Aly Balakareva

  • December 19, 2019By Aly Balakareva

    It has been several months since the release of Joker, the origin story of one of the most well-known villains in comic book history. Despite winning the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, Joker has faced some harsh criticism due to its brutal honesty about significant issues in today’s society. Undoubtedly, the film deserves all … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/why-was-the-media-so-afraid-of-joker/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • December 7, 2019By Aly Balakareva

    Timothée Chalamet strikes again. Not with his compelling acting. Not with a new haircut. According to Lyst’s Year in Fashion, Chalamet is the most influential man in fashion. For those following Chalamet’s movements through Hollywood and not only, this is, perhaps, of no surprise — he has been serving look after look on the red carpet. … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/why-timothee-chalamet-is-the-most-influential-man-in-fashion/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • November 23, 2019By Aly Balakareva

    Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for Call Me By Your Name.  André Aciman’s new sequel to Call Me By Your Name has been long-awaited by book and film fans around the world. All those who fell in love with the love story of Elio and Oliver have been on the edge of their seat to find out what … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/is-acimans-find-me-the-ending-elio-and-oliver-really-deserve/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • November 5, 2019By Aly Balakareva

    The news about the shuttering of Zac Posen’s brand of the eponymous name came as a shock to the fashion industry. Since the early 2000s, Posen has been dressing celebrities and customers into lush and colorful gowns but due to a failure in securing investments, the brand has been urged to close doors on the … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/an-obituary-to-zac-posen-the-fashion-brand/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • October 22, 2019By Aly Balakareva

    “I Hope You Get This Message” by Farah Naz Rishi is a high concept young adult novel that has been set to hit the bookstores on 22nd Oct. Being Rishi’s debut novel, it is a captivating story about a number of modern issues, including greed, personal identity, mental health and hope. Despite it being a … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/i-hope-you-get-this-message-is-a-beautiful-story-about-hope/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • October 20, 2019By Aly Balakareva

    Foals are not afraid of releasing a double-record: what is often considered to be a risk, is overturned with the release of “Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2”. Unflinchingly, the band ignores the fear of going all-out on the first record and instead, they save the best for last. The band’s frontman, Yannis … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/2019-is-the-year-of-foals-enswbl-part-2-track-by-track-review/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • October 13, 2019By Aly Balakareva

    Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for the show Breaking Bad and minor spoilers for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.  The wait is over! El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie has been released for the world to witness on Netflix — undoubtedly, one of the most exciting events for Breaking Bad fans this year. Despite mixed emotions … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/el-camino-movie-review-a-misunderstood-epilogue-to-the-iconic-breaking-bad/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • September 22, 2019By Aly Balakareva

    Undoubtedly, fashion is a special form of art: not only can it create something new and set a trend, but can also reference old fashion, artworks, historical events and anything a designer can get his hands on. So, for the spring/summer collection, Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott has soaked up a lot of inspiration from … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/fashion-meets-art-moschino-presents-a-collection-inspired-by-picasso/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • August 26, 2019By Aly Balakareva

    Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for the show Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad is being brought back — now as a movie. After almost six years since the show’s finale aired on AMC, tying up most of the storyline knots and bringing the Heisenberg era to an end, the infamous story will return to follow the footsteps of … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/a-breaking-bad-movie-will-be-released-but-is-it-necessary/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • August 11, 2019By Aly Balakareva

    Independently-created Kissing Walls is a web series, which centres around two queer characters of colour.  Created by Chicago-based filmmaker Zak Payne, it is a show that features an intimate and unique perspective on romance, friendship and life from the eyes of Cameron (Zak Payne) and James (Nathaniel Tenenbaum). Following the release of Season Two on OTV, Payne … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/creators-of-web-series-kissing-walls-talk-about-the-creative-process-meaning-of-the-show-and-personal-experiences/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • August 5, 2019By Aly Balakareva

    The romantic comedy show Kissing Walls is back with season two. Created by independent filmmaker Zak Payne, the show features queer characters of colour and provides a look through a unique lens on romance and friendship. Continuing to show their struggles and successes as they navigate their life in Chicago, this season develops and expands the … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/queer-and-quirky-independently-created-show-kissing-walls-is-back-with-season-two/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • July 26, 2019By Aly Balakareva

    Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers from Big Little Lies’ Seasons One and Two. Despite the disappointing reviews and comments about how season one was to not to be continued, season two of Big Little Lies still brought an important message into the spotlight. This season, the show shifted focus from domestic and sexual abuse to its … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-hidden-meaning-behind-the-second-season-of-big-little-lies/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read