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On 1/11/2020 at 9:11 PM, jb002 said:

Anyone watching Love In Winterland? I have to say I’m surprised to see Italia Ricci & Chad Michael Murray in a Hallmark movie. However, Italia Ricci has chemistry with almost everyone, so I think it’ll be good! 
 

Chasing Life was a great TV series & I wish the other show she had been on, on NBC had been more of a success. 

I liked her movie that aired on Pixl Late Bloomer

 

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13 minutes ago, In2You said:

I liked her movie that aired on Pixl Late Bloomer

 

Good to know. Up is airing it soon.

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Another Hallmark book was recommended too me and while most of their books sound as bland and boring as their recent movies this sounds somewhat interesting.

 

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Jenny always dreamed of getting married at Heart’s Landing. But when she finally visits the charming small town, she’s there to make wedding arrangements for someone else: her cousin, who also happens to be her boss and a famous movie star. To keep the event secret and avoid a media circus, Jenny pretends she’s the one getting married.

Nick is intrigued by this bride-to-be who starts visiting his bakery every afternoon for sweet treats and conversation. He has to keep reminding himself that she’s already spoken for.

As Jenny deals with her cousin’s ever-changing demands, she tries to hide her attraction to Nick. Planning this wedding couldn’t be more complicated…and what will happen once the truth comes to light?

 

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I really believe that Hallmark is trying to drive us to their extra pay channel, as they continue to show the same movies over and over again.  How many times a month will they show Love on the Sidelines, A Country Wedding (they really do love Jesse Metcalf), Chance at Romance and on and on.  I swear Sidelines has been on at least 4 times in the last three weeks—-it’s on again right now.  I refuse to sign on to any of these extra pay services, so I guess my Hallmark watching will be greatly reduced.

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Well, I tried, but I lasted exactly 45 minutes into Love On Iceland. It couldn't keep my attention for more than two minutes at a time. It's just...bland and blah. Maybe it's my state of mind today or something, but I'll be curious to hear what you all think of it.

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33 minutes ago, kirinan said:

It couldn't keep my attention for more than two minutes at a time. It's just...bland and blah. 

I hung in for over an hour just to see the scenery.  But after the ten thousandth use of the word "amazing" and dozing off from boredom I have it up.  Where do they get these generic Stepford people? 

It's not like I didn't know how it would end. 

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This just seemed like an extended travel ad.  That said, hubby & I spent a bit too long looking up those bubble hotels, so I guess it was effective?  $500. a night and no toilets?  Nope, I’m out.  
 

The redhead headed actress seemed to be more elevated than most sidekicks when they were advertising the show so we also looked her up.  She’s married to the lead actor and is a broadway actress, with parts like Anna from Frozen. Explains her exaggerated facial expressions, I guess.  
 

This was my least favorite of their new winterfest movies, gorgeous scenery notwithstanding.  

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2 hours ago, kirinan said:

Well, I tried, but I lasted exactly 45 minutes into Love On Iceland. It couldn't keep my attention for more than two minutes at a time. It's just...bland and blah. Maybe it's my state of mind today or something, but I'll be curious to hear what you all think of it.

I watched the whole thing.  The interesting scenic locations and bits of culture here and there were amazing.  The local residents were charming.  I think that Hallmark did a good job of incorporating as much of the Iceland vibe as they could in a short rom com.  

I also loved Patti Murin's random wink-wink-nudge-nudge verbal references to Frozen thrown in, seeing as she played Anna in Frozen on Broadway.  I also liked her character's romance in this movie.

I didn't think the lead couple necessarily had the best chemistry I have ever seen in a movie -- and I was more familiar with Colin Donnell (who is married to Patti in real life) on the Showtime series The Affair, so it was different to see him in this family-friendly light.  But, in general, I didn't think it was a bad movie at all.  It had a different feel.  It's not an all-time favorite, but I didn't hate it.  I don't know how often I would watch it, but it's very captivating, visually speaking.

I also thought there were too many couples.  Although I liked all of the supporting characters, that extra couple in the movie (the other friends) weren't really necessary.  They were cute, but it would have been enough to just focus on the Kaitlin Doubleday romance, the Patti Murin romance, and the fantastic scenery and charming locals.

