Time Out New York gives us their list of the best movies from the ’80s.
Action movies, sci-fi thrillers and horror classics all emerge from this decade, as does a corporate slickness that marks the era’s entertainments (often charmingly). Still, it’s undeniable that the ’80s produced some major films, important and influential. Sometimes these were huge summer blockbusters, sometimes they were new things called “indies.” All of them add up to an essential picture of a transitional decade.
And I’m sure that most of them will be, or already have been, fodder for remakes or reboots, because Hollywood is all out of original ideas.
Instead of writing about every single product that might or might not ever ship, The Wirecutter gives us their list of the things they like at CES 2015.
The items we picked are a mixture of things: those that we feel people will find useful or need in their daily lives, a few whimsical picks that we think will make life more enjoyable, and the things we suspect—but can’t definitely know until we test—might be our new favorites in their given categories. That’s it.
Max Temkin lists the essential 42 TNG episodes to watch for people who have never seen this great series:
The silver lining here is that TNG is a show designed for syndication — each episode is a self-contained story, and it’s okay to skip around. My episode guide below is designed to get you through the bumpy early seasons to see what TNG looks like when it becomes more than the sum of its parts — a great ensemble, world-class writing, and science fiction that is unparalleled today.
It’s been a while since I watched TNG with any real purpose, but I think I’ll be watching these episodes shortly, maybe with some tea. Earl Grey. Hot.
Coming off Madison Bumgarner’s impressive complete game shutout on Sunday night, the Times looks at the best World Series pitchers.
Bumgarner now holds the record for lowest career earned run average (0.29) in the World Series among pitchers with at least 30 innings pitched. The mark is impressive by any standard. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that Bumgarner is the best World Series pitcher ever.
That distinction belongs to Christy Mathewson, who also did his pitching for the Giants (when they were in New York). It’s not even close, either.
Don Larson, who pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, didn’t even make the list. Who’s that Babe Ruth guy?
Time Out New York brings us the top 100 animated movies of all time.
Then again, as we polled over 100 experts in the field—from directors like Fantastic Mr. Fox’s Wes Anderson, Ice Age and Rio’s Carlos Saldanha, Wallace & Gromit’s Nick Park, to critics and hardcore fans alike—it became clear that animation doesn’t just mean kids’ and family movies. Worldwide innovators have adapted the form to include action, politics, race and sex. Animation has grown up, sometimes uneasily, right before our eyes.
Most of the problems I have with the list are probably based on emotions, so I won’t go into it. However, since I already own most of the top 10, I might as well watch them in order.
Yelp has revealed it’s Top 100 places to eat in the U.S.
Engineers on Yelp’s data mining team used a technique based on the Wilson Score to compile a list of highly rated places to eat. This method takes into account both star rating and number of reviews to reveal which spots not only have top notch ratings, but also which are most popular in the Yelp community.
Of course, since it’s only using Yelp’s data, the results are skewed towards the type of people who actively use Yelp. Case in point: NYC’s top rated place to eat is a food truck. While it is quite good, I don’t know anyone who would list it at number one in the city.
The Tampa Tribune gives us a list of 50 things we didn’t know last year.
8. Astronomers discovered the most distant galaxy ever. Its light took more than 13 billion years to reach Earth. The system, which can be found in the night sky above the handle of the Big Dipper, creates more than 330 stars a year — 100 times faster than our Milky Way galaxy.
13. All mammals urinate for roughly the same amount of time, 21 seconds, regardless of their size. The mathematical model of animals is now known as “The Law of Urination.”
34. For women, smelling a newborn baby feels as good as drugs to addicts or cheeseburgers to those just breaking a fast.
USA Today gives us a list of America’s 15 best pizzas.
Pizza is about as varied and beloved a genre, as opinionated a subject, and also as accessible a food as there is, which makes determining the country’s best pizzas a truly challenging task.
Six joints in NYC, three in New Haven, CT (wtf?), two in SF, and one each in Portland, Providence, and LA. Notice, not one in Chicago or any mention of that deep dish crap. John Stewart’s right, “It’s not pizza…it’s a fucking casserole.”
The Awl gives us a list of Roman Emperors in order of how hardcore their deaths were.
11. Leo II (474): Poisoned by his own mother so her husband could become emperor.
And that was only number 11!
I’ve written a few down…just in case.