The Dissolve was a film review, news, and commentary website which was operated by Pitchfork and based in Chicago, Illinois. The site was focused on reviews, commentary, interviews, and news about contemporary and classic films.[1] Its editor was Scott Tobias, the former editor in chief of The A.V. Club.[1] Editorial director Keith Phipps announced The Dissolve's closure on July 8, 2015.[2]

The Dissolve
Type of site
Online magazine
EditorScott Tobias
LaunchedJuly 10, 2013; 10 years ago (2013-07-10)
Current statusInactive

History edit

After Phipps parted from The A.V. Club, he felt he wanted to focus his career on writing about film opposed to the wide-ranging topics that The A.V. Club discusses.[3] The site launched on July 10, 2013.[3][4] In the first two weeks of publication, The Dissolve was set to present the following regular articles: The Conversation, which is a weekly discussion between The Dissolve's writers about current films and a Movie of the Week feature, where the staff focuses on a film of their choosing for several days.[4]

On July 8, 2015, The Dissolve announced its closure with editorial director Keith Phipps stating, "Sadly, because of the various challenges inherent in launching a freestanding website in a crowded publishing environment, financial and otherwise, today is the last day we will be doing that."[2][5][6][7][8] Scott Tobias—in an interview with Indiewire—stated, "This was simply a case of everyone trying their best to make something great and the economics not being kind to those efforts."[9][10][11] Former The Dissolve writers Scott Tobias, Keith Phipps, and Tasha Robinson later went on to develop the Next Picture Show podcast.[12]

Staff edit

Aside from Phipps, The Dissolve's original staff comprised five of his former A.V. Club colleagues: Scott Tobias, Nathan Rabin, Genevieve Koski, Tasha Robinson, and Noel Murray.[1][13][14] Staff members Noel Murray left The Dissolve to write freelance status in September 2014, and news editor Matt Singer left to contribute to ScreenCrush in November.[14] Critic Nathan Rabin left the site in May 2015.[14]

The staff also included news editor Rachel Handler, replacing Matt Singer,[15] and contributors Mike D'Angelo and Sam Adams.[16][17]

Ratings edit

The Dissolve's film rankings in comparison to other film reviews tended to be more harsh in their 1,555 reviews aggregated by Metacritic, who stated that on average, the website grades films 8.9 points lower than other critics from a 0–100 scale. Their average score is 56. Out of all the reviews, 566 were considered positive, 770 were considered mixed, and 219 were considered negative.[18]

The Dissolve Film of the Year edit

Year Film Director Nationality Top 5 Films Ref.
2013 Her Spike Jonze   United States [19]
2014 Boyhood Richard Linklater   United States [20]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Introducing The Dissolve, A New Film Site". Pitchfork. May 30, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Phipps, Keith (8 July 2015). "The End". The Dissolve. Archived from the original on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b Subramanian, Courtney (June 3, 2013). "Q&A: Keith Phipps Talks About Pitchfork's New Movie Site, The Dissolve". Time. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "The Dissolve, Pitchfork's New Film Site, Set to Launch This Wednesday". Pitchfork. July 8, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Marotti, Ally (8 July 2015). "Pitchfork Media shutters movie website The Dissolve". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  6. ^ O'Shea, Chris (8 July 2015). "Pitchfork Movie Site 'The Dissolve' Shuts Down". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  7. ^ Zoller Seitz, Matt (8 July 2015). "The Dissolve: 2013-2015". Chaz's Blog - Roger Ebert. Archived from the original on 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  8. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (8 July 2015). "Intermission: A eulogy for the Dissolve". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  9. ^ Adams, Sam (9 July 2015). "Editors Keith Phipps and Scott Tobias on the End of The Dissolve and the Future of Film Criticism". Criticwire (Indiewire). Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  10. ^ Tobias, Scott (8 July 2015). "Acknowledgments". Sweet Emulsion. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  11. ^ Murray, Noel (12 July 2015). "Week in Review 7/6/15-7/12-15". Hey Hey in the Hayloft. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  12. ^ Adams, Sam (10 November 2015). "The Dissolve Returns (Sort of) as The Next Picture Show". Indie Wire. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  13. ^ "A Letter from the Editor". The Dissolve. 2013-07-10. Archived from the original on February 11, 2015. Retrieved 2013-07-10.
  14. ^ a b c Adams, Sam (May 1, 2015). "Nathan Rabin Leaves The Dissolve". Indiewire. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  15. ^ "Our Writers: Matt Singer". The Dissolve. 2013-07-10. Archived from the original on December 29, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  16. ^ "Our Writers: Mike D'Angelo". The Dissolve. 2013-07-10. Archived from the original on March 20, 2015. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  17. ^ "Our Writers: Sam Adams". The Dissolve. 2013-07-10. Archived from the original on April 13, 2015. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
  18. ^ "The Dissolve's Scores". Metacritic. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  19. ^ "The best films of 2013". The Dissolve. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2014.
  20. ^ "The best films of 2014". The Dissolve. Archived from the original on 20 March 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2014.

External links edit

  • The Dissolve (official website; still online, but no longer updated)