WHAT READERS SAY ABOUT THE BOOK
Want to See Stars? This is the Place!
By Denise Cassino, Colorado)
An Insider's Tale: Betty Jo Tucker is in love. She always has been. From early childhood, Betty Jo has been smitten with the silver screen. Her love started as an infatuation and grew into a mature study of film and renown as a world-class movie critic.
In her book, CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT, Betty Jo takes us through those early childhood memories of movies, covering her eyes at the scary part, acting out the roles of her favorite stars. Then she landed herself some real jobs as a film critic which gave her a pass into all of the biggest movie events from premieres to the Academy Award Presentations.
This book takes us through many of the hilarious adventures of a movie critic, from embarrassing moments to dining with the stars. Betty Jo shares with her reader many of her best and most clever interviews, sometimes with animated characters! Betty Jo also includes a plethora of reviews on dozens of movies giving the reader a critical, but fun summation of everything from box office hits to cult sleepers. This is a real insider's tale of seeking, meeting and interviewing many of the hottest movie stars ever to flash across a marquee.
If you want to know what it's like to dish and dine with the Hollywood crowd, this book will do the trick. Imagine meeting Angelina Jolie or hanging out with Debbie Reynolds! A great gift for any movie lover, CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT will make you green with envy at Betty Jo's inside access to the stars.
Loads of Laughs
By SHDD (Idaho)
In this book, Betty Jo Tucker has a definite way with words. She draws you in and shares her life experiences with you. The title says it all. Reading this book is like watching a movie. A smooth read or sure!! She gripped me in the beginning with her various stories of family, friendship, and finding love in the movie theater. Multiple times I caught myself laughing out loud...with noone else around. I give this book 5 stars. Kudos to Betty Jo Tucker!
A Wonderful Tale of a Moviegoer's Life at the Cinema
By A.J. Hakari
Whether she be recalling a mishap at an X-rated film, admitting she laughed out loud during 'Cabin Boy', or taking an imaginary film festival trip, film critic Betty Jo Tucker's novel CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT will have you envisioning her tales of a life at the movies as if she were talking directly to you. Betty Jo's stories are vivid, enthralling, and quite often amusing. Not only does it provide one wonderfully detailed story after another, Betty Jo's book comes with several of her to-the-point film reviews, a collection of celebrity interviews, a photo gallery, an index of movie-related books and websites, and a checklist to see if you indeed are a movie addict. I have read CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT, and as a critic myself, I can proudly assure you that Betty Jo Tucker is one of the finest critics out there and a person who flat-out loves the movies, from the good to the bad. 'CoaMA' is an excellent slice of cinema life.
An E-book as Addicting Ten Years Later as the Paper Version
In CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT, Tucker shares her infectious joy in the moviegoing experience with the rest of us. It is truly a `life story with everything but the movies edited out.' Written in a breezy tone, CONFESSIONS is a snark-free zone. Tucker, who has set herself up as the premier lobbyist for the Return of the Movie Musical ... doesn't love everything on film, but you've got to love a critic who's eligible for Social Security but can still laugh her way through the likes of the surrealistically sophomoric CABIN BOY and who reacts to the ghastly THE PRINCESS DIARIES by remembering to call her granddaughters and tell them how terrific they are just as they are.
By P. Hall "Phil Hall" (New York, NY USA)
Colorado-based critic-reporter Betty Jo Tucker, whose writing can be found over the Net at ReelTalk Movie Reviews, brings both a detailed professionalism and an undisguised fan's adoration to her CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT. Chronicling her love affair with films, Tucker is wonderful as an observer and cogent as an interviewer.
Whether chatting with art-house or popcorn favorites, Tucker is blessed with knowing how to ask the right questions and how to steer a conversation in unexpected directions. (Her keen eye in viewing Hector Elizondo's graceful performance in Tortilla Soup had her correctly unearthing his early training as a dancer.)
She also has a talent for sharing the best anecdotes, ranging from an elderly Ruby Keeler expressing surprise that anyone still watched her films to an apologetic Charlton Heston explaining to a film festival audience the problem in successfully acquiring a Touch of Evil print to the droll inside scoop on how Annette Bening was cast in the 1995 film version of Richard III.
CONFESSIONS OF A MOVIE ADDICT is also spiced with Tucker's trenchant reviews. Approaching her subject with measured dignity (when the efforts are unsatisfactory) and mature enthusiasm (when the efforts are deemed worthy), Tucker goes far beyond being a mere movie addict and becomes a graceful, intelligent judge of cinematic offerings. It is a rare treat to find a critic who views films with respect, whether they deserve awards or airborne tomatoes.
By Christopher A. mansel "Mansel" (Florence, Alabama)
Pauline Kael called her hugely successful book, "I Lost It At The Movies." Ms. Kael's book was more or less a collection of reviews where Ms. Tucker's book is an ardent embrace of a life spent in the dark while looking forward to getting back into the light to write. You can get the sense through the reviews, the stories, the interviews, and the photographs that Ms. Tucker certainly enjoys the movies. I know I do. In a world where some whorish film critics will sell their reviews for large type and a mention in a trailer, Ms. Tucker surpasses them all in her sweet portrayal of a movie addict.
I'm Hooked on Confessions of a Movie Addict!
Nancy Lombardo "Comedy Concepts Blog Talk Radio" (New York City)
"I love this book. It’s well written and filled with fascinating tales! Someone should buy the rights and make a movie out of it - it's that good."