Adam Sternbergh

  1. bill de blasio’s new york
    Times Square: The City’s Id, Now and AlwaysThe desnudas started only the latest battle in a century-long struggle over what the crossroads of the world means to New York.
  2. life after reality tv
    Donald Trump and Politics After Reality TVTrump’s main advantage is his truly skilled understanding of what makes for good reality television.
  3. profile
    Skyping With Tom Hardy, Who’s Finally About to Have His Breakout PerformanceDespite his best efforts to hide his leading-man abilities.
  4. tv
    Why Apple Making TV Shows Is a Bad IdeaDoes anyone believe that Apple can make the iPhone of TV shows?
  5. celebrity photoboming
    Why You Can’t Look Away From the Affleck Nanny ScandalOuzounian’s so fascinating because she’s our modern civilian surrogate, who’s passed over to the other side of the glass.
  6. portrait
    Oscar Isaac, From Show Me a Hero to Star WarsThe very busy actor doesn’t recommend eating before entering an X-Wing.
  7. the long goodbye
    Why You’re Already Over Jon Stewart’s DepartureIt’s like we’re all permanently stuck on a dock waving at an ocean liner that’s set to depart sometime next week.
  8. Rooster McConaughey Does Not Want Your Bud LightHe’s really a Miller guy. You have no idea how much.
  9. fandom
    Do Characters Belong to Their Fans or Their Creators?A married Han Solo, a racist Atticus Finch, and our impending canon crisis.
  10. feature
    The Ban on Plastic Bags vs. the Ban on Bag BansThe fight is about a lot more than how to get groceries home.
  11. tv
    True Detective and the Changing, Divisive Nature of the Aerial ShotPost-9/11 and post-NSA, the aerial imparts a new kind of unease, a more ambient dread.
  12. How Iggy Azalea Can Save Her CareerThe bubble doesn’t have to burst. 
  13. Emily Blunt, the Rock, & the Post-Furiosa Action HeroOne of these two looks like an action-hero.
  14. will it float?
    Letterman Was Great, Even in the Very First Episode of Late NightIf something as groundbreaking and culturally influential as Late Night With David Letterman were to premiere today, would we recognize it right away? My initial hunch was no.
  15. tv
    A CSI Postmortem: What Was Great About the GoreWhen the procedural departs, it’ll take an era of TV along with it.
  16. across the streaming-verse
    How Amazon Became the Moneyball NetworkIt’s turned last-dibs status into a competitive advantage.
  17. Guacanomics
    Have You Eaten Your Last Avocado?The ubiquitous — and endangered — food may soon be a luxury item.
  18. purge-watching
    Make It Stop: When Binge-Watching Turns to Purge-WatchingJust getting it over with. 
  19. summer movie preview 2015
    The Summer of Tentpole AmnesiaThey’re a chance for producers to shout, “Do-over!” after some particularly egregious past creative misstep.
  20. the second comedy boom
    The Unexpected Resurgence of the Comedy DuoKey and Peele, Tina and Amy, Broad City, Fred and Carrie.
  21. vulture lists
    Which Taken Knockoff Is the Best? We Ranked All 14 of ThemWhich Taken clones are actually worth your time?
  22. vod
    Why Did Serena Go Straight to VOD?Serena is interesting because it’s a much rarer artifact than a really bad movie — it’s an incompetent movie.
  23. movies
    In the Age of Hacking, Is the Con-Artist Movie Genre Dying?Focus is a giddy love letter to a lost art.
  24. oscars
    Why Michael Keaton Lost: The Academy Doesn’t Love Comeback StoriesMichael Keaton’s loss is not that surprising given Oscar’s history.
  25. legacy
    Jon Stewart Had to Destroy Late-Night TV in Order to Save ItHe reinvigorated a broken form.
  26. The Fantasy of the Perfect ResponseWe’re actually not one zinger away from the ultimate takedown.
  27. how to
    How to Fix the Oscars: Abolish NominationsThe nominations still provide actual suspense — which is why we should announce them on Oscar night.
  28. book excerpt
    Read an Annotated Excerpt From Adam Sternbergh’s Near EnemyThe New York editor’s new novel is out now. 
  29. tuba parts
    The Oscars Reward Stubbornness, Perseverance, and Wes Anderson’s Bow TiePut that in your antique tuba parts and smoke it.
  30. movies
    How to Fix the Oscars: Seeded Nominations!Imagine the breadth of gamification and intrigue and ingenuity it would make possible. 
  31. twitter
    Does Retweeting Your Own Praise Make You a Monster?“If you need someone to tell you not to RT praise, you’re a monster.”
  32. movies
    The Sony Hack Might Have Killed a Certain Kind of SatireIf you’re worried about anything disappearing, worry about the desire to push something just a little farther for the sake of being funnier.
  33. sony hack
    The Real Lesson of the Sony Hack: Good Movies Are Hard to Make!Any producer who can get films like No Country for Old Men or There Will Be Blood off the ground is entitled to a kind of artistic clemency.
  34. future of movies
    Here’s a Crazy Idea: Bring Back the Movie SerialA new entry every few months!
  35. sexpositions
    The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of the Sex SceneMovies used to be the one place in the whole wide world where adults could watch other adults having sex. 
  36. movies
    PSA: The BAM Sunshine Noir Fest Is This Weekend, Sounds AwesomeChinatown! The Long Goodbye! Jackie Brown! Inherent Vice!
  37. bill cosby
    Bill Cosby Shows Why We Need Off-Limits JokesSome earth needs to be scorched and some envelopes need to be pushed.
  38. digital culture
    Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless TongueAre words on the way out?
  39. digital culture
    Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless TongueAre words on the way out?
  40. you see dead people
    Here Is the Simple Mind-Trick That Makes Every Movie and TV Show Seem BetterJust pretend everybody’s already dead.
  41. 21 Things in Interstellar That Don’t Make SenseSpoilers and confusion ahead!
  42. nolan
    With Interstellar, Christopher Nolan Gives Up on MysteryAll those black holes have sucked all the mystery out of Nolan’s world.
  43. canada
    Why Canadians Are So Upset Over the CBC Sex ScandalThe terrible allegations aside, the scandal represents a further undermining of a treasured — possibly the treasured — national cultural institution. 
  44. movies
    Gone Girl Is the Ultimate Truther MovieNick, the patsy in Gone Girl, is nearly buried alive under an avalanche of so-called proof.
  45. profile
    From the Archives: New York Magazine’s 2010 Dr. Luke ProfileThe producer has been accused of sexual assault by pop star Kesha.
  46. Why Was Kramer vs. Kramer the Top-Grossing Movie of 1979?It’s either a fascinating anomaly or a last stand against the impending economic forces that turned blockbuster movies into toy factories.
  47. Free Yourselves From the Shackles of Spoilers! Life Is Too Short.Spoil everything. Give away all the endings and, while you’re at it, reveal all the beginnings and middles, too.
  48. What Comes After Matthew McConaughey’s Comeback? The StillbackThe stillback happens when you stop making quirky, offbeat, attention-grabbing choices and start making cautious, predictable, attention-maintaining choices.
  49. the streaming-tv gold rush
    The Age of the Streaming TV AuteurIt’s where indie-minded filmmakers are suddenly in demand again.
  50. vulture essays
    Why Seth Rogen Is More Serious Than Woody AllenCultural essays about the death of adulthood are often Trojan horses for a different complaint: the death of seriousness.
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