Recent Reviews for Betty Jo Tucker
Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick (Book) - 1/14/2008 7:15:04 AM|
I love my book! I read it while in my School bus! and I loved your story on her!
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Confessions of a Movie Addict (Book) - 6/6/2002 8:33:27 AM
A Funny Look at Movies
by James Colt Harrison, editor of National Film PreVue Magazine
If Oscar's were given for the funniest book of the year, then "Confessions of a Movie Addict" by Betty Jo Tucker would win hands down! Film critic Tucker is as star-struck today as she was as a little girl when she was frightened out of her wits by FRANKENSTEIN and later in high school when she did impersonations of Rita Hayworth singing "Put the Blame on Mame." She fell hopelessly in love with the movies and movie stars. The affection she developed warped her mind from that point on to her present day success as a film critic. It has been said you have to be nuts to be a movie critic, and Tucker would probably agree.
Tucker takes us through her life in a chatty, gossipy way that serves the book's topic well. She regales us with hilarious personal encounters with movie stars and directors. Her unique and jolly way of looking at films is sampled in the reviews that are also included in the book.
If you love movies as much as I do, you'll love CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT. I haven't had so much fun since I watched a Laurel and Hardy comedy. Short of doing pratfalls, Tucker will set you laughing out loud with her confessions.
Debbie Reynolds Still Unsinkable (Article) - 4/17/2013 5:42:45 AM
I probably won't get to read the book, but I appreciate your review. It is certainly intriguing, especially about how she describes each movie.
Debbie Reynolds Still Unsinkable (Article) - 4/16/2013 11:51:13 AM
Debbie Reynolds is a national treasure. As a 19 year old kid she danced and sang with Donald O'Connor and Gene Kelly, two of the best dancers who ever lived--and she stayed right with them. Singin' in the Rain ranks as one of the very best musicals ever, due in no small way to the performance this lady who stole America's heart. Thanks for your wonderful tribute to her.
Roger Ebert Remembrance (Article) - 4/7/2013 9:50:41 AM
During my college years, I had occasion to view many movies free or at low cost. I always enjoyed the gems I found in the generally B-movie genre of the time, some of which have become cult classics from pulp movies. Foreign, subtitled movies were some of the best.
Later, when I became a working stiff in higher education, I only saw movies occasionally. Now that I'm in a wheelchair and limited by access and other factors, I rarely go at all. In the years that I did go to the movies occasionally, I relied heavily on critics to let me know which movies were the best to go to. I remember switching channels to be sure to see what that old guy Ebert (I am much older) was going to say about the movies that just came out that I would see much later on television.
Lately it seems like fantasy and technology have exceeded the storyline and most of the blockbuster movies are like lunch, once digested become trash. After there are twenty sequels they are touted for their profits rather than they're worth as great art.
I do miss a weekly dose of movie criticism by the best. The only place I get it now is on the Sunday Morning show on CBS. Some of the miniseries, like The Hatfields and McCoys, are better than the movies in the theaters for kids.
Elizabeth Taylor Fantasy (Article) - 3/27/2011 6:55:07 AM
Always love your fun viewpoint!
Eat Pray Love: Film Review (Article) - 11/24/2010 3:23:06 AM
enjoyed your review
Eat Pray Love: Film Review (Article) - 11/22/2010 8:03:11 PM
Thank's. New DVD's come to Blockbuster on Tuesdays (tomorrow 11/23/10)and was I going to pick it up, but I think that I'll go along with your husband and pass on "Eat Pray Love" and I do usually like what guys may call, "Chick Flicks" because I do enjoy the emotion but I think I'll pass on this. So thank's.
Hollywood Stories: Review (Article) - 8/27/2010 10:03:12 PM
Stephen Schochet's book is certainly a must-read for all movie fans. Although some of these anecdotes are well-known (e.g. the unhappy rivalry between Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor in "Singin' in the Rain" -- although this actually worked well for the movie as it gave their relationship a tension that benefits the story), many others are surprisingly revealing.
Kindle Book Launch plus Bonuses! (Article) - 8/3/2010 3:27:28 AM
The Lovely Bones: Film Review (Article) - 4/26/2010 10:05:48 AM
You make a good point here with your concerns. I would not recommend this movie for teens with behavior issues.
The Lovely Bones: Film Review (Article) - 4/20/2010 1:05:38 PM
I was going to pick up "Lovely Bones" at Blockbuster today, but they only have a few copies that were out. If you do not mind sub-titles, I watch a lot of foreign films and "small titles" and will highly recommend "The Drummer:" Chinese, "The Wedding Song:" French, and "Bliss:" Turkish. There is also a really good American small title: "Local Color." And for years now I have been recommending (Indian) "Water." Thank you for the review.
