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Weekly Rushes. 15 July 2015

“The Dissolve” closes, Oliveira’s final film, Morricone to score for Tarantino, “Horse Money” trailer, America’s zombie obsession, & more.
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  • Above: Jim Jarmusch photographed by Wim Wenders.
  • The lineup for the 2015 Locarno Film Festival has been revealed, and includes new films by Hong Sang-soo, Andrzej Zulawski, Chantal Akerman, Athina Rachel Tsangari.
  • A sad ending to an ambitious enterprise: The online, US-based film publication The Dissolve has had to fold after only two years. Best of luck to their talented staff of editors and writings.
  • Some good news from the online-film-criticism scene: the Norweigan film magazine Montages has launched its English-language international edition.
  • Portuguese great Manoel de Oliveira passed away last April at the age of 106. The documentary short Um Século de Energia, above, seems to be his final film.
  • Critic Mike D'Angelo, a contributor to The Dissolve among many other publications, has written in defense of the "first-person review."
  • If you were annoyed, like we were, that Ennio Morricone's contribution to the score of Django Unchained was cursory at best, get ready for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight: Morricone will be doing an entire original score for the film.
  • Above: the US trailer for Pedro Costa's great Horse Money. We've covered the film here, here and here.
  • "Trying to rationalize Pedro Costa’s Horse Money in terms of a synopsis is ultimately a fool’s game, but connecting it to recent Portuguese history is a necessity." Speaking of Horse Money, Jonathan Rosenbaum has written on the film.
  • Milestone Films and director Ross Lipman have turned to Kickstarter to help finish funding a documentary (scored by Mihály Víg!) exploring FILM, the infamous 1965 short film written by Beckett and starring Buster Keaton.
  • A teaser poster for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.
"What do you think is better for the world, that in all the cinemas there is a [Jean-Marie] Straub film, or a [Steven] Spielberg film? What do you think would create more goodness for humanity? Straub film in all the cinemas, for sure, we all agree!"
  • That's Catalan filmmaker Albert Serra talking to Daniel Kasman in Sight & Sound about his prize-winning film Story of My Death, his methodology as a filmmaker, and his next project.
  • Are you an aspiring film critic in the New York area? You should definitely check out the New York Film Festival's Critics Academy, which has opened its call for entries.
  • "Now Streaming: The Plague Years": A.S. Hamrah delves into the American obsession with zombie films at The Baffler.
  • David Bordwell offers a final report from the 2015 Il Cinema Ritrovato, including thoughts on German Concentration Camps Factual Survey and Manoel de Oliveira's Visit, or Memories and Confessions.
  • Above: Gene Kelly and Judy Garland complete an embrace in Vincente Minnelli's joyful musical, The Pirate.
“goodness for humanity” Fuck that, I want good movie.
You’d get that with Straub, too!
Sadface at The Dissolve’s fate.

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