 

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3 hours ago, TVFan17 said:

I watched the whole thing.  The interesting scenic locations and bits of culture here and there were amazing.  The local residents were charming.  I think that Hallmark did a good job of incorporating as much of the Iceland vibe as they could in a short rom com.  

I watched the whole thing too and I was worried after reading some of the early reviews here but I found it quite enjoyable for the same reasons you say.  The main couple wasn't in the Michael Rady/Nikki DeLoach echelon in terms of chemistry but I found they were on par, or even slightly better, than most modern day Hallmark couples.

I was impressed with how well they took advantage of their location--better than I think any Hallmark movie has before.  This is all I want. If I'm not going to overly fall in love with the main couple, then all I want is to be seduced by the location and they achieved this. Plus, they employed Icelandic actors instead of flying in a Canadian to do an Icelandic accent.

3 hours ago, TVFan17 said:

Although I liked all of the supporting characters, that extra couple in the movie (the other friends) weren't really necessary. 

I think the group dynamic was actually my favorite part of the movie outside of the scenery.  They sold me on the sense of shared history and I think that's even harder to do than get a couple right sometimes.  The group scenes helped, as did the fact that Colin and Patty are married in real life.  (Preston Sadleir, the married friend, is also from the NY stage scene; although I don't know if they all knew each other.)

It had the Hallmarky tropes like the ticking time bomb job offer and the misunderstanding (although they did surprise me in that it wasn't that he saw Katilyn's character out with the Icelandic dude).  I don't think they explained why he went to the Diamond Beach at the end.  Or why the podcast was in video form. (I know podcasts do some video content sometimes but that's usually not the format offered to or consumed by listeners.)

But I think the cast actually elevated it.  Colin did little things that made his character feel full--like genuinely laughing when Patty's character stole the last pastry even though it was just a quick moment.  I loved the in pitch yodeling of the married friend. The Frozen jokes were fun but I wish they would have kept in Patty's Bacheloresque adlibs of "Can I steal her for a sec?" every time she wanted to talk to Kaitlyn's character outside.

I'd travel with these guys again.

3 hours ago, TVFan17 said:

I was more familiar with Colin Donnell

That's where I knew him from too.  I've watched his House of the Rising Sun so many times that I realized I probably should learn the actor's name.  I knew (and liked) Kaitlyn from Empire too, though.

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16 hours ago, KLovestoShop said:

I really believe that Hallmark is trying to drive us to their extra pay channel, as they continue to show the same movies over and over again.  How many times a month will they show Love on the Sidelines, A Country Wedding (they really do love Jesse Metcalf), Chance at Romance and on and on.  I swear Sidelines has been on at least 4 times in the last three weeks—-it’s on again right now.  I refuse to sign on to any of these extra pay services, so I guess my Hallmark watching will be greatly reduced.

Not to mention Unleashing Mr Darcy.  It's on ALL the time.  There has to be something in the archives they can pull out rather than these same few over and over.  Maybe they just don't want to pay residuals to people not currently in their movie "family".

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I loved the scenery in Love on Iceland, and the Icelandic tour guide was easy on the eyes. I knew Patti and Colin were married to each other but only knew them from their roles on Chicago Med. A quick IMDB search shows that they both sing as well. No idea Patti was in Frozen and I must have missed the Frozen references.   I'm pretty easy to please and enjoyed it for what it was.

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Tomorrow night is the snow maze movie -- Amazing Winter Romance -- on the Hallmark Channel.  While I think the idea of a snow maze is very interesting, and I remember seeing photos posted by the director and other actors when the movie was in production, the actual previews of it fell a little flat for me.  It won't be as beautiful to look at as Love on Iceland was (though that scenery would be hard to beat), and I have a feeling it won't have the same fun banter that Winter in Vail had, but I shall keep an open mind and hope for the best!

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I loved the scenery in Love on Iceland and the actors were fine but I found the story itself kind of meh—— no single parents or obvious bad boyfriend/girlfriends was a nice change but the podcast subplot was boring and for going on vacation to catch up with old friends—  not much time spent with those friends..... although tons better than the ice hotel movie — 

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19 hours ago, Callietwo said:

 

The redhead headed actress seemed to be more elevated than most sidekicks when they were advertising the show so we also looked her up.  She’s married to the lead actor and is a broadway actress, with parts like Anna from Frozen. Explains her exaggerated facial expressions, I guess.

