Drink Like a Gilmore {Gilmore Girls Mug Round-Up}

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It’s almost here. The Gilmore Girls Revival is just about nigh, and it’s time to mentally preparing ourselves for whatever’s to come. I’m both excited and terrified for the new series. My greatest fear isn’t that the four new episodes will be bad. My greatest fear is that Rory is going to end up with Dean. (Trust me, my mom and I scoured the trailer for clues, trying to figure out which ex she’ll most likely get romantically involved with in the new series. Sadly, Dean seems the most probable.) Whichever way the new series goes, I know it’ll be fun to watch it collectively with the rest of the fans (and my mom–who I dragged into this mess).

For fun, I decided to round up nine Gilmore Girls-inspired mugs today. I don’t know about you, but I plan to have a freshly brewed pot of coffee when I sit down to watch the revival, and any of these mugs would be most appropriated drink-ware for the occasion.

Drink Like a Gilmore {Gilmore Girls Mug Round-Up}

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Cake Quote by Kacien

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Luke’s Diner by Joseph Ernst

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You’re the Lorelai to My Rory by Shaileyann

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Gilmore Mug by Moremeknow

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In Omnia Paratus by Little Inklings

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Drinking Coffee Like a Gilmore by CreeksideCrochetShop

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Coffee, Please & A Shot of Cynicism by It’s Always Autumn Here

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The Gilmore Life by White Cedar Cabin

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Vicious Trollop by ConfettiPrintsShop

What Quote from the Series Would You Like to See When You’re Sipping Coffee?

{Top Ten Tuesday} Ten Books Recently Added to My TBR

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It’s been awhile but I’m actually joining in on The Broke and The Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday this week.

I’ve discovered one of the bonuses of working at a library is that the librarians let you look at through their Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist catalogues. I say “bonuses,” but I guess that depends on how long my to-read list gets in the future. For now, it’s manageable–only ninety-one books according to Goodreads.

Ninety-one might seem like a lot (not to most book bloggers, I suppose, but to some people) but, knowing me, ninety-one books will be culled down to twenty once I actually start reading what’s on my TBR.

My reading taste can be finicky, and I drop books for no better reason that sentence length annoying me.

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The books on this list will hopefully be lucky ones that get read. I’m certainly excited to give them a chance.

Top Ten Books I’ve Added to My TBR Lately

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones ~ Wintersong is a YA novel with more than a little in common with a certain film called Labyrinth. Obviously, I’ve been dying to read this book ever since I heard it included a Goblin King. *Dance, Magic Dance!*

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth ~ I couldn’t finish the Divergent series. I just couldn’t. That doesn’t mean I’m not interested in trying Veronica Roth’s newest novel. It’s a political drama with space and superpowers. Definitely sounds up my alley.

The Gilded Cage by Vic James ~ When someone describes a fantasy novel as being similar to Downton Abbey, you know it’ll be high on my list of to-reads. The Gilded Cage is deals with class conflict and magic. I’m hoping it has more than a little in common with Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown.

Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold ~ I’ve been meaning to read the Vorkosigan Saga forever. I even started Cordelia’s Honor once years ago but never got far in it. The first book in the saga just made it back onto my to-read list because I decided that I’m going to finally try to tackle the series. It’s so popular. I want to know if I like it or not.

Crosstalk by Connie Willis ~ To Say Nothing of the Dog is one of my favorite Science Fiction novels of all time so when I found out Connie Willis had a new book–not in her Oxford Time Travel series–coming out, I figured it was about time I branched out and read her other work.

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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders ~ I’m a fan of Charlie Jane Anders articles on io9. While novels aren’t exactly the same thing as website posts, I’m excited to try her book about friends, magic, and science!

The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley ~ Somehow I’ve never read a book by Kameron Hurley. I’ve followed her on Twitter and read her articles, but I’ve never picked up an actual book by her (not even Geek Feminist Revolution!). The Stars are Legion sounds like a book I’ll enjoy–yet another book about space, politics, and a tough-as-nails heroine.

Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older ~ Urban Fantasy’s a genre I go back to when I feel the need for a quick, engaging read. Older’s Bone Rumba Street series is one of the more popular of the genre that I haven’t tried yet. I actually can’t believe it wasn’t on my TBR earlier.  

Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle ~ I adore Peter S. Beagle’s writing. I’ve only been putting off reading Summerlong so I can keep up with Science Fiction novels for SciFi Month. As soon as December hits, I’m diving it! (Truthfully, I don’t even know what this books is about, and I don’t care: It’s Peter S. Beagle.)

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hern ~ One of my friends from work recommended this series to me. She said it was a fantasy which takes place in Japan, and that’s really all I needed to know.

What Books Have You Recently Added to Your TBR?

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{Film Review} The Meddler

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It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a film trailer tends to either spoil an entire movie in three minutes or completely misrepresent the plot–preparing the viewer for, say, a comedy rather than a fairly serious dramedy.

The Meddler’s trailer perpetrated the latter of these two sins. I sat down to watch The Meddler because I wanted a funny, heartwarming comedy about a mother and her adult daughter. What I got wasn’t bad, but it certainly wasn’t that.

 

The Meddler is actually about Marnie, a sixty-something Brooklynite who moved to Los Angeles after her husband died to be near her daughter. Unfortunately, her daughter’s dealing with her own problems and doesn’t want anything to do with her mother’s constant intrusions. Marnie’s forced to keep herself busy by befriending an Apple Store employee, helping one of her daughter’s friends plan a vow renewal ceremony, and volunteering at a hospital. When she happens to meet a retired cop on a film set, she’s forced to face the fact that she might still be holding onto her husband. The question is whether or not she can let go.

Susan Sarandon definitely shone as Marnie. I haven’t watched her in much besides Enchanted, but I liked her in this role. She conveyed the confusion, sadness, and enthusiasm of Marnie in a real and sympathetic way. It was easy to root for her to have a happy ending–particularly when that happy ending included J. K. Simmons as a chicken-owning, retired cop. (He played Dolly Parton for his chickens. Can you say “What a catch?”)

The chemistry between the two potential lovebirds was just wonderful, and while the romantic subplot of the film is secondary, I almost wish it and the relationship between Marnie and her daughter were more in the forefront of the film. This is a story about grief, but J. K. Simmons and Rose Byrne are so lovely that you kind of want it to be that funny, mother-daughter rom-com the trailer promised.

Not that the film isn’t successful as is. I loved Marnie and all of her sweetly madcap antics. As always, it was refreshing to watch a film featuring a lead actress over the age of fifty–especially when that actress was not British or Meryl Streep. I also liked how the film represented Marnie’s relationship with her daughter in all its complicated glory. If I can, I want to track down more films about mothers and their adult daughters (and by adult, I mean over the age of twenty-five at least). I’m not sure how that search will go, but it was nice to see non-cliqued mother/adult daughter relationship on screen and I need more.

While The Meddler isn’t a movie I’ll probably go back to again, I did thoroughly enjoy watching it. I actually wish my mother had gotten to watch it with me because I think she would have appreciated Marnie (even though she doesn’t like Susan Sarandon) and the chicken subplot (she knows I want chickens someday). I’d definitely recommend giving The Meddler a try if you like your films bittersweet, and if you can, don’t make my mistake. Make your mama watch it with you.

Also Try. . .

  • Beginners
  • This is Where I Leave You
  • Evening

What’s your favorite movie about mother/daughter relationships?

My Favorite Podcasts

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Whenever I’m off-desk at work, I put on my earphones and start up a podcast. It’s calming to shut out the noise of the library and focus on the hosts’ voices and their stories. Since music has never been a huge thing for me and audio books don’t hold my attention, I’m glad there are so many podcasts out there that are funny, educational, and focused, more often than not, on Pop Culture. I’d really be struggling for background noise if podcasts were not such a thing right now.

I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts over the past year, but there’s a few in particular that I keep downloading to my beloved iPod Shuffle, Honey Lemon. I thought it’d be neat to share some of my favorites with you–mostly because I want you to share your favorites right back so I can have more to listen to.

