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Director Choi Dong Hoon Creates A New Cinematic Universe In ‘Alienoid’
Director Choi Dong-hoon likes a challenge. That much is apparent in his latest film Alienoid, a two-part time travel, alien-fighting adventure story. The genre-blurring film is his most ambitious work to date, but he’s known for taking risks in the pursuit of inventive storytelling.
White Webb: Designing for Maximum Happiness
When Frank Webb meets a new client, he asks them, “What makes you happy?”
To Webb, a partner in the design firm, White Webb, that question matters, because, ideally, home is the place everyone feels happiest. “It’s the place everyone returns to and says, ‘Ah, now I can relax.’”
How Jang Hyuk And Choi Jae-Hoon Reimagined Action Scenes In ‘The Killer’
In The Killer: A Girl Who Deserves To Die, Jang Hyuk plays Bang Ui-gang, a retired assassin, whose everyday activities might not suggest the large cache of weapons he keeps at home. Ui-gang’s weapons and skills come in handy when his wife asks him to look after the daughter of a friend, while she and that friend vacation. If the girl gets hurt, even a tiny bit, his wife says, you’re dead.
Artist Patricia Miranda Vividly Expresses The Tensile Strength Of Textiles
Patricia Miranda’s recent exhibit, “A Repairing Mend,” might easily be described as monumental—offering commentary on the definition of women’s work and creations, artistic collaboration and art’s ecological footprint. Yet, when Miranda dismantled the exhibit at the Jane Street Art Center in Saugerties, it all fit neatly into a box.
Cheap Old Houses Turns Tired Properties Into One-of-a-Kind Homes
Elizabeth Finkelstein likes to joke that she got her Ph.D. in vintage homes when she was two, living in the 1850s Greek Revival house her parents lovingly restored near Saratoga Springs. “I grew up with the idea that a home is something you are a steward of, that you work on, that is a constant source o...
Teviot: A Tivoli Mansion Updated With A Touch Of Whimsy
Stained glass, somber hues, and heavy medieval furnishings were interior design fixtures in the heyday of the Gothic Revival style, but that’s not what award-winning designer Ghislaine Viñas imagined when tasked with updating an 1850 Tivoli estate. Instead, she whitewashed the interior walls, coated wooden floors in a glossy ivory, and incorporated pale furnishings and fixtures.
Director Iris Shim Considers The Mothers And Monsters In Her Film ‘Umma’
At the start of our conversation about the horror film Umma—the title is the Korean word for mother—writer-director Iris K. Shim is careful to note that she has a great relationship with her own mother.
The Maker: Paul O’Connor, Problem Solver
Whether he’s designing a life-size elephant structure, retrofitting a school bus, or crafting a greenhouse from salvaged windows, Paul O’Connor likes to think of himself primarily as a problem solver.
‘It’s Okay To Not Be Okay’ Illustrates How Korean Dramas Are Evolving
It’s Okay To Not Be Okay is a popular 2020 South Korean drama starring Kim Soo-hyun, Seo Yea-ji and Oh Jung-se. It’s also a good example of how Korean dramas continue to evolve. The drama was a critical success, acquiring eight nominations and two wins at the 57th Baeksang Awards.
Since their invention in the mid-`50s, shipping containers have transformed more than shipping. These industrial artifacts are supplying raw material for cutting-edge sustainable architecture like the c-Home, constructed in the Columbia County town of Claverack.
A Lesson in Collaboration
The house that Richard Pedranti designed for his friend Lawrence Mullane was in every sense a collaboration, as Mullane is not only the homeowner, but also the contractor who realized Pedranti’s design. It was a joint effort that employed Pedranti’s penchant for distinctive modern design while fulfilling Mullane’s wish for a traditional form of construction.
Lee Bo-Young Talks About ‘Mine’ And Learning From Her Characters
Lee Bo Young has been called “the queen of dramas,” which may have something to do with the many Best Actress awards and nominations she earned. In 'Mine,' she plays Seo Hee-soo, a former actress married to the younger son of a wealthy dysfunctional family.
A LINEAR DESIGN HELPS A CATSKILL FARMHOUSE TAKE CENTER STAGE
When the owners of a Dutch Colonial fieldstone farmhouse in Catskill were ready to renovate, they first considered a conventional arrangement of additions. They wondered if the best option was to surround their 1761 house with extensions, but architect Alexander Gorlin had a better idea.
For Ok Taec-Yeon Watching The Diverse Cast Of ‘Vincenzo’ Is A Joy
Ok Taec-yeon’s character in 'Vincenzo' seems harmless at first, but there’s more to Jang Joon-woo than the opening episodes of this dark comedy/drama suggest. Joon-woo’s overly humble, cloying personality is a ruse to hide his true identity as a ruthless scheming chaebol.
Natural Alignment: A Putnam Valley Home Fits Into Its Landscape
Bordered by an expanse of protected forest and perched above the rocky outcroppings of Lake Oscawana, the Lake View Hideaway house blends seamlessly into its woodland site.