Greetings, Earthlings! As you may have noticed The Monitor took the week off last week. We had correspondents in far-flung locations (OK, Utah), and we didn’t want to bring you the goods until we had, you know, the goods.


Well, guess what? WIRED Culture is back from the Sundance Film Festival (that was the thing in Utah) and man oh man do we have all kinds of great stuff to tell you about. From the farting-corpse flick Swiss Army Man to the powerful and brilliant The Birth of a Nation there were so many great films at the festival we almost couldn’t discuss them all in a single hour. We also have a lot of inside intel to share about the future of virtual reality filmmaking. (It’s looking pretty sweet, you guys.)

And Sundance isn’t the only thing shaking its booty in our pop culture hive mind. The Recording Industry Association of America’s decision to start counting streaming plays towards platinum status? Oh yeah, we have feelings about that. So sit back and plug in. We have editors and contributors Peter Rubin, Angela Watercutter, and K.M. McFarland turned up and ready to go. Proceed with caution.

A few helpful links for things we talk about in the podcast:

-Angela Watercutter’s piece on the record-breaking sale of The Birth of a Nation at Sundance
-Julia Greenberg’s story on what streaming services can do for indepedent filmmakers
-The Sundance reaction to Swiss Army Man
-The virtual reality experiences available on Sundance’s app
-The inside story on the making of Operation Avalanche
-RIhanna’s Anti album leak
-The RIAA’s decision to start counting streaming plays

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Culture Podcast: We’re Back From Sundance, and We Have Things to Say