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My Favorite Podcasts    

  • Dear Sally ~ A Felicity podcast that’s a perfect mix of nostalgia and jokes. I haven’t even watched that much Felicity, but I still enjoy hearing these two friends talk about who won each episode: Noel or Ben.
  • Gilmore Guys ~ After I watch a particularly annoying episode of Gilmore Girls, I download the companion Gilmore Guys episode right away. The two “Gilmore Guys” and their guests always have hilarious and insightful takes on the episodes.
  • Common Room ~ #PotterWeek was amazing and Common Room just started a series recapping the TV show, Lost. No matter what sort of geek you are, there’s almost certainly a Common Room episode/series for you.
  • Mousterpiece Cinema ~ Again, with the nostalgia! I have a thing for retro movie and television podcasts. Can’t you tell? Mousterpiece Cinema is Movie Mezzanine’s Disney podcast. Mostly, the hosts review Disney films from the 80’s and 90’s, but there’s a couple of modern movies thrown in too.
  • The Nerdist ~ If you like listening to writers, actors, and directors talk about their craft and other, much more random things, The Nerdist podcast will suit your fancy. I skip around and pick episodes based on my tolerance for the guests, but others might not be so picky.
  • Rosie and Jessica’s Day of Fun ~ A little bit of everything is in this podcast. Most of all you should know they talk about knitting and baking.
  • Nerdonomy: Nerds on History ~ My inability to finish historical non-fiction makes me very thankful for all the history podcasts out there. Nerds on History is VERY eclectic–which is fun because you learn a bit about everything listening to it.
  • You Must Remember This ~ Thanks to The Hairpin’s “Scandals of Classic Hollywood” series, I’ve been getting more and more into Hollywood history. You Must Remember This is a great way to satisfy curiosity about old timey actors and the stories behind their films.

What Are Your Favorite Podcasts?

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Cozy Fall Knits {10 Free Patterns!}

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It tends to be freezing in the library where I work year round. In the Summer, it might be ninety degrees outside, but I’m wearing leggings and a heavy cardigan and still shivering. In the Fall and Winter, it just gets worse. I’ve been knitting fingerless mittens all Summer to prepare myself for the oncoming frigidness.

Now that it is getting into that prime yarn-crafting season again, I’ve been lurking on Ravelry and Pinterest looking for some new cozy projects to tackle this Fall. I think I’m going to need a warm shawl to keep at my desk (sometimes the window by my desk freezes over with ice because it’s so cold). Maybe I’ll cast-on my second pair of (super thick) socks or finally tackle a Weasley sweater. Anything to keep me–a person who wears gloves in sixty degree weather–from freezing in my much colder office.

If you’re like me and are looking for some projects to keep you busy and warm while you’re trying out all the new Fall shows or sitting at your desk, I rounded up a list of ten, free patterns.

Cozy Knits for Fall

  • Tidblad ~ Shawls seem to be nice, medium-sized projects (perfect for those, like me, who are still super intimidated by knitting an article of clothing that will only possibly fit).
  • Miss Marple Scarf ~ I’ve knitted this pattern twice, and who knows, I’ll probably make it again. It’s easy yet interesting and I can’t wait to channel an Agatha Christie character once the weather turns even colder.
  • Pumpkin Tea Cozy ~ Not going to lie. This project speaks to me.
  • Apothecary Cuffs ~ Outlander inspired knitting patterns tend to be gorgeous without exception. These cuffs were my first proper, knitting project on dpns and I love them. (Even if I made some mistakes with the pattern. Oops.)
  • Harry Potter Scarf ~ It’s the time of year to show your House Pride with a hand-knit scarf.
  • Josh’s Link Hat ~ In case you need a last minute(ish) Halloween costume.
  • Yoked Skirt With Pockets ~ I’ve wanted to make this skirt since I started knitting. It has POCKETS!
  • Hedgehogs ~ I’ve never knit amigurumi, but these hedgies might convince me to try.
  • Proud Puppy Sweater ~ The Gert would hate me if I knitted this for her, but she’d be adorable in it!
  • My Cup of Tea Socks ~ Knit on dpns (score!) and relatively simple looking. This are definitely in my queue.

What’s your favorite cozy accessory to knit for Fall?

