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.
“I believe virtually everything I read, and I think that is what makes me more of a selective human than someone who doesn’t believe anything.” Thus spake David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Spinal Tap. I hope you share his attitude toward the printed word, because you are about to read my list of essential mockumentaries.
The mockumentary is fiction in a nonfiction wrapper. It’s exemplified by the movie that birthed the above-quoted nitwit rocker, 1984′s “This Is Spinal Tap.” Rob Reiner’s semi-improvised comedy probably would have earned a spot on my list anyhow, but the approach of Nigel Tufnel Day — 11/11/11 — made it mandatory. My other 10 picks are meant to convey the diversity of this hybrid format, which encompasses everything from goofy slapstick and musical comedy to deadpan Americana and white-knuckle horror. Please add your own favorites in the Letters section. And if you’re going to offer a list, make sure it goes to 11.
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.
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.
Every Friday, Salon writer Matt Zoller Seitz sifts through beloved classics and obscure indies for a slide show that sheds light on the hidden connections and most fascinating moments in film and TV history.