Sunday, May 15, 2016

Tango Film Casts a Spell

Seduction breathes inside this dance.
Sometimes it leads to great romance.
OUR LAST TANGO shows how two lives
become entwined and what survives.

A tango pair beyond compare
in passion and in fiery flair
dance together for many years
before their love just disappears.

And if they part, what happens then?
Can tango bring them back again?
Love for each other may be gone
but tango passion still lives on!

The film itself casts quite a spell.
Everything is done so well:
electrifying tango scenes,
the real couple and all their dreams.

Here’s hoping that you get to see
OUR LAST TANGO. It’s tops with me.

(Released by Strand Releasing; not rated by MPAA.)

Read my complete review by clicking on the link below.

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Cinema Stanzas Update

Cinema Stanzas: Rhyming About Movies was released as a Kindle E-book a little over two months ago, and I want to thank the people who have already read it and commented about it. The book showcases film poems I have incorporated into my reviews of various movies ranging from big blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Martian and The Revenant to small independent films such as The Lives of Hamilton Fish, In the Dark and With Child. Genres represented in Cinema Stanzas include: drama, comedy, horror, mystery, musicals, thrillers, romance, sci-fi and action. Some rhymes in this book are a bit harsh, but no poets were harmed physically during its creation. This collection is meant to be a fun resource for fans of both movies and poetry.  

I am surprised and happy about the warm reception given to Cinema Stanzas so far. Below are a few examples of the feedback I have received.       

The beautifully written poems are short and sweet and fit each movie like a glove.  Film critic Betty Jo Tucker has a natural knack for writing them that is reminiscent of Charles Osgood – delightful, sometimes quite funny and consistently on point with the film, its characters and plot. --- Author Ronald W. Hull

In the world of cinema, it’s considered an honor to have your movie rhymed by “the movie addict.” This is a fun read and a great addition to any film lover’s  collection. --- Publicist Gail Parenteau

Betty Jo Tucker’s poem captures the spirit of our “Ovation” film in some magical way.  --- Filmmaker Henry Jaglom

I found Cinema Stanzas funny, witty and charming as well as informative. It made me want to catch up on my movie watching. --- Comedian Nancy Lombardo

Betty Jo Tucker’s reviews and poems remind me of the finest things that cinema can be. Alongside her Confessions of a Movie Addict, Cinema Stanzas has become my bible for informative and entertaining reflections about mankind’s greatest art. --- Film Critic Richard Jack Smith

Cinema Stanzas is excellent from the cover to the last page! --- Artist Judy Joy Jones

Betty Jo Tucker has a flair for light comic poetry in the style of Ogden Nash. This distinctive touch enhances her reviews, providing a delightful way to consider film. --- Author Phil Hall

Cinema Stanzas: Rhyming About Movies, published by BestSellerServices, is available on in the Kindle Store for $3.99.     

For more information, go to my personal website at

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Friday, April 08, 2016

Great Film Comedians Encore!

Poet T.S. Eliot wrote that April is the cruelest month, but for Movie Addict Headquarters it is the most humorous one. So on April 12, comedy experts George Bettinger, Nancy Lombardo and Steve Mendoza will discuss great film comedians of the past and present in this hilarious encore presentation. 

All three guests boast impressive experience as actors and comics. For example, Bettinger has won acclaim with his uncanny impressions; Lombardo appears frequently in Saturday Night Live skits; and Mendoza makes people laugh with his amusing take on life. Also, through the power of imagination and technology, joining in the lively conversation are Groucho Marx, Mae West, W.C. Fields and Jimmy Durante. 

George Bettinger, aka Mr. Show Biz, hosts the entertaining Mom & Pop Shop Show on DreamStreamRadio every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 p.m. Eastern Time; Nancy Lombardo is the hilarious host of Comedy Concepts on BlogTalkRadio every Monday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time; and Steve Mendoza has appeared in several movies, performed stand-up comedy, and is an accomplished chef and radio host.  

Among the comedians to be discussed are Charlie Chaplin, Madeline Kahn, Buster Keaton, Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Lucille Ball, Eddie Murphy, Peter Sellers, Jerry Lewis and many of your other favorites. What fun!