A Rainy, Autumn Afternoon Playlist

A Rainy Autumn Afternoon Playlist.jpgAutumn’s my favorite time of year. I love heavy sweaters, hand-knit hats, and steaming mugs of spiced tea. The return of TV series, my beloved electric blanket, and library book sales only add to the elure. There’s simply this knitted/rustic/plaid aesthetic to Fall that appeals to me, and lately, it’s put me in the mood to listen to twangy, acoustic music when I’m writing. It makes me feel like I’m working in a shabby chic coffee house that serves pour-overs in tin mugs and has artistic jack o’lanterns on the counter.

I’ve created a playlist that satisfies that fantasy and gets me in the mood for blogging about pumpkin recipes and writing stories about college students working in coffee shops. 

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What music puts you in the mood for Fall?

{From My Shelves} Fall TBR

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Somehow, I’ve managed to get over two thirds of the way through my reading goal this Summer. It was rough. As per usual, Summer was the season of reading slumps and depression. I’m hoping Fall will be better. I can usually get through more books once the weather turns cool and I finally feel up to relaxing afternoons with a cup of tea and my beloved electric blanket.

Meanwhile, I’m trying not to get my expectations up too high. I have some classics and nonfiction that I’d love to get through before the end of the year, but I’m not including them on this TBR because I don’t want to set myself up for failure. (I tried to get through The Mill on the Floss this Summer, but I just couldn’t do it–in spite of loving George Eliot’s writing.) Instead, I thought I’d pull books from my shelves that would help me complete my reading challenge, get me ready for a new Fall show, and just plain entertain me.

We’ll see how it goes.

From My Shelves: Fall TBR

  • Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs ~ My easy book for the TBR! I always try to include at least one lightweight to keep myself from freaking out over all the heavy tomes on my list and Death by Darjeeling is that one for Fall. At the last library book sale, I grabbed a bunch of cozy mysteries–figuring I’d need to have some on hand for when I wasn’t feeling up to something denser. Most of the ones I picked were about books, tea, or cats–which just feels right to me.
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco ~ If I had to guess, I’d say I’ve owned The Name of the Rose for at least seven years. Most books that I’ve had that long and haven’t read have been culled from my shelves in the past year. For some reason, I held onto Eco’s novel. I’ve heard it’s fantastic so I really have no reason (besides how incredibly hefty it appears) to put off reading it any longer.
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote ~ For my Reading Challenge, I have to read one True Crime novel. True Crime is one of the few genres that I have absolutely no interest in so I figured I might as well stick with a classic. I’ve read Truman Capote before thanks to Breakfast at Tiffany’s (which is MUCH better than the film, by the way). I figure his foray into crime writing will be entertaining enough to allow me to check one more item off my Reading Challenge To-Do List.  
  • When Did You Last See Your Father by Blake Morrison ~ I’ve had this novel on my shelves forever. I bought it solely because David Nicholls wrote the screenplay for the adaptation–which, on reflection, seems like a weird reason to read a book written by a different author. Still, it’s a small book. It’s time I got through it and sent it back to the library.
  • Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith ~ The Crown premieres on Netflix on November 4th. To prep, I figured I might as well read a biography of the Queen. I’m not holding my breath that the book will be terribly interesting (I don’t expect a whole lot of trashyness), but I’m still curious about her thanks to watching the *almost* completely fictitious A Royal Night Out this Summer.

There are my five books. What are you planning to read this Fall?

My Fall To-Do List

Hamilton Songs On Repeat (2).jpgSweaters, electric blankets, hot chai, and new TV shows. Fall IS my season. I know you’re not supposed to wish your life away, but Summer is the worst and I’m so glad it’s over.

I cannot wait to eat all the (gluten free) pumpkin things!

Like with Summer, I figured I’d do a proper to-do list for Fall. Looking back, I can say I did alright on my Summer list. *Maybe* I didn’t get to any beach reads, but I did dash through Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and see Top Gun in the theater so the season wasn’t an entire waste. Also, I went to three new coffee shops and an artisan Ice Cream parlor. Living my best life right there.

My plans for Fall mainly include watching Gilmore Girls with my mom, but I figured it’d be nice to make a more ambitious to-do than just getting through seven seasons of a show before November 25th.

