Christmas Inheritance (2017)

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

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! ūüôā
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.

TV Binge: The 100 (Season 2)

Its a bit of a lie here. ¬†I didn’t exactly binge watch this. ¬†I did do it up to the mid-season finale of Season 2 and I covered mostly Season 1 stuff in THIS POST. But TV Binge is the segment I use for TV so it’ll have to do. ¬†Plus, The 100 is the ONLY series on Netflix (not by Netflix) that is updated weekly. ¬†The 2 part finale was available a few weeks ago but I’ve been catching up with blogathon posts and life itself, so I finally sat down to wrap this up. ¬†I guess if I didn’t wait for both parts and skipped a week, I would’ve seen this earlier. ¬†Anyways, its done!

the 100

The 100 may actually be one of my favorite TV series right now.  Its like an influx of intensity every single episode.  I really felt that the first season took a great pace that when they ended to get the second season to follow, it flowed perfectly in.  After having bonded with a lot of the characters throughout Season 1, The 100 stepped into Season 2 with more variety.  There was a lot of finding balance between war and peace and constant dilemmas.  Everyone had to make hard choices and there was always an auxiliary plan going on that was happening.  There was no idea what would happen next and I was just completely absorbed into all the craziness going on.

Before we go any further from here, there may be spoilers after this point if you’re still in Season 1 or plan on seeing any part of The 100! SPOILER ALERT!! You could skip to the ending paragraph starting with “Overall”.

If you’re still reading this, it means you’ve seen this or will run the risk of seeing possibly spoilers. ¬†I don’t really know what I’m going to write until I do so there’s always that chance. I do try to avoid it though. ¬†Its just hard when looking back at a full season of TV.

I’m going to do this a little different this time around. ¬†There were a TON of changes from character developments to new characters altogether, changing in location, multiple simultaneous tangents going at the same time. ¬†Its what made The 100 always intriguing and exciting to watch. ¬†So here’s a few of them:

The 100 Season 2

Season 2 is lesson after lesson about sacrifices and hard choices, choosing the hopefully lesser evil.  Whether you can see the point in it or not (just like the characters involved), you will be right along the ride.  Usually, that person who gets stuck in these dilemmas is Clarke (Eliza Taylor).

The main reason for this is because of trying to be in alliance with the Grounders.  And also one of the best parts of the series.

The 100 Season 2

They are savages and barbaric.  They believe in blood for blood and are extremely violent and vengeful people.  The entrance of their Commander Lexa (Alycia Debnam Carey) is the one that causes a whole lot of these things. With the Grounders, its a question of how much they can each side trusts each other even when it comes down to a quest to save their own people.

Since Lincoln (Ricky Whittle) is now a main character in Season 2. ¬†His relationship with Octavia (Marie Avgeropoulos) is actually one that turns out to be the best, not because of their actual relationship development but the fact that Octavia’s character changes the most of the beginning of this show in Season 1 till the end of Season 2.

The 100 Season 2

The alliance also strengthens not only Octavia but Season 2 introduces us to why this alliance is necessary to save their people from the extreme survival scheme that Mount Weather has tucked away underground with their captives.  Both sides have their people in there and what extent will they take to rescue them?

What works for The 100 is that even though we have the apparent enemy in Mount Weather, mostly with the President and his son, Cage (plus all their army).  There is no knowing who is going to betray or backstab or any of those things.

At the same time, possibly the best part of the season was seeing the gradual flipside of Finn (Thomas McDonell) and how Bellamy (Bob Morley), out of all people, actually has reason.

The 100 Season 2

Surprises, surprises ūüėČ They are everywhere in this series. ¬†The fact that I watched the first half 3 months ago and still remember a good bit of it is definitely a good sign. ¬†Moving along, I’m about to wrap up.

Unexpected things happen for sure, but nothing quite feels so good as seeing the anticipated (for me at least) Abby (Paige Turco) and Marcus (Henry Ian Cusick) finally seem to figure things out together and see situations in similar light.

The 100 Season 2

If CW has excelled on anything, its the fact that they almost always have a groundbreaking season finale.  Season 3 is going to bring a lot of changes.  The story arcs can span in different directions.  What turned out to be a really pointless portion of the story with Jaha (Isaiah Washinton) and Murphy (Richard Harmon) ended up adding a little bit more meaning near the end.

I’m going to end this here before I just spoil the whole thing.

