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"All art forms converge in the movies; that's why I enjoy writing and talking about them so much."

    

  I've never been able to conquer my addiction to movies. After retiring as a college dean, I turned my passion for the cinema into a new career. Now, as a film critic, I see almost 200 movies a year. Fortunately, my husband, children, and grandchildren love movies almost as much as I do!



Accomplishments: 1. Revealed all about my longstanding obsession with the cinema in CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT, which won First Place in the memoir category at the 2012 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest.

2. Analyzed the film career of an actress who's become an American icon in SUSAN SARANDON: A TRUE MAVERICK, which received Honorable Mention at the 2007 New York Book Festival.

3. Developed an online writing course entitled "The Reel Deal: Writing about Movies" for the Long Story Short School of Writing.

4. Helped establish ReelTalkReviews.com, a website now including over 4,000 movie reviews and close to 600 film-related feature articles.

5. Created (and currently serve as host for) "Movie Addict Headquarters," a weekly film-related talk show on BlogTalkRadio.

(Photo by Bryan Kelsen for The Pueblo Chieftain.)
     



Books

Confessions of a Movie Addict by Betty Jo Tucker
Film Stars! Dancing! Popcorn! At last, a life story with everything but the movie stuff edited out.This amusing memoir chronicles film critic Betty Jo Tucker's love affair with film from the 1930s through the beginning of the new millennium. It also includes interviews with show biz celebrities and selected movie reviews....
  

Price: $9.99 (eBook)
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Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick by Betty Jo Tucker
Susan Sarandon's extraordinary movie career is analyzed by film critic Betty Jo Tucker in SUSAN SARANDON: A TRUE MAVERICK. Why did the passionate and outspoken Sarandon choose acting as a career? How does she select her roles? What is her acting philosophy? What motivates her to promote social and political causes and why do some people object to this? How do critics rate her work and her movies? ...
  

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The Reel Deal: Writing about Movies by Betty Jo Tucker
"The Reel Deal: Writing about Movies" is designed for people who want to learn various techniques for writing movie reviews as well as for interviewing actors, directors, screenwriters and other film personnel....
  

Long Story Short Publishing 



Poetry

What Is a Poem?
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Woke up around 2 a.m. last night and couldn't go back to sleep until this poem wrote itself. ...


Gone Girl: Poem and Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
As I've mentioned before, sometimes a poem seems more appropriate than a regular movie review. Such is the case with "Gone Girl." So here's both for your reading pleasure....


Father's Day Golfers
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Three generations of the Tuckers are playing together in our local Father/Son Golf Tournament today. This poem is for them....


Maleficent Film Poem and Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Sometimes a poem captures the tone of a movie even better than a regular review. Below, dear reader, find both for Disney's "Maleficent."...


Sandy Hook Lament
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Like everyone else, I feel devastated about the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook elementary school. My poem expresses this deep sadness. ...


360: Film Poem
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Directed by the usually excellent Fernando Meirelles, "360" -- with Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law and Ben Foster -- disappointed me, so you know what I'm compelled to do when that happens. Here comes ano...


Bel Ami Poem
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Robert Pattinson, who plays the romantic vampire in those "Twilight" movies, shows up again in the film "Bel Ami," now available on DVD. This time, he’s up to no good as an ambitious ladies man in Par...


True Grit Poem
 by Betty Jo Tucker
After watching the latest "True Grit" movie, I felt moved to write the poem below. ...



Articles

I'll See You in My Dreams: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Carpe Diem I love movies for grown-ups! That’s probably why “I’ll See You in My Dreams” charmed me completely. It focuses on a longtime widow in her seventies who feels her life is over until...


Hollywood Legends
 by Betty Jo Tucker
"In the Company of Legends" was written just for me. Well, probably not, but I sure felt that way while reading this marvelous show biz memoir by Joan Kramer and David Heeley, who have produced outsta...


Adult Beginners Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Some movies deserve to be treasured -- and "Adult Beginners" is high on my list. I even teared up at the end of this touching dramedy about regular people dealing with the kind of family problems many...


Ever After: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
No fairy godmother? Movie fans have never seen a Cinderella film like "Ever After: A Cinderella Story." For starters, imagine an independent, resourceful heroine who gets help from Leonardo Da Vinci i...


Cinderella: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
How many Cinderella movies can Hollywood moguls greenlight? As many as they want to, and I plan to see every one of them! Evidently, I am not alone. The first-day box office earnings for "Cinderella" ...


Dancing at Lughnasa: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Spencer Tracy once remarked about Katharine Hepburn, “There’s not much meat on her bones, but what’s there is cherse.” Similarly, the little bit of dancing in "Dancing at Lughnasa" is “cherse” indeed...


Take the Lead: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
What makes a great teacher? A passion for what he or she is teaching, of course. But a great teacher also cares as much for the students as the subject. In "Take the Lead," Antonio Banderas’...