Okay, the list isn’t incredibly more ambitious than that, but Fall is the season for books, tea, and coziness. I don’t want to do too much adventuring when I could be reading the next A Song of Ice and Fire.  

My Fall To-Do List

  • Carve Pumpkins ~ I’m terrible at carving pumpkins (because sharp objects and myself do not mix), but I love it anyway. The last two years I’ve missed out on carving but not this year! I will carve something wonky into a pumpkin’s side and display it proudly for trick-or-treaters.
  • Star Wars Watch-Through ~ Last year, I rewatched all of the Star Wars films in the Spring. I wish now that I’d waited until right before The Force Awakens came out so it’d all have felt more fresh. That’s why, this year, I’ve been waiting and waiting to start my rewatch for Rogue One. Originally, I’d planned to try watching it in “Machete Order” since I’ve only ever watched the series chronologically starting with the prequels. I’m not entirely sure that’s the best way to go since that would mean watching A New Hope (the film closest chronologically to Rogue One) first. I’ll probably just go with “Chronological Minus The Phantom Menace” as per usual.
  • Art Museum Trip ~ I’ve only been to the Cleveland Art Museum once. I was up in the city for an interview and was able to spend *maybe* an hour there–which meant that I got through the Egyptian exhibit and very little else. I’ve been longing to go back for a second visit, and Fall seems like the perfect time to wander through galleries.  
  • Reread Jane Eyre ~ Is it just me, or is Fall the perfect season for reading the Brontes? I might make that association thanks to my English Major days, but the gothic setting of Jane Eyre feels October-y to me. I haven’t read Jane Eyre since high school, and I’m well aware that I didn’t understand it at all back then. I need to go back and be more open minded about Rochester (unlikely) and more accepting of Jane (much more likely).
  • Go to a Craft Show ~There are indie craft shows ALL THE TIME downtown where I work. Unfortunately, a lot of them occur on Saturday so I end up working through them. I want to take advantage of one of the few Sunday fairs, even if that means venturing downtown on a day I’m not actually working.
  • Find a New 3DS Game to Play ~ So, I bought a 3DS last Fall and I’ve only purchased three games for it–two of which I hated (Disney Infinity and Animal Crossing). Right now, I’m playing through Legend of Zelda: An Ocarina of Time and I’m enjoying it. . .kind of. I have to use a walkthrough to get through the story–which can get incredibly frustrating. I want to find a game with more of a puzzle aspect to it. I loved computer games that had a nice balance of story and puzzle when I was a kid (like Torin’s Passage and Dr. Brain). I’m sure there’s something out there along a similar line. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!
  • Drink Spiced Apple Cider ~ Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s aren’t my thing. They’re too sweet and not pumpkin-y enough tasting for me. Spiced Apple Cider is the real deal. Every once in awhile, I even get to drink apple cider from the apples we’ve grown–which makes it even better!
  • Play More Games ~ I own a decent amount of board games, but this year, I’ve been terrible about actually playing them. I still haven’t touched my copies of Munchkin, Iota, or Diamonsters. Before Christmas, at the very least, I need to give them all a shot (then I don’t have to feel guilty if I ask for a game or two for the big day).
  • Watch Horror Movies ~ I’m a complete wimp when it comes to horror movies. I’ve always loved horror TV shows (Hannibal <3) and novels, but films just seem so much more intimidating. I have a short list of movies I want to watch in October (The Ring, The Host, Cabin in the Woods, etc), but I could definitely use recommendations for horror films that are scary but not terribly gory–which means do not recommend a Saw film! I will not watch it. 
  • Bake a Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie ~ I already have a recipe picked out. This will happen!

What’s on your Fall To-Do list?

{Film Review} Bridget Jones’s Baby

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Bridget Jones’s Baby is one of those movies you really shouldn’t think too much about. It’s cute, adorable fluff until you start analysing it–which, me being me, is exactly what I did.

My immediate reaction after leaving the theater was a positive one. I loved seeing Bridget on the screen again and was quite taken with her new suitor, Jack. I loved the goofier humor and her new thirty-something friends. There were, sadly, some pop culture jokes and references that already felt dated, but in the one lone Rom-Com of the year, I was willing to overlook a little lack of coolness.

