The Dissolve: Features latest features, interviews, columns, and more from The Dissolveen-usTue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -050060The human nature of Werner Herzog’s <i>Grizzly Man</i><p class="p1"><span class="s1">A Movie Of The Week month devoted to the theme of man vs. nature kicks off with a look at Werner Herzog&rsquo;s stunning examination of self-proclaimed bear expert Timothy Treadwell.</span></p> Scott TobiasTue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <i>Tangerine</i> could be a turning point for transgender actors<p class="p1"><span class="s1">There&rsquo;s a long tradition of cisgender actors playing transgender roles&mdash;often to great acclaim. But trans actors have started to make waves on television, and a winning comedy could help change things in movies, too.</span></p> Andreas StoehrTue, 07 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 pleasure looks mighty odd in <i>Magic Mike XXL</i><p class="p1"><span class="s1">On every level of calculation, the film is about servicing women&rsquo;s sexuality; it&rsquo;s an open, repeated plot point. But the film has some strange, sticky ideas about what turns women on.</span></p> Tasha RobinsonMon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Spheeris on the long-overdue return of her <i>Decline Of Western Civilization</i> trilogy<p class="p1"><span class="s1">From the late 1970s to the late 1990s, Penelope Spheeris made three music documentaries that doubled as snapshots of a particular time in California. With the release of a new Blu-ray set, the director looks back on the process.</span></p> Simon AbramsMon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <i>The Killer</i><p class="p1"><span class="s1">A conversation about <i>The Killer</i> covers its auspicious arrival in America, its lasting legacy, and whether or not John Woo lays on the melodrama thickly.</span></p> Mike D'Angelo and Scott TobiasThu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Jean-Claude Van Damme became Hong Kong’s gateway to Hollywood<p class="p1"><span class="s1">As Hong Kong directors like John Woo, Tsui Hark, and Ringo Lam made their way to Hollywood in the 1990s one star helped them get there: Jean-Claude Van Damme. The weird thing: It kind of worked.</span></p> Charles BramescoThu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500<I>Winter’s Bone</i> director Debra Granik says her new <I>Stray Dog</i> is a love letter to America<p><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: Times; line-height: normal;">The subject of Granik&rsquo;s documentary was a minor player in&nbsp;</span><i style="font-size: medium; font-family: Times; line-height: normal;">Winter&rsquo;s Bone</i><span style="font-size: medium; font-family: Times; line-height: normal;">. After years of filming him, she put together an emotional portrait of poverty, PTSD, and his many survival tactics.</span></p> Tasha RobinsonWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500’s films put technology and storytelling hand-in-hand<p>Conceived as a means to push the limits of computer animation, Pixar has evolved from a problem-solving wing in a tech company to an assured teller of moving stories. But its success as the latter has its roots in the former.</p> Noel MurrayWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0500 sincerity and sensation of John Woo’s <I>The Killer</i><p>Though Woo&rsquo;s influences range from Sam Peckinpah and Martin&nbsp;Scorsese&nbsp;to&nbsp;<em>Le Samoura&iuml;&nbsp;</em>and&nbsp;<em>Magnificent Obsession</em>, his breakthrough hit brought his own distinct style to a bullet-riddled gangster melodrama.</p> Keith PhippsTue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500<i>Amy</i>’s filmmakers on the secret, real Amy Winehouse<p>Producer James Gay-Rees and director Asif Kapadia talk about&nbsp;why they turned their documentary <em>Amy</em> around so quickly,&nbsp;how they built trust with Winehouse&rsquo;s&nbsp;media-shy former friends, and the hidden woman they reveal.</p> Keith PhippsTue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 version of James Cameron’s <I>The Abyss</i> is better?<p>Our new feature digs into multiple version of the same film. First up: James Cameron&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>The Abyss</em>, an ambitious underwater adventure that attempted to do for the seas what&nbsp;<em>2001: A Space Odyssey</em>&nbsp;did for outer space.</p> Keith PhippsMon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 50 most daring film roles for women since Ripley<p>Starting with the watershed moment of Sigourney Weaver&rsquo;s tough-as-nails space heroine, we look at some of the female roles that broke ground, dodged stereotypes, and paved the path for today&rsquo;s increasingly diverse women on film.