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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.”...

Get ready to laugh at Wong Fu Productions’ parody of Netflix’s ‘To All the Boys’ film franchise with slight nod to Oscar best picture winner, ‘Parasite’

An artist’s rendering of a key scene from Wong Fu Productions’ short video parody titled, “To All the Kevins.” Art illustrated by assistant graphics editor Karen Lee

Audrey Seo

May 3, 2020

Since the 2018 debut of the Netflix adaptation of Jenny Han’s young adult novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, many have fallen in love with this quirky teen romance. Film fanatics and bookworms alike have hopped on the “To All the Boys” bandwagon, including Wong Fu Productions, an online fil...

YouTube’s ‘Some Good News’ with ‘The Office’s’ John Krasinski uplifts viewers amid coronavirus crisis

An artist’s rendering of actor John Krasinski in his new YouTube series, “Some Good News.” Art by graphics editor Erin Lee.

Michelle Buckley

April 12, 2020

“Stay positive.” “There’s a silver lining in all of this.” “It could be worse.”  These are among some of the statements that my parents, older sister and friends have been telling me over the past few weeks.  Yes, my senior year has ended two months early thanks to COVID-...

Get ready to sing along with Disney Plus’ latest movie adaptation of the young adult novel, ‘Stargirl’

Hope Li

March 22, 2020

In a March 13 interview with USA Today, Grace VanderWaal said she wrote her song, “Today and Tomorrow,” on the set of her debut film, “Stargirl,” without any intention of including it in the movie. The 16-year-old “America’s Got Talent” Season 11 winner said she showed it to the movie’s director Julia Hart (“Fast Color”), who ...

Tacos Maggie tops the list of food trucks to check out once coronavirus threat ends

Tacos Maggie in Buena Park lets the food do the talking, not the design of the truck, as it beats out two other local food truck eateries in North Orange County. Photo taken by Accolade assistant news editor Elijah Jhee.

Elijah Jhee

March 20, 2020

The review was done before the coronavirus crisis that has forced several food services businesses to temporarily close down its doors to diners but instead are offering to-go orders and food delivery only. As the prevalence of food delivery services like UberEats and Doordash begins to dominate America...

Go green with McDonald’s latest St. Patrick’s Day creation: Oreo Shamrock McFlurry

McDonald’s new Oreo Shamrock McFlurry can be ordered in two sizes: regular ($3.11) and snack-size ($2.56). The new version of the McFlurry is being offered in conjuction with the Shamrock Shake as part of March’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.  Photo taken by Accolade staff writer Kristima Aryal

Kristima Aryal

March 19, 2020

Although St. Patrick’s Day has passed, and Americans are living under the coronvirus threat, it doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy the latest offering from McDonald’s. To celebrate the 50th birthday of the Shamrock Shake, a seasonal minty vanilla ice cream milkshake, the golden arches chain offers...

The one in which I’m excited for the ‘Friends’ reunion

Art by Accolade staff writer Katherine Kim

Isaac Choi

March 18, 2020

“So no one told you life was gonna be this way …” “I’ll be there for you.” Yes, those iconic lines from the opening song of “Friends” will return -- and not just as reruns on cable TV or streamed on Netflix. On Feb. 21, Max WarnerMedia announced that the “Friends’” cast...

Netflix’s new Top 10 features ease subscribers’ viewing choices

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Andrew Park

March 18, 2020

Adults have Rotten Tomatoes to go to if they ever need to find out what critics think about a recently released movie or streaming series. But for many high school Netflix viewers, that website is quite foreign to them. So how do they decide what to watch in their free time? Is that based on word...

Despite cliche elements, Pixar’s first fantasy production, ‘Onward,’ moves with dramatic flair

Tom Holland of Marvel's Spider-man voices Ian Lightfoot (left), who chants a visitation spell and uses a Phoenix Gem and a wizard's staff to bring back his father while his older brother Barley watches. This incites the brothers' fantastical quest to find another magical gem to complete their task to resurrect their dead father. Image used with permission from Disney Studios.

Hope Li

March 15, 2020

Although Disney/Pixar’s “Onward” has a predictable redemptive plot, the wholesome film impressively crafts a time-conscious story containing multiple layers within 102-minutes. Blue-skinned elf brothers Ian (Tom Holland, “Dolittle”) and Barley Lightfoot (Chris Pratt, “Avengers: Endgame”)...

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