Mamo 413: Fade To Black

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More Mamo? You got it! We discuss the shuttering of The Dissolve, and what it means for online film criticism in a world of curated content. Plus, TIFF ’15 pricing and stupid Han Solo movie!

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antho42
Guest

The Dissolve always had terrible web design; unusable. I like the writers, but I stop going to the website for that reason.

Matt Gamble
Guest

The Han Solo books were pretty solid, and while they are no longer canon, they’ve been putting out a couple books lately that are canon that are pretty good that all take place after A new Hope.

As for The Dissolve, was never a fan of that site. While I enjoyed the individual critics, they all had pretty similar voices and so it always felt like a bit of an echo chamber. Being tied to Pitchfork always rubbed me the wrong was as well. The also had an almost non-existant business model, so I don’t know how they were paying anyone, which is why it wasn’t surprising that several left the site pretty quickly.

Andrew James
Admin

I liked the Han Solo books too, but I was like 12 when I read them. Curious how they would hold up now.

That said, I’m still pretty excited for all of the upcoming “off-shoot” stuff. I don’t care what they throw at the wall anymore. The more the better. I want 3 Star Wars movies per year. If they work, awesome. If they don’t, who cares? There are three Star Wars movies that are worth rewatching over and over again. Everything else is just gravy or shit. And either way, whatever.

Robert Reineke
Guest

Nobody is allowed to have any mystery about them anymore. I swear, if westerns weren’t out of style, some Hollywood executive would want to make an origin movie for The Man With No Name.

I’m going to miss The Dissolve.

Sean Kelly
Guest

I may not be able to make a proper living at it, but “freelance film writer” does sound a lot better than “unemployed 30-something on disability.”

Rick Vance
Guest

What do you guys make of Patreon. I haven’t heard about it big in regards to movies but it is the thing for other pop culture writing / creating.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

I’ve started supporting a comic book blog called The Beat, that I’ve been reading for the past 11 years or so. They lost their Google ad support a while back, from a movie promo image (300: Rise of an Empire?) that somehow got marked as pornographic (despite not being the cast). With the lost of revenue they went asking for support through Patreon. It’s independently run, not a big corporation and the woman who ran it promised more great in depth articles with that money. So I signed up and I’m not giving the site a few dollars a month.

Andrew James
Admin

The one thing I hate about Google: they’re fucking bullshit rules about where their ads can be places. We lost our Google ads a few years ago because of an image in a little indie review on a doc about snuff films. There was an image of a dead guy and Google pulled us. Even after I took the image down and apologized, I’m literally banned for life from using Google ads on any site ever. It’s the dumbest thing.

Matthew Fabb
Guest

Yeah, there should be a better method to deal with something like that. Everyone immediately going on the blacklist and never getting off is really quite crazy. For the blog The Beat, it was literally an publicity image provided by the studio.

Matt Gamble
Guest

I keep thinking about incorporating it for my site. I don’t give a crap about hosting costs, but I would like to throw some money at the people contributing work and that seems like a potentially good way to do that.

Andrew James
Admin

Good on you. This stirs up memories of those assholes from The Film Talk podcast/blog and I start to get angry all over again.

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