Links, stuff, other stuff. Because we didn’t get into a Straight Outta Compton screening, obvs.
Let’s start, then with F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. biopic, and Dee Barnes’s impassioned essay about how it elides the group’s history of violence against women. Is Compton’s whitewashing of its subjects cut less slack than it would be in a film about a white rock band? Danielle Henderson for RogerEbert.com thinks it might be. And ex-manager Jerry Heller has also got in on the action. Apologies for Daily Mail link, but as always with them half the story is in the URL so you don’t even have to click on it: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3209565/Straight-Outta-Compton-wrong-says-man-created-NWA-band-s-manager-says-film-s-hero-Dr-Dre-broke-black-Beatles-Ice-Cube-joined-Suge-Knight-used-death-threats-help.html
This week’s other big new UK release is Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, the follow up to his acclaimed Weekend. Sadly, it’s not a feature length version of this sketch.
I just looked at this week’s big US releases so you don’t have to, and yep, summer is over. It’s filler all the way now until the awards season avalanche.
In other stuff: Over at his blog, Shadowplay, occasional MF contributor David Cairns has been spending the week diving into 70s science fiction, with highlights including this look at A Clockwork Orange and this one at The Dead Mountaineers’ Hotel, a film I hadn’t heard of at all, based on a novel by the Strugatsky Brothers, who also wrote Hard to be a God, recently covered here.
We’ll be back on Wednesday, with a report from this year’s Frightfest. Soupy Twist!