Aly Balakareva

  • April 11, 2021By Aly Balakareva

    Most of those, who follow the art world, have heard of the bizarre sale of a digital painting for over $69m at a digital Christie’s auction. Since then, social and news media have been flooded by talk of NFTs and crypto-art. More prominent are the astronomical sums of money anonymous buyers are willing to spend … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/your-most-comprehensive-guide-to-nfts-and-crypto-art-and-whats-wrong-with-them/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • February 26, 2021By Aly Balakareva

    It’s not a new phenomenon for popular artists to release documentaries about their life and their creative journey. For fans, it is an insight into the mind of their idol; for the artists themselves, it’s a chance to become closer with their audience and promote some of their work. Yung Lean’s new documentary In My Head is … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/inside-the-mind-of-yung-lean-in-my-head-review/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • September 26, 2020By Aly Balakareva

    Perhaps, it’s hard for me to imagine The Neighbourhood ever changing. However, in their new album Chip Chrome & The Mono-Tones, I awaited something more from the band that has gifted us with gems such as “Sweater Weather”, “Daddy Issues” and others. Uninspired and bland, it is an album that fails to provide the listener with the same … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/reviewing-the-neighbourhoods-chip-chrome-the-mono-tones-is-this-all-the-band-has-got-in-store/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • September 11, 2020By Aly Balakareva

    From the Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, comes an exciting, new trailer featuring an all-star cast: Dune looks and feels as sleek and stunning as one would expect. Just like the 1965 book, the trailer for Dune begins with Paul Atreides (Timotheée Chalamet) discussing his prophetic dreams. “Do you often dream things that happen, just as you dreamed them?” asks … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/first-look-at-denis-villeneuves-dune-reviewing-the-trailer/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • July 28, 2020By Aly Balakareva

    A Star Is Bored may bring associations with the drama film, A Star Is Born. However, it is far from the romantic musical, which leaves one crying by the end. Written by screenwriter Byron Lane, it takes us through the life of a budding celebrity assistant, who embarks himself on this tough, but exciting, adventure. Here … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/a-star-is-bored-review-a-thrilling-adventure-through-the-world-of-celebrity-assistants/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • July 18, 2020By Aly Balakareva

    Editor’s Note: This article contains minor spoilers from The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Amongst all the events currently exploding around the world, it is not a bad idea to seek solace within books. When word about a ‘Hunger Games prequel’ first spread, an exciting dynamic rippled through the book-lover world. The Hunger Games is the YA novel … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/returning-to-panem-the-ballad-of-songbirds-and-snakes-review/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • March 18, 2020By Aly Balakareva

    Poetry is usually associated with long lines of complicated verse, arranged into difficult-to-read stanzas. It is an intricate craft that requires the poet to write, re-write and re-re-write in order to produce an elusive meaning. However, things are changing. Amanda Lovelace’s new poetry book, break your glass slippers, turns these associations upside down, showing how … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-reclamation-of-oneself-reviewing-amanda-lovelaces-break-your-glass-slippers/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • February 12, 2020By Aly Balakareva

    In a colorful arrangement of symmetrical shots and excitable narration, Wes Anderson unveils his new film — The French Dispatch. As the king of everything whimsical, Anderson embraces his aesthetic style even more in the new trailer. Set to be released this July, there is enough time for us to relish in the trailer’s tiny … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-french-dispatch-trailer-review-wes-anderson-could-not-be-more-wes-anderson/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • February 3, 2020By Aly Balakareva

    After 20 years since the release of Snatch, Guy Ritchie returns to his coined style of filmmaking: numerous characters, numerous plotlines and numerous crimes committed in the span of just two hours. From the very first scene, The Gentlemen grabs the viewers’ interest and does not let go until the very end. This film is as close as it … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-comeback-of-true-guy-ritchie-the-gentlemen-review/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • January 30, 2020By Aly Balakareva

    “Cinema is gone,” Martin Scorsese, one of the most prolific film directors of all time, has said in an interview. “The cinema I grew up with and that I’m making, it’s gone.” Perhaps, he could be right: in 2019, movie theatre attendance decreased by 4%, compared to 2018 — there is an obvious trend of … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/cinema-strikes-back-why-true-artistry-is-not-gone/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • January 14, 2020By Aly Balakareva

    Following the Twitter outrage against The British Film Academy’s (BAFTA) released nominations, it has agreed to review its voting system. With no people of color included in the acting categories and an all-male assembly for the Best Director nominations, it seems as if history is repeating itself once again after the #OscarsSoWhite backlash in 2016. … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/bafta-agrees-to-review-voting-system-following-baftassowhite/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • December 30, 2019By Aly Balakareva

    The Two Popes, in essence, is a story of a budding friendship — amidst the pompous decorations of the Vatican. Released in late November this year, it showcases the dramatic relationship between Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) and future Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce), as they seek to find common ground and forge a new future for the … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-two-popes-is-an-intricate-and-thoughtful-picture-on-friendship-and-flaws/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read