Culture

The content mania of the football transfer window

Football journalists, owners and directors have become stars in their own right to modern fans obsessed with structure and status. Now, transfers have become a new sport that feels separate to football itself.

Minions vs Morbius: A tale of two memes

As Minions: The Rise of Gru cashes in on the Gentleminions trend, Sony is still reeling from its mocked-across-the-board re-release of Morbius. Why did Minions mint millions but Jared Leto’s Marvel film flop?

This is the year’s most dreadful film

Caleb Landry Jones scooped the top acting prize at Cannes for his chilling portrayal of a real-life Australian killer in Justin Kurzel’s film, Nitram. But would the Texan actor really rather be making wiggy psych albums and watching vintage British sitcoms?

Welcome to the summer of Big Intimacy

From Netflix’s Heartstopper to Conversation With Friends, 2022’s pop culture is eschewing sex for moments of tenderness and heartfelt emotion. Brace yourself for face touching and gentle kisses.

10 books to deep dive into this summer

From cutting heartbreak to mediaeval grossness and real-life cult reporting, Anna Cafolla recommends the titles that’ll keep you hooked, poolside or elsewhere.

I have no idea what the Nations League is

Is it football as content? A strain to inject some reason into the international down period between competitions people actually like? However it got here, the vibe is no longer good.

Summer: the season of the hetty banger

Love Island is back and with it, a host of pop anthems and piano house aimed squarely at the charts. But what makes a song sound heterosexual and – crucially – slap?

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