Double Feature: Let It Snow (2019) & Holiday Joy (2016)

Christmas is less than two weeks away and we’re working hard on these holiday viewings.  Netflix does have a nice selection of new movies and some that aren’t as new but still new additions.

Here we go!

Let It Snow (2019)

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Director: Luke Snellin

Cast: Isabela Merced, Shameik Moore, Odeya Rush, Liv Hewson, Mitchell Hope, Kiernan Shipka, Matthew Noszka, Jacob Batalon, Miles Robbins, Joan Cusack, Anna Akana

In a small town on Christmas Eve, a snowstorm brings together a group of young people. – IMDB

Based on the novel of the same name with 3 stories by 3 authors (which I haven’t read), Let It Snow is a surprisingly fun little film intertwining the three stories together to make one movie. Its style is in the style of Love Actually. It doesn’t land quite as well as Love Actually does but the three stories depending on which one you like more works more or less in the context of the story. Its main groupings goes to the childhood friends Angie “The Duke” (Kiernan Shipka) and Tobin (Mitchell Hope) and JP (Matthew Noszka); Dorrie (Liv Hewson), her best friend Addie (Odeya Rush) and Dorrie’s crush Kerry (Anna Akana); and lastly, Julie (Isabela Merced, previously known as Isabela Moner) and Stuart (Shameik Moore). All of these characters eventually end up, along with some friends and other supporting characters end up because of being snowed in during Christmas Eve at this local restaurant called Waffle Town.

Let It Snow is rather basic and simple and yet with the snowscape background and its interesting characters and stories about different types of friendships and relationships and a variety of different issues, these characters all end up having a Christmas Eve that becomes rather memorable and changes some of their things in life as they figure out how to be honest to themselves about their feelings and their future. It has the rather feel good elements present that makes it a decent watch. Is it something that is spectacular or very stand-out as a holiday film? Probably not. But to satisfy a simple little holiday watch, this one does deserve a chance. And that’s coming from myself who isn’t really much of a John Green fan (which explain why his segment of relationship is the one I liked the least) whereas my fave with genuinely fun moments although a few wooden acting moments between Julie and Stuart however the story itself is fairly charming.

Kiernan Shipka has definitely found herself an actress with a few Netflix films at this point. She does have quite a nice fun element to her characters. At the same time, the start of this one that plays a rather funky character, the Tin Foil Woman and the narrator is Joan Cusack who while a little odd somehow has this glue effect to the three stories.

Holiday Joy (2016)

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Director: Kirk D’Amico

Cast: Bailee Madison, Jennifer Robertson, Sandy Jobin-Bevans, French Stewart, Ethan Pugiotto, Luke Bilyk, Natalie Ganzhorn, Darren Eisnor, Kolton Stewart, Jeni Ross

A shy high school student’s Christmas wish comes true only it isn’t exactly as wonderful as she’d hoped. – IMDB

Take a little of changing identities and the holidays and we have this film Holiday Joy where Bailee Madison’s character Joy becomes a member of the next door neighbor’s  family, a wish that she has of breaking away from her lacking family. The grass is greener on the other side is definitely used here as comparison and literally but it also gives the valuable lesson that what you see on the surface of the beautiful appearances sometimes aren’t really as you expected. The whole reality vs. expectations is the main basis as everything that Joy believes is better all turns out to be very much the opposite. It also emphasizes on everyone’s part having a crucial effect despite her feeling of insignificance and such. Holiday Joy is more about the message it carries but has a rather lacking execution with some questionable acting and some plot points that might not make a ton of sense as with such plots that bring in the whole identity change and incoherent things that just leaves it one that shouldn’t really be questioned to begin with.

Holiday Joy is a rather simple sort of story. Its not exactly a Christmas story but is set during the holiday season. There’s some nice elements of using “change” as its main focus and then takes a fun little play on how the accident that makes Joy’s reality change also eventually finds her figuring out how to change it back but not really at the same time. Its a nice little change on the usual formula. Its not an outstanding movie but for people okay with some simple and straight-forward type of TV movie, its an alright choice. For myself, I do enjoy Baileee Madison (mostly when she was in younger roles) so it had an appeal for me but a lot of performances here left a little bit to be desired.

