Tuesday, April 28, 2015



I am within this documentary and am referred to as Robin Williams former girlfriend.  I believe with proper support and nurturing care Robin could still be with us and say this in this film.


After His Art was Destroyed in 9/11, Ronald Mallory's Creative Muse is Back!

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On April 24, at a private VIP opening at the new 220,000 sq. ft., Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, Ronald Mallory's contained mercury sculpture will be on display. Purchased by the Whitney in 1968 this black and silver piece is motorized kinetic art. It rotates every two minutes and has an exploding orgasmic sensuality when the mercury hits an air pocket. Mesmerizing. That's it!
And Mallory's life like his dedication to his art has been explosive. On 9/11 his magnificent painting of the Andrea Doria at the Windows of the World on the 106th floor of the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists. Could Mallory create again? His muse had been pummeled. He was haunted by the question, "Why make art?" After a period of mourning, Mallory's tortured muse began to paint, one stroke at a time. His recovery was slow. Music helped as well as living in the gentle climate of Mexico where he resides.
Finally Ron Mallory's muse is back on track. Today he creates in his studio daily preparing for a show in Paris at the RCM Gallery on the Rue de Lille beginning 10/29/2015 through 11/30. The show will feature mixed media and 9 mercury sculptures created from 1973 to 2013. Like his kinetic art Mallory rotates from creating sculpture to oil on canvas. He even designs jewelry when inspired. In 2016 he will have a show at the Patrick Parrish Gallery in N.Y.'s West Village.
However on April 24, he will be making an appearance at the Private Opening of the Whitney.
In 1966, he first gathered acclaim exhibiting his mercury wonders at the Stable Gallery along with Warhol. His sculptures went on to be purchased by: the Museum of Modern Art NYC, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt, the Chase, the Albright Knox, the Lannan Foundation, the Aldrich Museum, LACM and many more notable institutions.
Like the Court painters of yore, handsome Ron Mallory has a gift of socializing with collectors. He had been spotted at dinner parties at the home of collector extraordinaire J. Patrick Lannan, at lunch with Princess Grace and Prince Rainier on the yacht of producer Sam Spiegel, at dinner with the Shah of Iran at the Palace Hotel in St. Moritz, sailing on the Mediterranean seas, having aperitifs with a King of Spain at the port of St. Tropez. But Mallory's attraction for the jet set lifestyle and its attraction for him have never taken his focus away from his dedicated muse who has kept him creating through all the chintz and glitz of St. Tropez, Sardinia, Venice, Megeve, Paris, Milan, London etc. For me Ronald Mallory is reminiscent of Edouard Manet. Like many of his paintings, Manet was a contradiction, both bourgeoisie and common, conventional and radical. A year after the first impressionist exhibit, he was offered the opportunity to draw illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe's book-length French edition of "The Raven." In 1881, the French government awarded him the L├ęgion d'honneur.
Forever the artist, Mallory still can be found jetting from Mexico to New York to Paris and back again to his humble studio in Estado de Mexico eager to play some classical music and to pick up a brush or to create a mercury masterpiece.


