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BTS comes back with a boom in K-pop band’s latest all-English single/music video, ‘Dynamite’

 An artist’s re-creation of a scene from the YouTube released music video of BTS’ latest single, “Dynamite.”

Esther Oh

September 12, 2020

Three years ago, BTS entered the U.S. mainstream, attending the Billboard Music Awards and performing its “DNA” song at the American Music Awards later that November. Then last year, the K-pop band exploded in the United States. By then, the seven-member boy band had recorded songs in their native ...

‘Train to Busan’ sequel derails from beginning as zombies take a backseat to military troop gone awry

An artist’s rendering of Gang Dong-won, who stars as Jeong-seok, an ex-South Korean soldier. The protagonist fights for his life to escape from zombies and a rogue military unit established nearby Incheon Port in “Peninsula,” the long-awaited sequel to 2016’s South Korean-made “Train to Busan.”

Alice Lee

September 12, 2020

Earning $98.5 million worldwide, South Korea’s “Train to Busan” returns four years after its initial release with a long-awaited yet disappointing sequel that features a cliche good guys vs. bad guys plot and unnecessary elements. When director and screenwriter Yeon Sang-ho (“Psychokinesis”...

Despite backlash, Cardi B’s single, ‘WAP,’ redefines female empowerment; remains No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-hop chart

An artist's rendering of the image used to promote Cardi B's

Annie Bang

September 5, 2020

In what seems to be the most graphic and explicit song of 2020, Cardi B’s newest single, “WAP,” featuring rapper Megan Thee Stallion, successfully stands as a feminist anthem in today’s time, wholeheartedly embracing and de-stigmatizing the concept of female sexuality despite the overwhelming condem...

Is live-action adaptation of ‘Mulan’ worth $29.99?

Liu Yifei, as Mulan, fights her own inner conflicts and physical battles in the new live action

Accolade Staff

September 3, 2020

Disney fans, it’s finally here. Not another Star Wars movie. Or a Marvel Universe flick. But the latest live-action Disney princess film adapted from 1998’s “Mulan.” After the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus derailed “Mulan’s” March 9 original U.S. theatrical release date...

First season of Netflix’s Korean-imported drama quite ‘Okay’ to binge watch

An artist's rendering of a scene from Netflix's Korean-imported TV series,

Yeihn Lee

August 29, 2020

It’s a classic story revolving around a pair of star-crossed lovers -- only with a hint of mild horror yet still quite satisfying to watch. The debut season of the Korean TV drama, “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay,” originally aired from June 20-Aug. 9 in South Korea but has been available for st...

Despite formulaic plot, Netflix’s ‘The Kissing Booth 2’ offers romantic scenery, catchy soundtrack

Elle (Joey King) Evans returns in the sequel to ‘The Kissing Booth’ as she and Marco (Taylor Zakhar Perez) lock eyes after their excellent display of chemistry while rehearsing on the Dance Dance Revolution machine.

Lauren Jung

August 26, 2020

Two years ago, the infamous mess of a romcom known as “The Kissing Booth” ended with Elle Evans (Joey King, “The Act”) confidently riding off into the sunset without fear of the future, and everyone thought that was the end of her story. However, she’s back in a sequel of the same title that...

Coming of Age Netflix Film ‘The Half of It’ tackles adolescent themes like sexuality and casual racism in today’s society

In the new coming of age movie

Rachel Yun

May 30, 2020

Finding one’s identity is hard growing up, especially in high school. However, Netflix’s new coming of age film “The Half of It,” directed by Alice Wu, gives teens the complex representation they deserve by exploring themes of sexuality, friendship and racism.  Released on May 1, the almos...

Cavetown’s new hit album Sleepyhead is bound to be a hit for all indie pop lovers

Standing in front of a red wall, singer-songwriter Robin Skinner, more commonly known as Cavetown, poses for the camera after his new album's debut.

Dominique Chang

May 29, 2020

Robin Skinner,  also known as Cavetown, an English singer-songwriter, came out with a new hit album called Sleepyhead on March 27, discussing common struggles him and many others experience catching the attention of many listeners. This new album incorporates both modern pop, rock, and even some Indie sty...

Cavetown’s ‘Sweet Tooth’ music video needs more bite

Cavetown's lead singer Robin Skinner in a close-up during the music video of one of his recent songs,

Alexandria Kim

May 24, 2020

“Sweet Tooth” by British band Cavetown is a worthwhile song but lacks an appealing music video to go along with it.  The extended track -- lasting six minutes and 28 seconds -- is about intense love that causes a rush of feelings and emotions. The lyrics compare this kind of affection to having a sw...

Those missing ‘Friends’ episodes need only to wait until May 27 when HBO Max debuts

Actor Jin Ha plays Augie (left), who joins Anna Kendrick's character, Darby, in a karaoke room as she looks for true love in HBO Max's new comedy romance series, “Love Life.” Set to debut on May 27, HBO Max is among the last few new streaming services to hit the market this year in hopes of pulling away subscribers from Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime. Image posted with permission from WarnerMedia.

Alice Shin

May 17, 2020

It’s like the race between the turtle and the hare. While new streaming services like Apple TV+ and Disney+ entered the market last November to compete against mainstays like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, HBO Max is among the final entries to the streaming service race (NBC Universal’s Peacock...

Can’t go ‘wong’ with videos about Asian-American culture, identity from Wong Fu Productions

Founded in 2003, Wong Fu Productions has posted several of its video shorts about Asian-American culture and identity for viewing on its featured works page.

Anthony Keem

May 15, 2020

With such little Asian representation in today's Hollywood media, Wong Fu Productions has provided a unique perspective that continually explores the nuances and the richness of the culture Asian Americans bring with them. By creating everything from short films to original series, the 17-year-old, Pasad...

Netflix’s gory, violent ‘The Decline’ best for those with a strong stomach

Locked and loaded, the survivalist trainees led by Alain (left) get ready for their next training exercise in Netflix's

Sydnee Tallant

May 6, 2020

A few weeks into California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home order to flatten the COVID-19 pandemic curve, Netflix released a Quebec-produced film aptly titled, “The Decline.” One can easily fill in the blanks after these two words:  “The Decline … of motivation to do school work.”...

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