Well this explains why I thought she should be the lead after her first five minutes of screen time...

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6 hours ago, Infiltr8 said:

I loved the scenery in Love on Iceland and the actors were fine but I found the story itself kind of meh—— no single parents or obvious bad boyfriend/girlfriends was a nice change but the podcast subplot was boring and for going on vacation to catch up with old friends—  not much time spent with those friends..... although tons better than the ice hotel movie — 

I sat down to watch it again tonight, and I made it through, but I agree--the story is still blah. However, I paid more attention to the scenery, which is gorgeous and makes me want to go to Iceland now, and the actors weren't as bad as i thought. And Colin Donnell (do I have his name right? this is the first time I've ever seen him) is really, REALLY good-looking. I doubt I'll watch it again, but I did want to mention that it got a little better on the second viewing.

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5 minutes ago, kirinan said:

 And Colin Donnell (do I have his name right? this is the first time I've ever seen him) is really, REALLY good-looking. 

Yes he is! I remember thinking his wife was rather plain-looking, compared to him, when I first saw them on Chicago Med together. But apparently she's a Broadway actress and Colin sings as well. I wonder how they met. I know it's shallow of me to mention her looks but I always wonder when one half is so much better looking.

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5 minutes ago, ECM1231 said:

Yes he is! I remember thinking his wife was rather plain-looking, compared to him, when I first saw them on Chicago Med together. But apparently she's a Broadway actress and Colin sings as well. I wonder how they met. I know it's shallow of me to mention her looks but I always wonder when one half is so much better looking.

 

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3 hours ago, VMepicgrl said:

 

THANKS SO. MUCH FOR FINDING THIS!

They're very cute together!

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Colin Donnell is so charismatic but the lead actress’s type A crap was getting annoying so I stopped watching after 30 minutes. They have a tour guide but she still has to be annoying and stick to a certain schedule, yet the relaxed photographer (and tour guide) found her endearing. I would hate to travel with someone like that. Will probably watch the rest tomorrow because the Iceland scenes were gorgeous. 

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9 hours ago, twoods said:

Colin Donnell is so charismatic but the lead actress’s type A crap was getting annoying so I stopped watching after 30 minutes. They have a tour guide but she still has to be annoying and stick to a certain schedule, yet the relaxed photographer (and tour guide) found her endearing. I would hate to travel with someone like that. Will probably watch the rest tomorrow because the Iceland scenes were gorgeous. 

Yeah, I did NOT like the lead character. She was the typical bland blonde Hallmark is so fond of, and I honestly found nothing charming about her character's personality (this is just a personal bugaboo, but I detest the "type A/uptight bitch-woman meets laid-back, charming, irresponsible man" story that serves as the conflict in so many stories). But this time around, I paid more attention to the other actors and found them appealing enough to make up for that.

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Hallmark Drama is having a marathon of Hallmark Hall Of Fame movies today, and they're showing some really old ones as well.

They just showed a movie with Brenda Fricker from 1999, and they're showing the Sarah, Plain and Tall movies with Glenn Close later on.

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2 hours ago, MikaelaArsenault said:

Hallmark Drama is having a marathon of Hallmark Hall Of Fame movies today, and they're showing some really old ones as well.

They just showed a movie with Brenda Fricker from 1999, and they're showing the Sarah, Plain and Tall movies with Glenn Close later on.

Our cable doesn’t carry Hallmark Drama.  Sucks. 
 

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5 hours ago, Ohwell said:

Her hair in that video is just awful.

What are you talking about?

 

4 hours ago, KLovestoShop said:

Our cable doesn’t carry Hallmark Drama.  Sucks. 
 

That really stinks. What Hallmark channels do you have?

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23 hours ago, ECM1231 said:

Yes he is! I remember thinking his wife was rather plain-looking, compared to him, when I first saw them on Chicago Med together. But apparently she's a Broadway actress and Colin sings as well. I wonder how they met. I know it's shallow of me to mention her looks but I always wonder when one half is so much better looking.

My mom said it’s so the better looking one gets all the attention.  The thing is though, she just looks normal in this Iceland movie but is pretty in real  life.  I would guess they were trying to down play her looks so as not to compete with the lead.

I thought the lead and the tour guide had way more chemistry in their scenes than she did with Colin.  It also made no sense for the friend the be paired off with the tour guide when they had no chemistry.  They should’ve cast the pairings differently.

