Aly Balakareva

  • December 27, 2018By Aly Balakareva

    In 2015, Quentin Tarantino returned to the big screen with an American Western called The Hateful Eight. Although the movie received countless accolades, including three Academy Award nominations, some viewers and critics were taken aback by the extremely violent and negative nature of the film, though it was expected from a Tarantino movie. Some may even go further … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/reviewing-the-hateful-eight-an-essential-classic-or-overly-violent-story/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • December 14, 2018By Aly Balakareva

    What makes a great movie? Perhaps, an interesting plot and a visually-pleasing image. Some may go even further to say that a pleasant musical score is as equally important as the picture itself — others will choose to focus on character development. In Wes Anderson’s films, the viewers are given it all: a unique and … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/wes-andersons-wonderland/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • December 8, 2018By Aly Balakareva

    In 2008, Damien Hirst sold $198 million worth of artworks, setting a new record for a one-artist auction. However, with his immense success, he also gained an air of controversy surrounding his art. His works can be considered outrageously unique or perhaps, lacking the thought to be called art. However, it is important to acknowledge … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/damien-hirst-a-genius-artist-or-a-commercial-creator-with-meaningless-art/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • November 24, 2018By Aly Balakareva

    When Céline Dion enters the maternity ward of the fictional hospital what strikes the viewers the most is the obvious division between girls and boys; the pink and blue colours on the walls and on the infants themselves. She unzips her duffel bag and takes out a box with black, shimmery powder. As soon as it … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-controversy-over-celine-dions-new-gender-neutral-kids-clothing-line/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • November 2, 2018By Aly Balakareva

    Those following the news of the fashion world have probably already heard about the immense success that the brand Céline has had in the past ten years. The brand’s former Creative Director Phoebe Philo brought a new touch into the brand’s aesthetic and idea, providing Céline with popularity amongst modern women. However, this period of … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/how-hedi-slimane-stripped-celine-of-its-accent-and-its-feminist-philosophy/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • October 13, 2018By Aly Balakareva

    On a titanium white canvas is a black, slightly tattered square, almost frozen in the middle of the pure-white background. The Black Square is probably one of the most well-known works of Kazimir Malevich. Its simplicity often strikes critics as lacking creative quality and thought. However, many do not realise that Malevich’s work has greatly influenced … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/how-abstract-artist-kazimir-malevich-changed-the-world-of-modern-art/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • October 1, 2018By Aly Balakareva

    Fanfiction is becoming more and more popular as thousands of readers are signing up to online publishing sites daily, thousands of writers publish new stories and thousands more update their existing ones. With the growth of the internet, fanfiction has become a daily practice of writing or getting their daily dose of interesting stories for many … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/how-fanfiction-is-more-than-just-wild-teen-fantasies-and-plagiarism/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read

  • September 1, 2018By Aly Balakareva

    Over the years, texting has become an intimate practice, just like journaling or even venting to someone on the phone late at night. It is obvious that no-one wants their texts read, but is it that easy to try and look away when somebody’s thoughts are being spilt out right in front of you? This … <a href="https://culture.affinitymagazine.us/the-intimate-texts-of-new-yorkers-captured-by-jeff-mermelstein/" rel="noopener noreferrer">Read