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.
Mr. Bean's Holiday: Film Review (Article) - 12/2/2013 10:35:00 AM
You are so correct. Few comedians can make you laugh hysterically without saying a word. Mr. Bean does it without showing effort. I'm smiling just thinking of him dancing and lip synching for money.
Mr. Bean's Holiday: Film Review (Article) - 12/2/2013 7:27:53 AM
When my partner recently arrived from Vietnam, she didn't like television very much because she said she couldn't understand much of what was being said. However, when I stayed up late to watch Mr. Bean, she was enthralled. We haven't gone to a movie in years, but I think this is one she would really like. Atkinsoni is unique like Chaplin, and I believe you're right, as time goes along he will have a place similar to Chaplin in history.
Last Vegas: Film Review (Article) - 11/17/2013 4:14:27 PM
My wife and I have just returned from having seen this movie, thanks in a big way to your great review! We loved it, and nothing about these actors ever gets as old as they look in this movie. De Niro should patent the curmudgeonly widower. Kline proves that passion is not all there is, unless... Morgan Freeman puts the s-for sexy in suave while Michael Douglas is hilariously affective (sic) as the not-quite-over-the-hill Lothario not a bit scared by being on the ride of his life with someone who just might be...
My ellipses are intentional because I hate to be a spoiler.
Thanks for lighting the fire under me. We needed an outing and this one fit the bill!
Last Vegas: Film Review (Article) - 11/16/2013 11:37:55 AM
I'm down on Vegas after a cowgirl gave me a parking ticket many years ago. But I like all those actors so I will see Last Vegas at my earliest opportunity.
I think they ought to remove that rating so that all the kiddies out there can learn how older people can have fun too, learn a little salty language, and pick up a little sex knowledge. Unlike getting shot with a gun, a little sexual knowledge never hurt anybody.
Last Love: Film Review (Article) - 11/3/2013 8:54:15 AM
Last Tango in Paris? Michael Caine has come a long way since the lout he played in Alfie. He has outlasted a lot of others. In spite of the possible Oscar nominations, I think I'll bow out from this one in favor of Eastwood, Stallone or Redford.
Gravity: Film Review (Article) - 10/9/2013 8:19:46 AM
I'm very glad that Gravity is getting a lot of good review because there aren't many good science fiction movies out there anymore that depict anything near reality. I have read that there are a number of scientific glitches that people like me would spot while watching the movie, but, from the little that I've seen, Gravity was made with realism in mind. And, portrays the real kind of danger that astronaut face, not bad personalities or bad guys, but physical events that result from mistakes.
I hope you get to see the movie sometime, perhaps after I get a 3-D television in my home theater (?). ;-)
Lion Ark: Film Review (Article) - 10/4/2013 6:23:00 AM
Lion Art appears to be another wonderful animal rescue story. Unfortunately, I will probably not see it, because I rarely get to see documentaries since I don't go to the theater and don't buy videos.
I first witnessed circus animal cruelty while attending a ripoff circus (charged us five times before we got seated) when I was about ten. The lion tamer used a whip and a pistol loaded with blanks that he fired often to scare the frightened animals who urinated with every shot. Even at that young age, I thought his treatment was excessive and brutal and not “taming” at all.
Last night I watched Man, Cheetah, and the Discovery Channel and was mesmerized how this fifth generation African could get “up close and personal” with a mother cheetah and her five cubs. It was amazing how easily he got them to bond with him. A year and a half later, only two female cubs had grown into adulthood, still his pals whenever he approached them. One of those had been saved by him when she received a shoulder wound and the mother had abandoned her. He got a vet to stitch the wound up and the mother cheetah accepted the little girl back again.
There will be more of this remarkable man's efforts because he has also bonded with wild African dogs, lions, and probably other species as yet unknown. Truly a 21st-century approach to wild animals started by Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall a half-century ago. I had the distinct pleasure of having lunch with Dian in a faculty lounge (I was invited to join two other faculty with her at their table while eating my sack lunch) and listen to her talk lovingly about her gorillas.
John Badham On Directing: Review (Article) - 8/24/2013 5:27:06 PM
I enjoy your informative, cogent review, and find it helpful. It is a review that recommends for good reason without a lot of effusive tripe.
You make this reader want to buy a copy (hell, I might, at that!)
