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Christmas Movie Round Up

Posted December 18, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 10 Comments

It’s that time of year…the time of cheesy Christmas movies that I can’t get enough of. I haven’t been watching as many Christmas movies as I usually do but I’ve watched a few. Brenna has been watching a movie a night before she goes to bed so she’s got me beat but I’m sure I’ll fix that. Here’s a quick rundown on the movies that I’ve watched in the last week or two.

The Holiday Calendar (2018) | Netflix
Starring: Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, Ethan Peck
Director: Bradley Walsh
Rating: TV-PG
Run Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release Date: 2 November 2018
Rating: 4 out of 5

A struggling but talented photographer inherits an antique holiday advent calendar, the contents of which seem to predict the future. Will this magical calendar lead her to love this holiday season?

This was a super cute movie that had me grinning from beginning to end. Bonnie Bennett from Vampire Diaries and Derek from Star were the perfect best friends to lovers pair and though the premise of the movie was kind of cheesy, I thought Kat Graham did a wonderful job as the main lead. Quincy was a great love interest too. What a cutie!

The Princess Switch 2018) | Netflix
Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio, Nick Sagar
Director: Mike Rohl
Rating: TV-PG
Run Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 16 November 2018
Rating: 4 out of 5

A Chicago baker (V.Hudgens) is competing in a Christmas baking competition in Belgravia. There she bumps into the prince’s fiancee. They look alike and switch for 2 days. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

I saw this movie just a couple of days ago and enjoyed it so much. I thought this movie was fun and it was great to see Gunnar from Nashville as a dashing young Prince in this movie. Vanessa’s British accent was a lot of fun too. I thought Kevin’s daughter was adorable and enjoyed both of the couples stories. It was so much fun watching them all fall in love. Cute!

Christmas Wedding Planner (2017) | Harlequin
Starring: Jocelyn Hudon, Stephen Huszar, Kelly Rutherford
Director: Justin G. Dyck
Rating: PG
Run Time: 1 hour, 26 minutes
Genre: Romance
Release Date: December 2017
Rating: 3.25 out of 5

Wedding Planner, Kelsey Wilson, is about to have her big break: planning her beloved cousin’s lavish and exclusive wedding. Everything is going smoothly until Connor McClane, a devilishly handsome private investigator, shows up and turns Kelsey’s world upside-down. Hired by a secret source, Connor quickly disrupts the upcoming nuptials but wins Kelsey’s heart in the process.

I saw this movie on Netflix and I guess it’s a Harlequin movie, which…okayyy Harlequin. This was a quick watch with a cast that I haven’t seen in too many movies. Actually, I don’t think I’ve seen anyone in this movie outside of this movie. I thought the heroine was pretty extra over every little thing and the hero made me want to smack him upside his head a little bit there but for the most part, this was a cute movie. That ending though, talk about cheesy! Still, it was cute.

Christmas with a View (2018) | Harlequin
Starring: Kaitlyn Leeb, Scott Cavalheiro, Vivica A. Fox, Patrick Duffy
Director: Justin G. Dyck
Rating: TV-PG
Run Time: 1 hour, 31 minutes
Genre: Drama, Romance
Release Date: December 2018
Rating: 3.25 out of 5

This Christmas, Thunder Mountain Ski Resort is abuzz when celebrity chef Shane Roarke is named the new head chef. Clara Garrison isn’t as excited and is instead focused on getting resettled after her failed attempt at opening a big city restaurant. With their paths constantly crossing, will their shared passion for cooking bring them together or will secrets keep them apart?

Another Harlequin movie, I didn’t even know that Harlequin made movies. Where the heck have I been? Anyway, this was another cheesy but cute movie that I had fun with. The two main leads were great though the heroine leaned toward silly from time to time but still, this was fun and I thought the hero’s backstory was cute. He went to the place that he knew his parents were and found love for himself there. Awww.