Whiplash: Film/Poem Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
“Whiplash,” an adrenalin-fueled musical thriller, benefits greatly from brilliant performances by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, who electrify the screen as an ambitious drum student and his abusive i...


Getting Back at Oscar®
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Because Oscar® nominated only films with male lead characters in the 2014 BEST PICTURE category, I think it’s important for someone to nominate the 2014 Best Pictures with Female Lead Characters...


Strange Magic: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
I couldn’t help falling in love with "Strange Magic." It’s one of the most delightful animated musicals I’ve ever seen! Fascinating animation, colorful characters and marvelous musical numbers made m...


American Sniper: Film Poem and Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
The only way I feel comfortable writing about the box-office smash “American Sniper” seems to be through poetry as well as prose. Consider yourself warned, for below is another one of my film poe...


Favorite Films of 2014
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Will wonders never cease? For the first time ever, three musicals made it to my list of the year’s Top Ten movies. As the world’s most avid movie musical fan, I feel quite happy about that. My l...


Big Eyes: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
"Big Eyes" had me squirming in my seat for most of its running time. Because the film is based on a true story, I couldn’t help feeling embarrassed for the real people being depicted on screen. And I ...


Surviving Christmas: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
If you wanted to rent a family for any occasion, the Valcos of "Surviving Christmas" probably wouldn’t be your first choice. The gruff father yells at everyone and never cracks a smile; the mother loo...


Wild: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Her Heavy Burden Like the enormous gear carried on her tiny back, Cheryl Strayed’s internal baggage is a heavy burden as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail alone in "Wild," an inten...


Jessabelle: Film Review and Poem
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Nightmares and Voodoo and ghosts -- oh my! "Jessabelle" cries out for a poem and a review. So I dare you to keep reading, dear friends....


Dead and Breakfast: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
"Bed & Breakfast" is the first thing we see flashed on screen, but immediately after that, the word “Dead,” written in a blood-red color, splashes over Bed. Clearly, the title is really "Dead & ...


The Two Faces of January: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Without even one fast-paced car chase or explosive special effects scene, “The Two Faces of January” fills the screen with exquisite suspense. Set mostly in Athens and Crete during the 1960s, this ele...


My Old Lady: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
"My Old Lady" won me over completely with its unique plot, impressive performances and marvelous dialogue. Although the title may be a bit off-putting, please don’t let that stop you from seeing ...


The Last of Robin Hood: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Acting magic fills the screen in "The Last of Robin Hood," a fascinating true-life tale about the desire for fame and the price it demands. Because one of my first movie crushes involved Err...


The Calling: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
A Mysterious, Suspenseful Thriller Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon shows off her impressive acting chops in two films opening on August 29 this year: "The Calling" and "The Last of Robin Hood." A...


Rage: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Movies about revenge can be very suspenseful and exciting to watch. With "Rage," viewers who enjoy this type of film get to see Nicolas Cage as a father on a violent rampage against villains he thinks...


Life Itself: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
"Life Itself," a terrific documentary directed by Steve James, tells the story of Roger Ebert’s entertaining and inspiring life without glossing over his flaws -- which seem to make him even more ende...


Authors Anonymous: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
What a great idea for a movie! In "Authors Anonymous," a group of unpublished authors get together to help each other with their writing, but the one member they think least likely to be published jus...


X-Men Days of Future Past: Film Review
 by Betty Jo Tucker
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" boasts one of the most creative sci-fi sequences of the year. While “Time in a Bottle” plays in the background, every character freezes except a new mutant called Quicksil...



News

Hugh O'Brian Interview
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Hugh O’Brian, best-known for portraying legendary lawman Wyatt Earp, talked about his acting career as well as HOBY, his successful youth leadership project, in a recent taped interview for Movie Addi...


Cinderella-Thon on Movie Addict Headquarters
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Movie Addict Headquarters hosted a spirited Cinderella-Thon Extravaganza this week on BlogTalkRadio...


Funny Ladies of Film
 by Betty Jo Tucker
On April 1, 2014, Movie Addict Headquarters salutes the following funny ladies of film: Tina Fey, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn, Debbie Reynolds and Gilda Radner. Comedian Nancy Lombardo, host of Com...


Judy Reyes Interview
 by Betty Jo Tucker
In a taped interview for Movie Addict Headquarters, award-winning actress Judy Reyes talks about her starring role in "Gun Hill Road," a film to be released on DVD March 5, 2013. ...


Oscar Mania
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Film historian James Colt Harrison, Mad Movie Man A.J. Hakari and entertainment journalist Diana Saenger drop by Movie Addict HQ on February 19th to share their predictions about the upcoming Oscar wi...


A Romance with Movies
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Movie Addict Headquarters presents a special pre-Valentine’s Day episode on February 12th focusing on romantic films reviewed in “It Had To Be Us,” an award-winning romantic memoir by Harry and Elizab...


