My Weekly Adventures #57 (actually its been a month…)

Welcome back to the first 2018 Weekly Adventures post!

As usual, we skipped one to do the What’s Up 2018. If you missed whats coming up in 2018, you can check it out HERE. Nothing too late since I’m still struggling to catch up with some of the 2017 backlog and get it all out. Especially with this week being quite spotty and missing out on 3 days which is something I hasn’t happened in a long time. Work and balancing adding in a workout routine and trying to just be healthier and house stuff like taking down Christmas and such is starting to prove to be quite crazy at the beginning of 2018.

Regardless, I will catch up in the coming week and get it all out next week hopefully! Let’s see what happened this past month!

Christmas Eve Party

Christmas Eve Party is a tradition that we have with in-laws. My mom comes along with me and we have a great time together just hanging out while chatting and eating. It was supposed to our turn to host this year but things took a turn for personal reasons and we ended up going to my sister-in-law’s instead.We had a great turnout in food and everyone had fun. Gift opening was always entertaining. We got a lovely gift card from my in-laws and sister-in-law and her husband for a restaurant in downtown called Les Enfants Terrible which we’re definitely looking to find a time possibly in the summer to go because its on a top floor and probably would have a nice view in the summer and maybe a terrace or something.

Boxing Day

Boxing Day happened of course. As per tradition, I went out with one of my friends to go spend some money efficiently and get in on some great deals. I won’t expand too much on it but you can find my Boxing Day Haul in this post HERE.

Holidays Gathering

Next gathering we had was with my girl friends. I skipped the last gathering because I just couldn’t make it with a clash in schedule. Its been forever since I’ve seen my girl friends so it was great to actually head out to meet up at a housewarming and holiday gathering potluck at one of the girl’s new place. Delicious food and awesome company go hand in hand and we definitely had both as we sat around catching up and having some laughs.

Family Dinner

This holidays has been back to back to back dinners. You’ll see as right after our holiday gatherings above, the evening after, we went over again to my sister-in-law’s place to have a slightly smaller gathering for a pre-New Year’s celebration. She made turkey that took hours to do but it turned out fantastic. She made some french onion soup. Mine was cheeseless which was a thoughtful move and then used lactose free milk for her mash potatoes. It tasted delectable. Another fun evening.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations
(aka: Mini Battle of Ingredients)

The holidays craze has definitely put a slight hiatus for our Battle of Ingredients. Even with New Year’s Eve slated in, we didn’t quite get a lot of it done in time. Consider this a mini Battle of Ingredients. Phoebe made the prosciutto wrapped asparagus which turned out great. I was thinking that I was going to roast veggies but I ended up making the veggies in a pan instead. I can’t say that mine turned out that well. It felt slightly raw so I had to pop it in the microwave to hopefully remedy it but Phoebe’s dish was really delicious. My mom made a turkey which was also quite tasty.

Fret not, despite still in somewhat of a craze on our end, we’ll figure out this Battle of Ingredients scheduling and get back on track. 🙂

New Workout Regime in 2018 (& how we are being healthier)!

As I feel the ab and leg pains from the currently in progress 2nd week of a 6 week program that I set on Nike Training Club app, I’m actually feeling quite good. The holidays was a weird mush of feelings. As much as I was excited for the holidays and decorated rather early and got everything together, the holidays hit me quite hard. Maybe it was just that I had a lot of time to think and reflect and 2017 was a very tough year and we went into the holidays in somewhat of a bad mood (at least for myself). Reflecting on the past year and looking forward to the new year always brings some odd emotions. With that said, I’m getting back to my positive self and I want working out and being healthy from it to give me the confidence boost and the feeling good vibes mostly from it. My husband and I are both hopping back into being healthier this year. Together, we’re aiming to be more active (hiking, running, strength & endurance training), eating healthier by cutting out as much processed food as possible, and being nicer to the environment as in using biodegradable cleaning products and such. Working out has been on track despite the crazy schedule and I’m pretty  happy about it. I’ll try to get an update on how things are progressing on that front.

