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Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs​:​ loving homage to Japan ​or ​cultural appropriation?

As someone who has routinely criticised Hollywood’s appropriation of other cultures, especially Japan’s, Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs ought to yank my chain. It’s a quintessentially Andersonian tale, told with all the quirks and quips and symmetrical compositions we’ve come to expect. This time the …

Isle of Dogs

Bryan Ferry on how Roxy Music invented a new kind of pop: 'We were game for anything'

With their thrillingly strange 1972 debut, Roxy Music announced themselves as a band that were unlike anyone else. The singer looks back at how they created a new kind of music – out of Stax, oboes and Marilyn Monroe<p>More than 45 years ago, a new group released their first album. They didn’t wear …

Cover Art

A fantastic leap – trans cinema's breakthrough moment

A Fantastic Woman, Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s best foreign language Oscar nominee, is not the first film about a trans woman to be in contention for an Academy Award. Some argue that playing a trans character is a sure-fire way to contend for a statuette – look at the nominations for John …

Andy Warhol

Want to win an Oscar? Stay on the straight and narrow

The nominations for best documentary at the Oscars and Baftas are in! Awards season can be a frustrating time for us doc makers: a nomination can send a film into the rarefied club of nonfiction titles that reach a wider audience (in 2016, 108 documentaries were released in UK cinemas, but nearly …

Al Gore

Early Man review – stone age football’s finest hour

Watching an Aardman animation is like taking a potted tour of the history of cinema and the humour of Britain. From the sinister penguin of <i>The Wrong Trousers</i>, who was based on Mrs Danvers from Hitchcock’s <i>Rebecca</i>, to end-of-the-pier sight gags about the <i>Hello!</i>-style Ay-Up! magazine in the …

Stone Age

The big picture: Giorgi’s Cafe, Bethnal Green Road, London, 1971

A photograph of Hackney in the 1970s by Neil Martinson, who has been documenting the area for almost 50 years<p>Neil Martinson was just 17 years old and still at school when he began taking photographs of Hackney, east London, where he was born and raised. “It was 1971. I bought myself a Zenit-E, a …

England

15 influential art and design movements you should know

Art and design movements: Quick links<p>As a designer, inspiration can come from anywhere. But sometimes influences, attitudes and approaches converge …

Art

Top academy schools sound alarm as cash crisis looms

More than half of the major operators of the government’s flagship academies programme have sounded the alarm over school funding, heaping further pressure on Theresa May to ease the squeeze on public spending.<p>An <i>Observer</i> investigation into the Conservatives’ treasured education initiative found …

Radiation Therapy

Will Smith’s Bright: racial allegory or straight up racism?

As a sequel to one of Netflix’s biggest ever hits gets greenlit, we explore sci-fi’s problematic relationship with race<p>Nobody was sure what to think when Netflix recently announced that it was making a sequel to Bright, its most expensive movie to date. That’s mainly because nobody was sure what to …

Science Fiction

Tech bosses limit their kids’ time on smartphones: why shouldn’t we?

We’ve all seen it – teenagers glued to their phones, not even glancing up when their parents talk to them; kids immersed in tablets at airports; young friends around restaurant tables staring at their phones instead of each other.<p>As children and young people spend an increasing amount of time with …

Mental Health

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention<p>Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned …

Bernie Sanders

Where is the musical underground in 2017?

Where is the underground in 2017<p>default<p>In the coming weeks, the Guardian is embarking on a survey of the underground in music – asking if it still exists in a world where everything is visible online, and if so, where.<p>Fifty years ago this month, the Guardian announced what it called “our autumn …

Mainstream Media

Can you trust the mainstream media?

After Brexit, Trump, the 2017 election and Grenfell, increasing numbers of people express no faith in ‘the MSM’. So what has caused such a crisis of faith in journalism?<p>If any piece of video can stand for the spirit of the times, then this fevered, resentful summer of 2017 could well be summed up …

Journalism

Stranger Things season two: Netflix releases 'Thriller' trailer at Comic-Con – video

‘Nothing’s going to go back to the way it was.’ It’s 1984. Will Byers may have escaped the Demogorgon and been rescued from the Upside Down but the horrors of that parallel world still filter through. And now, something even bigger and more menacing threatens the sleepy town of Hawkins, Indiana. …

Entertainment

Drama queens: why it’s all about women and power on screen right now

From George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, fantastical tales with women centre stage are everywhere. Feminist? Misogynist? That’s not the point …<p>Fictions set in alternative realities have enjoyed huge popularity recently, which is perhaps unsurprising in a …

Feminism

Jane Campion: ‘The clever people used to do film. Now they do TV’

Jane Campion, one of the world’s great film directors, has had it with the movies. It is eight years since she last made a full-length feature (the Keats biopic Bright Star), and 14 years since her sexually explicit thriller In The Cut almost did for her career. Now she is having a Norma Desmond …

The Theatre

Can binge-releasing franchise movies a month apart work at the box office?

