The site you see today couldn’t have happened without months of hard work from the staff of The Dissolve and the Pitchfork Media design and development team, who’ve worked overtime—very literally—to get the site up and running. In the meantime, we entertained ourselves with the Dissolve Tumblr, which has served as a repository for stray thoughts, digressions, musings, links to pieces we like, and so on. The Tumblr will quiet down but remain alive now that the site has launched, but here are a few of the highlights from what we’ve been doing as we counted down to today:
- Noel Murray asked the burning question, “What do you think of the MPAA’s font change?”, then explained the reasoning behind it and shared his thoughts. He also explored one job movies rarely get right: Sportscasting.
- Keith Phipps unearthed a bizarre clip of a young Jodie Foster singing in French.
- Tasha Robinson discovered that a character from The Incredibles bears a remarkable resemblance to a character from Despicable Me 2. And she encouraged cinema fans to play the Three-Point Character Game, an easy way to identify lazy screenwriting and characterization.
- Superman expert Glen Weldon joined us for an in-depth conversation about Man Of Steel.
- Scott Tobias lamented the sad state of Brian De Palma posters, which kicked off a series of exchanges about the worst DVD box art we’ve ever seen.
- Nathan Rabin suggested that the sponsorship-heavy feature The Internship could only take movies in one direction: toward looking more like the animated disaster Foodfight!
- We encouraged you all to find us on Letterboxd, a social-media movie site that lets you track, rate, and review the films you watch, and keep up on what your friends (and your Dissolve writers and editors) are watching.
- And in a story so important, we almost launched the site early to cover it, Scott Tobias reviewed My Little Pony: Equestria Girls.