FILM/TV | The film took home the Audience Award for best U.S. Drama at the Sundance Film Festival
"This film is not reactionary to what's happening in America right now, it's a timeless study on love overcoming hate."
The 2018 Sundance Film Festival may have wrapped up, but the impact of the films that screened there are just getting underway. Among these soon to be beautiful classics was Burden, a drama based on the true story of a Klu Klux Klan member who has a change of heart and beliefs after a woman has the power to change his mind. With Garrett Hedlund and Forest Whitaker in the cast, it's not surprise that the film won the hearts (and an award) from the audience at the festival.
The film's cinematographer, Jeremy Rouse, spoke with Popdust about his career in the industry, why he was inspired to take on this film, and why the message continues to be so relevant in today's sociopolitical climate.
It was always her dance floor.
Few artists have given as much of themselves to their fans as Lady Gaga.
Since being ordained queen of the nightclub (not to mention the pregame, the getting-ready-bedroom-dance, the drag show, and the summer night drive) in 2008 with "Just Dance," the hit single from her hit debut album The Fame, Gaga has continued to surprise fans with constant reinvention. She cemented her place as the pop-artist of a generation with Born This Way and even (as over-produced as it was) Art Pop, and then, shockingly, went on to release a jazz standard's album with Tony Bennett (Cheek to Cheek), a country album (Joanne), and finally become an Oscar-nominated actress for A Star Is Born. Somehow, she pulled off every iteration of herself with charisma and grace.
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Crucible needs to fail. Thankfully, it already is.
Boasting a massive budget, veteran talent sniped from some of the top gaming studios, and a gameplay experience tailor-made for Twitch streaming, Crucible represents Amazon's first major effort to break into the gaming industry as a first-party developer.
Presumably tired of just raking in all the money from third-part video games sales, Amazon, which straight-up owns Twitch, is hoping to replace streamer-favorite games like Fortnite, Overwatch, and League of Legends with their own. This is a major red flag for the future of video game streaming. A major company that controls advertisement space and means of distribution will most likely not play fair when they have their own content on the line, too. Amazon has already screwed over plenty of small business in all sorts of market spaces, and with their plans to create a cloud-based video game platform, it seems obvious that they're gearing up for a not-so-discreet monopoly in video games, too.
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