Winter Storms

Montreal has been a crazy roller coaster of weather. December storms started early. Christmas week was a deep freeze zone as we entered the -40 Celsius zone. Bring on the double layered pants and socks and triple layer clothing. It was in a fairly freezing mode all the way till the last two days which rained and melted almost all the snow from before away and then on Friday to Saturday within 14 hours, we got a lovely 36cm of snow. This was on Saturday morning as the storm was tapering off. We were pretty much snowed in. I shoveled a bit before having to head out to a chiropractor appointment but my husband did a fantastic job and shoveled the rest for 2 more hours as I went off to do groceries as well . Every day life stuff, right? 😉

Miscellaneous Other Stuff

My Weekly Adventures is a day earlier than usual this month. Its because I missed one but also because tomorrow, I have an announcement coming up! Remember to drop back to check that out!

Aside from that, what other miscellaneous stuff am I thinking about. Unboxing will possible fade out this year. I made the move to cancel the FabFitFun box. Its a pretty costly expense that while I like, can’t seem to be justified anymore. We do have another Meowbox coming up but after doing massive cleaning this year, I realize that I still have a lot of unopened cat toys sitting around so I might forego that one as well. I’ve talked about vlogs and other video segments for the blog so I’m definitely working on something to get that together or maybe doing a What’s Up Wednesday video segment instead. If you have any suggestions on video content you’d like to see here, leave a comment and I’ll try my best to work it out!

I honestly had other miscellaneous stuff and now as I’m typing this out, I’ve forgotten all about it.

Cute Kitty Pic

It might not seem cute but when I’m in the shower, this is what she does. You know, my little guard cat…who runs away when she hears anyone approach. Effectiveness is zero but the thought is admirable 😉

Upcoming stuff:

  • 2017 leftovers: Gilmore Girls Season 5 binge, Bring it On: Worldwide #Cheersmack, Stranger Things Season 2
  • Announcement tomorrow
  • A new segment coming up
  • Blogiversary!!!

Thats it for this Weekly Adventures!
Remember to drop by tomorrow to check out the announcement!
Also, if you have any video ideas, do share them with me: What’s Up Wednesday vlogs or Weekly Adventure vlogs or some movie related vlog.
That’s all the ideas I have for now so maybe all the above will show up. Which would you watch?

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Miss Kane’s Christmas by Caroline Mickelson

This novella somehow slipped my mind in the holiday craze. Lets jump right in!

Miss Kane’s Christmas
by Caroline Mickelson

miss kane's christmas

With Christmas only three days away, Carol Claus agrees to her father’s request that she leave the North Pole on a mission to help save Christmas. Joining single father Ben Hanson and his children for the holidays seems an easy enough task until Santa informs her that Ben is the man behind the disturbing new book ‘Beyond Bah Humbug: Why Lying to Your Children about Santa Claus is a Bad Idea’.
Posing as Miss Kane, the children’s new nanny, Carol pulls out all the stops to show Ben how fun Christmas can be, all the while struggling to understand how one man could hate the holidays so much. How could she, Santa’s only daughter, be so attracted to a man who refuses to believe her father exists? – Goodreads

Miss Kane’s Christmas reads a lot like a Hallmark holiday Christmas. The scenario of using Santa’s daughter and the play on the name is pretty cute however, somehow it loses its momentum quite fast. Miss Kane’s Christmas features an obviously over enthused woman who is sent to bring the holiday spirit into this widower and his two kids life. The going on is fairly straight forward as she ends up asking some elves for help and forcefully decorate the house then end up having them believe because they end up in North Pole.

Honestly, I get that novella are  short form stories and don’t get to be as fleshed out as actual novels but the story here lacks some continuation. It lacked some originality in its execution and in its far fetched moments also turned the characters personality around too quickly. With that said, it is a quick read for a novella but does fall flat every little while. Its not a book I can recommend but then perhaps I am all rom-com’ed out from the holiday films. Its why in the midst of a ton of comparison, this felt like it was lacking. I’m having this feeling that its my problem and not the novellas. If this is your kind of thing, this novella does have some clever moments.

Not a lot to say but novellas are shorter in nature so I’m okay with this being briefer than usual.

Did you read any Christmas books for the holidays?
Feel free to recommend and I’ll jot it down for next Christmas.

Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Merry Christmas, my lovelies! Hope you all had a fantastic time with your family and loved ones. 🙂

We have a relaxing Christmas day of just watching fave Christmas movies and gaming. However, its Christmas day and I wasn’t going to let it go to waste without having one final Christmas movie review for the recently released Netflix Original, Christmas Inheritance starring the lovely Eliza Taylor from The 100 which I’m actually starting to get back to catching up. Of course, there is also Jake Lacy who I first saw in Miss Sloane and liked quite a bit in this one as well. Suffice to say that, its been an alright rom com holiday movie marathon for myself with a few that fell flat but pretty good overall. With a cast that I like, I’m going into this one with high hopes for some fun moments.