Movie Review: The Water Diviner... Russell Crowe Should Crow About

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A tender, soulful Russell Crowe makes The Water Diviner work. Crowe as a farmer who has lost his wife and three sons gives a masterful performance. Russell Crowe not only stars in this epic, but has directed The Water Diviner and proves his Oscar -winning talent for best actor needs no direction. Instead of seeing New Zealand born-Australian bred Crowe flex his pecks as he did in his early days as The Gladiator we see him portray the gentle farmer, Connor, who has an uncanny gift to locate water in the driest parts of the Australian Outback. Connor is a tortured man who mourns his missing three sons who fought in the Ottoman Empire during the Battle of Gallipoli in 1914. Connor had promised his wife to bury their sons next to her and so he sets out on a journey to Turkey to find their bones and remains.
The filming of Istanbul and the Turkish countryside is spectacular as is the authenticity of the turn of the century sets and period costumes. Dark sepia tones dominate the film and create the somber mood as Connor travels from Australia to Turkey by boat, horseback and antiquated locomotive. The acting of the entire cast of relative unknowns is first rate.
Recently on CBS Sunday Morning Crowe said how he longed for the day when he could only direct. He had to cast himself as the star in The Water Diviner because he needed to do so to get financing. Crowe said, "Directing was the most complete experience because so much is under your control. This is the language I speak."
The writing by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios is original and uses flash backs to fill in the gaps in the story line which moves quickly. The folly and futility of war are the themes of The Water Diviner as well as a faith based perseverance. Pity the ending is flawed, and has a scotch tape feel to it in an otherwise heart wrenching tale.
The Turkish actor Yilmaz Erdogan as Major Hasan is particularly outstanding. Major Hasan could possibly have killed Connors sons and yet they form a friendship that defies the hatred that is normally associated with the wartime enemy. Spectacular beauty and Quantum of Solace Bond girl Olga Kurylenko as Ayshe portrays a widow and adds a much needed love interest to an occasionally too bleak scenario.
What bothered me was the implausibility of a man searching for his sons' corpses and being willing to uproot his life from is vast farm in the Australian Outback to chase helter skelter to Turkey for charred remains. But his journey justifies my inaccurately perceived futility. This is Hollywood in the Outback with a sojourn to Istanbul folks! Just go with it. If feeling good is to your liking, see The Water Diviner.

Saturday, April 4, 2015


Movie Review: Furious Seven ...Fabulous!
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Furious Seven is the best in this franchise. Fresh. Crazy. Riveting. Cars parachuted from an airplane in a sequence that will raise your blood pressure. The team is back! Vin Diesel heads the charge. The sounds of the revving of engines, the double clutching, the down shifting, the brakes screeching become characters onto themselves and make you feel as though you are in the driver's seat. And some seat to be in. These men do it again. Original, imaginative, action scenes never before filmed.
And there is a tender tribute to Paul Walker (Brian O'Connor) at the end that is welcomed by the audience with deferential silence.
Vin Diesel (Dominic Torretto) leads the pack of mercenaries who take on Jason Strathan (Deckard Shaw) who is seeking revenge for the death of his brother. Shaw is killing Torretto's men one by one. Vin Diesel has sex appeal that is raw and refreshing while Jason Strathan has a polished, manicured tough guy look. The one two wallop of these refreshingly macho men keeps you on the edge of your denim as does the courage of Torretto's gang
Kurt Russell (Mr. Nobody) a shady government official contacts Torretto to help him retrieve God's Eye, a computer program that can turn technology into a weapon. A terrorist from Somalia, Jakande (Djimon Hounsou, is also trying to get God's Eye. A woman computer expert, Nathalie Emmanuel, (Ramsey) is the only hacker who can hack into God's Eye and she is held captive by Jakande. Mr. Nobody backs Torretto in his efforts to off killer Shaw, who is out to destroy Torretto's family. Mr. Nobody's deal is if Torretto will retrieve God's Eye for Mr. Nobody, he will give Toretto arms and technology to get Shaw. Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs), Michele Rodriguez (Letty), Tyrese Gibson (Roman), Ludicris (Taj), Elsa Pataky (Elena) Gal Gadot (Gisele), Lucas Black (Sean) round out the cast. Gibson and Ludicris add humor needed to play off the action sequences and Rodriguez is her usual brave, pit bull of a woman whose feisty nature charms. These actors engage in individual fights for survival which criss cross as the tension mounts.
Director James Wan triumphs with his masterful direction. The editing is terrific as Furious 7 is a series of stories with a big cast that is cut in such a way to keep you guessing and guessing as it spirals and builds into one huge thrill. Chris Morgan and Gary Thompson have written this with a gusto and spirit about characters you care about. This franchise has legs and can surely go on to Furious 8. But don't miss Furious 7 and decide for yourself.