‘Thai Banksy’ tests boundaries with gallery show before election

Headache Stencils work portrays Thai democracy as a game for the ruling elite His works began appearing overnight on the streets of Bangkok and Chiang Mai five years ago, incendiary satirical depictions of the military officials who took power in Thailand in the 2014 coup. The authorities worked quickly to erase all trace of the graffiti, but there was no stopping the artist, who calls himself Headache Stencil and is often referred to as the Banksy of Thailand. Pictures of his works portraying the Thai prime minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, as Dr Evil from Austin Powers or the deputy prime minister on the face of a Rolex have been shared millions of times on social media. In the buildup to on …

Trolls Are Boring Now

Captain Marvel’s $455 million opening weekend is an enormous, expensive failure. Not for Marvel, or fans of superhero movies, or people whose opinions matter. For trolls. Trolls have been trying to sabotage Captain Marvel's success since the first trailer dropped last September. So persistent and numerous were these trolls in their “review bombing” that Rotten Tomatoes changed its policies to prevent people from rating a movie before its release, and YouTube altered its search algorithm to uncouple star Brie Larson's name from the smears. Angela Watercutter Captain Marvel Is About Female Power—Not Empowerment Angela Watercutter Rotten Tomatoes' Revamp Could Save Captain Marvel Angela Watercutter Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Russian Trolls, and the Disintegration of Discourse Captain Marvel's box office …

Have podcasts sold out?

They used to be the Wild West, DIY and free for all, but now the big boys have arrived and theyre pushing us to pay. Heres how podcasts went from punk to mega bucks All you need to make it in podcasting is an idea, a laptop and a microphone. At least, thats been the received wisdom since the medium began its current boom six or seven years ago: its an inherently amateur, democratised means of communication, with the vast majority available for free. But is all that changing? Last week saw the launch of Luminary, a podcast platform with $100m of venture capital funding behind it, and deals already signed with Malcolm Gladwell, Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah and Conan …

Did Captain Marvel Save Stan Lee’s Best Cameo for Last?

Long before he did one of his now-famous cameos in a Marvel movie, Stan Lee appeared as himself in a film about a bunch of slackers killing time in suburbia. Mallrats was Kevin Smith's second movie after the breakout success of Clerks, and for his follow-up Smith swapped out deep nerdery about Star Wars for deeper nerdery about comics. In 1995, the year of Mallrats' release, seeing Lee show up in a Smith film was the perfect Venn diagram overlap of grunge proto-hipsterdom and comics fan culture. Angela Watercutter Captain Marvel Is About Female Power—Not Empowerment Graeme McMillan The 5 Comics You Must Read Before Watching Captain Marvel Jim McLauchlin 12 Things You Learn Over Two Decades of Lunches With …

Guardian film Black Sheep nominated for best short documentary Oscar

Ed Perkins film about a young black boys response to a racist gang after he moves out of London is up for an Academy award murder of schoolboy Damilola Taylor in 2000. Walker, the same age as Taylor and of similar background, found himself confronting a gang of local racists and, after first fighting back, went to extraordinary lengths to fit in and gain their friendship. The film features interviews with Walker looking back 15 years on from the events he describes, which are re-enacted in the locations where they took place, with Kai Francis Lewis playing Walker. Responding to the nomination, Walker said that he was, humbled and proud. I worked on this film to tell my story and …

Olivia Colman deserves an award for Most Endearing Oscar Speech Ever.

She was an unlikely winner, but Olivia Colman won everyone’s hearts with her Oscar acceptance speech. Glenn Close was the widely favored Oscar pick for Best Actress in a Leading Role. So when Olivia Colman’s name was announced as the winner at last night’s Academy Awards, most of us were surprised—but perhaps not as surprised as Colman herself. Visibly stunned, the actress from “The Favourite” took a moment to get her bearings and then got onstage to deliver an acceptance speech for the ages. Valerie Macon/Getty Images It wasn’t a grand speech. She didn’t make any big social or political statements. It wasn’t a spectacle in any way. It was just so incredibly genuine that we all felt like we …