The second edition of my novella Charlotte: The Price Of Vengeance is out in the wild! This edition has some story revisions and a LOT of verb tense corrections. It should be a smoother, more enjoyable read.
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Time for another installment of “In Case”. This time I’m reviewing a powerful female-centric movie. This film raises the bar of storytelling by having a woman protagonist of heroic dignity. And on top of everything else…
It’s a true story.
You thought I was gonna talk about Wonder Woman didn’t ya? I did enjoy the DC hit and I might review it later but this time I’m reviewing an even better movie: Hidden Figures from Fox 2000 Pictures. As always watch out from some spoilers below:
It’s 1961 Virginia and the space race is on. In the wake of the Russians launching of Sputnik I, heavy pressure is put on NASA for results. That’s where our heroines come in.
Three story lines center around real life NASA employees Katherine G. Johnson (portrayed by Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (portrayed by Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (portrayed by Janelle Monáe). These African-American women overcome double prejudice against their race and sex to become principal contributors to the American space program as a mathematician, a computer programming supervisor and an engineer respectively. Continue reading In Case You Haven’t Seen It Vol 4
For this edition of “In Case You Haven’t Seen It” I’m going to give you my review of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Actually I’m giving two reviews, one short, the other long:
Short – Dude! This movie is great, go see it!
Long – Now for a little more detail. <<SPOILERS BELOW!!>>
James Gunn is at it again. Marvel Studios and the writer/director of the first Guardians flick have another hit on their hands. Right out the gate, Vol2 rolls with action, action, action, but what makes this a quality film is how a good story is told through entertaining character development.
Peter Quill, aka Star Lord (played by Chris Platt) leads the Guardians as they take on interstellar freelance jobs worthy of their unique skill set. On one particular job, the heroic team of Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Rocket (Bradley Cooper, voice), and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel, voice) backup Star Lord in protecting highly powerful batteries from a starship-sized monster that’s mostly tentacles and teeth.
At the end of an action-packed scene, the monster is dead and the batteries are safe. Ayesha, The leader of a golden-skinned race of people called the Sovereign is grateful to the Guardians for their work. She hands over the promised payment, Gamora’s estranged and hateful sister Nebula (Karen Gillan). The plan is to collect the bounty on Nebula but that goes south when it’s discovered that Rocket has helped himself to some of the batteries they were hired to protect. The once grateful Ayesha, sends a few hundred fighter ships to get her property back. This action results in a space battle with thousands of laser blasts exchanged, and a crash-landing of the Guardians’ ship. A mystery man prevents the team’s total destruction by personally vaporizing the fighter ships. The story gets traction when the mystery man named Ego (Kurt Russell) walks up to Peter Quill and says “Hey, I’m your long lost daddy!” That’s not an exact quote.
But it is the beginning of a chain of character development events in this movie. A number of relationships are expertly crafted for the sake of story: Peter and Ego, Peter and Gamora, Gamora and Nebula, even Peter and Rocket. During the process of moving these character connections forward, we see family working together and family at each other’s throats. One unexpected relationship exploration is the one between Peter Quill and Yondu (Michael Rooker). We get a real explanation as to why Yondu gives Peter so much slack. We also get a great death scene.
All of the relationship elements, the introduction of new characters like Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and the perfect mix of humor combine to create a high-energy film with spectacular action and meaningful story-telling. The one and only negative thing I can say about this movie is that I was hoping it would advance the Infinity War storyline and it doesn’t. Nevertheless this movie gets 4 out of 5 stars.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is a Marvel Studios film starring Chris Platt, Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista. Written and Directed by James Gunn.
Hi boys and girls! Time for another movie review.
This time the movie comes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you haven’t seen Logan, I strongly suggest you do.
Here are the caveats:
- You have to love a gritty storyline.
- You have to be able to handle gory fight scenes and foul language.
If you’re good with 1 and 2, they made Logan just for you.
BEWARE: SPOILERS BELOW!!
The setup and major players: It’s 2029 and thanks to the government, mutants are an endangered species. Logan has set aside his Wolverine persona in an attempt to live out a quiet anonymous existence as a limo driver in Texas. He and Caliban, a mutant whose power is tracking other mutants, are caretakers for an aging Charles Xavier. Like all mutants, they’re on the run from the government. They live in an abandoned industrial facility and Charles’ Alzheimer’s has turned his powerful mind into a paralyzing unpredictable weapon when he has a seizure. Life is not good.
Enter Gabriela Lopez and a little girl named Laura. Gabriela recognizes Logan for who he is and offers him big money to take them to the Canadian boarder. Logan reluctantly accepts the job but when he stops by the hotel to pick them up, Laura is gone and Gabriela is dead.
Logan heads home with Laura as an unknown stowaway in the trunk of the limo. After Logan discovers his special passenger, A cyberneticaly-enhanced and heavily-armed security squad called The Reavers show up to claim her. It turns out Laura has Wolverine claws and a Wolverine attitude. That’s when the fun begins!
This movie is all about redemption. Redemption for Charles but mostly redemption for Logan. He’s given one last opportunity to be a hero and comes through. This film is rated R for a reason. There’s lots of violent action and blood, blood, blood. The story is sometimes as brutal as the fight scenes but it’s told pretty well. The writing is decent although I would have liked more substance in this area.
Overall this movie is a very good redemption story. All the right people make the right sacrifices to do the right thing. In addition, Boyd Holbrook is a standout as Donald Pierce, leader of the Reavers. Logan is definitely worth the price of admission.
Logan stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen and Boyd Holbrook. Directed by James Mangold. Written by Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green. Rated R
Okay folks, it’s time for another appeal. Lately this blog and my Facebook page have been about me, me, me. I want to talk about you guys for a change.
If you’re any kind of a storyteller (writer, song writer, film maker, etc) tell us something about a project you’ve done or one you’re working on. Share a sample, express yourself.
You can post details here, at my Facebook page (Click HERE), or send it to me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org). We would LOVE to see what you have going on!
There has been another review of Charlotte: The Price of Vengeance. Le Tara Moore (no relation, I swear!) Was good enough to read the novella and write an in-depth review at her blog site “Le Tara Writes Book Reviews”. My favorite part is when she says:
” Seeing the evolution of Charlotte from the beginning to the end of her mission avenge Carol Ann was fun and a bit empowering.”
Which tells me that at least with this reader, I accomplished my mission in writing the story. Check out the full review HERE.
While you’re at it I suggest you check out Le Tara’s creative writing blog, “Life in a Few Words”. Fans of insightful poetry will enjoy this page.
Don’t forget to comment below!