Directed by Lisa
Peggy Guggenheim came from a colorful family. They started as peddlers, selling door-to-door and then invested in banking and mining. Amassing fortunes, they lived like royalty with servants, but Peggy was the black sheep of the family who went on her own Bohemian way. She was a rebel and loved to shock. She once shaved off her eyebrows.
In Europe during the 20's and 30's, she met artists who were disgusted with the civilized world and looked for an alternative to the bourgeoisie. Peggy started collecting their work. During WWII, Art was cheap because these artists were not yet famous, and they were desperate to sell - they needed money. She purchased works that would later sell for fortunes.
For 40,000, she put a collection together. She broke all the rules in the male-dominated world of those days. Peggy liked art, and she liked artists. She slept with many. They were her teachers and lovers. "You don't have to be a painter. It's all about art and love." It's said that at one time, she bought one painting a day.
artists: Pollock, Rothko, Duchamp, Arp, Beckett,
Brancusi, Dali, De Kooning, Ernst, Giacometti,
Kandinsky, Motherwell, Miro, Mondrian, De
Chirico, Tanguy, Magritte ... Peggy was
self-educated and had an intuition for talent.
She eventually realized that there was a serious threat in London during the war that her 'museum' could be bombed. She managed to send her paintings by ship to the U.S.A. as 'household objects" and also helped artists leave Europe for New York. Peggy opened a gallery on 30 West 57th Street, one of the first international galleries with European and American paintings.
was unusual. There is humor in the film. We
learn about certain eccentricities in the
family: Her mother repeated everything three
times. Her aunts and uncles were described as
being "off their rockers." Another relative was
said to sing everything, instead of talking.
Peggy Guggenheim died at age 81, buried with her 14 dogs.
She is a very engaging art
addict. The film is filled with candid
interviews with her and photos of the
outstanding work of some of the best known
Review by Lois Siegel
Directed by Tom
Boston 2001, the church was feared and
respected, so evidence of wrongdoing was
routinely disregarded. The Globe’s new editor,
Marty Baron (Liev
wanted to change this and
went after the church. This was a
risky move since 53% of their readers were
Running time: 128 minutes
Review by Lois Siegel
The Big Short
In 2007, thousands of people lost
their homes during the U.S. mortgage housing
crisis. The banks gave almost anyone a loan,
even though they knew this was risky. Bad loans
were hidden inside prime quality bonds, assuming
that the banks behind the bonds were “too big to
fail.” Greed ruled. Some people started to
realize that this bubble would burst. They
recognized that the banking system was unstable
and widely corrupt, so when nobody would listen,
they placed bets against it, making millions of
Using humor, the film helps us comprehend what happened. Despite the complications of understanding all the details of the transactions in the film, the basic story is clear. We become involved with the characters. One of the most interesting individuals is Michael Burry (Christian Bale), an eccentric. He’s an ex-doctor and a Capital hedge fund manager who wears shorts to the office, doesn’t wear shoes, and plays a mean set of drums.
The story of these fraudulent systems is like Chicken Little – the sky is falling, but most people refused to believe it. When millions lose their homes, reality hits. We see them living in their cars or tents. It’s painful.
Despite years of unethical and criminal behavior, only one banker went to jail, and the others were bailed out. The regulations that led to this have not been substantially changed. It might happen again.
The acting and editing are excellent. This is one of the best films I’ve seen this year.
Oscar nominations: Best Picture,
Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale), Best
Director (Adam McKay), Best Film Editing, and
Best Adapted Screenplay.
Amazon.com: DVD available for Pre-Order.
Review by Lois Siegel
Dean Kamen is best known as the inventor of the Segway, a Personal Transporter that has two wheels and is a self-balancing electric vehicle controlled by shifting body weight.
