Spider-Man: No Way Home has just recorded the second-largest opening weekend at the US box office of all time (behind only Avengers: Endgame). Within just eight days of release, it’s not only become the highest grossing Spider-Man film, but also Sony’s highest grossing film ever – in the midst of a pandemic.
Creative Director of Louis Vuitton and founder of Off-White, Virgil Abloh, sadly passed away on 28 November 2021. Aged just 41, his contribution to fashion and music throughout his career has made him one of the most legendary names in the creative industries. Virgil was one of the most innovative creatives to walk the Earth. I do not say this lightly – who else can add “walking” onto trainers and make them look incredible? He founded Off-White in 2013, a company known for chunky quotation marks, zip ties, capital letters and hazard tape. Despite losing the LVMH award in 2014 (LVMH being a French holding multinational corporation which oversees many notable fashion houses, including Loewe, Fendi, Celine, Christian Dior and Louis Vuitton), his brand is arguably one of the most recognised and iconic in the world. One of my favourite pieces is from the Resort 2021 Womenswear and is modelled by his good friend, Bella Hadid. The electric blue mini dress is just stunning and acts as such a beautiful combo with the patent leather …
10 years after its release, Tom Babicki analyses the impact of Nicolas Winding-Refn’s classic film Drive.
In a world of studio-filmmaking almost exclusively compiled of re-makes and an endless parade of superheroes and franchises, there’s something refreshing about The Last Duel and House of Gucci.
Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre highlights the importance of visual arts and accessibility to art.
Sophie Mouzakitis explored ageism and achieving real female representation in the music industry in Part 1 of her music series.
Next Tuesday will see indie royalty coming to Leicester, as The Libertines bring their Giddy Up a Ding-Dong Tour to the University’s own O2 Academy.
Disclaimer: Spoilers for DUNE
Jessie Mearns explores the 2021 re-release of Taylor Swift’s 2012 pop classic album, Red.
I have long believed All Too Well to be one of the greatest breakup songs ever written, but Taylor Swift undisputedly solidifies this status with nothing less than a ten-minute-and-twelve-second masterpiece.
by Auden Chamberlain It is difficult to find any piece of work since 1965 in the science-fiction genre that does not bear a debt to Frank Herbert’s seminal novel Dune. Perhaps the most notable example would be the desert landscapes and “spice mines” of Star Wars (1977), but clear influence can be felt almost anywhere – from Fallout to Game of Thrones. It’s perhaps that legendary status that means Dune has been such a difficult nut for Hollywood to crack, despite its obvious popularity. How do you make something fresh that’s been aped countless times in countless ways? Attempts have been made previously: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s infamously fell apart, leaving a young and precocious David Lynch to pick up the pieces. His effort, released in 1984, came together in such a way that Lynch wanted to remove his name from the credits, and is something he considers a “huge, gigantic sadness in [his] life”. An admittedly terrible adaptation of the book (and one that Lynch contends he had no creative control over), it is still an …
Written by Auden Chamberlain It feels almost impossible to imagine the backlash Daniel Craig’s casting as James Bond received thanks to his blue eyes and blond hair, for these very features now feel almost intrinsically linked to the character. Craig’s Bond feels less like an incarnation to be replaced as his predecessors and more like his own distinct character. From his origin in 2006’s Casino Royale, we followed him through a set of interweaving plots over 15 years before reaching the grand conclusion: No Time To Die. Whereas previous Bond’s would simply go on a self-contained mission, this era was perhaps modernised by the connections each entry would have to the previous, and whilst it was this very method that helped make Craig’s Bond the cinematic icon he is, it also fills the series with a layer of convolution. It doesn’t feel unfair to say that No Time To Die was left with the burden that is its predecessor: Spectre. A dull, joyless drag that commits the ultimate sin of sequel: rendering what came before …
This Halloween, Doctor Who returned to our screens with its new series, simply titled ‘Flux’. The ambitious return introduced fans and casual viewers alike to new, as well as familiar faces – such as Weeping Angels and Sontarans. However, this author poses the question, how predictable will it be?
The only guide you’ll ever need on shopping with a tight budget and making the most of your purchases while being the most stylish student on campus.
Bo Burnham’s Inside presents an inspirational, self-deprecating, and unfortunately realistic view of the society we have created. It subtly conjures a sense of urgency in its audience to speak out and to act. It’s incredible how this artist has created such an impactful message that people are actually reacting to.
Written by Georgia Hilton-Buckley On Friday June 4th, Jeanette Winterson tweeted a photo of burning books, made significantly more interesting because they were her own books. Winterson, famed author of Oranges are not the only fruit and Sexing the Cherry, burned the republished editions of several of her previous works because she detested the ‘cosy’ blurb which sectioned her into ‘wimmin’s fiction’. I have read a few of Winterson’s novels and greatly admired them, but the prospect of burning books greatly upset me. The history of book burning Burning books has always been a symbol of censorship under both the reign of Nazi Germany, the destruction of the Library of Baghdad and the Burning of Jaffna public library. Under ISIS, burning forbidden texts are common acts of taunting Western media and is probably the most recent act of cultural genocide. Although Winterson is burning her own books, it still sends a strong message that literature can be erased. When the author who shall not be named (Creator of Harry Potter) posted a transphobic essay, many …
Female manipulator narratives have been a frequently visited theme within film for decades, from Kill Bill to Gone Girl and Fatal Attraction. We love to see a woman take power and set things right in the world, and Promising Young Woman will undoubtedly become the next classic within this genre.
May 2021 is Local and Community History Month across the UK. Explore the University of Leicester’s rich and diverse history in relation to it’s wartime origins.
Placing a bet can make any football game more exciting. Money always has and always will be something that we are all drawn to, so the opportunity to pocket some ‘easy cash’ is not usually turned down by regular gamblers.
A 63rd minute screamer courtesy of Youri Tielemans secured a 1-0 victory over Chelsea and FA Cup triumph for the Foxes on Saturday evening – for the first time in club history.
Publishing a book can seem surreal and unrealistic for a lot of students, a dream that they’ve maybe had since childhood. In recent years though, there seems to be an increase in students who have successfully written and published a book, with some even reaching the New York Times Bestseller list.
The Oscars are exclusive and unrepresentative, but can they ever be for everyone?
Music, much like all art, has long romanticised toxic relationships, but in recent years it’s possibly been taken too far.
We’ve been Bimini Bon Burgled. Last week saw the conclusion of ten weeks of joy, fashion and stupidity that has shone a light within the misery of the third lockdown. SPOILERS AHEAD
TikTok is everywhere. Even if you’re too stubborn to download the app itself, you probably will still have heard of the likes Addison Rae and Charli D’Amilio. Stars of the video-sharing app are making a name for themselves in the ‘real world’, and it’s safe to say that a noticeable amount of popular content creators belong to, or at least used to belong to, a content house.
Georgia Hilton-Buckley dives into Lana Del Rey’s latest release, Chemtrails over the Country Club.
A look back on the 2021 Six Nations after Wales were crowned Champions last month.
Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have announced they have agreed to establish a new competition, the European Super League (ESL). The league notably excludes PL title winners and current top 4 team, Leicester City.
Music Monthly: February Favourites
The new Netflix Original is so obviously a dramatic ‘Gilmore Girls’ knock-off they reference it 10 minutes into the show, but is it worth the watch?