</p> Mike D'Angelo, Kate Erbland, Rachel Handler, Genevieve Koski, Noel Murray, Keith Phipps, Tasha Robinson, Scott Tobias, Genevieve ValentineFri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <i>The Virgin Suicides</i><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The conversation around Sofia Coppola&rsquo;s debut continues with a discussion of death, nostalgia, and teenagers.</span></p> Keith Phipps and Tasha RobinsonThu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Sofia Coppola’s films, music says what characters can’t<p class="p1"><span class="s1">From <i>The Virgin Suicides</i> through <i>The Bling Ring</i>, Coppola turns up the volume even when her characters can&rsquo;t express themselves.</span></p> Hazel CillsThu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 1978, a trio of films rushed to feed the craze for science fiction<p class="p1"><span class="s1">After <i>Star Wars</i>&rsquo; success, the gold rush was on for cheap space adventures from around the world, from a laser-blasting American kid to a Japanese movie with Sonny Chiba and Vic Morrow to an Italian production starring a young David Hasselhoff.&nbsp;</span></p> Keith PhippsWed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500<i>The Virgin Suicides</i> is a window into Sofia Coppola’s fixations<p><span class="s1">Coppola&rsquo;s career-long concern with looking in, looking out, and characters feeling trapped no matter which side they&rsquo;re on begins with her remarkable debut.</span></p> Genevieve KoskiTue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Docter on the goals and milestones of <i>Inside Out</i><p class="p1"><span class="s1">The lead director and co-writer of Pixar&rsquo;s latest animated movie talks about characters he cut (including Pride, Hope, and Schadenfreude), dead ends and problems, and why it&rsquo;s so expensive to make textured, glowing CGI characters.</span></p> Tasha RobinsonTue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 tragedy through documentary at AFI Docs<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Grim real-world events cast a shadow on this year&rsquo;s AFI Docs, a festival of new documentaries that, at its best, doubles as a mirror of what&rsquo;s going on in the world.</span></p> Andrew LapinMon, 22 Jun 2015 11:00:57 -0500 <I>Inside Out</I>, Pixar gets mature about growing up<p>Several Pixar films have already addressed the poignancy of childhood&rsquo;s end. But in&nbsp;<em>Inside Out</em>, the studio gets brutally honest about coming of age.</p> Jen ChaneyMon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 is the part where I defend <i>Me And Earl And The Dying Girl</i><p class="p1"><span class="s1">&nbsp;Is Alfonso Gomez-Rejon&rsquo;s film as blinkered as its critics claim? One writer&rsquo;s recent personal history leads him to suggest otherwise.</span></p> David EhrlichFri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Lou Howe on building <i>Gabriel</i> from the inside out<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The debuting writer-director of the Essential Viewing pick <i>Gabriel </i>talks about learning film at Harvard, working under Hal Hartley, and building realistic, natural dialogue.</span></p> Tasha RobinsonFri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <i>Aliens</i><p><span class="s1">The <i>Aliens </i>discussion continues with a conversation about why it still works so well, and the legacy of a film that still seems ahead of its time.</span></p> Keith Phipps and Scott TobiasThu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 <i>Aliens</i> set the gold standard for supporting casts<p class="p1"><span class="s1"><i>Aliens</i>&rsquo; Colonial Marines are a memorable group, thanks to a combination of smart writing and the efforts of a cast that went through hell together.</span></p> Genevieve ValentineThu, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Year Later: <i>The Fault In Our Stars</i><p class="p1"><span class="s1">2014&rsquo;s adaptation of John Green&rsquo;s bestselling tearjerker connected with audiences in a big way. How does it play one year later?</span></p> Genevieve KoskiWed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500é Gregory and Wallace Shawn discuss their decades working together<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Since the surprise 1981 hit <i>My Dinner With Andr&eacute;</i>, Andr&eacute; Gregory and Wallace Shawn have collaborated on two more films. As a Criterion Collection box set gathers their work together, they look back.</span></p> Noel MurrayWed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0500