Many people think it’s just a luxury toy like the go-kart, but it’s not. When I was a guest speaker at St. Andrew’s College, Laurinburg, North Carolina, I was surprised to see a physically challenged kid zoom into class on a Segway. Only then did I realize one of the outstanding uses of the Segway: Physically challenged kids were able to move around the campus with ease and speed.
likes technology and machines… it’s their
efficiency. They deliver.
He certainly doesn’t know the different between work and play. It’s one and the same to him. He says you have to be lucky to find work you love.
eccentric and extremely interesting. He lives in
a house with secret passages and hops into his
helicopter in the morning to ‘drive’ to work. He
also flies his own jet. His closet is
jam-packed with blue denim shirts and pants. He
wears the same-looking clothes every day. This
must make his life easier because he doesn’t
have to think about what he is going to wear.
Kamen dedicates his life to creating machines that help people in need. He has over 440 patents. His inventions include a prosthetic arm, a home dialysis machine, and a pharmaceutical system that delivers insulin. He has also started a robotic program for students.
How does he do this? “You have to take a big intellectual leap,” he explains. “Every decision is a compromise.” He realizes that people accept new ideas very slowly. Kamen survives because he is an optimist, despite the fact that innovation is a difficult and frustrating process.
He is obsessively focused on his work. He doesn’t have children. His inventions are like his children.
This is a film everyone should see. It’s inspiring to learn about this very unique man.
Running time: 88 minutes
"Await The Freight"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07.02.2011
NATIONAL CAPITAL TO BE MOVIE SET OF NEW DARK COMEDY
•Quiet Revolution Pictures, Majika Pictures and Denmark's Fridthjof Films with the support of
Telefilm Canada and The Danish Film Institute will be filming the feature-length dark comedy,
"Eddie" in the Nation’s Capital.
Photo by Lois Siegel
• Starring Thure Lindhart (Angels & Demons, Into The Wild), Georgina Reilly (Pontypool, This Movie is Broken), Al Goulem (18 to Life, The Trotsky) and Dylan Smith (300, Love & Savagery).
Production is scheduled to begin February 7, 2011.
Ottawa, ON Canada, February
7, 2011 –the Nation’s
Capital is being transformed into the set of a twisted, dark-comedy
movie entitled "Eddie." The satirical story is about a once-famous
painter who rediscovers inspiration after he befriends a
sleepwalking cannibal. Telefilm Canada and the Danish Film Institute
have partially funded the project to be directed by Boris Rodriguez
(Havana Kids, Beso Nocturno) and produced by Ottawa native
Michael A. Dobbin (The Devil’s Curse, Powerful: Energy for
Everyone, The Maiden Dance to Death) and Ronnie Fridthjof (Armadillo,
Tempo). “The National Capital Region is the ideal setting for
this movie. I’m really looking forward to working here,” says Boris.
Director Boris Rodriguez is a graduate of Concordia University and the Canadian Film Centre. Boris’ films Beso Nocturno (Night Kiss) and Perfect both had premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and Beso Nocturno was selected for a retrospective at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York.
Michael’s past work as a producer includes Toni Harman's debut horror entitled The Devil's Curse (aka Credo), (currently available through Lionsgate and iTunes), David Chernushenko’s Powerful: Energy for Everyone as well as Endre Hules' The Maiden Danced to Death. Michael was mentored by BAFTA-winning producer of East is East, Leslee Udwin. He’s an alumnus of the film programme of Ryerson. In October 2006, Michael founded the ‘Just Watch Me!’ Canadian Film Festival and as a story editor, script doctor and lecturer is in steady demand on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Teen Filmmaker First Local to Win
at Ottawa International Animation Festival
Inrig's short, animated film
This is his first animated film and
tells the story of a humble shepherd
Inrig gained significant attention last
summer with his debut feature documentary film
The film is inspired by his younger brother
who has been diagnosed with severe autism.
Inrig is mentored by Order of
Canada recipient Alanis Obomsawin,
Inrig's first dramatic feature about an
enigmatic alien landing in northern Ontario,
"The Depose of Bolskivoi
Hovhannes" was made as part of