Guillermo del Toro has an amazing gift for mixing the grotesque and the gorgeous. And his latest film Crimson Peak, out today, takes that visual panache to a brand new height. With every shot, del Toro overloads our senses more and more, until madness beckons. Incredibly minor spoilers ahead. Like, seriously, don’t worry about it. Crimson Peak looks, at first glance, like a horror movie, but it’s more of an old-fashioned melodrama with supernatural elements. Mia Wasikowska plays Edith, a young aspiring novelist who’s being courted by a young doctor (played by Charlie Hunnam.) But then a dashing British nobleman, Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) shows up and sweeps Edith off her feet. And soon enough, Edith is entangled with Sir Thomas—and his scary, intense sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain). Advertisement Edith’s relationships with the men in the film are sort of interesting, but her rivalry with Lucille, who wants to be the only woman in her … [Read more...] about Guillermo del Toro’s
“You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been” is the kind of lame, sing-song fortune cookie saying you get from time to time in lieu of an actual fortune. And while on most days, I think it’s merely a hokey way of reminding people that the past is important, when it involves two very special Mercedes-Benz convertibles 60 years apart in age, it has its place. The extraordinarily nice thing about the car community is most everyone’s willingness to share. We might have different tastes and come from all walks of life, but we’re always happy to chat cars and check out what other people’ve got. One day, at the end of last August, I received an email from Todd Jenkins in Richmond, Virginia, who wrote in to say that he had a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster that he was willing to have me come drive. You don’t turn down an email like that. So, we picked some dates to go down and meet the car—but … [Read more...] about The Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster And Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Both Hail From A Golden Age
There could be a future where we eat incredible, sustainable, engineered foods—3D-printed or lab-grown meals, chemically optimized to unleash the perfect combination of flavor and nutrients to fit our bodies and our tastes. Better tasting hot dogs with harmful fats removed! Healthier snacks with accurate expiration dates! Or, we can continue on our present path, and Americans will keep eating the same foods we always have, including foods that make us sick and obese. If the United States would like a say in the future of food, the government and the people need to start paying attention to our food scientists. Take Karen Schaich, a Rutgers food science professor who studies the very nature of how food ages. Schaich observes how common foods like tortilla chips and peanut butter go rancid, and believes she’s found processes that cause food to spoil faster than we think. But she struggles to get this important research funded. She’s not the only one—American food … [Read more...] about American Food Science Is Broken
In all honesty, an Aston Martin SUV isn’t the worst thing. I mean, my growing family of cats was really struggling to fit in the two-seaters, and we needed to add a larger vehicle to the family in order to all fit. Fluffy and Mittens also kept thinking the clutch pedal in the Vantage AMR was some form of whack-a-mole toy—making, as cats often do, once-simple tasks in life suddenly difficult. So, you know, it was time. We knew it. Aston Martin knew it. Our big, happy cat family needed the upgrade, and I’ll just have to save the Vantage for the nights when I splurge on a sitter. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, as they say. Advertisement That means the new, 542-horsepower Aston Martin DBX SUV is here, in both undisguised physical form and in configurator form. The only logical question now is: How would you configure it? Let us all guess: You wouldn’t, because an Aston Martin SUV is blasphemy and no different the rest of the refrigerators on wheels … [Read more...] about How Would You Configure Your Aston Martin DBX?
After 14 years of playing either a svelte living human or an incredibly skinny dead one, World of Warcraft finally lets me be me—a large bald man with a beard. Update 8.1.5 adds Kul Tiran humans as an allied Alliance race, and that makes me a big, happy lad. Allied races, introduced in the lead-up to World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth expansion, are offshoots of the game’s main selection of playable races. The Dark Iron dwarves are a sub-race of dwarves with unique coloring and special racial abilities. Mag’har orcs look like normal orcs, only instead of greenish hues, their coloring runs reddish brown to black. Today’s new Horde allied race, the Zandalari trolls, includes male trolls who stand upright instead of hunched over. And then there are the Kul Tiran humans, my people. Advertisement Here is what a standard human in World of Warcraft looks like: They’re bulkier than elves and much bulkier than undead, but pretty basic. Such basic … [Read more...] about Today I Can Finally Be A Tall, Portly Man In