Adam Sternbergh

  1. 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.
  2. portrait
    Oscar Isaac, From Show Me a Hero to Star WarsThe very busy actor doesn’t recommend eating before entering an X-Wing.
  3. 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.
  4. Rooster McConaughey Does Not Want Your Bud LightHe’s really a Miller guy. You have no idea how much.
  5. fandom
    Do Characters Belong to Their Fans or Their Creators?A married Han Solo, a racist Atticus Finch, and our impending canon crisis.
  6. 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.
  7. How Iggy Azalea Can Save Her CareerThe bubble doesn’t have to burst. 
  8. Emily Blunt, the Rock, & the Post-Furiosa Action HeroOne of these two looks like an action-hero.
  9. 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.
  10. tv
    A CSI Postmortem: What Was Great About the GoreWhen the procedural departs, it’ll take an era of TV along with it.
  11. across the streaming-verse
    How Amazon Became the Moneyball NetworkIt’s turned last-dibs status into a competitive advantage.
  12. purge-watching
    Make It Stop: When Binge-Watching Turns to Purge-WatchingJust getting it over with. 
  13. 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.
  14. the second comedy boom
    The Unexpected Resurgence of the Comedy DuoKey and Peele, Tina and Amy, Broad City, Fred and Carrie.
  15. vulture lists
    Which Taken Knockoff Is the Best? We Ranked All 14 of ThemWhich Taken clones are actually worth your time?
  16. 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.
  17. movies
    In the Age of Hacking, Is the Con-Artist Movie Genre Dying?Focus is a giddy love letter to a lost art.
  18. oscars
    Why Michael Keaton Lost: The Academy Doesn’t Love Comeback StoriesMichael Keaton’s loss is not that surprising given Oscar’s history.
  19. legacy
    Jon Stewart Had to Destroy Late-Night TV in Order to Save ItHe reinvigorated a broken form.
  20. how to
    How to Fix the Oscars: Abolish NominationsThe nominations still provide actual suspense — which is why we should announce them on Oscar night.
  21. book excerpt
    Read an Annotated Excerpt From Adam Sternbergh’s Near EnemyThe New York editor’s new novel is out now. 
  22. tuba parts
    The Oscars Reward Stubbornness, Perseverance, and Wes Anderson’s Bow TiePut that in your antique tuba parts and smoke it.
  23. movies
    How to Fix the Oscars: Seeded Nominations!Imagine the breadth of gamification and intrigue and ingenuity it would make possible. 
  24. 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.”
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. future of movies
    Here’s a Crazy Idea: Bring Back the Movie SerialA new entry every few months!
  28. 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. 
  29. movies
    PSA: The BAM Sunshine Noir Fest Is This Weekend, Sounds AwesomeChinatown! The Long Goodbye! Jackie Brown! Inherent Vice!
  30. bill cosby
    Bill Cosby Shows Why We Need Off-Limits JokesSome earth needs to be scorched and some envelopes need to be pushed.
  31. you see dead people
    Here Is the Simple Mind-Trick That Makes Every Movie and TV Show Seem BetterJust pretend everybody’s already dead.
  32. 21 Things in Interstellar That Don’t Make SenseSpoilers and confusion ahead!
  33. nolan
    With Interstellar, Christopher Nolan Gives Up on MysteryAll those black holes have sucked all the mystery out of Nolan’s world.
  34. 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. 
  35. movies
    Gone Girl Is the Ultimate Truther MovieNick, the patsy in Gone Girl, is nearly buried alive under an avalanche of so-called proof.
  36. profile
    From the Archives: New York Magazine’s 2010 Dr. Luke ProfileThe producer has been accused of sexual assault by pop star Kesha.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. the streaming-tv gold rush
    The Age of the Streaming TV AuteurIt’s where indie-minded filmmakers are suddenly in demand again.
  41. 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.
  42. peak dystopia
    We’ve Reached Peak Dystopia, But Is It Possible to Imagine Utopia Anymore?It’s possible to forget that Utopia came first, and dystopia was essentially its johnny-come-lately spinoff.
  43. reboots
    Reboot Ghostbusters. In Fact, Reboot Everything.I’d love to see an all-female Ghostbusters. I’d also love to see a Ghostbusters set in Victorian England. Or one directed by Harmony Korine.
  44. the waiting game
    Why Are Movies the Only Kind of Entertainment We Still Have to Wait Around For?Movies are the only medium in which anticipation still counts for anything at all.
  45. posthumousity
    The Strange Year of the Posthumous PerformanceIt’s not weird that we miss those artists who’ve died. But it is weird that, increasingly, we expect them to keep producing art.
  46. overnights
    Boardwalk Empire Recap: The Sins We Can Live WithHeart attack, people! Nothing to see here!
  47. the future
    Who Will Die in Sunday’s Boardwalk Empire Finale? Vulture Lays OddsIt seems reasonable to assume that at least one major character will meet his or her maker. But who?
  48. overnights
    Boardwalk Empire Recap: Dental Insurance“The wrong man is running this town.”
  49. overnights
    Boardwalk Empire Recap: SuffrageYes! Lucy! Naked! Again!
  50. overnights
    Boardwalk Empire Recap: A Power You Do Not SuspectLast week, we saw Margaret’s eyes finally opened to Nucky’s world; this week, she’s on her way to becoming Nucky or, at least, a very capable Nuckyette.
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