BALLET 422 – DOCUMENTARY REVIEW

It is one thing to be honored with the privilege of choreographing a piece for the New York City Ballet. It’s another thing to be a member of the corps de ballet – the lowest rank in any company. But for Justin Peck, who has done both, it means having unprecedented access to some of the…

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SO WHAT’S THIS “FREE THE NIPPLE” REALLY ALL ABOUT?

After weeding out trends for the Spring/Summer 2015 collections from New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, there was a trend that got a lot of people talking about the London collections, but was only whispered about in New York. What I'm talking about here is nipples. While sheer to completely transparent fabrics often grace runways, (remember when Charlie Le Mindu opened his Paris…

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LEGENDARY DESIGNER OSCAR DE LA RENTA HAS DIED AT 82

On October 20th, 2014, the legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died in his home in Kent, Connecticut, after eight years of battling cancer. He was 82. At a 92Y "Fashion Talks" event last year, de la Renta spoke of his cancer. "The only realities in life are that you are born, and that you die. We…

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“LISTEN UP PHILIP” – AN ODE TO MR. ROTH AND LIT SNOBS ALIKE

Listen Up Philip, Alex Ross Perry’s third feature-length film will either repulse audiences or seduce them. Wearing an abrasive indie-hipster aesthetic, the film is a hilarious and bleak portrayal of the modern day lit-snob/writer living in New York City. The story follows Philip (a fantastic Jason Schwartzman), a brooding novelist in his 30s and on the brink of his second…

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IS IT JUST US OR DID WOMEN DOMINATE THE 2014 MTV VMAs?

On August 24th, 2014, the MTV Video Music Awards turned 30 years old in Los Angeles. Unlike other awards ceremonies, which air with little to no scandal, the VMAs boast a long history of scandalous moments. There was that time Courtney Love chucked a shoe at Madonna on stage. And what about that time Madonna swapped saliva with…

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“THE GIVER” STARRING MERYL STREEP, JEFF BRIDGES, KATIE HOLMES – FILM REVIEW

The Newbery-winning book The Giver is something like a children’s super-novel.  More than 10 million copies of The Giver have been sold, with dozens of translations (Czech, Hungarian, Thai) and the title is a staple on the middle schooler’s English syllabus.  Lowry, who is now 77-years old, still receives fan mail for the book on a day-to-day basis.  While…

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“WHAT IF” A MODERN LOVE STORY – FILM REVIEW

At the heart of Michael Dowse’s new indie rom-com What If is the age-old question: can men and women be friends?  Written by Elan Mastai, the film premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival as The F Word, winning its writer a Canadian Screen Award (the Canadian “Oscar”) for Best Adapted Screenplay.  The film stars Daniel Radcliffe…

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JAMES FRANCO’S “CHILD OF GOD” – IS IT HIS BEST? FILM REVIEW BY THE UNTITLED MAGAZINE

On July 30th, 2014, James Franco's latest artistic endeavor, a film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel, Child of God, premiered at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City.  According to Franco's Instagram, this is "the best thing [he's] ever made." Set in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the 1960s, McCarthy's third novel follows the…

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PHARRELL WILLIAMS NEW MUSIC VIDEO INCLUDES MILEY CYRUS CAMEO

Pharrell Williams has released a video for "Come Get It Bae," the second single off his top-charted album G I R L. Similar to “Happy,” the triple-platinum single that became an international hit with its buoyant refrain and 24-hour music video, “Come Get It Bae” is just as light-hearted, funky, and fun. You can’t listen…

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THE PUBLIC NEVER FORGETS: THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD

In 1958, Vladimir Nabokov introduced American readers to Humbert Humbert and Dolores Haze, a middle-aged man and his 12-year old nymphet—a couple who would become two of the most controversial characters in 20th century American literature with his famous love story, Lolita. One year before this, in 1957, the swashbuckling Hollywood star, Errol Flynn—known for…

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