Christmas Joy (2018) | Hallmark
Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Long, Lucia Walters
Director: Monika Mitchell
Rating: TV-G
Run Time: 2 hours
Genre: Family, Romance
Release Date: 3 November 2018
Rating: 4.25 out of 5

Joy Holbrook is an intuitive market researcher in DC who has captured the attention of the account’s CEO and is about to get a sweet promotion, just in time for the holidays. She receives an urgent phone call from home and she rushes back to Crystal Falls, NC to help her Aunt recover from surgery and is reunited with her former crush, Ben. To keep her Aunt focused on healing, Joy volunteers to take Ruby’s place with the town’s legendary baking competition, the “Cookie Crawl,” much to the amusement of Ben who knows Joy has absolutely no idea of the Herculean task before her. Though Joy initially refuses Ben’s attempts to “co-captain,” she begins to soften and let him in, all the while remembering that there truly is no place like home.

This movie was so much fun. I adored most everything about this one. Killer Frost from Flash was such a treat in this one. I really like her acting and I thought she did a great job in this one. Both her and Jack from Jack & Bobby (old TV show) were fun to watch and I wanted them to win the Cookie Crawl too. There’s some cheese, some light-hearted moments and loads of fun that I didn’t mind the cheesy stuff. Cute!

Have you watched any of these movies? What did you think of them? Any Christmas movies I should add to my watch list? Share your favorites in the comments below!


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Review: Dumplin’

Posted December 13, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Dumplin’ (2018)
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Danielle Macdonald, Odeya Rush, Luke Benward
Director: Anne Fletcher
Release Date: 7 December 2018
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Movie Type: Comedy, Drama, Musical

Willowdean (‘Dumplin’), the plus-size teenage daughter of a former beauty queen, signs up for her mom’s Miss Teen Bluebonnet pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town.

I’ll be honest, I went into this movie a little hesitant because the last big girl movie that I tried watching, the big girl pissed me off. I didn’t want another Sierra Burgess is a Loser so I crossed my fingers and hoped Jennifer Aniston wasn’t going to let me down. I’m super happy to report that this movie, Dumplin’ was exactly what I hoped Sierra was going to be and I adored watching it. I didn’t read the book so I can’t compare them but I really enjoyed the movie. I thought the actors portrayed their characters well, the acting itself was great and the story was solid.

So this movie follows our main character, Willowdean Dickson. Will works at a diner, has the bestest best friend and a mother who is a former beauty queen who is still very active in the beauty pageant world in their small Texas town. She also has a giant crush on her coworker and friend, Bo. Will has a bright personality and her love for all things Dolly Parton was delightful.

The movie revolves around her Aunt dying and Will trying to move on while finding some common ground with her beauty queen mother. They are as different as night and day. Will is bigger than her size 0 mother and not at all into the things that her mother is into so they don’t have a lot in common and that gets in the way of them having a close relationship with each other. Will’s Mom won’t talk about Will’s Aunt Lucy and Will desperately wants to connect with her Mom over their shared love of Lucy but she never gets the chance because her Mom is so unwilling.

Will gets made fun at school because her Mom continues to call her Dumplin’ so when she’s at her lowest, she comes across an unsubmitted beauty pageant application of her Aunt’s and she decides that she’s going to sign up for the beauty pageant herself. She’s going to finish what her Aunt Lucy couldn’t.

Aunt Lucy and Will were close. Aunt Lucy understood Will in a way that Will didn’t think her mother did and Lucy raised Will to be kind and to be happy. She introduced Will to Dolly Parton and introduced Will to Elle. Will and Elle became the best of friends and I really loved the strong friendships we see in this movie. From Will and Elle to Will and her weirdos Millie and Hannah, Will’s friendship game is strong.

I loved seeing Will come into her own. I loved seeing her gain the confidence to be happy with herself and letting others around her be happy with her as well. I adored the tiny romance between her and Bo and though Bo was fantastic and adorable, he wasn’t in the movie long enough to take over my adoration for Peter Kavinsky. The movie was more about Willowdean and the romance was such a small part of that but when she gains the confidence to return Bo’s crush, I cheered because I was super happy for her.

