In Case You Haven’t Seen It Vol. 3

Hey everybody!

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.

In Case You Haven’t Seen It Vol 2

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:

  1. You have to love a gritty storyline.
  2. 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

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!!

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 (jemoore451@gmail.com). We would LOVE to see what you have going on!

Charlotte: POV – Another Review

Hi all!

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!

Public Reading of Charlotte II

This is a message to the tens and tens of people reading this blog! The Hampton Roads Writers Meetup group of Virginia will be hosting and event called “Show & Grow” this month.  Show & Grow is an event where promising writers get to read some of their work in a public forum and get critiqued by a professional in the business. Guess who’s going to be one of the readers there?

That’s right! I will be one of four writers reading some our latest efforts at this event.  The S&G will be held at Gus and Georges’ Spaghetti and Steak House in VA Beach on Thursday January 19th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. All of the details are HERE. If you will be in the Hampton Roads area that evening, please consider stopping by and giving support. Three other writers will be contributing and the work presented at these events is always interesting.

This is a drinks-dinner-reading event and you buy your own food but if you just want to come for the readings, show up just before 7:00 pm.  I hope to see you there!

Charlotte II Progress

Hey everybody!

I have been fielding a lot of questions lately on how the second Charlotte book is coming so I am providing this update:  the work goes slowly.

Between family health issues, church work, the holidays and having a regular job, the demand on time is formidable.  Also, procrastination is an easy temptation.  I have been able to do some work though and here it is below.  Please, I need input from you guys to make this work better.  Thanks!

Scene: The Girlfriend Who Wasn’t There

Wednesday evening arrives with Beau and me getting ready to receive Michael and his girl. Beau is putting the finishing touches on his tie while asking me questions I can’t answer. 

“What did he say her name was again?” 

“He didn’t.” 

“Did they meet at the college?” 

“He didn’t say.” 

Beau finishes with his tie and turns from the mirror to make eye contact.  “Did he actually say he’s bringing a girl, or is this all in your head?” 

At this point I’m putting on eye liner and mascara. It’s tough to do this and talk at the same time but I have a black belt in make-up.  “He said it was ‘face-to-face’ kind of news, what else could it be?” 

“About a million other things.  Hell, for all you know he could be bringing home a St. Bernard.” 

By now I’m up to eye shadow. “Hmm, St. Bernard.  Sounds like a nice Catholic girl.”  Continue reading Charlotte II Progress

Charlotte: POV Gets Reviewed

Soon after I decided to Make Charlotte: The Price of Vengeance available again, I was contacted by an avid reader by the name of Nici Zalliski who wrote a review and posted it at her blog site. Here’s part of it:

Overall rating: 9 of 10

In summary, Charlotte: The Price of Vengeance by James Moore is a great read, well worth the time. At 126 pages in length some readers my find this to be a short novel at first glance. However, with the lack of unnecessary filler, and annoying repetition, the concept is sound, and the reader is well entertained throughout the books entirety. If you’re looking for a next great read, I would highly recommend this book.

As far as I can tell, James Moore is already working on a sequel, and I can not wait.

You can check out the complete review for yourself HERE.

After you read the review, I highly recommend you check out the rest of Nici’s site. Reviews of other works are available in addition to her own writings. Keep an eye on that site for quality reading recommendations!

Don’t forget, you can enjoy reading Charlotte: POV after downloading the book from this site: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/627373