Much trickery goes into manipulating car sounds beyond films such as “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Credit: Warner Bros

Director George Miller and the filmmakers of “Mad Max: Fury Road” had a problem. They had emphasized practical visual effects by building and destroying dozens of vehicles during the 2015 film’s main action sequences: a long road chase and running battles with cars and trucks in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. But the audio recordings of the actual vehicle sounds seemed weak in comparison with the dazzling visual display of vehicular carnage.

To give the “Mad Max” vehicles a larger-than-life sound, Miller and his team turned to Hollywood sound designers for help. The sound designers added sound “cheats” and “sweeteners” — everything…


Daenerys Targaryen and Jorah Mormont on the battlefield. Credit: HBO

If you’re not caught up on “Game of Thrones” through Season 8, episode 3, then stop reading this and tell the god of SPOILERS: “Not today.”

As winter finally arrives in the final “Game of Thrones” season, the Night King’s chances for a victory look very good. His massive army of zombies — its ranks filled with undead humans and giants and even a dragon—is poised to overrun not just the human stronghold of Winterfell but also the entire continent of Westeros. …


General MacArthur surveys the beachhead on Leyte Island, soon after American forces swept ashore from a gigantic liberation armada into the central Philippines, at the historic moment when the General made good his promise `I shall return.’” 1944. Credit: U.S. National Archives

His career is built upon personal branding. He sometimes refers to himself in the third person. He rarely admits when he is wrong. His desire for fame led him to run for president. These descriptions could apply to both Donald Trump, 45th president of the United States, and General Douglas MacArthur, celebrated hero of World War II and controversial commander during the Korean War.

During the first presidential debate of 2016, Trump invoked MacArthur when Hillary Clinton pointed debate viewers to her website for more details on her plan to defeat Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS). “Just go to…

Jeremy Hsu

Science and technology journalist. Military history enthusiast. Asian Groot in Brooklyn. I grew up with video games.

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