A podcast for people who enjoy watching, talking, and fighting about film in all its many forms.
Episode 39: The Mostly Butts, Little Bit Of Wang Edition
Today on the site, we're running one of our most ambitious Dissolve Canon lists to date, The 50 Most Daring Film Roles For Women Since Ripley. The process behind making the list was unusual: On this week's podcast, we go behind the scenes to talk about our rationale for the list, the balances we were hoping to strike, and what constitutes a “daring role.” Then we reveal our uncomfortable viewing experiences, supplemented by some great stories from listeners via voicemail, email, and Twitter. The game this week, inspired by the hero dog movie Max—which will no doubt inspire us right back—tests our panelists' knowledge of dog movies, from the Benji vehicle that ignited one of Siskel and Ebert's most famous blow-ups to the actors that took over the Beethoven series after Charles Grodin departed. Then Tasha and Genevieve throw down in our quick-fire recommendation segment, 30 Seconds To Sell.
Episode 38: The Walking Away From An Explosion Edition
This week, the vocal online dubiousness about Crystal Moselle’s debut feature documentary The Wolfpack started us talking about the difference between cynicism and skepticism, how both reactions help us select and react to movies, and when they become problems. Then the latest iteration of the “character suddenly smashed by an unexpected vehicle” trope has us discussing our least and most favorite movie tropes, from characters who inexplicably have sex while wearing underwear to the various proper reactions to massive explosions. Our game this week dredges up some of the lesser dinosaurs of filmdom, pre-Jurassic Park, and we wrap it up with an unusually polished edition of 30 Seconds To Sell. On our next podcast, we’re going to talk about uncomfortable viewing experiences. If you have any you’d like to share, leave us a message at 773-234-9730 or write us an email at email@example.com Time codes Segment 1: Cynicism vs. skepticism (00:46) Segment 2: Good tropes vs. bad tropes (15:22) Segment 3: I’m Dino-sorry Game (36:44) Segment 4: 30 Seconds To Sell (58:01)
Episode 37: The Slade Or Jiver Edition
Two different kinds of disaster movies enter theaters this week: San Andreas, which imagines the long-dreaded earthquake that will turn California to rubble, and Aloha, a Cameron Crowe project that’s been hobbled by bad buzz and low expectations. On this week’s podcast, we example our strange attraction to disaster movies. What do we find so entertaining about plausible mass catastrophe? We also explore the rise and fall of Crowe’s reputation, which has hit the skids since Elizabethtown and shows no signs of turning around. The game this week is “Double Vision,” featuring the long-promised duo of Sliver and Jade, two hard-to-distinguish (and, apparently, to hard-to-pronounce) sexy thrillers written by Basic Instinct scribe Joe Eszterhas. Then we wrap it up with our quickfire recommendation segment 30 Seconds To Sell.
Episode 36: The Puttin’ On The Dots And Prancin’ Around Edition
This week, the guy puttin' on the dots and prancin' around with us is Chicago critic and podcaster Josh Larsen, of Larsen On Film and the Filmspotting podcast and NPR show. He dropped by our office to talk about how much action movies have evolved between George Miller's 1979 film debut Mad Max and Miller's startling new sequel Mad Max: Fury Road, for better and for worse. Josh re-watched the first two Mad Max films to prep for the new one, which prompted our second segment, on how films play differently for us a second, third, or umpteenth time, especially with years or even decades between repeat viewings. Pitch Perfect 2 gives us a perfect excuse to bust out a cappella versions of some famous movie themes for our game segment, and then we find out how much home-team advantage counts in our competitive recommendation segment, 30 Seconds To Sell. To hear the full versions of the a cappella songs in this week’s game, head over to our YouTube playlist. Time Codes Segment 1: Action movie craft (01:06) Segment 2: Rewatching movies (19:40) Segment 3: Mmmmmovie themes game (36:33) Segment 4: 30 Seconds To Sell (51:48)
Episode 35: The Skill Of Gymnastics The Kill Of Karate Edition
Bees’ll buzz and kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz, and we’ll be doing whatever cinephiles do in summer. (Going to the movies, in an air-conditioned theater.) With The Avengers: Age Of Ultron kicking off the summer movie season in earnest, this week’s podcast is entirely devoted to the subject, starting with three Dissolvers presenting their case for the best summer movie year ever. Then we invite special guest Oliver Sava into the studio to talk about how the rise of comic-book movies has affected the trajectory of popular comics, for better or worse. The good news for contestants in this episode’s game: The word “summer” is correct in any answer; bad news: The words around it keep changing. And we wrap it up as always with our recommendation segment, 30 Seconds To Sell. Time Codes Segment 1: Best blockbuster summer (01:06) Segment 2: Comics/movies symbiosis (17:02) Segment 3: Endless summer game (34:01) Segment 4: 30 Seconds To Sell (39:21)
Episode 34: The Does Ghost Blood Stain? Edition
Given that you’re almost certainly accessing this website and this podcast with some form of complimacated electronic whosis, you probably don’t think technology is an unremitting, soulless terror that’s out to end humanity. But that’s the attitude of a lot of the technophobia films we discuss in this week’s podcast, in honor of Alex Garland’s Ex Machina and its queasy look at artificial intelligence, and Unfriended’s spooooky version of online socializing. Our reconsiderations of Kristen Stewart and Vin Diesel opened a conversation about career zigzags for unpredictable actors, specifically zigzags we like. Then we playtest the hot-off-the-presses movie party game Double Feature, co-designed and illustrated by indie-game superstar John Kovalic. And we wrap by finding a way to mechanize 30 Seconds To Sell—at the risk of humanity’s safety, but in the interest of pleasing our eventual computer overlords.
Get off my lawn, Scott!
As a lowly expat cinephile in China, I'm often in need of rich deeper discussion of what's showing back home in Europe and the US. Knowledgable and entertaining dissection of movies is what The Dissolve podcast does best but I am equally thankful for the brain-tickling quiz rounds and 30-seconds to sell segments, particularly as they can often reveal the best and the worst of each writer's proclivities - case in point: Scott Tobias' eloquent plea to reserve the word "film" for reference only to pictures shot on celluloid and henceforth just call everything shot digitally "movies". This is why I love Scott. I also love Tasha for responding by telling Scott to "get off my lawn!"
Quality film podcast
Another great film related podcast - they tackle interesting subjects and the discussions are very informative. Love the quizzes at the end!
Good podcast, but ditch the quiz
This is an excellent movie podcast by the knowledgable writers of The Dissolve website but I just don't get the appeal of the quiz. I'm sure it's fun for the participants but it takes up way too much of the podcast and I'd rather have them discuss another item.