2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Michelle Forbes in “True Blood”: Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO
It may well be that Michelle Forbes, like grappa, is an intoxicating substance best enjoyed in moderate portions lest you wake up 48 hours later with no idea where (or even who) you are. She’s one of the few actors who’s managed to make a name for herself via guest-star runs in TV series (“24,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “In Treatment” among them), the latest being HBO’s southern vampire gothic, “True Blood.” Although the exact nature of her character, Marianne, has yet to be fully explained, her cultic jones for chaos, lust and aggression suggests much to the attentive student of classical literature.
The part provides Forbes with an excellent showcase for her silken menace, and it’s when she’s plying Rutina Wesley’s impressionable Tara with self-actualization nostrums and pyramids of tropical fruit that she attains the optimal pitch of blended threat and seduction. Forbes was born to play beautiful, evil queens; imagine the film version of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” with her — instead of that popsicle, Tilda Swinton — as the White Witch.
Check out recent Critics’ Picks:
Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion” on DVD, by Andrew O’Hehir
Bibio’s CD “Ambivalence Avenue,” by Heather Havrilesky
“Life on Mars” (UK version) on DVD, by Stephanie Zacharek
“Torchwood: Children of Earth” on BBC America and DVD, by Laura Miller
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.