Let’s check it out!

Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Christmas Inheritance

Director: Ernie Barbarash

Cast: Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy, Andie MacDowell, Neil Crone, Michael Xavier, Anthony Sherwood, Martin Roach

Before ambitious heiress Ellen Langford can inherit her father’s gift business, she must deliver a special Christmas card to her dad’s former partner in Snow Falls, the hometown she never knew. When a snowstorm strands her at the town inn, she’s forced to work for her keep, and in the process, finds romance and discovers the true gift of Christmas. – IMDB

Christmas Inheritance is quite good for all of the expected fanfare with this genre. However, the cast here with Eliza Taylor, Jake Lacy and Andie MacDowell make its very fun to watch while Snow Falls is set in a picturesque little town full of snow fall and a beautiful little inn. While its set during Christmas and looks at the value of the gift business as well as a learning process for the main character Ellen to learn how to actually care for the people around her without the baggage of others giving her the special treatment as a test from her father who wanted her to shed her party heiress ways. With the help of the town and the heart that everyone has to take care of each other, she of course learns it while also seeing how her current fiancee is not what she wants to be and finding that she can see herself as doing more good despite being in a gift business as she sees where it all starts as she, under he Ellie London disguise, touches the heart of the people around her in a matter of days.

Christmas Inheritance

As I always say in all the past holiday film reviews (as they were all the same genre), what I look for in these are truly the chemistry and the lessons here. As far-fetched and some silliness as it is or as I recently perfectly heard it be phrased by Shannon over at Reads & Reels called, predictably cheesy, these one offers much of that however, perhaps its because of the fact that I already know what Eliza Taylor and Jake Lacy are capable of that I did buy into their chemistry a lot. I do have admit that I like Eliza Taylor as Ellen quite a bit especially as she really showed off in a believable way (to me) the ignorance she has out of her rich life back in New York and slowly accepts the simpler life around her with much more sincere intentions. Its fairly easy to see the surprise reveal at the end because its quite obvious however the relationship she builds with Jake Lacy’s, Jake and Andie MacDowell’s Aunt Debbie is quite fun to watch. As much as I liked Jake Lacy in Miss Sloane and would love to like him here, the role of Jake started off a little awkward for myself however, I grew to like him more as the movie went along. The ending however seems a little forced to wrap up but its still quite decent.

Christmas Inheritance

I’m going to keep this one fairly short since I feel like I say a lot of the same. Christmas Inheritance is a very good holiday romantic comedy. The credit goes entirely to the cast and their outstanding performances as their characters. The heartwarming small town and picturesque backdrop is also very nice. Predictable and cheesy for sure, but I’d have to say that I dig that especially during this time of the year so this one works for me. Netflix Originals usually do pretty good in terms of quality and this one meets my expectations. Does it exceed it? Not really. Romantic comedies in general have had quite a tough few years with nothing in particular that has caught my eye, with the exception of The Big Sick that has caught my eye this year. Chalk it up to these made for TV holiday romantic comedy being just feel-good movies, I know that I’m very forgiving of them and with this being the final review of the winter marathon, I feel that if you aren’t as forgiving as myself in this genre, you probably will probably dislike them. Just like I would never subject my husband to watching these with me.

This wraps up the Holidays Marathon!
A lot of the same this year hopefully next year, I’ll change it up!
However, hope you enjoyed it! 🙂
Merry Christmas and hope you all are having great holidays! 

Look forward to some 2017 movies in the coming week as I try to wrap up the Goodreads Challenge as well as try to wrap up the watched but not yet reviewed films.

Sunday Lists: Must-Watch Christmas Movies

must-watch christmas movie

Happy Holidays, my friends!

I present to you a list that will gather all the films that me (and my husband) deem worthy to be added into our Christmas movie marathons. We still have some classics that are to be watched
With that said, this will be updated as I see further Christmas Movies worthwhile to be added in. They are placed in alphabetical order.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) Review

charlie brown christmas

The Peanuts are a staple with a lot of people and who doesn’t love Charlie Brown and his ugly Christmas tree and realizing the bigger meaning of Christmas through some unfortunate events. The Peanuts are a lovely cast and A Charlie Brown Christmas is a perfect Christmas movie to watch with the family.