Hugh Jackman Celebration
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Movie Addict HQ salutes Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Hugh Jackman on February 5th with a discussion of his best film performances, his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and his upcomin...


Movie Memoir Wins Coveted Book Award
 by Betty Jo Tucker
I feel honored that my movie memoir was selected as one of the winners in the 2012 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest. Below is the official press release regarding this event. ...


Morgan Freeman Tribute
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Movie Addict HQ salutes Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman with a special Tribute Show on September 18, 2012...


Paul Newman Remembered on BTR
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Fans of Paul Newman will have the opportunity to share their memories of this great actor on the next Movie Addict Headquarters show. On Tuesday, October 7, film critic John P. McCarthy, publisher Den...


Mini Reviews Now Online
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Many people who love movies don’t have time to read long reviews. Happily, Mini Reviews from Cineman Syndicate are now available online at ReelTalkReviews.com. ...


Superhero Movies in the Spotlight
 by Betty Jo Tucker
A superhero movie can usually count on success at the box office, even if it fails to win critical acclaim. Will "Hancock," Will Smith’s first superhero outing, rank as one of the best or worst movies...


Film Comedies: The Best and the Funniest
 by Betty Jo Tucker
What are the best film comedies ever made? That’s one of the questions to be explored on the next “Movie Addict Headquarters” show. ...


Ingrid Bergman: A Radio Tribute
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Actress Ingrid Bergman’s life may have been tainted by scandal, but her wonderful movies live on as a reminder of her natural beauty and talent. Who can forget Bergman’s mesmerizing performances in su...


Tim Daly Earns Acting Excellence Award
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Popular movie and television actor Tim Daly will be awarded the 2008 Excellence in Acting Award at this year’s Vail Film Festival, which is scheduled from April 3-6 in scenic Vail, Colorado. The follo...


Robert Osborne's Classic Film Festival
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Robert Osborne, the distinguished host of Turner Classic Movies, offers film fans three days of classics and conversation at his upcoming film festival in Athens, Georgia. From April 10-13, participan...


Joe Mantegna on BlogTalkRadio
 by Betty Jo Tucker
I’m always fascinated by Joe Mantegna whenever I see him in a movie or television program – and, in the case of “The Simpsons,” hearing him as Fat Tony. His dark, dangerous good looks and distinct voi...


Script Consultant on BlogTalkRadio
 by Betty Jo Tucker
What do "Crash," "Shakespeare in Love" and "Sideways" have in common? According to Dr. Linda Seger, author of "And the Best Screenplay Goes To…," these films boast scripts that are rich, complex, and...


Actress Margaret Avery on BlogTalkRadio
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Who can forget Margaret Avery’s stunning portrayal of “Shug,” the sultry and spirited blues singer in “The Color Purple”? That brilliant performance earned Avery a well-deserved Oscar nomination in 19...


Stanley Kramer Tribute on BlogTalkRadio
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Legendary filmmaker Stanley Kramer's 35 movies won 15 Oscars and earned 80 Academy Award nominations during his lifetime -- which means he holds the record for the most nominations of any filmmaker t...


Meet Actress Julie Benz
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Julie Benz, the lovely and talented actress who stars alongside Sylvester Stallone in “Rambo,” will be my special guest on BlogTalkRadio’s “Movie Addict Headquarters” next Tuesday, January 22. This 30...


Carole Schutter on BlogTalkRadio
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Carole Whang Schutter, who wrote the screenplay for “September Dawn” as well as its follow-up historical romance novel, joins BlogTalkRadio host Betty Jo Tucker and producer Nikki Starr on “Movie Addi...


Film Critics Discuss Best and Worst of 2007
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Popular film critic John P. McCarthy returns to “Movie Addict Headquarters” on Tuesday, January 8, to talk about the Best and Worst Films of 2007....


New Website Wows Visitors
 by Betty Jo Tucker
Creativity dazzles the eye on every page of the new website Denise Cassino designed for me. “I wanted to put all of your work from various areas together in one place,” Denise said....


Is 'Enchanted' Enchanting?
 by Betty Jo Tucker
I’m happy to announce that film critic Mack Bates will be my special guest on tomorrow's “Movie Addict Headquarters” show. Mack plans to discuss both "Enchanted," Disney’s latest fantasy film, and Su...


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Long Story Short School of Writing


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I'm the Editor/Lead Film Critic for ReelTalk Movie Reviews and write monthly film commentary for The Colorado Senior Beacon. My latest adventure involves hosting "Movie Addict Headquarters" on BlogTalkRadio. I belong to the Online Film Critics Society and helped found the San Diego Film Critics Society. I helped found the San Diego Film Critics Society and am a member of the Online Film Critics Society. And, last but not least, IT HAD TO BE US (the little romantic memoir my husband and I won wrote under the pseudonyms of Harry & Elizabeth Lawrence) won First Place in the e-book category at the 2006 Hollywood Book Festival Awards Program.

 
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