It really is that general lack of Rom-Coms which makes me so sad that Bridget Jones’s Baby doesn’t work so well once you start dissecting the “Rom” part of the  “Rom-Com.”  The ending of the film wasn’t a surprise, but it wasn’t exactly a welcome revelation either–especially considering the information we’re given over the course of the film.

Warning: From here on out, there are spoilers.

So here it is: I don’t know who thought it was a good idea to have Bridget end up with a workaholic who hasn’t been able to commit to her for the last ten years, but that’s the ending of we get. Perhaps, we’re supposed to want her to end up with Mr. Mark Darcy simply because we’ve been rooting for them to tie the knot for the last two films, but I’m sorry, I couldn’t do that.

I actually groaned when he began pursuing her at their godchild’s christening. It might be because I’ve been watching so much horrible backsliding on Gilmore Girls lately, but I hated that they spent the night together after the awful way he’d treated her when they were a couple. I wanted Bridget to have a bit more self-control than that. I mean, the man was still married and he’d treated her very poorly.

Why’d you do it, Bridget? Why?

I was hoping it’d just be chalked up to one night of bad decisions–that she’d realize the two of them could never work out based on their past. It would have been nice for her to finally accept that it’s over and that Mark Darcy would never really be able to be there for her.

Unfortunately, the movie had a weird point to make about online dating.

In steps Jack, the match-making guru who uses an algorithm to figure out if people are compatible. Unsurprisingly, he and Bridget are compatible; Bridget and Mark are not. Again and again throughout the movie, we hear that Bridget and Jack are perfect for each other on paper. Of course, it doesn’t matter that they have genuine chemistry and he’s a sweetie pie. She has history with Mark and–even though they aren’t a good match based on an algorithm–we are supposed to believe they are meant for each other.

Oh please! Bridget and Mark dated for an extended amount of time. Much of that time, Bridget spent both alone and lonely. Mark’s had a failed marriage–most likely because he’s a workaholic with bad relationship skills (and not because he’s meant to be with Bridget). Sure, an algorithm’s just an algorithm, but math has a point here. Mark might be a good guy, but that doesn’t mean he’s the best guy for Bridget.

Jack, on the other hand, was supportive and in for the adventure with Bridget. He might have been a bit competitive when it came to being a prospective daddy, but he was genuinely happy to go along with the ride and be there whenever she needed him. He was the one bringing her gifts, watching her diet, and helping her paint the baby’s room. He was the one there for her when the other possible dad was taking work calls and ditching Bridget when he was led to believe he wasn’t the father. Sure, some of that was Jack’s fault, but maybe, Mark could have talked to Bridget before jumping to conclusions and abandoning her.

I’m sorry. I’m Team Jack–which means, of course, Bridget couldn’t end up with Jack. (I always seem to back the dark horse.) In the end, Bridget walks down the aisle with Mark and carries around Mark’s baby around the reception. We’re all supposed to be happy for the fact that love (and not math) won out, but I was just confused about everything.

Why are we supposed to believe Mark and Bridget will be happy this time around? Why was Jack at the wedding if the baby wasn’t his? Why, most importantly, was this film so hostile toward tech and online dating.

It’s ridiculous how weirdly combative a Rom-Com made in 2016 is toward technology. I got a strong “KIDS THESE DAYS WITH THEIR TINDER AND THEIR SMARTPHONES!” vibe from the film–which was off-putting because I think the only way Rom-Coms have a chance of surviving as a subgenre is by their creators accepting that people do meet and fall in love in different ways now. Bridget Jones’s Baby rages against the machine and makes it’s ending unpalatable in the process.

On the whole, Bridget Jones’s Baby is passable as Rom-Coms go but only because there are some real doozies out there. I’ll be sticking with the original Bridget Jones’s Diary and choosing to ignore the fact that this one ever happened.

What Rom-Com characters do you think should have ended up together but didn’t?

Fall Movies On My Must-See List

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So far this year, I’ve seen a grand total of thirteen movies in the theater. I believe that’s a record high for me–even with how many times I went to The Fellowship of the Ring and various Disney movies in Junior High.