Overall, The 100 Season 2 is full of twists and turns at every corner. ¬†The Season 1 characters all have developed and become a better or worse version of themselves, depending on who. While the series also reminds us constantly that bad habits die hard. ¬†That’s really what I got as we approached the Season 2 finale. ¬†With not only the focus of The Ark and The 100 anymore, there are the Grounders and Mount Weather playing a bigger part and giving us explanations for all those strange occurrences in Season 1, the question of who is the enemy and who can you trust comes into play here a lot. Its about making the “right” choice or coming up with the best bad idea (am I stealing from Argo?) If you enjoyed Season 1 of The 100, Season 2 does not disappoint. ¬†I had a lot of fun, intense, exciting moments with this one. ¬†It was just adventure after adventure as the characters encountered dangers and obstacles over and over again.

Not exactly a binge but I’ll be back with an actual one soon. I just have to get back to watching some movies and getting a few things wrapped up and planned further before I get to that. I have some nice announcements coming up by the end of the month so, lets hope I can get it all taken care of by then!

What have you been binge-watching? Have you seen The 100?

Happy Monday, my lovelies! ūüôā

TV Binge: The 100

Ever since a few months ago, I’ve been on this massive TV binge, catching up with a lot series: Life Unexpected, Witches of East End, Arrow, Once Upon a Time, Vampire Diaries. ¬†Its one of the reasons movies have been in batches now because I just don’t watch as many of them. SO, the solution: reviewing TV series.

Its a pity that I haven’t reviewed any of the above ones…maybe I’ll go back and do it.

However, Netflix is just so awesome with The 100, which I just realized seems to be doing the constant update of it because its updated till the Season 2 midseason finale so I just wonder how fast it actually updates since this is the first show I’ve seen that has that. Here’s hoping that it’ll be going to other shows as well, because that would be awesome news!

the 100

Anyways, back on track! The past weekend, I binge watched all of The 100. My boyfriend was intrigued because while I was cooking dinner, I’d be yelling at the show and the characters and getting all crazy over it. ¬†Its a rare thing nowadays, my friends. ¬†Thats saying something.

Lets start with a little synopsis.

The 100 is about Earth becoming polluted and destroyed after the nuclear war that everyone that survived has gone to live in space in a station called The Ark which is ruled by the chancellor.  The Ark was meant to sustain them for 3 generations but it had started to be exhausted of its resources, most importantly oxygen.  With not a lot of time and options, they decide to send 100 of the juvenile delinquents back down to the ground on Earth to see if it was survivable.  Except the drop for the 100 had accidents and the communication went down. The Ark and the 100 are now separated and they must survive each in their own way to figure everything out.

The 100

Being a CW series, there are certain aspects that you need to be aware of. ¬†One, CW shows are generally geared towards teens/adolescents/young adults, whatever you want to call them. ¬†So, there’s a level of believing that this is all fiction and logic doesn’t always apply. ¬†I do have to say that The 100 makes me believe what they are going through, but I’m not a hard crowd to please either. ¬†The quality of CW shows are going up and other than Arrow, The 100 proves it.

The 100

Although the cast and story takes a little to roll along and to connect to, there is no doubt that the ending of the pilot episode just makes the audience scream for me, literally in my case and that’s what set off a full day of watching The 100 and before I knew it, it was 3am and I had watched almost all of Season 1.

The 100

What the 100 does really well is building a good balance in characters and each character grows and develops in their own way.  Nothing makes a story connect better than seeing the characters change and develop for better or worse.  At the same time, this new future post-apocalyptic Earth makes us rethink all the stuff we have because its gone through some rough times and there is essentially nothing left, just the wilderness and its one thats been affected by the nuclear war and the radiation bringing some scary animals along with some beautiful ones.

the 100

Then, there’s the connection and relationship of the characters. ¬†For one, its not all that romance based, which is kind of refreshing. ¬†Sure, there’s a few that spring up here and there but there’s also the growing friendships and leaderships. ¬†All the characters bond differently and are influenced by each other because this is all they have now. ¬†With the dangers that come, even the different opinions fuse a little together and they have to work together or else this unknown territory will tear them apart.

the 100

By the midseason finale of Season 2 (Episode 8), the characters look like crap because they’ve been through a lot of it. I really like that whole progress, downfalls and just how it all becomes a huge mess but it also has these hidden agendas and unexpected decisions and choices resulting from character development.

Its my first TV series review and I don’t really know how to structure this yet.

Point is: I’m a huge fan of this show and honestly, after that midseason finale, I’m a little addicted and waiting for more episodes to be updated but thats only happening after January 21st. ¬†This show is full of awesome characters. ¬†My pictures here only show the 100 on Earth but the deeper characters are with the crew on The Ark. ¬†It was pretty nice to see some familiar faces on the show like Isaiah Washington (Burke from Season 1 Grey’s Anatomy) and Ricky Whittle (Captain East from Austenland).

Have you seen The 100? What do you think of it?