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Politics on Film, Ranked from Optimistic to Deeply Cynical

Politics on Film, Ranked from Optimistic to Deeply Cynical

From the widespread national trust in FDR’s leadership (check out the electoral map of his landslide victory in 1936) to the modern sense of disillusionment with career politicians, American trust in The System ebbs and flows. A lot. With it, the depiction of American politics in film and television has also varied, serving as a semi-accurate barometer of the country’s political climate. Ranging from saccharine optimism to blistering mistrust, the spectrum of politics on film is a fun peek into ...

Did Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Invent Vaporwave?

Did Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Invent Vaporwave?

When Grand Theft Auto: Vice City was released in 2002, it became the fastest-selling game in history…within two days. Based on the sales numbers alone, it’s safe to say a lot of millennials grew up on the game’s pastel-tinted, neon-lit, synth-scored virtual streets. (And all around the Internet, thousands of wistful posts to the effect of “I missed so much school playing this game” provide anecdotal backup.) About a decade after Vice City’s heyday, a music micro-genre called vaporwave briefly ...

The Futuristic Vision of Detroit: Become Human

The Futuristic Vision of Detroit: Become Human

With every technological advancement made in the real world, we’re hurtling toward a video-game future. In Detroit: Become Human, developer Quantic Dream’s innovative vision of the city of Detroit, Michigan provides a possible glimpse into how that future could look. It’s not what you might expect.  In Detroit: Become Human, humanity has developed advanced androids in an effort to make everyday life easier. It hardly resembles a utopia, but that’s what makes the game so exciting—along with the setting where it ...

Atlanta’s Entertainment Boom

Atlanta’s Entertainment Boom

Step aside, Hollywood: Dogwood is in bloom. In recent years, the entertainment industry has bubbled over from Los Angeles and New York and taken root in the rich soil of the South. With its (relatively) temperate climate and great state tax incentives, Atlanta has grown into a thriving third home for the entertainment industry, stimulating Georgia’s economy with billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs. As the number of films and television shows both filmed and set in ...