 “Great Film Comedians Encore!” airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.  A chat will be available during the live show, and an archived segment will also be available.

HOST: Betty Jo Tucker
PRODUCER:  Nikki Starr

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Friday, April 01, 2016

Happy Birthday, Debbie Reynolds!

On April 5, Movie Addict Headquarters shines the spotlight on the unsinkable Debbie Reynolds, who celebrates her 84th birthday today (April 1). Debbie has a new book out titled Make Em Laugh and received the Gene Hersholt Humanitarian Award earlier this year. Joining in the festivities will be Peter Keogh, James Colt Harrison, and Gloria Walters. 

Peter, author of My Hi De High Life, started out as a Debbie Reynolds fan, became her friend, and then the producer of Irene, her stage production in Australia. James, a film historian, confesses that he has always loved Debbie. And Gloria is in the running to be her greatest fan. All three guests will reveal their favorite Debbie Reynolds films or performances as well as why they think this talented show biz legend has remained popular worldwide for so long. 

As generous with her time as with her talent, Debbie has done fundraising for the Girl Scouts and is a founder of the Thalians, a charitable organization responsible for raising millions of dollars for emotionally disturbed children. She has also worked tirelessly to preserve Hollywood costumes and memorabilia. Debbie is truly a national treasure.

“Spotlight on Debbie Reynolds” airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time (1 p.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. During the live show, listeners are invited to call in and to participate in a chat. An archived segment will also be available. This show is a must-hear for Debbie Reynolds fans everywhere.

HOST: Betty Jo Tucker
PRODUCER: Nikki Starr

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

The Key

Oh, Happiness! Pursuing you

is something I will always do.

But I just saw a film so rare

and filled with folks who love to share

their happiness in many ways

despite their pain faced on most days.

Pursuing Happiness – the name

of this movie destined for fame.

Don’t miss this chance to find the key

to Happiness. It’s a must-see.

(For more information, please go to the film's official site at:  

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Spotlight Wins Best Picture Oscar

Expose the Sin

Find out the truth and tell it all

no matter who must take the fall.

Reporters learn of priests gone bad

and cover-ups that make them mad.

A search for facts behind the crime

consumes their work for a long time.

Spotlight the film reveals all this.

It’s one movie you should not miss.

Boston Globe folks deserve our praise.

And so to them a glass I raise.

Some future kids might now be saved.

That’s why I wrote this poem -- and raved.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

My Ten Favorite Oscar Moments

The Oscars are coming! The Oscars are coming! So all movie addicts like me will be glued to our TV sets on Sunday, February 28, to watch Chris Rock host the 88th Annual Academy Awards telecast on ABC. Whether good or bad, the following Oscar moments are my 10 favorites from the past (in no particular order).   

2009 – Host Hugh Jackman opening the show with a musical number poking fun at nominated films like Slumdog Millionaire, The Reader and Frost/Nixon.

1974 -- David Niven’s impressive composure when a streaker interrupted his comments during the 46th Academy Awards ceremony.

2002 -- Whoopee Goldberg’s outrageous costume changes (inspired by nominated films like Moulin Rouge!) while hosting the Oscars.

1985 -- Sally Field’s exuberant “You like me!” speech upon winning Best Actress for Places in the Heart.  

1999 -- Roberto Benigni running on top of the theater seats to accept his Best Actor award for A Beautiful Life.

1992 – Seventy-three-year-old Jack Palance doing push-ups after being awarded the Best Supporting Oscar for City Slickers.

1964 – Winning Best Actor for Lilies of the Field, Sidney Poitier makes history as the first African-American male to receive an Oscar.

1989 – The dreadful, but great fun to watch, Snow White musical number with Rob Lowe (!).

1997 – Cuba Gooding Jr.’s enthusiastic “I love everybody” acceptance speech after winning Best Supporting Actor for Jerry Maguire.   

1973 – Sacheen Littlefeather condemning treatment of Native Americans while accepting Marlon Brando’s Best Actor Award for The Godfather.  

Honorable Mention:  Any of Billy Crystal’s movie parody songs from his eight Oscar-hosting gigs.

Always the eternal optimist, I’m expecting to see more memorable moments while watching this year’s Academy Awards show.

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