A Garfield’s Christmas Special (1987) Review

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I’m not sure how many have seen this one but this one was a favorite on TV. Garfield was a fave along with Odie and something about this one really touches me every year especially when Odie makes a cute gift for Garfield and when Garfield finds something for Grandma that truly warms her heart. Its definitely one for the family that we love.

Arthur Christmas (2011) Review

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When modern technology changes how Santa treats Christmas, his youngest son Arthur who is clumsy and only does mail writing packed with a dedicated elf and a lot of Christmas enthusiasm goes on a journey to deliver a gift that was forgotten at the workshop to the child by his own means. This animated movie is a newer selection and one that brings a ton of happiness and laughter.

Elf (2003) Review

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Completely my husband’s pick comes Elf with Will Ferrell. While we differ on our views of the comedic value of Will Ferrell for most movies, Elf is the exception to the equation that has really grown in fondness. Its about believing in Christmas and Santa Claus. Its a little nutty but its for that craziness and awkwardness that this movie truly shines.

The Holiday (2006) Review

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The Holiday is the ultimate romantic comedy that fits so well with the Christmas season. It takes place over Christmas holidays when two women heart-broken swap houses and end up unexpectedly meeting men that change their lives. Be it as a love relationship or a father figure that tells her to see herself as the woman that she is, its a heartwarming tale full of laughter and lovely moments. Its one of my favorite romantic comedy and sometimes I even catch myself watching it outside of the holiday season because its such a feel-good story. Plus, the cast is just perfect.

Home Alone (1990) Review

Home Alone

John Hughes in the screenplay and producer seat along with 90s great child star Macauley Culkin as the iconic Kevin McAllister who gets left behind over Christmas vacation and tries his best to protect his home with traps and tricks. Its a wild ride with a lot of happiness that even the brattiest of kids have a special side to them and deep down its also about family.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966) Review

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas ranks very high on our must-watch movies. Its one that makes the cut every single year. Its Dr. Seuss for one (and I’ve shared my love for it every opportunity I can get) and the animated version is narrated by Boris Karloff and its so awesome. And finally, You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch is one of my fave Christmas songs to play.

Love Actually (2003) Review

Love Actually is the stories of nine lives intertwined by love during the Christmas holiday. The cast is fantastic and each story has its own heartwarming and thoughtful moments. Its a lot of fun to watch especially the hilarious Bill Nighy moments. Plus, the late Alan Rickman is in this one and he is fantastic.

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) Review

Mickey's Christmas Carol

Christmas Carol is such an iconic Christmas story by Charles Dickens and its had so many different renditions. However, the one that holds the closest to my heart is the Disney version packed with Mickey and the fellow animated cast. Its a little silly and keeps it lighthearted and is a family classic at our house.

Now with that said, if you are looking for another Christmas Carol rendition a little less of a short movie but a longer animated version, Disney’s 2009 A Christmas Carol with Jim Carey is a pretty good choice also.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947 & 1994)

Miracle on 34th Street

Does Santa actually exist? Is he just a man that plays the role incredibly well? Miracle on 34th Street is about belief in something that doesn’t have to exist, no matter how out of the world it seems. Both the 1947 and 1994 makes the cut here. The original has a certain magic to it although I still normally watch the 1994 version the most because I just love Mara Wilson.

You can see my reviews for 1947 HERE and 1994 HERE.

Polar Express (2004) Review

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Tom Hanks takes on a multitude of roles here in The Polar Express and while that is a nice gimmick for this movie, its a great movie about the belief in Santa. It has a fantastic musical component to it and its visually stunning. Its a great adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express.

The Teddy Bears Christmas  (1992)

teddy bears christmas

Its been a real difficult trip to find Teddy Bears Christmas. Luckily, some fine people have posted up one of the specials on Youtube. You can find it there if you want to check it out. Its a little dated perhaps but I loved this animated series so much and it had a moment when it was a pretty big thing on TV. At least it was for me. This one is a ton of fun about Ben, a teddy bear that goes looking to retrieve a gift, a new teddy bear, for his owner Sally. While trying to dodge the eye of the humans, he tries to get to and from the toy store before Christmas arrives.

Am I missing any of your faves? Share them in the comments below!