Elysium Film Review (Article) - 8/11/2013 6:03:53 AM
I haven't seen the film, but based on your description, I would say that I agree with you. Every futuristic film that is big box office seems to want to initiate more violence and action to draw young people into a comic book world.
How in the hell can Elysium exist separate from Earth? Unless it is raping her repeatedly for resources.
Thanks for the review again,
Elysium Film Review (Article) - 8/10/2013 7:59:47 AM
Thanks for the warning! Too bad Hollywood cannot think of anything but comic book scenarios. Haven't seen much worth looking at for years! I've been much more into documentary films. Have you reviewed 'Story of the Weeping Camel'? Thanks again.
The Wolverine Film Review (Article) - 7/29/2013 5:47:57 AM
I never was a fan of escapist comics like the X-Men. A lot of my contemporaries were. I watched an X-Men movie once and finally turned it off because of the contrived plot and silly powers of the various characters.
That said, I probably would be excited too with a fight on top of the Bullet Train. Unfortunately, anything over 70 miles an hour would blow a mortal off the train.
As for Jackman, I admire him as an actor and still haven't seen Australia. Some very good actors, out of “down under.”
Invictus: Film Review (Article) - 7/18/2013 6:45:34 AM
I have not seen Invintus, but I understand from your review, the importance of the players. I've admired Clint Eastwood since Play Misty for Me. His ability as a producer and director exceeds his ability as an actor. Casting is extremely important for biography, especially for those in human memory. Also, as you pointed out the determination of the actor to get into character in a way that the viewer finds it believable––so many actors recently have been able to do that, largely because there is so much existing film of famous figures that there isn't, in the case of someone like Lincoln.
In 1971, I attended a social event (I thought) had a hip coffeehouse in Little Five Points, Atlanta, only to discover that it was a rallying and information get together to free a man I had never heard of, Nelson Mandela. When I learned about apartheid in that meeting, I was appalled. My view of South Africa was of a prosperous democracy doing wonderful things like heart transplants. It was through efforts like that, that Mandela was eventually freed to do his good work.
Great Bad Movies (Article) - 7/14/2013 1:36:10 PM
007 James Bond Rules....
Irrespective Of Dumb Reviews-
Great Bad Movies (Article) - 7/12/2013 6:24:11 PM
I can say with truth that the movie Mommmy Dearest staring Joan Crawford And Betty Davis is an old favorite classic that I love to watch whenever it comes on tv. I Alwys enjoy these old movies.
Great Bad Movies (Article) - 7/12/2013 9:09:55 AM
Back when I was a student, I watched a lot of movies, either free or very cheaply. I seemed to get something out of almost every one, regardless of how bad they were. I particularly enjoyed underground movies, mostly shorts… Some that won awards like Chinese Fire Drill. The Flaming Creatures was a cult favorite of the underground movies and quite shocking.
Several of the movies that you wrote about from Hall's book I have not yet seen. Will try to get around to old movies when I get to old to write. But a couple of memorable bad movies that I remember were Norman Mailer's Maidstone (he gave us a long, boring talk before he showed us the movie), Cleopatra, and Waterhole #3. At the time, I disagreed with students who laughed at a movie version of Edgar Allen Poe's Telltale Heart, audience members who announced loudly that they didn't like Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf because it was in black and white, and “hip” Stanford students who regularly watched “camp” movies like Treasure of the Sierra Madre (a classic in my mind).
It looks like Hall's book might be a guide on what to watch.
Girl with a Pearl Earring: Film Review (Article) - 7/1/2013 5:30:48 AM
While perhaps not a true story, this story has been played out throughout the history of artistry. I personally lost a beauty to an artist. Your depiction of Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson makes one want to see their performances. I am intrigued with the old Masters and would want to see any movie of their depiction, realistic or not.
Monsters, Inc. Revisited (Article) - 6/22/2013 10:49:35 AM
Three likes! Is this Facebook? A very creative and wonderful way to do a movie review. Unless it is a long story, parceled out in chapters, I don't see the value of umpteen sequels, except in the box office. I guess people do get identified with characters––primarily the character of the voiceover in the case of cartoon characters.
I think the lone stranger would roll over in his Boot Hill, grave if he laid eyes on the new Tonto. ;-)
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
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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