The scenery was amazing!

The winter fest countdown was totally lame, Unleashing Mr Darcy as number 1? It’s a summer movie!

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5 hours ago, MikaelaArsenault said:

What are you talking about?

 

That really stinks. What Hallmark channels do you have?

Regular Hallmark and Movies and Mysteries. 

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So Amazing Winter Romance is awful?  I’ve been trying to watch it and I just don’t get it.  Another city girl goes home to her small town for inspiration and runs into her high school best bud. Random girl from NYC decides to love there too and likes the same guy.  The guy is totally boring and I find it hard to believe he’s the only catch in town.  Could the bakery have been a more depressing set?  No color or warmth.

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2 hours ago, scenicbyway said:

The winter fest countdown was totally lame, Unleashing Mr Darcy as number 1? It’s a summer movie!

I don't disagree that the Winterfest Countdown was questionable -- they included at least two Valentine movies in it, and possibly more (I didn't follow along with it but I saw that those movies were in it), so it made no sense because Valentine movies have their own dedicated month and branded event. 

But Unleashing Mr. Darcy was, indeed, a Winterfest movie -- meaning it premiered in January, as part of Hallmark's official Winterfest event in 2016.  Would I have put it at #1?  Absolutely not.  But at least it is a Winterfest movie, unlike the Valentine movies they inserted into the Countdown.

Before Hallmark started making their Winterfest movies extra snowy a couple of years ago (in conjunction with the Winter Olympics), they used to premiere some movies in January without much snow -- just regular rom coms.  Those movies were included under the Winterfest banner for January.  I think Winterfest officially began in 2016 or 2015, but they started really going all out with the snowy scenery in 2018 or so.

Whether the movies have snow and ice in them or not, all I ask of a Winterfest Countdown is for Hallmark to limit it to only the movies that actually premiered during Winterfest and not show movies from other themed events or holidays.  Prior to this month, they used to only include Winterfest movies in their Winterfest Countdown.  I have no idea why they opened it up to extra movies this year that were never Winterfest movies.

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3 hours ago, scenicbyway said:

So Amazing Winter Romance is awful?

I haven't tried to watch it yet but I wouldn't be surprised.  Unless it's around Thanksgiving, any time Hallmark airs a movie on a weekday instead of a weekend, it's usually a special kind of boring in my experience.

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I agree Amazing Winter Romance was horrible. It was so dull. I have liked Jessy Schram in most of her Hallmark movie appearances. I am a sucker for the cliched Harvest Moon for some reason. The male lead was so boring. Apparently he is the only eligible man in town. Ummmm.....I am trying to think of something positive about the movie. I guess I will keep thinking.

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I was not really in the mood to pay attention to a full movie of any sort last night, so I'm sure that had a lot to do with my impression of Amazing Winter Romance - but it just didn't grab me.  Nothing in the movie made me suddenly get invested in what was happening and snap out of my non-movie watching  mood.  I watched a chunk of it and then tuned out right before the one-hour mark. 

I figured that I might give it another try down the road, when I am in more of a mood to watch it, but it just wasn't meant to be on my first try.  So I don't know if I just didn't like Amazing Winter Romance in general, or if I just didn't care for it last night, specifically, but either way... it was not holding my attention at that moment.

I like the idea of a snow maze as a fun, wintry thing to do, but I don't know if that concept/gimmick translates to a movie format as well as an ice hotel does. 

Also, I didn't think the 2 leads in AWR were all that good of a match.  I think that Jessy Schram is pleasant and adorable, and I would have liked to see her paired up with someone else.   (If her long lost Fall Harvest movie Country at Heart ever actually premieres on Hallmark, I think I will like her with Niall Matter much more.)

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Amazing Winter Romance -- is Hallmark insulting to big cities or what?  They practically demonize them, although try to have it both ways ; i.e., "I live in Chicago. It's different, but in a good way"  Yeah, right.

The male Canadian lead forgot that his character was supposed to be from the American Midwest and an "Eh?" slipped through.

The hot chocolate, as usual, was flowing.

On 1/19/2020 at 2:15 AM, Irlandesa said:

It had the Hallmarky tropes like the ticking time bomb job offer and the misunderstanding (although they did surprise me in that it wasn't that he saw Katilyn's character out with the Icelandic dude).  

