The Accolade

“Parasite” will not be the last movie from South Korean film industry to win Oscar’s “Best Picture” award

Directed by Bong Joon-Ho,

Elijah Jhee

February 24, 2020

Ninety-two years. That’s how long The Academy Awards have been awarding Oscars to prestigious movies and directors in the film industry. And for that amount of time, only films of the English language have been gifted with the coveted “Best Picture” title. As our society has made gains in...

K-pop spotlight has its repercussions

 BEHIND THE SCENES: Seven-member boy band BTS stands next to singer Halsey on their set for the music video for “Boy With Luv,” the lead single from the 2019 album Map of the Soul: Persona. Image reprinted with permission from Taesong Kim/

Chloe Lee

February 19, 2020

With the new BTS album coming out, BTS’ massive fan base will get to view the seven-member band’s public lives once again. With their good looks and articulately perfect dancing, it would seem that the seven boys are having the time of their life.  Although I cannot measure the quality of the...

Not much of a rise in creative storytelling for final installment of Star Wars saga

The final installment of the Star Wars saga, which was released Dec. 20, includes some spectacular lightsaber duels like this one in which Rey (left) played by Daisy Ridley fends off the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), who tries to persuade Rey into joining the Dark Side of the force. Their fight eventually destroys the remains of the Darth Vader helmet. Image posted with permission from Walt Disney Studios.

Andrew Park

December 24, 2019

A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away … As much as this symbolic opening comes to fans with nostalgia, most audiences have grown tired of the repetitive space adventure movie. Despite being undoubtedly the most famous sci-fi film series in the world, or perhaps the galaxy, the ninth ep...

Newcomer Layton Greene’s debut EP captures listeners’ attention with songs about her rough childhood, broken relationships

Newcomer Layton Greene doesn't hold back in her seven-song debut EP, Tell Ya Story. In

Sydnee Tallant

December 19, 2019

Teenagers love to listen to music and often bump out to rap songs with no meaning such as “In the Party” by Flo Mili and “Wow” by Post Malone. But newcomer Layton Greene has opted to dive into deeper topics like dark childhood stories and broken relationships in her debut album, Tell Ya Sto...

Cute, cliche but crazy ‘Last Christmas’ wins over hearts despite unlikely plot

Sparks fly as Tom (Henry Golding) and Kate (Emilia Clarke) chatter across the counter in the Christmas boutique that Kate works at in the holiday film,

Hanna Oltman

December 11, 2019

In recent years, it seems that romantic comedies have taken an indefinite sabbatical (at least from the big screens). So in theory, a warm, silly holiday movie centered on an unlikely but lovable pair sounds great.  Released on Nov. 8, “Last Christmas” manages to deliver a heartwarming story y...

Sunny Hills’ hype cold toward ‘Frozen II’


Casey Seon

November 15, 2019

Let it go, let it go Can’t hold it back anymore Let it go, let it go Turn away and slam the door! Who hasn’t heard of Disney’s “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel from “Frozen,” which raked in $1.2 billion in box office ticket sales — the highest amount for an animated film?  ...

‘Parasite’ offers a host of themes that’s Oscar-worthy

Directed by Bong Joon-Ho,

Andrew Park

November 8, 2019

Par•a•sit•ism “One in which a parasite obtains benefits from a host, which it usually injures,” according to This is how the South Korean thriller, “Parasite,” reflects the the division within our society today — those who are poor harming the rich to financially ...

‘Tall Girl’ falls short on sentimental moments but offers lots of laughs

Ava Michelle (left) plays a teen girl who struggles with her height and comparisons to her older, shorter pageant queen sister played by Sabrina Carpenter in

Charis Lee

November 5, 2019

She has blond hair and blue eyes and looks stunning, but one thing sets 17-year-old Jodi Kreyman apart from others – she’s six feet, two inches tall. Hence the title of the 101-minute, Wonderland Sound and Vision-produced film, “Tall Girl,” which succeeds with several comedic scenes but falls...

Halloween opens doors for extreme haunted houses in Fullerton

Horrifying Haunt: Junior Hannah Kim celebrates her

Hannah Kim

October 23, 2019

It’s extreme, physically demanding and not for the faint of heart. The 17th Door, marketed as a haunted house, is back, and it’s scarier than ever. I visited this haunt Oct. 11 to test my limits, and I didn’t expect much from it. No haunt has gotten me to scream or cry (yet). When I first...

CBS’ ‘Evil’ offers spooks for Halloween

In the pilot episode that premiered Sept. 26, actress Katja Herbers plays forensic psychologist Kristen Bouchard (left), who reacts to a homicide suspect (Darren Pettie) during a jail-room meeting to determine whether he is actually possessed by a demon. Image used with permission from CBS Broadcasting ©2019. Photo by Jeff Neumann

Hannah Jeong

October 21, 2019

Evil takes on a new definition as CBS’s latest horror TV show delves to answer unnerving questions about the roots of corruption. Premiered Sept. 26, “Evil” plays on the thrilling idea of supernatural forces as Kristen Bouchard, (Katja Mira Herbers, “Westworld”) a skeptical psychologist,...

Fall musical ’Sister Act’ to be staged off campus — just one of many firsts for Sunny Hills’ theater program

The group of actors for the fall musical,

Daniel Kong

October 16, 2019

This fall’s musical, “Sister Act,” will have several firsts for theater teacher Amanda Gieser. First time the performances will be held off campus -- because of Performing Arts Center modernization at Sunny Hills, audiences will have to travel to Buena Park High School’s theater to watch “Sister...

‘Joker’ evokes sympathy from audience despite concerns over violence backlash

After officially rebranding his identity from Arthur Fleck to the Joker, actor Joaquin Phoenix celebrates as he makes his way to the Murray Franklin TV show recording. Image used with permission from Warner Bros.

Annie Bang

October 16, 2019

Expertly capturing the haunting psychology and disturbed mind of arguably the most infamous antagonist in Detective Comics history, the newest film to continue the Batman legacy, Joker, successfully conveys the villain’s wretched beginnings as a misunderstood man before adopting his iconic identity. With a ca...

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