July 1, 2013 |
U.S. forces are said to have blasted Van Halen music at Manuel Noriega before the ousted Panamanian leader surrendered to them in 1990. In " Zero Dark Thirty " and the Showtime series "Homeland," death metal is used to coerce confessions. But can sound or silence be used not just to annoy but also to kill? French journalist Juliette Volcler investigates the idea in her new book, " Extremely Loud: Sound as a Weapon . " In a phone interview, she discussed the science of using sound as a weapon.
June 27, 2013 |
It seems like just yesterday that filmgoers were being guided worshipfully through the halls of the White House in " Lincoln ," wherein Steven Spielberg lovingly recreated the lively, crowded, raucously dignified people's house of 1865 Washington. Well, goodbye to all that: With the arrival of the action thriller "White House Down" in theaters Friday, audiences are being invited to witness the promiscuous, unrelenting destruction of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. — which,...
February 23, 2013 |
Will "Zero Dark Thirty" be Swift-boated out of an Oscar? That's just one of the questions swirling around what observers agree has been the most political Academy Award season in recent memory — not just the movies themselves, but the tactics used to undermine their legitimacy for cinema's top prize. In early December, " Zero Dark Thirty ," Kathryn Bigelow's taut, masterfully executed thriller about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, looked like an unassailable Oscar front-runner, winning a clutch of...
February 22, 2013 |
W hether " Argo " succeeds in snagging the best picture Oscar away from " Lincoln " at the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday or Emmanuelle Riva becomes the oldest best actress honoree by beating presumed front-runner Jennifer Lawrence, one thing will be clear: When it comes to movies, audiences were the big winners in 2012. Many of the films widely acknowledged to be the year's best are competing Sunday, including "Lincoln," " Zero Dark Thirty ," " Silver Linings...
February 14, 2013 |
Deputy Labor Secretary Seth Harris was named acting secretary last month after Hilda Solis stepped down. Now, some Labor Department employees are wondering whether Harris has designs on ditching the "acting" from his title and getting the White House nod for the big job. So far, his name isn't among those most often mentioned for the nomination — but Harris, a former law professor who served in the department during the ...
January 25, 2013 |
As the calendar page turns to 2013, the question on movie-lovers' minds is: How can it possibly top 2012? Fans and industry observers alike agree that last year represented a high-water mark for the art and business of cinema. A healthy box office was matched by a cheering increase in attendance, suggesting that filmgoers haven't given up entirely on pausing their downloads, getting off the couch and going to a theater to watch a motion picture. The consistently high quality of movies, from serious dramas such as ...