Thirteen might be an unlucky number, but I’m actually really proud of it. For years, anxiety’s completely messed with my movie-going enjoyment. (It’s hard to have fun watching a film when you’re in the middle of a panic attack.) This year, I figured my own form of exposure therapy would help me get over that, and by movie five or six, I realized my master plan was working.

I *may* have ended up seeing a few doozies (I nearly fell asleep during Pete’s Dragon), but it was worth it to get to the point where I’m look forward to seeing things on the big screen again.

To keep up this momentum (and keep myself from getting squirmish), I’ve made a list of all the movies I’m going to go see this Fall. Of course, you’ll all be able to guess what movies I’m really, really looking forward to (ahem, Rogue One), but I’m going to try to force myself a little outside my comfort zone with a weeper like Light Between Oceans (I can, at least, bribe myself with the likes of Fassy).   

Fall Movies On My Must-See List

Light Between Oceans (September 2nd) ~ Several years ago, I read the book during a single, long car ride. I don’t remember much about the novel other than the very basic plot–which probably means it wasn’t the greatest book of all time. Still, the trailers for the film look gorgeous (as does the cast). This will be my first time seeing Alicia Vikander in a film other than The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. Hopefully seeing her in something serious will give me the added gumption to watch Ex Machina . .finally.  

 

Bridget Jones’ Baby (September 16th) ~ I never expected Bridget Jones’ Diary to be one of my favorite films, but I’m incredibly partial to it. While Edge of Reason wasn’t the greatest sequel in the world (I remember very little of that film), I’m so looking forward the the third in the trilogy. I’m also pleased to see McDreamy returning to the RomCom circuit. Maybe a resurgence on his part could mean a sequel to Enchanted?  

 

The Magnificent Seven (September 23rd) ~ The Coen Brother’s True Grit is one of my favorite films of all time. Before that movie, I had a very low tolerance for Westerns. Slowly, though, I’m coming to appreciate the genre. (It helps, of course, that newly released Westerns have actors like Michael Fassbender and Chris Pratt in them.) Before the new Magnificent Seven is released I plan on watching The Seven Samurai and the original Magnificent Seven–which feels incredibly ambitious since both of those films are LONG.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (September 30th) ~Let me confess something: I really didn’t like the book this film is based on. Thankfully, the film appears to be COMPLETELY different from the source material. I’m rooting for Tim Burton to make a decent film out of this concept. I can’t say my expectations are high, but I’m going to give it a proper chance regardless.   

 

Arrival (November 11th) ~ I hate myself for still liking Jeremy Renner in films, but he and Amy Adams are completely selling me on Arrival. I love a good low-key Science Fiction film, but this is the first one in awhile that has a cast I can get on board with. Sorry, but if Matthew McConaughey, Matt Damon, or George Clooney are in space, I’m out.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18th) ~ I wasn’t anticipating the release of Fantastic Beasts until Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released. My enthusiasm for Harry Potter had been waning in recent years, but rereading the series and getting an 8th “book” has gotten me back in the Potterhead zone. Also, I really just want to see Colin Farrell as a wizard villain.

 

Moana (November 23rd) ~ Not the point of this movie, but I want Dwayne Johnson to be a Disney Prince. Someday, I hope it will happen, but until then I’ll be satisfied with him voicing a prominent character in Moana.

 

Rules Don’t Apply (November 23rd) ~ Actual Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich, is in another film about old Hollywood. After Hail, Caesar, this isn’t a movie I’d pass up voluntarily. I know it won’t be as good as Hail, Caesar (no Charming Potato as a Gene Kelly-a-like), but it looks cute all the same. It’s also part of my old Hollywood to-watch list with Trumbo and The Magnificent.

Rogue One (December 16th) ~ I love Star Wars. I also loved Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla. There’s nothing about this movie that makes me think I won’t absolutely adore it. I’m just worried that by book shelves won’t have room for the inevitable Rogue One collectibles that I’ll be adding to my Star Wars collection.

Passengers (December 21st) ~ No trailer for Passengers yet, but a Science Fiction romance with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence is a must see. I hope it will have some humor to it and maybe a few shirtless scenes for Pratt. It’s about time I see Jennifer Lawrence in a film outside of the Hunger Games or X-Men franchises anyway.

 

What Films Are On Your Must-See List This Fall?