Indiewire has named critic Sam Adams to take over as Criticwire blog editor and head writer. Adams, who has written for the Los Angeles Times, the A.V. Club, the Philadelphia Inquirer and more, will be covering issues from the worlds of both film and TV, with an eye to highlighting the best and most significant criticism on those subjects.
The Criticwire blog, previously run by Matt Singer, was started last year as part of the larger Criticwire network, Indiewire’s curated aggregation service that currently has profiles for nearly 500 film and TV critics from around the world. The network will be unveiling additional features in the coming months to incorporate more of the blog’s content.
Singer moves on as news editor of The Dissolve, the new site founded by a group of writers from The A.V. Club. One of the reasons Adams landed the Criticwire gig, among a group of writers trying out for it, is that he has every intention of reinventing it and making it his own. He has his own voice, as you can see in this well-read piece on Sofia Coppola. UPDATE: As @SamAAdams wrote on Twitter this morning, “I will now be applying tags rather than popping them.”
Welcome to Adams, who begins his daily blogging for Criticwire July 3. Here’s his bio:
Sam Adams writes for the Los Angeles Times, the Philadelphia
Inquirer, Slate, Time Out New York, the Onion A.V. Club, eMusic and the
Philadelphia City Paper. His writing has
appeared in Entertainment Weekly, the Boston Globe, the Hollywood Reporter,
Salon and Film Comment, and his essays on Two-Lane Blacktop and Greendale are included
in the The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget
Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love. He served on the
jury at the Toronto Film Festival as a representative of FIPRESCI, the
International Federation of Film Critics, was twice a fellow of the Flaherty
Film Seminar, and participated in the inaugural New York Times Institute in
Film Criticism and Feature Writing at the Museum of the Moving Image in 2007.
He has taught classes in documentary and narrative cinema at the University of
the Arts, and is a frequent guest speaker in the Talk Cinema series. He lives
in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.