Friday, July 12, 2019

Peeking Inside Einstein's Compass

Thanks to Grace Blair for inviting me to write a poem about one scene in her wonderful book Einstein's Compass: A YA Time Traveler Adventure. It was such fun to write! Below is the artistic way she presented this poem. And Grace also created a YouTube video complete with her narration. Here is that link:

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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Let It Be

Past music gone from memories—
Lyrics, rhythm and melodies
A blackout caused this mystery.
But one man was immune, you see.

Jack remembers each Beatles song.
Would stealing them be right or wrong?
A songwriter, performer too,
his career going down the loo.

Will Jack hold back these tunes so great?
Get on with it, don’t hesitate!
Fame and fortune then follow him.
His life no longer looking grim.

Yet guilt creeps in a bit each day.
How long can Jack go on this way?
Yesterday mines this gold so well,
we must fall under its sweet spell.

Joy of music in each scene glows.
The Beatles genius through it flows.
And when it’s done, you will still smile.
Just let it be – a film beguile.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

A Movie That Matters

From its shocking beginning to its emotionally powerful conclusion, Two Ways Home grabs your heart and won’t let go. The story follows Kathy, a  woman living with a bi-polar disorder, who returns to her farm home in Iowa after being arrested and spending time in jail for a botched robbery she was involved in.

Tanna Frederick (Hollywood Dreams) plays this meaty role with a wonderful authenticity that wins us over right away. She becomes Kathy from head to toe. And that’s why we empathize with her as she faces almost insurmountable obstacles while trying to reconnect with her family. Veteran actor Tom Bower (Die Hard) portrays Kathy’s cantankerous grandfather, the only one who seems glad to see her.

Two Ways Home boasts soul-touching scenes.
I teared up watching what each means.
Leaving home and then coming back.
Mental suffering, facing flack.

Imperfection, old age, and change.
Can family group rearrange?
A lovely film with gutsy folks.
Nothing looks fake; no cutesy jokes.

Tanna Frederick commands the screen.
Heartbreaking acting -- she’s the Queen!
Tom Bower reaches deep inside
and takes us on a poignant ride.

Movies that matter make me cheer.
Two Ways Home is one for this year.

Kudos to director Ron Vignone, screenwriter Richard Schinnow, and producer Tanna Frederick as well as to all the fine cast members and crew for making a film that helps us realize -- no matter how difficult the problems -- hope, courage and persistence sometimes can save the day and even the farm.

(Two Ways Home World Premiere was held June 15, 2019, at the Dancing with Films Festival.)  

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Sunday, June 02, 2019

Judy Garland & The Wizard of Oz

Movie Addict Headquarters is off to see the Wizard on Tuesday, June 4!  In this fun episode, Lorna Luft talks about Judy Garland’s role as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. She also discusses what it’s like to be the daughter of her famous mom.

Lorna is an accomplished performer in her own right. She’s won acclaim on stage, film and television. Plus, she’s also a best-selling author, recording artist and Emmy-nominated producer. Her book, Me and My Shadows: Living with the Legacy of Judy Garland, was optioned by ABC-TV and turned into a riveting miniseries starring Judy Davis. Lorna served as co-executive producer on that project, which won 5 Emmy Awards.

It’s also important to mention Lorna’s live theater experience as the Wicked Witch of the West in the UK production of The Wizard of Oz. She gives listeners an amusing hint of what that involves during her interview clips.

Although released way back in 1939, The Wizard of Oz still captivates audiences throughout the world. It’s a timeless gem, and Garland’s heart-tugging performance emerged as one of the film’s highlights. Her beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” will never grow old. Listeners get to hear that wonderful melody again by tuning into this episode.

“Judy Garland & The Wizard of Oz” airs on BlogTalkRadio at 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. An archived segment will also be available.

HOST: Betty Jo Tucker
PRODUCER: Nikki Starr

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Poet Laureate of Movies

“Fascinating. Always wanted to know which film first inspired the Poet Laureate of Movies."  

Thanks to film critic/poet Richard Jack Smith for tweeting that response to my tweet below about Gosford Park.

“Just found out Gosford Park is available on Netflix! That Robert Altman mystery movie started my film poem obsession. Thanks, Mr. Altman.”

Richard's tweet made me so happy, especially because he writes such terrific film poems of his own! It also reminds me of a lovely comment artist/poet Judy Joy Jones added to my AuthorsDen page last year. 

She wrote,  "If I get to vote for Poet Laureate of Movies, you are in!” 

Judy Joy inspired me to write the poem below, which I dedicated to her.  

A Movie Poet Laureate?
No one is named – at least not yet.
I’d love the role before I go.
An honor it would be, I know.

Movies force me to do the crime
of turning things into a rhyme.
My film poems come to me at night.
I write them down and all seems right.

But if this Post remains unfilled
my review poems will not be stilled.
They’ll keep flowing without regret.
Films will go on -- and I won’t fret.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Doris Day: A Place in My Heart

Fans throughout the world are mourning the death of Doris Day who recently passed away at the age of 97. It’s impossible to tell how many people have been touched by her wonderful work as an actress, singer and animal rights activist. And I am lucky to be one of them. In fact, she has a special place in my heart.

This is a true story, even though it seems rather unbelievable. When my husband Larry and I were in high school, our first date was a movie, Romance on the High Seas, starring Doris Day and Jack Carson. After the film, Larry drove to City Park and turned on the car radio. We danced in the silvery moonlight, using the vacant tennis court as our private ballroom. Both of us laughed when we recognized one of the selections being played as “It’s Magic,” a tune from the movie we had just seen – and sung by Doris Day. What a perfect songand performed so beautifully!   

Now fast forward to 37 years later. After being divorced and estranged from Larry for so many years, I was waiting for him to move in with me again. One evening I turned on the television and could hardly believe my eyes and ears. The TCM channel was showing Romance on the High Seas, and Doris Day was singing “It’s Magic” as Larry walked through the door.

I’ll never forget those two magical nights.

Thank you, Doris Day. May you rest in peace.  

Doris Day’s films always cheer me.
Her work on screen is great to see.
Singing, dancing and comedy.

Drama was in her wheelhouse too.
“Midnight Lace” thrilled me through and through.
In real life, her kindness proved true.

Fans share sadness because she’s gone.
But her movies will still be strong.
And her bright light will still shine on.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Hooray for Fred Astaire


Born on this date was Fred Astaire.

Tapping his feet or jumping in air,

he always looks so debonair.

Dancing with Rita or Ginger,

Cyd Charisse or any dancer,

Fred makes elegance THE answer.

Watching him whirl across the screen

keeps us charmed in every scene.

And thanks to films, he still is seen!

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