Christmas Belle (2013)

Next up in the holidays movie marathon is Christmas Belle. Its something of a modernized holiday spinoff of Beauty and the Beast which as some of you know, I’m a huge fan of twisting fairy tales. Cinderella and Snow White are two very popular properties that get the spinoff treatment but I have yet to see Beauty and the Beast (except for Beastly which was okay…I think). With that said, Christmas Belle falls into my soft spot so it already has some points before we start.

Let’s check it out!

Christmas Belle (2013)

Christmas Belle

Director: Alex Wright

Cast: Haylie Duff, Nicholas Gonzalez, Mark Famiglietti, C. Thomas Howell, Sheree J. Wilson, Jerry Hauck

IMDB didn’t really have a decent synopsis so here’s my version: Isabella Everhart is sent by her father to document the Lowell estate passed down to Hunter Lowell. Hunter Lowell is a grumpy guy with a lot on his mind and rudely rejects Belle’s appearance however due to his urgency to get everything done before Christmas, reluctantly accepts the arrangement. He is hard to approach and while Belle enjoys this job and the library full of rare books and gets to know the housekeeper Angie very well, her eagerness to prepare the house for the estate sale gets her in trouble when she rearranges a room she isn’t allowed into. However, this breaks the ice a little between her and Hunter as he tries to make amends to her for his behavior. As they know each other more, they become closer and its here that long time friend Tony enters the town with her father to show his love for her with big gestures and a few lies.

Christmas Belle

Christmas Belle plays along with the Beauty and the Beast plot line quite closely. Of course, while Hunter is not called The Beast and his dog is, it somehow hints that Beast growing a fondness for Belle is an overshadow of what is to happen, which to be honest, we all already know the ending. However, regardless of that, Hayliee Duff and Nicholas Gonzalez has a lot of chemistry as their relationship gets closer. It still lacks some depth and feels a little disjointed but they are incredibly charming together and its hard to not fall in love with the genuine feelings between them. Of course, Tony (played by Mark Famiglietti) shows up and tries to break them apart and its here that my frustration for Hunter shows that I have bonded with him because his easiness to believe lies becomes quite irritating as many male romance films tend to build them that way where they falter when doubted and stop believing the girl that they know more and not this bozo that shows up claiming things. Who do you trust, right? Its pretty obvious but it never happens that way. Of course, its the conflict that they need to resolve to get their happy ending. To be fair, its expected and I did enjoy a lot of this whole going on because bonding with Belle and Hunter was part of the deal to hoping they will get together (even if this is one of those movies that it will happen).

Christmas Belle

With that said, Christmas Belle does have some issues. Lets start with something good that leads to something bad. The good part is that the setting of the estate is absolutely beautiful. Its a mansion with a beautiful interior decorating and the land around it is a vineyard with a lovely barn and a covered bridge. Its picturesque. The town itself is wonderful as well being homey and charming. However, the direction of the film wants to make it more dramatic than it is or just that they had an obsession with the score. With that came segments of showing a shirtless Nicholas Gonzalez doing his morning run two or three times to some orchestral music which was slightly unnecessary and over the top. There were other scenes that were more fitting like lens flares on Christmas lights in a decorating scene with some nice orchestral music as well that worked better. However, the score was so loved that in one part it actually overpowered the dialogue between Belle and Hunter.

Overall, Christmas Belle had a little bit of good and bad. It could have used with a less of flaunting the score and overdoing it. Some scenes felt downright unnecessary. At the same time, the source material works for a Christmas theme. Haylie Duff and Nicholas Gonzalez both do a great job as Belle and Hunter and are completely believable as the leading couple here to root for. There are some over the top sappy dialogue but it stay nice and fluffy and the feel good factor here is pretty decent. Although there’s one part that Belle threatens to punch Tony and I wish she did but I think these movies have something about not having violence and foul language so probably thats why it didn’t happen. Still, its a little average but relatively enjoyable.

A Christmas Prince (2017)

We’re moving right along through another TV movie but this time its  a Netflix Originals called A Christmas Prince.

Suffice to say, if you frequent Twitter, you’ve probably heard of Netflix US and their twitter calling out the 50+ people who watched A Christmas Prince everyday for more than 2 weeks. I have my own thoughts on this and I’ll share it at the end of the review.

Moving on, lets see if I would mind watching A Christmas Prince on repeat!

