Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Cinematic Journey

 After seeing Nomadland two times, I was motivated to write the film poem below.

Deserts, mountains, plains and the road

beckon Fern, so she packs a load

into her van and off she goes.

Why this way to escape her woes?


Great Recession caused things to change.

   Her life needed a re-arrange.

The town she lived in was wiped out.

So time for Fern to leave, no doubt.


On her journey new friends she makes.

and lots of jobs she gladly takes.    

But most of all she sees the West

with gorgeous landscapes at their best.


Frances McDormand makes us care

in a role where her soul is bare.

“Nomadland” may seem way too long.

   But music helps it move along


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Soul Mates


Two true soul mates drifted apart.

Each one suffered a broken heart.


For many years we hid our pain.

To meet again – what could we gain?


Surprisingly, our love lived on.

Faults forgiven and blaming gone.


Old soul mates now, we cherish time.

And that’s the way I’ll end this rhyme!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Promising Young Actress

 I am pleased to report that the San Diego Film Critics Society recently voted Carey Mulligan Best Actress of 2020 for her riveting performance in Promising Young Woman. Mulligan has given impressive turns before in movies like An Education, The Great Gatsby, Suffragette, Drive, and Far From the Madding Crowd. But her work in Promising Young Woman comes across as something special indeed.

So, of course, I had to write a poem about it.

She studied medicine -- but left.

What could have made her that bereft?

Revenge is now her major goal.

She feels it deep within her soul.


“Promising Young Woman” takes us

on a journey hard to discuss.

Disturbing in a lot of ways.

We’re left with sad thoughts many days.


It’s not for everyone to see.

But brave viewers should be happy.

And Carey Mulligan proves here

she might be Actress of the Year.

Monday, January 11, 2021

What Happened to Mr. Cha?


An actor who is growing old

still wants to look both brave and bold.

He tries to keep himself real strong.

Then one day everything goes wrong.


He takes his dog for a slow stroll

and ends up naked in a hole.

What will his fans think of him now?

He’s in no state to take a bow.


Check this one out, my movie friends.

The entertainment never ends.

A comedy with laughs galore.

Dear Mr. Cha, we want some more!


(Available on Netflix)

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Christmas Poetry Exchange

 British film critic/poet Richard Jack Smith and I write film poems and include them in our movie reviews. So it’s not surprising that we send each other poems instead of Christmas cards during the holiday season. Below are excerpts from this year’s exchange.


To Richard from Betty Jo


You see a film with poet’s eye.

So your reviews poetify.

In each review your language soars.

And reading them opens new doors.

Thanks for all the great work you do.

Loud Christmas Cheers, Richard, to you!


To Betty Jo from Richard


An imaginative lady of the arts

Shaping hopes, dreams and hearts.

You make these times better

Through mastery of the letter.

A soul inside the celluloid

Knowing things to like or avoid.

Friday, December 18, 2020

Artist Extraordinaire

She is an artist extraordinaire.

Multi-talented and quite rare.

Painting, writing and poetry

filled with heart and humanity.

Judy Joy Jones, a toast to you!

And thanks for the great work you do.

Your art shines with a future glow.

That means your fame will grow and grow

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Meryl Streep & James Corden: A Dynamic Duo


Streep and Corden can steal the show.

See “The Prom” and you will know.

Together they sing and they dance.

They each are funny with a glance.


Streep plays a diva with great flair.

Corden even jumps in the air.

When one of their plays gets bad press,

They start a project to impress.


They try to help a gay girl teen 

   whose prom was cancelled. Oh that’s mean!   

Broadway actors take on PTA.

But will they win and save the day?


No matter how the film turns out

you’ll enjoy its musical clout.