaptation of the Booker Prize Winner of the same title, exhibiting compelling performances from Rajkummar Rao as Ashok, Priyanka Chopra Jonas as Pinky and rising star Adarsh Gourav as Balram Halwai.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

“The White Tiger” is an incisive satire exploring modern India

February 3, 2021 0 comments

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (“Man Push Cart,” “Chop Shop,” “99 Homes”), “The White Tiger” is a darkly satirical rags-to-riches tale that reveals the ugliness behind India’s entrenched social hierarchy and explores the underdog’s retaliation against the inequitable system. 

Regina King’s directorial film debut, is a sharp-witted retelling of a celebratory get-together of four revolutionary icons who debate how best to retaliate against racism in America.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

‘One Night in Miami…’ electrifies with timely, powerful dialogue

January 27, 2021 0 comments

On Feb. 25, 1964, the budding Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) defeated Sonny Liston to earn the title of heavyweight boxing champion in an upset victory. After Clay’s astounding win, NFL star fullback Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge) envisioned that the two would go to a luxury hotel to celebrate the victory with alcohol and women.

Winter Break wonders: five films from the final days of 2020 

Arts & Culture

Winter Break wonders: five films from the final days of 2020 

January 20, 2021 0 comments

Fast-forwarding seven decades from the World War I setting of 2017’s Wonder Woman, the highly anticipated sequel is set in the brightly colored ‘80s, an era of bulky TVs, aerobic wear and parachute pants.

The movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel “The Witches,” which premiered this past month, succeeds in some aspects but falls short of the original movie.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Reimagining of ‘The Witches’ brings a forgettable charm

November 12, 2020 0 comments

Film journalists and movie buffs alike buzzed with anticipation when news arrived announcing that Robert Zemeckis, director of “Back to the Future” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” was slated to adapt the 1983 classic story, Roald Dahl’s “The Witches.” 

BAI student grants help realize creative visions like ‘Face the Data’

Arts & Culture

BAI student grants help realize creative visions like ‘Face the Data’

November 4, 2020 0 comments

Launched in 2016, the Brown Arts Initiative, or BAI, represents a wide array of performing, literary and visual arts at Brown. Its diverse range of student grant programs has supported students on projects that involve the production, study and critique of the creative arts.

An otherwise half-hearted film far from her best, Sofia Coppola’s newest dramatic comedy ‘On the Rocks’ relies heavily on Bill Murray’s effortless charm.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

The short-lived, lighthearted allure of ‘On the Rocks’

October 15, 2020 0 comments

The latest drama-comedy ‘On the Rocks’ reunites writer-director Sofia Coppola and actor Bill Murray, as he takes on the role of Felix, a seasoned debauchee and wealthy art dealer. Rashida Jones joins Murray as Felix’s daughter Laura, a writer troubled by the disinterest of her husband Dean (Marlon Wayans).

In “The Album,” members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé and Lisa showcase sleek, tightly-paced, compact collections of new sounds in their first full length album.

Arts & Culture, Reviews

Blackpink releases long-awaited debut album

October 5, 2020 0 comments

South Korean girl group Blackpink finally released their first, full-length studio album Oct. 2, simply called “The Album.”