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.
Recent film history is filled with movies that have twist endings or twist narratives — movies in which a character you thought was male turns out to be female, or the hero turns out to be a ghost, or the hero’s best friend turns out to be a figment of his imagination, etc. “Shutter Island” isn’t one of those movies. Minutes after U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) arrive on the island that houses the titular mental hospital, you know something is amiss — that the mystery these men are investigating isn’t the real mystery, that what we’re seeing is some sort of projection on Teddy’s part, although we don’t yet know of precisely what. Which is another way of saying that although “Shutter Island” is a deeply subjective film, it plays fair with the audience, never leading you anywhere that it didn’t at least hint that it would go.
Scorsese, a technically brilliant director never known for subtlety, displays an intuitive, relaxed touch in this scene. What I like in particular about it — and all the dream/fantasy/memory sequences in “Shutter Island” — is the multifaceted quality of its imagery. Most dream sequences in films and TV shows are boringly one-dimensional; the images mean exactly what we think they mean and nothing more. “Shutter Island” understands that the subconscious is a rich and prismatic place, one where a location, a person, a situation or a name can have several meanings at once. Teddy is working through a lot in this sequence. In retrospect, pretty much every important facet of the story — and the hero’s psychological predicament — is foreshadowed in these few eerie minutes.
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.
Matt Zoller Seitz's series of 10 video essays isn't just a countdown of the year's greatest scenes, though it is that. It also zeroes in on the DNA of movies -- the shots and cuts, lines of dialogue and music cues that illustrate a film's personality and style -- to