Congratulations on making it to the final week of August. To help you while away the time until September, we have a few worthwhile finds from around the internet:
- First, for those of you in the US (or anywhere) returning to school (or with kids returning to school), we have AMC’s list of the top ten back-to-school movies. You can actually cast your vote here, so arguably this list is more democratic than most.
- Next is a New York Times article about the feminist criticism of Straight Outta Compton, which, while receiving critical acclaim, has also drawn focus to Dr. Dre’s history of abusive behavior, and hip-hop’s fraught relationship with women in general, and black women especially.
- As long as you’re reading that, might as well check out some of the feminist criticism itself. Here is Katie Barnes’s essay (on Feministing) about the continued erasure/commodification/trivialization of black women, and here is NPR’s interview with Allison Davis about the film’s controversial use of the #ByeFelicia meme.
- If you’re looking for something lighter, here is Birth.Movies.Death’s look at the earlier (and arguably better) version of the Fantastic Four script, before it underwent extensive rewriting.
- Finally, Bob Chipman posted a video essay on piracy (the focus is on video games, but this is a subject that extends to film and television, too).
Thank you all for checking in, and thanks especially to Jack Godwin for his contributions this week.
Until next time, Happy Clicking!
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