And they couldn't get away from the hot chocolate.

 

Did a drive-by a few days ago and unfortunately landed on one of their scintillating monarch-meets-commoner stories.  Don't ask what the title was as they all sound alike to me and I'm betting to most of you guys as well.

Heroine plants a demure peck on Mr. Royal Guy:  "I've never kissed a prince before!"

Prince:  "And how was it?"

Heroine:  "Awesome!"

(CLICK)

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Amazing Winter Romance was not amazing. I couldn't get past the male lead. He seemed pretty goofy and not in a good way. And not attractive either. I usually like Jessy but it was a terrible movie with zero plot. And could they stereotype the New Yorker much? Annoying.

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43 minutes ago, sistersledge said:

Amazing Winter Romance was not amazing. I couldn't get past the male lead. He seemed pretty goofy and not in a good way. And not attractive either. I usually like Jessy but it was a terrible movie with zero plot. And could they stereotype the New Yorker much? Annoying.

How true! And did they not hire a make-up artist for the movie? Jessy looked very pale the whole time.

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1 hour ago, mikeb said:

No surprise.  It's too bad, though, because, by all accounts, anyone I know who has met or who knows Bill Abbott likes him and says he is a great guy.  He is the one who is responsible for a lot of the actors and actresses being used in a lot of projects, because he befriended them and made sure there was always a place for them on the network.  Clearly -- it goes without saying -- he needed to modernize his way of thinking, though, and become a bit more open-minded and inclusive.

He made a bad decision with pulling the ad -- that was a colossal, short-sighted mistake -- and I knew when it happened that that it was going to cause a ripple effect.  I knew that things would not go back to being business as usual.  And when the TCA party was cancelled, I knew it was a bad sign.

So it will be interesting to see how the programming changes going forward.  Some projects are already on track to go into production, so we might not see any major changes for quite some time, once the pre-planned programming cycles out, someone steps in to take Bill's place, and the dust settles.

Here is another article -- Hallmark Exec Bill Abbott Out

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3 hours ago, mikeb said:

It was their only choice. I’m thrilled at the possibility of them shaking up the formula. That New Yorker behind the scenes story made it clear that Abbott was directly responsible for Hallmark dominance but was unwilling to adapt and improve movie quality. Plus he’s was a PR disaster since before the ad was pulled. 

Now it will be interesting to see if they are willing to make the changes necessary to start making consistently good movies again. 

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2 hours ago, Dani said:

Now it will be interesting to see if they are willing to make the changes necessary to start making consistently good movies again.

One can only hope so. I'm very curious to see if anything changes. It'll definitely depend on who takes the reins and I wouldn't be surprised if the VP moves into that position.

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10 hours ago, MissyPoo said:

It'll definitely depend on who takes the reins and I wouldn't be surprised if the VP moves into that position.

Hopefully that's someone who has actually had contact with people other than Caucasians.

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On 1/22/2020 at 5:18 PM, TVFan17 said:

He is the one who is responsible for a lot of the actors and actresses being used in a lot of projects, because he befriended them and made sure there was always a place for them on the network. 

This is both a good thing and a bad thing.  Good because it helps the actors and gives them consistent work.  But bad because it can lead to the network feeling a bit stale, with the same actors just being recycled in different movies and/or series. 

This needed to happen.  The movies are poor quality, beyond formulaic, and the network has become a national joke.  The diversity problems were blatantly obvious.  Controversies were horribly mishandled (and as is the case with the Zola ad, didn't need to happen in the first place).  Hallmark had become a religious network without saying that it was, which was Bill wanting to appeal to everyone (which results in you appealing to no one). 

And I'm sure if you were an actor he was nice to you...if you played by the rules.  If you adhered to your morality clauses and were willing to spend your career playing roles that weren't particularly interesting or challenging.  If you stayed silent and obedient during times of upheaval.  Most actors like roles that have some meat, and what's more, in the arts you've almost certainly befriended lots of people who are gay, and you don't like to see your friends attacked.  This is why I applaud Emilie Ullerup and the other actors who spoke out during the Zola controversy, because they were willing to sacrifice their paychecks to do the right thing.  It's why I wish people like Bailee Madison and Daniel Lissing the best, because they *did* sacrifice their guaranteed paychecks in exchange for personal growth and fulfillment.  