A Christmas Prince (2017)

A Christmas Prince

Director: Alex Zamm

Cast: Rose McIver, Ben Lamb, Alice Krige, Honor Kneafsey, Emma Louise Saunders, Theo Devaney, Sarah Douglas, Daniel Fathers

When a reporter goes undercover as a tutor to get the inside scoop on a playboy prince, she gets tangled in some royal intrigue and ends up finding love – but will she be able to keep up her lie? – IMDB

A Christmas Prince is Netflix original that does tend to be fun to watch. Netflix hopping into this potential market of TV romantic comedies is a pretty great move. While everyone does acknowledge the sappiness of these movies, there is quite a market for those who enjoy these feel-good movies especially when it involves a somewhat generic plot. If you’ve been reading the last few reviews, I’m all about these movies when they manage to deliver good performances and great chemistry between their leads. A lot of stuff out there is generic and predictable and what sets them apart especially when faced with movies like these who don’t usually have a big budget is being able to connect with the characters. A Christmas Prince does that very well especially when paired with a beautiful setting and having some great performances by its cast to show off some fun characters. There’s some drama and its be to expected but despite all that, this story has hints of so many fun movies and is a little package of homages if you will ranging from a fictional world called Aldovia (Princess Diaries had Genovia) and then a Cinderella-esque story of a poor reporter meeting a prince so just a modernized one without a stepmother but rather a ruthless editor. And then there’s the prince who when getting ready for the throne at the coronation, he dresses like the Cinderella prince as well. Forget how the prince dresses, its a prince, okay? And he looks pretty good also. At a decent run time, the story never lags and keeps the plot moving throughout.

A Christmas Prince

A Christmas Prince is set during the Christmas holidays with the coronation landing on Christmas eve and having that big royal ball. Its in a snow fictitious kingdom called Aldovia which is set in a beautiful castle in Romania in reality which is pretty awesome. With that said the setting itself made the shots incredibly satisfying to watch. Winter fun came into play here like tobogganing and horseback riding in the snow as well as horse drawn carriage rides. Of course, one of the fun bits was the snowball fight. Its set in Christmas and winter and while it shows a lot of these moments, it never really feels like its too in your face which makes it feel natural. One of the things that these TV movies fail to do is give off that effect. The story here is pretty predictable and you’ll probably figure out whats going on before it actually does happen but its never really quite a hindrance because the ornament traditions the fact that the story focuses not only on the romance but also on the truth about the hesitation of the prince taking over the throne and the relationship that our reporter here Amber builds with the princess Emily is really everyone’s way of healing a year after the loss of their father. Sometimes, its the simple idea of someone relating to you and helping and encouraging to find the way to see yourself in a better way which is the case here with Amber who is a positive force even if she comes into their lives via a lie.

Christmas Prince

With that said, there are some pretty decent performances here. Rose McIver is very believable in her role here as, Amber the reporter in disguise as a tutor. There are some moments here that feel like they should have seen through her disguise as a tutor but I think the reason that she sticks around is that they grow fond of her because of her simplicity instead of how the royalty here thinks of everything a little too complex. I liked how natural she felt in her role. Especially as her character connected like a friend/older sister to the princess and romantically with the prince. The princess Emily is played by Honor Kneafsey which was a really good role with her own struggles and always kept Amber on her toes. What started out as a deal turned into something more as their friendship blossomed and they taught each other a little about life. Of course, we have to talk about the Prince Richard played by Ben Lamb who is a charming handsome guy who of course gets painted badly in the spotlight but turns out to be different when Amber learns the real him. Its nice because he gives off the hesitation well but also shows that he can find the courage at the end. Both Rose McIver and Ben Lamb pull off the romance quite well. There are some really cheesy dialogue here and there but never enough to feel too cringey. But then I have pretty high tolerance of it so maybe my word is slightly biased.

Overall, A Christmas Prince is a well-paced romantic comedy that packs a little of drama and comedy and romance. Ben Lamb and Rose McIver have great chemistry together. The setting of the movie is absolutely stunning and the holiday and seasonal integration is done really well using Christmas as a time frame and backdrop and using the snowy landscape for fun winter activities. This is an enjoyable one. It stumbles a little with its dialogue and as expected is predictable but definitely a winner here with a lot of feel-good moments.

