Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Ode to Judy Garland

I’ve been an avid Judy Garland fan for most of my life. So because a film about Judy has now been released, I’m trying to keep an open mind about it. But I also felt motivated to write the short poem below.

Judy, Judy! We still love you.

Your talent always seems brand new.

Now comes a movie about your life

concerning your last year of strife.

No matter what the critics say,

your shining star will ever stay.

Singing, dancing and acting too
no one performs them all like you!


Friday, September 20, 2019

A Beautiful Review

     Thanks to Judy Joy Jones for her beautiful review of my new book, Cinema Stanzas Two: Poet Laureate of the Movies. Below is what this creative artist wrote.

     Betty Jo Tucker's latest book, Cinema Stanzas Two: Poet Laureate of the Movies, is a reminder that movies are a mirror to our lives -- our moment in time.  Her deep insight into "us” -- which great movies show through their creative brilliance – allows readers a glimpse of her own genius in analyzing films as an amazing “one of a kind.” 

     I will proudly promote Betty Jo’s book to all movie fans as well as to readers everywhere as a “must read.” This book will entertain and delight audiences for many years to come.  Bravo, Ms. Betty Jo Tucker!!   Your audience eagerly awaits your next book.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Netizens Film Poem

When will online harassment stop?
Anger keeps rising to the top.
Three women fight the internet.
But changing laws is hard to get.

“Netizens” shows justice denied
for women who are crucified
upon the cross of free speech taunts,
revenge websites, and other haunts.

A film that matters to us all,
“Netizens” boasts an urgent call
to understand the suffering
the “wild west” internet can bring.

On September 23, Netizens, directed and written by  Cynthia Lowen, is launching a multi-city screening tour, bringing the documentary to theaters in select cities across the United States, along with panels and Q&A’s with the director, subjects and experts. These screenings seek to engage the public about internet privacy and safety, and catalyze constructive responses from policymakers, law enforcement and tech companies. These community events screenings are supported by a robust suite of online tools to equip audiences to protect themselves and prevent harassment. Cities and dates are below.

Chicago: Kerasotes Showplace ICON, Monday 9/23 at 7:30 PM
Miami: United Artists Falls 12, Monday 9/30 at 7:30 PM
New York City: AMC Empire 25 Times Square, Monday 9/23 at 7:30 PM
San Francisco: Landmark Opera Plaza, Monday 9/23 at 7:30 PM
Washington, DC: Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14, Wednesday 9/25 at 7:30 PM


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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

For Linda Ronstadt Fans

“Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice” is a wonderful documentary celebrating this timeless singer and the music she loves. Here’s my film poem:

Linda Ronstadt – how she could sing!

Rich tones, wide range, she’d always bring.

She conquered all musical types

with her glorious golden pipes.

Pop, country or Latin or blues,

at times performing without shoes.

“Blue Bayou” and “Desperado”

Linda sang with such bravado.

Many awards, recognition

until there came this condition.

Parkinson's hurt our songbird’s tune.

But her life it did not ruin.

This film shows Linda looking back

and helping others stay on track.

An inspiration she now is.

A stunning star of true showbiz! 

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Sunday, September 08, 2019

Ode to Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Helping authors she loves to do.

Reaching many, not just a few.

Her books show how promotion works

and where to go for review perks.

Reprints and launches faze her not.

She’s eager to share all she’s got.

Her great newsletter takes the lead

with writing tips authors should heed.

Thanks, dear Carolyn, for your time 

and for reading this little rhyme.

For more information, please click on this link:

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Monday, September 02, 2019

Rave Review for Cinema Stanzas Two

Thanks so much to poet/writer Chris Mansel for his lovely review of my new book Cinema Stanzas Two: Poet Laureate of the Movies. Chris has given me permission to post his review, so here it is in full. 

Cinema Stanzas II – review by Chris Mansel
I first wrote about Cinema Stanzas, the first book in this series, and said it was unique. My mind has not been changed. Cinema Stanzas II is also unique in its ability to capture the essence of each film. I haven’t had the privilege of seeing most of these films so it is nice to have a writer you trust to see them for you. Of course, you are going to make up your own mind when seeing them.
The artful reviews about so many genres of film will have you reading this volume so quickly you know that you will refer to it again and again. Cinema Stanzas II is not unlike the quote from Gilda Radner about Gene Wilder, “I felt like my life went from black and white to Technicolor.”
I am reminded of the many books Roger Ebert published of his reviews. Each one was good to have on hand if you were a true movie fan. You’ll find such grace and humor in each film’s poem you’ll forget that Mrs. Tucker doesn’t publish books of poetry regularly. So, check out the poetry, the reviews, and the warmth. Collect this eBook, and send it as a gift, you know your friends will enjoy pretty much what you like. 

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Those Were the Days

During grade school, my cousins and I spent most of our weekends at the Clyne and Avalon, two Pueblo movie houses located across the street from each other in a working class neighborhood called Bessemer. Both theaters always scheduled a double feature plus “added attractions” which included one cartoon, a serial, film previews, and a newsreel. Wide-eyed, we enjoyed every offering while gorging ourselves on popcorn, Milk Duds, and ice-cream bars.

We especially loved "Popeye" cartoons, Hopalong Cassidy westerns, and "Flash Gordon" serials. Sometimes we went from one “picture show,” which is what we called the theaters then, directly to the other. We were insatiable when it came to movies and goodies.  When we were a bit older, we hopped on a streetcar for a bumpy ride to one of the downtown cinemas.

We loved the Chief because of its lavish red and gold interior -- but preferred the Main’s more buttery popcorn. The Colorado usually offered a double feature which was hard to resist. And sometimes we stopped off at the Mesa Junction to take in another flick at the Uptown, famous for its Friday “bank night” giveaways.

Reacting to my obsession with film, my mother actually tried to land me a part in a movie. After hearing about MGM’s search for a young girl to star in National Velvet, she sent the studio a picture of me on a horse. Unfortunately, that role went to British actress Elizabeth Taylor. Go figure!

(Excerpt from Confessions of a Movie Addict, my award-winning life story with everything but the movie stuff edited out. For more information, click here.) 

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