Singleton + Writer + Book Lover + Moviegoer = Screen Spinster

Welcome to the loneliest blog on the web. I have no words of wisdom to espouse. (why does espouse sound so much like spouse? Is that word trying to rub it into my spinster brain?) Anyway, I don't own a cat. Never will. I don't cook, nor do I sew or knit, but I do spin a yarn (tale) from time to time. I have no domestic talents, I am not a domestic engineer/goddess, nor do I want to be. I'll sometimes post my views on scripts, (mine & yours or theirs) movies, television shows and maybe theatre, along with my own musings usually in the style of a poem. So pull up a rocking chair, sit back as your cherry pie bakes and stay a while if you like.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Book Review: Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty

I have reached the end of my love affair with Jessica Darling and it's been swell. It started off strong and may have ended a bit rocky, but I'm forever glad that I got to know her.

The fifth and final book in the Jessica Darling series is one long conversation between Jessica and her first love Marcus Flutie. They literally bump into each other at the airport and proceed to spend the next few hours catching up and skirting the issue of love, sex and soul mates. Jessica has grown in the last decade, but a part of her will always be that awkward angst ridden teen (I think we all are to some degree). I was just hoping for a bigger and better sendoff for Jessica. The book feels like it would work better as a stage play as it relies on dialogue to tell the story for the most part.

I don't believe in soul mates. I used to, once upon a time, but I grew up. Marcus and Jessica believe in such things despite their sarcastic and cynical natures. Is their belief enough to bring them actually together? What do you think?

7/10
B-

Movie Review: The Avengers

I was one of the few people left on the planet who still hadn't seen The Avengers, not because I wasn't interested, but because I wanted to avoid the crowds as much as possible. But on a Thursday night at 5:20 I went (a crowd eventually showed up. Who'd a thought?) and I really liked the film.

It's a fun summer flick. For an ensemble film it really hits all the right moments with its characters. I felt I really got to know the individual avengers (without having to watch the other films) and that the screen was shared well by all of them.

If you like superhero films then go see it. If you like witty banter then go see the film. If you like well edited action sequences then go see the film. If you're a Joss Whedon fan (like I am) then go see this film.


8.5/10
A


P.S. Stick around for two scenes during the end credits.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Book Review: Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty

Jessica Darling has completed college and she's looking for a real job while sharing a room known as the cupcake with her best friend Hope. Hope's got the top bunk. There is one more book to go in the life of Jessica Darling and I am looking forward to its end, but I also know that it'll be bittersweet as I've grown to really like this character. Jessica is great. But I have to admit that Fourth Comings is a weak book.

Fourth Comings takes place over a week as Jessica decides whether or not to accept her boyfriend Marcus's marriage proposal that came out of the blue just as she was contemplating breaking up with him. The book is written as journal entries that are for Marcus's eyes only so there is a lot of "you" references. We, the reader, are really Marcus, the you.

Although the books prior to this were light on plot this one is pretty non-existent. A whole book dedicated to a 22-year-old deciding to marry or break up with her boyfriend is not very interesting, despite a cast of characters who are familiar and fun. I would say that the fourth book is the weakest and I just hope that book five ends the series on a high note.

6 out of 10.
C+

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Movie Review: The Five-Year Engagement


I love Tuesday night at the movies because tickets are cheaper, and for this Tuesday's night out I chose to see The Five-Year Engagement.

Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) get engaged a year after meeting, but it isn't an easy engagement. They move for Violet's career, putting Tom's on hold. Tom goes through an early mid-life crisis involving hunting and lamb chop sized sideburns, and the temptation to cheat comes to the forefront.

I liked the film because the two leads are delightful and very relatable. They feel like people that I know. People I would want to be friends with. I was rooting for them, but I knew that they needed more obstacles to overcome before they could be together. Getting engaged after only one year is a risky move because regular life hasn't settled in yet and the lovey dovey stage is at the forefront. But Violet and Tom's relationship is about to get real and that's what this movie is about.

There are some laugh out loud moments mixed with genuinely sweet moments. I particular loved the Sesame Street exchange between Violet and her sister Suzie (Alison Brie doing a pretty good British accent).

The Five-Year Engagement is a fun night out, but I'd watch it on a cheap Tuesday with a significant other or some good pals.

7.5 out of 10
B