Thoughts on Netflix’s tweet

While I think that Netflix thinks it was a joke (and looking at the comments, a lot of people consider that as well), I’m not so concerned about the info they hold about us because its a reality of it since we get the stats of our watching history also so why not them since they control it, but more the fact that movies are an escape, I’m not one of those people since I only watched it like 2 days ago, but I wouldn’t have liked to be judged about my watching preferences. However, I guess that is just one way to look at it. Some articles talk about Netflix using this tweet to brag about how well-received this movie is. The lesson here is that comedy (aka jokes) are incredibly subjective so maybe not sounding like the people watching your films are troubled is a good idea.  Anyways, I’m feeling like I’m taking it more serious than it was actually meant to be. So…Ha, Ha, Ha Netflix…you’re so funny.

That wraps up A Christmas Prince! Not perfect but still a really good time! I wouldn’t mind watching it on repeat.
On that note, a lot of people don’t really enjoy these movies (and I say it every single review that I do this). Predictable and generic, it sure is. But its important to respect that feel-good moments are hard to come by even right now as we get into the Oscar nominated films which are usually quite intense and deep so these TV movies offer a sweet escape as the world around us (by just looking at one page of news) looks so very messed up.

Sorry about missing out yesterday. It was a crazy day! I’ll have a second review going up later today to make up for it! 🙂

Naughty & Nice (2014)

Moving on with the Christmas movie marathon, we hop into another TV movie of the romantic comedy variety. It seems like this is most likely the theme of this year. Hopefully as Christmas approaches we’ll be checking out a few. 2017 has been a bit of a tough year personally and even if you look at the world that these movies come incredibly needed to just be in a positive story even if its slightly predictable and formulaic. However, as I always start these movie reviews, romantic comedy TV movies of this variety are really for those who appreciate it for it sfeel good value and I am one of those people who do.

Next up is Naughty & Nice! Let’s check it out!

Naughty & Nice (2014)

Naughty & Nice

Director: Sam Irvin

Cast: Haylie Duff, Tilky Jones, Maureen McCormick, Eric Petersen, Tyler Jacob Moore, Terrence Carson, Catriona Toop

A cynical radio host is banished to Colorado, where he has an on-air spat with a hopeless romantic. Soon, their antagonistic relationship sparks the interest of the whole town. – IMDB

Haylie Duff, Tilky Jones and the rest of the cast here are completely new to me. Naughty & Nice is one of the TV movies that seem to betray its title a little early. The bad boy gets sent to a small town and its wildly predictable in the sea of movies in this genre that already are in that category. This one is definitely a little lower on my list. The dialogue feels a little forced and the chemistry between them also leave more to be desired. Its a great start but tries to wrap things up before they actually do pad out these characters too much.

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Naughty & Nice doesn’t sit too well with me mostly because of its writing. There are some rather cringey moments and some moments that it was hard to truly feel that these two did need to be together. In normal circumstances, would the situation have progressed like this? I honestly don’t think so. Of course, this is my personal feeling about it. The crowd here doesn’t seem really into their roles as well and other than Haylie Duff, who plays small town radio host Dr. Sandra Love, who did a pretty good job at delivering her role, although you will see that I preferred her in the Christmas Belle (upcoming review). I couldn’t quite place where I stood for Tilky Jones who plays the LA host Pepper who gets banished for going over the line. He definitely has the appealing bad boy look but something about him doesn’t quite convince me and it doesn’t help that his role turns nice really fast. But, to be fair, some of the moments here were quite nice, particularly the chopping the tree and decorating the tree moment. Yet again, he somehow finds a mistletoe to chop down so that he can get a kiss with the girl he likes. A bit forced but they deliver a good kiss.

Of course, there are other cast here. The station manager is played by Tyler Jacob Moore who I can’t say I’m particularly fond of, mostly because his role felt disposable. While Eric Petersen is the station engineer Jonah and stands in as the comic relief in this. It did bring in a few laughs. Maureen McCormick plays as Sandy’s mother, Kate who is the wise person to help bring them together and help guide Sandra and Pepper a little. She was alright especially as the final scene to the big finale turned out to be somewhat funny as you see Pepper struggle a little and get discouraged easily.

Naughty & Nice is pretty average. There are some good and some bad here. Its very predictable and lacks the chemistry that I’d like for Sandra and Pepper to have although they are good looking people and very good kissers so those moments worked well. A few laughs to be had but the ending also felt a little weird. But then, it always goes back to how 2 weeks makes you want to propose to someone right away. That is movie magic that you just have to suspend your belief every once in a while. Some decent performances here and more of a script problem for myself as I liked Haylie Duff and Tilky Jones and their performances.