Rated Reads: Olivia Rodrigo’s Acerbic Pop and The Rise of True Crime

On this week's Rated Reads, how Olivia Rodrigo is capturing the anxiety of Gen Z, the rise of true crime on the big screen and more...

‘It’s brutal out here’: How Olivia Rodrigo’s acerbic pop speaks for an anxious generation

Olivia Rodrigo has taken the world by storm this year with her debut album Sour, which mixed confessional songwriting with nostalgic pop-punk sounds to capture multiple generations in one. The Independent looks at how Rodrigo’s acerbic style has made her an unofficial spokesperson for Gen Z, capturing the anxious energy of a generation on the edge.

Gaga, Gucci and prison ferrets: how true crime conquered the world

The new film House of Gucci, starring Lady Gaga, dramatises the true story of the murder of fashion heir Maurizio Gucci. The Guardian takes a look at how the film fits into the burgeoning true crime phenomenon on screen, and how the genre has begun to attract criticism for its approach.

New No Way Home trailer only has one Spider-Man, but plenty of villains

The AV Club chats about the new trailer for the highly anticipated Spider-Man: No Way Home, which offers a glimpse of the five classic villains menacing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the new film – but nothing of the rumoured appearances of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield…

How Rockstar Games Updated Its ‘Grand Theft Auto’ Trilogy for a New Console Generation

Yes, it really has been 20 years since Grand Theft Auto III took open-world video games to a new level. That classic game, alongside its successors Vice City and San Andreas, has just been re-released with updated graphics and more as part of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition. Complex has the lowdown on how Rockstar Games took a new coat of paint to a classic trilogy of games, ready to introduce them to a whole new console generation.

Where’s Taylor Swift’s scarf – is it in Jake Gyllenhaal’s drawer?

The release of Taylor Swift’s re-recorded version of Red, and its headline ten-minute version of the breakup ballad All Too Well, has brought new attention to the 2010 relationship between Swift and actor Jake Gyllenhaal. If you’re looking for all the gossip, The Guardian has you covered – it has an explainer on the saga of Swift’s missing red scarf, at the centre of the album’s surprisingly complicated mythology.

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