Illustration: Andy Orin from a Le Samourai screenshot.

Getting packages reliably in New York City depends entirely on where you live. Not your neighborhood, but your building. Some have lobbies, some have stoops, some have nothing but a door that opens directly to the sidewalk. Some have doormen if you can believe it.

I reside in the Belvedere, a large, squat, six story building that dates to 1924. Not that anyone calls it the Belvedere, but that’s what it they wrote on the front in cement when they put it up around a hundred years ago. It has a big empty lobby where there probably used to be…


Toshiro Mifune in Kurosawa’s Yojimbo. Illustration: Andy Orin

One of the best habits I developed during the pandemic was what I call “four movie special.” Time for four movie special! I say, in my head, every Friday night.

Four movie special IS the weekend. Four movie special is an attainable goal. Four movie special is what separates the weekend from the same-but-drearier weekdays.

Can you guess what four movie special is? Have you unraveled the mystery?

Four movie special is this: watching four movies every weekend. This is how you do it: you watch four movies over the weekend.

It started as a game to see how many…


Internet sleuths have unraveled the secrets of the show

Stranger Things is back, and countless fans have already binged through the stirring second season of everyone’s favorite eerie show. But a few dedicated superfan sleuths have been picking apart the show frame by frame to uncover the nuanced mysteries of Hawkins, Indiana, and their findings will change the way you watch Stranger Things.

It all started when I noticed that many of the automotive vehicles on Stranger Things date back to the 1980s. This isn’t inherently strange — many people, in both real life and the movies still drive old carsbut almost all the vehicles in Stranger…


A forgotten pulp adventure television series gets second life.

Tales of the Gold Monkey is a pulp television series with the sensibility of a Saturday morning cartoon, following a cargo pilot’s adventures set in the 1930s South Pacific. If this sounds like the Disney show TaleSpin, that’s because Gold Monkey was evidently a major influence upon the creator of TaleSpin, Jymn Magon.

There are Nazis! Volcanos! Spies! Samurais! A dog with an eye patch! It must have been an expensive show to produce, and indeed it’s quite striking how much show there is. There are real vintage airplanes, aerial dogfights, large sets, and much of the series appears to…

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