Adam Sternbergh on Muck Rack

Adam Sternbergh Verified

Lowbrow Despicable
Vulture Blogger and Contributing Editor, New York Times Magazine — New York Times

Author of SHOVEL READY and NEAR ENEMY: Currently: @NYMag & @Vulture Formerly: @NYTMag

Ranking the 14 Taken Knockoffs -- Vulture — When Taken was released in 2008, it looked at first glance like a modestly budgeted, cleverly high concept, essentially throwaway thriller. The most noteworthy thing about it was its surprising star: Liam Neeson, he of the brooding mien, baritone brogue, and impressively varied acting resume.

How Did Serena Go Straight to VOD? -- Vulture — If you produced a movie featuring the two hottest movie stars in the world, with an Oscar-winning director and a script based on a beloved best-selling novel, you might assume you'd end up with a massive hit, right? Or at least a movie that everyone was scrambling to get a piece of?

karen (Woodside, NY)'s review of Shovel Ready — You'll leave a trail of trash on this Earth that will far exceed anything of worth you leave behind. For every ounce of heirloom, you leave a ton of landfill. between this and Schrödinger's Gun: A Tor.Com Original, i seem to be on a roll with this noir/sci-fi genre mashup.

Hey! It's that Guy!: The Guide to Character Actors — So you're watching Full Metal Jacket and there he is that guy! What's his name? You know, that guy who always plays a drill sergeant! Or you're watching Fast Times at Ridgemont High and there's another one that creepy science teacher! That guy always plays a creepy somebody! What's his name?

Is the Con-Artist Movie Genre Dying? -- Vulture — the new film starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, is a giddy love letter to a lost art: not the art of the con man (though it is that, too), but the art of the con-man movie.

Michael Keaton lost because the Academy doesn’t love comeback stories. — Who doesn't love a comeback story? Well, the Oscars, apparently. Don't get me wrong - they seem to like a comeback story. They can get behind a comeback, sort of - up to a point. But every great comeback tale seems to falter at the finish line - and maybe none more so than the improbable rebirth of Michael Keaton in Birdman.

Jon Stewart’s Late-Night Legacy -- Vulture — Early on, the narrative seemed so obvious as to barely need explaining. Jon Stewart, who'd improbably elevated a local-news parody on Comedy Central into appointment-watch political satire, would one day claim his reward by ascending to one of broadcast's coveted late-night chairs.

The Fantasy of the Perfect Response — The internet has fallen in love with the Perfect Response. I don't just mean the Perfect Response by President Obama when Republicans, during his State of the Union address, loudly applauded his mention of having "no more campaigns to run" - "I know, because I won both of them," he responded coolly.

READ THIS POEM: "IF A CLOWN" BY STEPHEN DUNN — Stephen Dunn is a very well-known poet, given he's won the Pulitzer Prize and all. Nevertheless, being moderately contemporary poetry illiterate, I only recently started reading him. To be truthful, I've been low-level obsessing over him for a little while, ever since reading a poem of his called "Tucson," in the Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century American Poetry, which I dip into now and again when I'm craving a poetry fix.

Why abolishing nominations would make the acting categories at the Oscars less predictable. — When Patricia Arquette, J.K. Simmons, Julianne Moore, and probably Eddie Redmayne ascend the Oscar dais to collect their respective awards for Best Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Actress, and Actor, you may feel a strong sense of déjà vu. That's because this exact quartet all won SAG awards for acting.
More Articles →
Mar 31, 2015

Foiling all of McDonald's attempts at reinvention is fact that it's a) a restaurant designed to b) serve food and its c) food is d) gross.

Mar 30, 2015

Everything I've seen from SNL only corroborates my contention that The Rock is America's greatest entertainer:…

Email Adam by joining Muck Rack Pro

Are You a Journalist?

Make a Portfolio

Create a free Muck Rack account to customize your profile and upload a portfolio of your best work.

Share This Profile