Fox has announced a new strategy to release sequels within weeks of each other, signaling an industry desperate to catch up to the success of the small screen<p>In the past decade or so, TV has turned into the primary threat lurking around cinema’s back stair. Studio executive fingernails have been …

Box Office

3 Legged Thing’s New Universal Tripod L-Bracket is Light and Affordable

British tripod manufacturer 3 Legged Thing has created a new universal L-plate that is both affordable and intuitive.<p>The new Universal L-bracket …

Standards body unveils plan to crack down on sexist advertisements

UK watchdog takes steps against ads that objectify, sexualise or mock people for not conforming to stereotypes<p>Advertisements that perpetuate sexist stereotypes, from men bungling housework to girls being less academic than boys, will be banned under rules being proposed by the industry watchdog.<p>The …

Feminism

BBC reveals Jodie Whittaker as next star of Doctor Who – video

The 13th Doctor is announced in a much-anticipated reveal by the BBC on Sunday. Speculation has been rife over who might play the Time Lord in the character’s 13th iteration, after the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, announced his retirement from the role in December after four years on the show. …

TV Series

Dunkirk review – Christopher Nolan's apocalyptic war epic is his best film so far

Nolan eschews war porn for a powerful and superbly crafted disaster movie – starring Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and a decent Harry Styles – with a story to tell<p>Britain’s great pyrrhic defeat or inverse victory of 1940 has been brought to the screen as a terrifying, shattering spectacle by …

James Cameron

George A Romero: the zombie master whose ideas infected American cinema

With his satirical masterpiece Night of the Living Dead the director revolutionised low-budget film-making and inspired an epidemic of imitators, from World War Z to 28 Days Later<p>He was the film-maker who invented not merely a genre, but a whole grammar of can-do, low-budget American independent …

Horror

How can we stop algorithms telling lies?

Algorithms can dictate whether you get a mortgage or how much you pay for insurance. But sometimes they’re wrong – and sometimes they are designed to deceive<p>Lots of algorithms go bad unintentionally. Some of them, however, are made to be criminal. Algorithms are formal rules, usually written in …

University of Maryland

Al-Jazeera, insurgent TV station that divides the Arab world, faces closure

The network has raised political awareness across the Middle East. No wonder Qatar’s conservative enemies want it shut down<p>On Monday a bold and controversial experiment in Middle Eastern media and politics may be abruptly brought to an end. Al-Jazeera – once heralded as the beacon of free Arab …

Human Rights

From Genocidal Organ to Your Name: Japanese anime‘s new golden age

As the greats of the genre, such as Hayao Miyazaki, approach the end of their careers, a new generation of film-makers are transforming the genre. As the UK prepares for a deluge of acclaimed anime films, we look at the names in the frame<p>In 2013, Hayao Miyazaki faced a packed press conference. He …

Anime

Okja review – a creature feature to get your teeth into

Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s genetically modified satire puts a skewer through the meat industry – while also shaking up the future of film<p>A few months ago, BBC iPlayer released <i>Carnage</i>, a sci-fi inflected satire written and directed by Simon Amstell, set in a near-future world in which a …

South Korea

How Lego clicked: the brand that reinvented itself

The revival of Lego has been hailed as the greatest turnaround in corporate history, ousting Ferrari as the world’s most powerful brand. Johnny Davis reports<p>From its founding in 1932 until 1998, Lego had never posted a loss. By 2003 it was in big trouble. Sales were down 30% year-on-year and it was …

Lego

The ABC is already more commercial than you think

Last financial year, the ABC made more than 15% of its total revenues from commercial activities.

From Russia with mutts – in pictures

From stuffed elephants to picnics under power lines, Leipzig-born photographer Frank Herfort coaxes magical, colour-saturated tableaux from intriguing slices of everyday Russian life

Photography

Wonder Woman becomes most successful female-led, directed superhero film, bringing in $US100.5M

Wonder Woman conquered milestones at US cinemas, where the Patty Jenkins-directed superhero film powered its way to a $US100.5 million ($134.6 …