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.
HBO’s “Boy Interrupted,” premieres Monday, Aug. 3, at 9 p.m.
This documentary is the stuff of nightmares for any parent: Evan Scott Perry started talking about suicide in kindergarden. He was obsessed with jumping out a window. “Put him in his room for a time out, it’s like Keith Moon in a hotel room,” says his dad of the impossibility of disciplining him. “He lacked emotional shock absorbers,” reports his older half-brother, Nick. Cobbled together from extensive footage that ranges from hysterically funny to heartbreaking, 2009 Sundance film “Boy Interrupted” tells the story of a precocious but emotionally unstable kid who had all the support and encouragement in the world but still managed to slip from his parents’ grasp, killing himself at the age of 15.
Created by his filmmaker parents, Dana and Hart Perry, “Boy Interrupted” is a depressing film, but it’s also a smart, thoughtful and informative glimpse at a short life that sheds light on how tough it can be to recognize and effectively treat a kid. Most of all, the Perrys’ documentary demonstrates that the biggest obstacle for parents is often a teenager’s insistence on appearing normal and fine when he or she is a mess inside. Getting at the truth and providing a welcoming sounding board for your kid, as painful as that process can be, begins to look like the most important goal for the parents of any teenager.
Check out recent Critics’ Picks:
Michelle Forbes on “True Blood,” by Laura Miller
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
Heather Havrilesky is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, The Awl and Bookforum, and is the author of the memoir "Disaster Preparedness." You can also follow her on Twitter at @hhavrilesky.More Heather Havrilesky.
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.