Alice in Wonderland: Film Review (Article) - 3/11/2010 10:28:12 AM
I'm glad to hear this isn't a total disaster. And I especially like that you mention the combination of the the Alice books as well as the original illustrator. Good review!
Sherlock Holmes: Film Review (Article) - 12/31/2009 3:21:40 AM
An extremely well executed review. I really enjoyed it. Well done Betty Jo.
Sherlock Holmes: Film Review (Article) - 12/30/2009 8:48:43 AM
Good and fair review.
I enjoyed the movie, though I'm sure Sherlock Holmes purists found it objectionable. Definitely interested in seeing the sequel.
TV News from B-Jo (Article) - 8/30/2009 1:57:43 AM
Legendary Film Actors (Article) - 5/19/2009 3:28:56 PM
Tippi Hedren Speaks Out (Article) - 4/5/2009 10:57:57 AM
I didn't realize Tippi Hedren was still alive. She was a good actress! Its great that she is involved in humanatarian efforts .......M
Singin' in the Rain Movie Review (Article) - 4/5/2009 10:45:29 AM
Hi, enjoyed this review. I really liked ,Singing in the rain. I never realized Debbie Reynolds did not know how to tap dance . She did a good job in the movie . I think Gene kelly was one of the best dancers around. I liked him best in Brigadoon with Cd Chyrise.Donald O'connor made his own mark in the movie world . The reviews of the older movies bring back many good memories....
Hugh Jackman Tribute (Article) - 3/26/2009 1:55:55 PM
Great write up about Hugh!....M
Slumdog Millionaire Movie Review (Article) - 3/26/2009 1:54:38 PM
Thanks for the prview of the movie. I relly enjoed it. I'll try to see it at the movies........m
Indiana Jones 4: Movie Review (Article) - 2/17/2009 9:45:30 PM
Great review of the film. Though I did not enjoy this Indie as I have the others. I felt the filmmakers tried too hard and it showed. Thank you for sharing, DL Mullan
3:10 to Yuma Review (Article) - 1/6/2009 6:44:37 PM
Spot-on review. It brings the movie back full-on in all its nuanced excellence.
Marley & Me: Movie Review (Article) - 1/4/2009 5:46:39 AM
I'd love to see this movie; it sounds like a winner! FIVE stars on this review!
Twilight: Movie Review (Article) - 11/23/2008 10:17:28 AM
Twilight: Movie Review (Article) - 11/23/2008 6:35:48 AM
I just saw Twilight last evening. I was captivated by the chemistry and love between Edwin and Bella. Edwin was gorgeous, and very sexually appealing. Not sure if a second one will be as good or well received. It was quite out there in parts. This is a very good review of the movie. I would see it again on DVD at home when it comes out.
Thanks for the review,
Peace, love, and light,
Ghost Movies: Best & Worst (Article) - 10/27/2008 1:53:34 AM
Sandy Hook Lament (Poetry) - 12/17/2012 7:10:46 AM
it is true and so sad
Sandy Hook Lament (Poetry) - 12/17/2012 6:52:20 AM
So very true...
Sandy Hook Lament (Poetry) - 12/17/2012 5:13:45 AM
360: Film Poem (Poetry) - 11/6/2012 9:01:22 AM
I love your poetry critiques of movies. It seems like a lot of movies are more about relationships than about plot. This one makes me think that I should stay away until I don't have to pay to see it. And then I just might, because I'm a sucker for trashy films.
Bel Ami Poem (Poetry) - 9/10/2012 9:36:57 AM
Great movie review! In my day, I saw so many bad movies. Today I think they turned out a bad movie a week. By cramming sex, violence, and impossible action, they give a short rush. In the old days we had to sit through hours of agonizing boredom like Cleopatra.
Robert Pattinson strikes me as a weird looking guy that by some twist of fate attracts women by weird looks. Unfortunately, he has to have good material to pull it off like Johnny Depp.
Bel Ami Poem (Poetry) - 9/9/2012 1:45:58 PM
never seen this one sounds like i didn't miss anything worth remembering
True Grit Poem (Poetry) - 12/26/2010 1:31:29 PM
True Grit Poem (Poetry) - 12/25/2010 7:50:42 AM
Well, Betty Jo, I don't think the poem will become a classic, no insult intended. However, it does make me want to see this new movie. I love the old movie with John Wayne. Can't see how someone else could make Rooster Cogburn come to life the way he does. And Mattie is just Great in it, along with Attorney Dagget.
Anyhow, thanks for the heads-up about the new version!
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