With True Detective ending and Game of Thrones just starting back up, we got into an interesting discussion around the Cool Material office: Who is the greatest HBO character of all time? This turned into a passionate debate. Hell, the network has been putting tremendously complex characters on the screen for decades. We decided to try and come together and attempt to create a top 10 list based on all our opinions. This is what we've got:
10. Nelson Van Alden
Michael Shannon is one of those guys you know but you don't know (at least until Man of Steel came out). He also happens to be the most intriguing character from Boardwalk Empire. Think Walter White with a creepier stare.
9. Carmela Soprano
Behind every great man there's a great woman. Edie ... continue reading
Let’s abandon the childish notion that reading isn't cool. We’re grown men here and reading happens to be one of the many ways we enjoy spending a bit of our free time. Of course, sitting down with just any book doesn't always make for a great experience. We want to read something with wit, masculinity, and a pervading ... continue reading
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"What the hell is wrong with you?"
That's the reaction you'll get every time you tell someone you waited in line four hours for a beer. And, to be fair, it's warranted. The idea is ludicrous. Seriously, is any beer, no matter how glorious, worth that amount of your time? Is the "best" beer in the world worth standing ... continue reading
The issue with trying to be cool is, the act of doing so is inherently uncool from the start. This makes the whole process null and void. It's a problem that plagues plenty of menswear shops you've probably stepped foot in. There's a sense they're trying too hard. True coolness is effortless and honest, and there's ... continue reading
There's a small group of mad scientists hard at work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It's a tiny group - three people plus a few interns - that form a company you've probably never heard of. They aren't concocting potions, curing diseases, or solving ancient math problems, they're doing something totally different: They're ... continue reading
Vermont has quickly become one of the hottest beer destinations in the country. It's not just that the state has the most breweries per capita, it's the fact that some of the beers they are churning out are world class. This week we're going to take you inside some of those breweries. We'll talk to the folks behind ... continue reading
Since new apps get released at an incredible rate, we figured it only fair to keep you abreast of the best. Stop sifting through all the terrible games and little life helpers to find some gems and break out your iPhone, iPad or Android device and get to downloading some of these guys. ... continue reading
Forbes is on a tear when it comes to putting out lists that make you feel like shit. After they released the list of highest-paid DJs a few days ago and you realized you've made a horrible career choice, now they've come back with The World's Highest-Paid Models. Here's how much the top earners made from June ... continue reading
We’re not quite sure why, but when we think of foreign movies we immediately think of French romance flicks. Pass. This is dumb since there are a ton of solid foreign movies for dudes. In fact, if you don’t mind a bit of reading with your movie watching, there are some kickass foreign films you really need to see. Here are 10 to get you started. (Just as a note, we’re leaving off British films & martial arts flicks because there ...... continue reading
Yes, we said, "Meat on a stick." Just get all your immature giggling out now (we did plenty putting the list together). Okay, good? Now, we don't know why, but food placed on a stick is immediately 2-3x more appealing than it would be on a plate. Since we are men, we'll keep the daiquiri ice pops in the freezer ... continue reading
Shark Week kicks off this weekend and here’s a newsflash for you: It’s awesome! The thing is though, we’ve seen a lot of shark footage over the years, and while we’re definitely not bored with it, we just think it might be time for something fresh. We’re not saying ditch Shark Week, but maybe the Discovery ... continue reading
Anything involving wires usually scares off about half the DIY population. As guys, it’s something that should be embraced rather than feared. We’re not saying you need to get knee-deep in computer parts, but some basic work would be good for you. When it results in a new set of unique speakers too, well that’s ... continue reading
You don't need to take sides in the Pat's vs. Geno's war or know what "wiz wit" means to appreciate a good steak sandwich. In fact, you don't even have to make anything remotely similar to what you'd get on the streets of Philly. A great steak sandwich is easy to achieve. Get some quality steak, pick up some good ... continue reading
On the scale of manly drinks, margaritas aren't exactly on the same level as ordering a whiskey neat. Of course, they aren't Bahama breezes or strawberry daiquiris either. Floating in this middle ground somewhere, they are open to a lot of experimentation. Here are some recipes for awesome ones that fall on the ... continue reading