Friday, September 23, 2016

A Remarkable Film Starring Antonio Banderas

Through the magic of brilliant cinematography and gorgeous location shots, Finding Altamira takes us back to the 1800s in Spain during a time of conflict between religion and science. It tells the story of Marcelino Sautuola (Antonio Banderas), an amateur archeologist who owns the land where mysterious paintings are found in one of the caves on his property. Marcelino and his colleague Juan Vilanova (Nicholas Farrell) believe the art was created by humans much earlier than anyone ever suspected. Unfortunately, this belief does not meet with approval from the church or from other scientists. Plus, Marcelino’s wife (Golshifteh Farahani) cannot fully support his theory because of her religious beliefs, which causes family problems. But his darling little daughter (Allegra Allen), who first sees the cave art, stands by him. I hope this remarkable film will be remembered during the 2016 awards season.

Altamira hides works of art.
And finding them is where things start.
A little girl falls in a cave.
Then looking up, she’d like to rave.

Her father sees the pictures too.
He wants the world to know they’re true.
But forces stand against this man
and plot to wreck his earnest plan.

Banderas nails his crucial role.
We cheer the man’s most worthy goal.
The film itself pleases the eye
with lovely sights that make us sigh.

Don’t miss this one if you like art
or movies filled with lots of heart.

(Released by Samuel Goldwyn Films; not rated by MPAA.)

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Sunday, September 04, 2016

Ode to Jackie Chan

You can’t go wrong with Jackie Chan.
He gives us thrills, so I’m a fan.
Skiptrace shows Chan’s amusing side
and takes us for a fun wild ride.

Johnny Knoxville adds his own touch.
Compared to Chan, it’s not too much.
But he gets laughs along the way
and won me over, I must say.

Great stunts galore fill up the screen.
While Chan fights people who are mean.
Exotic places come in view --
wide vistas, and not just a few.

This film may go on way too long.
But still I want to sing a song
of praise for Jackie Chan’s talent,
which age has only slightly dent.

More power to you, Jackie Chan.

Keep making films, cause you’re the Man!

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Halloween Movie Treat

Don’t be afraid this Halloween.
Halloween Party’s on the scene!
It’s full of laughs and costumes too.
Plus romance blooms and might be true.

The characters all seem so real
in outfits that we want to steal.
Quirky and funny, they’re a sight
to enjoy on this special night.

A fortune teller comes and goes.
That mystery just grows and grows.
We’re like a fly upon the wall.
We see and hear about it all.

Great music puts us in the mood.
It makes us feel – well -- so darn good.
More treat than trick, this flick should be
for Halloween the one you see!

NOTE: Fortunately, viewers everywhere will be able to enjoy Linda Palmer's Halloween Party (from Runaway Productions) on iTunes beginning September 2, 2016.

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Monday, August 01, 2016

Man on a Mission

Author Phil Hall is on an important mission, and he reveals all about it in his new book, In Search of Lost Films. It’s no surprise that Hall would become interested in finding lost movies. He’s a distinguished film critic with impeccable research credentials that make this offering as well as his previous books -- including The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time and The History of Independent Cinema -- so enlightening and worthwhile.   

Movies disappear. Why, oh why?
So many lost. We ought to try
to find as many as we can.
That’s why I am a Phil Hall fan.
His book appears the place to start
helping locate some true lost art.

Hall’s love of cinema shines through all his writings, and In Search of Lost Films is no exception. This latest book explains why so many films throughout the world have disappeared. Hall also describes a number of these films and discusses the difficulty of evaluating the work of stars like Theda Bara and Lon Chaney because so many of their films are missing. But my favorite part of the book lists the various (and sometimes strange) places where certain lost films have already been discovered.      

As usual, Hall’s writing style is reader friendly and chock full of fascinating details for movie fans.

I predict that besides being a great read, In Search of Lost Films will motivate many readers to join Phil Hall’s vital mission. Personally, I’ve already started looking closer at storage areas, closets and yard sales for suspicious-looking film canisters!  

Publisher: BearManor Media (
Release Date: August 8, 2016

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Book Giveaway Drawing

In honor of the Ninth Anniversary of Movie Addict Headquarters on BlogTalkRadio, we are doing a random book giveaway drawing for the following film-related books: 

Me and Orson Welles by Robert Kaplow

Confessions of a Movie Addict by yours truly

Cinema Stanzas: Rhyming About Movies, my latest book

It Had To Be Us
by Harry & Elizabeth Lawrence (aka Larry and Betty Jo Tucker)

To participate in this random drawing, just send an e-mail to and put BOOK DRAWING in the subject area. Deadline is July 25, 2016.

Thanks to Denise Cassino for this colorful collage of my books included in our random drawing. 

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

A Whirlwind Renewed Romance!

Many thanks to Ronald Hull for his wonderful recent review of IT HAD TO BE US, the award-winning romantic memoir my husband and I wrote under the pen names of Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence. Hull calls our book “a whirlwind renewed romance with energy and adventure reminding one of The Graduate.”

We love that comment because it includes one of our favorite movies!

Hull concludes his review with the following recommendation:

“I highly recommend this short read -- with its gentle respect for love and sometimes wisecracking humor -- for those that wish they had a second chance at love, and anyone who is interested in a true romance story.”

Hull’s complete review is posted on in the Kindle E-book section as well as on the AuthorsDen site.

(Ronald W. Hull is the author of Hanging by a Thread, his autobiography, as well as six other books of fiction.)

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Sunday, June 26, 2016


Betty Jo Tucker

Curtains open. The film begins.
Hero or villain – which one wins?

They fight within us every day
in how we act or what we say.

Our lives are like a big movie
that’s scripted by ourselves, you see.

Our laughs, our loves are what we choose.
But some mistakes we’d like to lose.

Forgive them all. It’s part of life.
They can be judged as human strife.

Ending credits begin to scroll.
Watch carefully for signs of soul.

Curtains close. The end is here.
Time for critics to boo or cheer.

This cinelife is now all through.
Another film will start anew!

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