Well done, Hallmark.  

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I really wish that Hallmark Drama would show this:

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It's underrated, and it was last on Hitz a few months ago, but it got removed.

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Last night I watched the Falling For You repeat, which I've seen about 3 or 4 times. I think it might be my favorite Hallmark movie ( I've been a casual viewer for about 2-3 years)

Even though the plot has been done before, the director did a good job with the talented leads to add spark that's missing in a lot of these movies.

 

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Did I see Jen Lilly in the new Progressive Insurance commercial featuring Smash Mouth? She is the “wife” sitting on the couch next to her “husband”. (He has a speaking part, but not her).  I think it might be a pre-Super Bowl commercial.

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Love At First Glance

The ubiquitous Italian restaurant

Chicken risotto is served in five minutes 

Red-checked table cloth

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15 hours ago, MikaelaArsenault said:

I really wish that Hallmark Drama would show this:

MV5BYmViY2RmYjQtMzdlMC00NDFmLWJjOTctYTcy

It's underrated, and it was last on Hitz a few months ago, but it got removed.

I miss when Hallmark Hall of Fame movies were something special and high quality 

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8 hours ago, Luckylyn said:

I miss when Hallmark Hall of Fame movies were something special and high quality 

Yeah, those were the days when it was a family event to gather and watch.  Such thoughtful movies back then.  Those Million Moms would swoon en masse to think Hallmark had anything to do with The Boys Next Door.

What happened to those great writers?  Now we have the Pod People cranking out worthless generic drivel.

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The current Hallmark wouldn’t be capable of making a What the Deaf Man HeardFollow the Stars HomeBack When We Were Grownups Saint MaybeA Season for Miracles, etc...

Imagine how cheap looking and generic  Sarah Plain and Tall would be made today versus in the past.  The current Hallmark could never get talent like Glenn Close and Christopher Walken.

So I’m happy for a new person to run the company.  I’m hoping it’s a beginning of making better movies again and a push for diversity not only in ethnicities but in the type of stories being told.  I love romance but Hallmark used to make movies with various genres.  It doesn’t have to be different variations of the same generic romances over and over.  At minimum, they need to make more of an effort to improve Hallmark Hall of Fame films.  They used to be event movies that were fantastic to watch and could be conversation provoking.  There isn’t much difference between their weekly cookie cutter romances and the Hall of Fame movies which has made the Hall of Fame movies loose their specialness.  The Hall of Fame should be distinct and more of an event.

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Did anyone watch Hearts of Winter with Jill Wagner and Victor Webster?  Although Jill Wagner might not have been showing too much at that point, I did get a kick out of the scene in which she was literally holding a giant pillow in front of her slight baby belly.  She could also easily wear coats and hold bags in front of her as she redecorated Victor's house, so there were lots of ways to hide any sign of a belly.  (She will be showing quite a bit more in the next  Mystery 101 movie, which is currently in production, so I expect a lot of sitting behind desks or being filmed from the shoulders up, more big coats and things of that sort.)

Victor and Jill are pleasant together, but I think I might like their previous A Harvest Wedding movie a bit more.  I'm not sure.  I have to go back and watch the Fall movie again to make up my mind.  And it's always wonderful to see Rukiya Bernard in a movie -- she is likable and has a fun personality -- and it made me wonder if we will see One Winter Wedding in Winterfest of 2021.  Hallmark should definitely put Rukiya in more movies if she is interested in doing them, as she is delightful.

One thing I appreciated about Hearts of Winter was -- as strange as it sounds -- the lighting.  This is probably something that happens in every Winterfest movie and I am just now paying attention to it, but I appreciated that the movie didn't always look bright and cheery in terms of how lighting was used, as they were trying to get the point across that it's winter and everything (indoors and outdoors) seems darker than it would if it were spring or summer.  (I always notice the colors and decorations in a scene, but I don't always pay attention to the specific lighting.)  The light and shade used in a few scenes of this movie really gave me that "not-Christmas time-but-still-winter" vibe that will be lost as soon as we start segueing into the Spring Fever movies, where everything is sunny and flowery, and the tones get lighter.  

 

 

 

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OMG -- a Mexican restaurant! and "Taco Tuesdays"!!

As usual I can't remember the title, but, is this a first?  Hallmark acknowledging other ethnicities, lol?

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