Mostly Links – August Bank Holiday 2015 Bumper Special Edition

Links, stuff, other stuff. Because we didn’t get into a Straight Outta Compton screening, obvs.

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something something The True Grit Sequel wasn’t working out as planned joke something something

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.

One more interesting link? Flagrantly stolen from The Film Doctor, an oral history of John Boorman’s Deliverance (er, from a magazine called “Garden & Gun”). Don’t say we never do anything for you.

We’ll be back on Wednesday, with a report from this year’s Frightfest. Soupy Twist!

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