Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju (경주) — the ancient capital Near the end of 2017, I visited the South Korean coastal city of Gyeongju for two days, following an itinerary guide for the country I found on the Internet. Beyond knowing a few cursory details about the place (I knew it had some ruins from an ancient kingdom), I’m…

Jeonju, South Korea

Jeonju, South Korea

A day in Jeonju (전주시) — Korea’s culinary heart In late December 2017, I backpacked around South Korea in the freezing dead of winter. The trip started off with four days in Seoul, where I had an absolutely amazing time. But due to a combination of endless soju shots, greasy Korean barbecue dishes, and (most…

Film review: Melancholia

Film review: Melancholia

Melancholia (2011) directed by Lars von Trier “And when I say we’re alone, we’re alone. Life is only on Earth. And not for long.” Justine Lars von Trier’s Melancholia can perhaps be best described as a “science-fiction-cum-mental-illness drama”. It’s a film where John Ruskin’s concept of the ‘Pathetic Fallacy’ is realised par excellence—a film where…

Film review: Antichrist

Film review: Antichrist

Antichrist (2009) directed by Lars von Trier No discussion of Lars von Trier’s Antichrist is complete without mentioning two incredibly infamous scenes. Those scenes. Yes, those goddamn scenes. So it helps to move things along if I quickly describe them with perfunctory bureaucratic detail: Scene One: Willem Dafoe’s character is attacked by his crazed wife,…