Milwaukee Film Blog

posted by Milan on September 3rd, 2013

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There’s no doubt that the terrain of journalism — and, by extension, film criticism — is shifting in the 21st century. While some bemoan the loss of print, others valorize online criticism’s democratic and creative potential.

In July 2013, Pitchfork Media Inc. launched a brand-new website called The Dissolve. Rooted in the spirit of the company’s wildly popular music site pitchfork.com, The Dissolve set out to create the same kind of passionate, intelligent writing for film that sister site pitchfork.com did for music, a criticism that is not tied to the print model but which is also reverential to that history. Given the changing media landscape, The Dissolve represents a new sort of film criticism, one that takes seriously its writing about film but also takes advantage of the affordances new media offers for accessing new reader communities.

The Dissolve’s staff features some of the best pop culture voices working today, many of whom established themselves alongside Editorial Director Keith Phipps as part of The Onion’s A.V. Club. Collectively their work has appeared in such media outlets as NPR, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Slate, and Indiewire.


Four members of The Dissolve — Tasha Robinson, Keith Phipps, Nathan Rabin, and Scott Tobias — are scheduled to appear at the following:
 

STATE OF CINEMA
SATURDAY, SEPT 28 | 1 PM COLECTIVO COFFEE | FREE

Co-presented by The Center for 21st Century Studies
At this year’s State of Cinema keynote address, four staff members of The Dissolve will take part in a round-table discussion about the present and future of film and film criticism moderated by former A.V. Club National Music Editor and current Milwaukee writer Steven Hyden (staff writer for Grantland, freelance writer for Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, and others). They’ll also present Brian De Palma’s 1981 thriller Blow Out, collectively selected as one of their favorite films. Scheduled to appear from The Dissolve: Keith Phipps (Editorial Director), Scott Tobias (Editor, MFF 2010 juror), Tasha Robinson (Senior Editor), Genevieve Koski (Senior Editor), and Nathan Rabin (Staff Writer).

BLOW OUT
USA | 1981 | 107 min
SATURDAY, SEPT 28 | 4 PM ORIENTAL THEATRE
Take Blow-Up, mix it with The Conversation, then coat the resultant mix with Hitchcockian flair, and you’ll end up with Brian De Palma’s brilliant tale of cinema and paranoia, a film Pauline Kael referred to as “the best of all American conspiracy movies.” We follow Jack Terry (a never-better John Travolta), a recording artist working primarily in pulpy B-movies, whose late-night field recordings just might contain the evidence needed to prove an auto accident was in fact a calculated case of murder. Shadowy conspirators close in on Jack’s attempts at unveiling the truth, in a world where no one is to be trusted.


For tickets to this or anything else happening as part of the 2013 Milwaukee Film Festival, visit mkefilm.org/tickets. Festival passes and ticket 6-packs are on sale now. Individual tickets available September 11 for Milwaukee Film Members, September 12 for the general public.