Link Tank: Martin Scorsese’s Favorite Movies

Martin Scorsese, Chicken Nuggets, Smartphones, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Martin Scorsese's Favorite Movies

The New Horizons spacecraft just flew past a distant frozen rock.

“While earthlings were nursing their New Year’s hangovers, a NASA probe flew past the most distant space object ever reached by humanity. Tuesday morning, the New Horizons spacecraft beamed a signal back to Earth confirming that it has whizzed passed a frozen rock at the fringes of the solar systems, known as Ultima Thule.”

Read more at Inverse.

Here are the most overlooked movies of 2018.

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“I get it; there are a lot of movies that come out throughout the year. You can’t be expected to see all of them, but with 2018 came an entire lineup of great movies that seemingly got passed over, which is unacceptable.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Here’s a ranking of every important chicken nugget shape.

“Back in the 1950s, a food scientist by the name of Charles Van Der Nugg (citation needed) came across an innovation, one that allowed him to take a slurry of pureed meat and other animal byproducts and transform it into crispy, fried, bite-sized staples of fast-food restaurants, school cafeterias, and nights when your parents don’t feel like cooking. And one of the beautiful things about these chicken nuggets is that they can come in pretty much any shape. Yet throughout the years, a few core shapes have emerged as the most influential, from the mainstays of the McNugget box — boot, bone, bell, ball — to more playful variations taking their inspiration from Jeff Goldblum’s nightmares.” 

Read more at Thrillist.

Scientists have melted a hole through 3,500 feet of ice to reach Antarctic lake.

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“While you were baking cookies and binging Netflix shows over Christmas, a team of about 50 scientists, drillers, and support staff was attempting to punch through nearly 4,000 feet of ice to access an Antarctic subglacial lake for just the second time in human history. And folks, they did it.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Martin Scorsese shares his favorite movies with Sight and Sound magazine.

“To be as accomplished and prolific a filmmaker as Martin Scorsese, you’d have to be as accomplished and prolific a filmgoer as Martin Scorsese. The Oscar-winning director would be the first to tell you that he is as much a student of movies as he is a creator, and he regularly shares his ever-growing list of essential films that he believes any true movie fan should see.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Here’s what you need to know about the Tribune Publishing cyberattack.

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“Over the weekend, a cyberattack disrupted print newspaper distribution across the US. The Los Angeles Times said a malware attack on Tribune Publishing’s software systems delayed weekend distribution of the newspaper and affected Tribune publications throughout the country. The print editions of the Baltimore SunCapital GazetteChicago TribuneHartford Courant, and a number of other Tribune-owned papers were published on Saturday without classified ads and death notices, according to the publications.”

Read more at PCMag.

Here are the most anticipated smartphones for 2019.

“Over the course of 2018 we saw some amazing new smartphones, from Apple’s iPhone Xs range and Google’s Pixel 3 to the Huawei P20 ProSamsung Galaxy S9, and OnePlus 6. It’s been a great year for phones, and things can only go up from here.”

Read more at Alphr.