This movie was all that and a bag of chips for me. I adored the girl that played Will, I loved seeing her bond with her Mom and I loved that her Mom wasn’t the villain. I loved that the Mom really did love Will and was so proud of her, but didn’t know how to connect with her. I loved that they got it right in the end and this movie was just the bomb. Lots of fun scenes mixed in with sweet scenes, this movie isn’t to be missed.

Movie Trailer

My Rating

4.5 out of 5


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Review: Sierra Burgess is a Loser

Posted September 18, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 8 Comments

Sierra Burgess is a Loser (2018)
Starring: Shannon Purser, Noah Centineo, Kristine Froseth, RJ Cyler
Director: Ian Samuels
Release Date: 7 September 2018
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1:45
Movie Type: Comedy, Drama, Romance

A case of mistaken identity results in unexpected romance when the most popular girl in high school and the biggest loser must come together to win over their crushes.

***There will be a lot of spoilers because this will be more of a rant than a review so sorry.***

Netflix released another Noah Centineo rom-com this month and I finally got around to watching it over the weekend and let’s just say that I was less than impressed with this one.

Sierra Burgess is a Loser follows Sierra Burgess, a plump high school student who is bullied and teased at her school by pretty much everyone but mostly from mean girl Veronica and Veronica’s friends. For the most part, Sierra seems to be above everything because she’s planning on getting the hell out of Dodge the minute she can but then she gets a text message from a very cute boy named Jamie and things start unraveling for me.

So mean girl Veronica thought it would be funny to give Jamie, Sierra’s number when he hits on her and he’s over the moon and Veronica, queen bitch that she is laughs and laughs and laughs. When Jamie texts Sierra, she’s confused but she goes along with the texting because Jamie sent a picture and he’s a cutie pie so why not? I wasn’t mad that she kept texting Jamie at first until he calls her Veronica and she realizes that he thinks he’s texting her, not Sierra. Then it all goes downhill from there.

First, she continues to text Jamie and while I can understand that, the lengths she went through to keep texting Jamie really turned me off. She catfishes the hell out of him and ropes Veronica into helping her. Together, Veronica and Sierra fake a FaceTime call with Jamie and then Veronica goes on a date with Jamie while Sierra creeped on the date the entire time. It was so bad that at one point, Sierra is hiding underneath Jamie’s car while he talks to Veronica. What grossed me out was how Jamie leans in for a kiss with Veronica and the girls trick him into kissing Sierra instead. He doesn’t know that he kissed Sierra. He didn’t consent to kiss Sierra but the girls were so proud of their actions that it really creeped me out.

Throughout the entire movie, Sierra struggles with her self-esteem and I get it. I’m not skinny and I’ve felt exactly what Sierra felt in this movie but going through what she went through doesn’t make anything she did okay. Feeling bad about yourself does not give you a free pass to do shitty things. Sierra pretended to be deaf when she meets Jamie because she knew that his little brother was deaf and it was the only way that she could keep the charade up because he knew her voice. She played Jamie the entire movie, was a complete liar and through it all, Veronica helped her with whatever she needed because at the same time that Sierra is doing all of these shitty things to Jamie, Veronica and Sierra are becoming friends. Veronica is realizing that she’s a shitty person and being friends with Sierra is making her want to change her ways. There was a lot of character development with Veronica and I thought that was good, too bad I didn’t feel the same way about Sierra.

Sierra Burgess wasn’t a loser, she was a mean person and when the shit hits the fan and everything comes out, Sierra orchestrates it in a way that I thought was unforgivable. She hurt a lot of people with her actions and when the movie ended, I was pissed because there wasn’t an apology from Sierra. She doesn’t go to Jamie and apologize for everything that she’s put him through and there’s no apology for what she does to Veronica, which was a mean and completely ugly thing. No, she writes a song and pours her heart (I’d say soul but I didn’t think she had one) out and everyone forgives her and that’s that.

The movie had potential but it was a miss for me. After watching Stranger Things, I thought Barb deserved better and thought she’d get her better with this movie but I was wrong. I still think Barb deserves better, but not Sierra. I didn’t like her character at all.

Movie Trailer

My Rating

1 out of 5


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