That’s it for this double feature!
Have you seen these two films? What are your thoughts?

My Weekly Adventures: Announcement Time!

Hey! A late post going up today! I had to insist on this going up today because I do have an announcement here, which if you are familiar here, you’ll have an idea of what happens in February.

Life’s pretty routine when it comes to the beginning of the year. January is a crazy month in general so I don’t have as much time to do a lot of stuff outside of work and home. I also have some personal stuff that’s been lingering in the background that I have to settle (well…follow-up at this point). Either way, enough of this serious stuff but not a whole lot to talk about in this weekly adventures.

Snow Storm

Winter took a while to get here but it finally did. We got a snow day of maybe 20cm or something. I don’t remember anymore but then it turned around a few days after with some lovely ice rain and such turn it into a slippery ice rink and then massive puddles because the city didn’t get the snow cleared fast enough.

Ultimate 2000s Blogathon

So, we’ve been attacking everyone with announcements and reminders but I’d like to share for anyone who is interested to share their fave 2000s film in a form of review (or some other format that we can discuss). You can find all the details HERE.

Yokato Yokabai

As I mention the snow storm above, the crazy people in us decided to go get ramen as per our last year’s journey with my good friend. This adventure took us to another ramen place which we’re having debates whether we like it between than the other place. I think this place is better because I like the sides. Of course, this also sparked my first time pushing a car because it got stuck. Luckily, my husband and I had a passerby that hopped in to help us both push which was the extra strength that we needed to get out. All around a memorable day, I’d say.

Montreal DemoNight 2019

A few nights ago was Montreal DemoNight 2019. I was swamped with work and overtiming like a crazy person but luckily they did stream it so I was still able to watch it. There are quite a few games that look incredibly interesting. I don’t have much to talk about right now but I’ll leave it for the recap. I’m usually more efficient but the recap will be out some time over the weekend over on the Game Warp blog.

Announcement: Valentine’s Marathon

Valentine's Marathon

And we’re here again. Valentine’s Marathon starts tomorrow! This time I’m going to be a bit more ambitious and do a little Netflix Alphabet Valentine’s Marathon in the form of double features. I couldn’t think about a feature franchise (since I didn’t finish last year’s) and I wanted to get through my neverending Netflix list so this seems like a super awesome idea. If things go well, I’ll get double features everyday from Feb 1st to 14 but lets be realistic that it won’t happen whether its not being about to catch up with watching movies that fast or writing up fast enough while having other stuff going on on the blog since I won’t just do movies, of course. So we’ll see how things go.

As this post goes up, I’ve already watched A-D films so hey, who knows, right? 😉

Cute Kitty Pic

Kitty Cat

That’s all for this Weekly Adventures!
Hopefully next time, there will be more to talk about!

The Progression of the Ongoing Snowstorm…

Today, I feel a need to take a slight detour from normal programming to show you all the monster snowstorm that we haven’t seen in quite a while. Talk about winter going out in full-on style.

Here’s last evening when I left work. Thanks to changing our clocks the weekend before, there is still light.

Here’s when I finally made it back near my place.

Last night we shoveled the driveway once and I didn’t capture any of it. But this is what we woke up to…and theres my husband shoveling and you can’t see but our darling neighbor eventually lent us his snowblower to get rid of the few feet of snow we had.

And now..back to that (almost) same shot when I left work but this morning getting back to the office…

The storm is still going on right now so I’m not exactly sure when it is supposed to stop. I heard it should some time today.

Were you hit with this storm?

Photography 101: Landscape & Treasure

I missed last Friday’s Photography 101.  I’m going to start with this one and afterwards, the Photography 101 from today 🙂

It’s a big world out there! Show us what you see in a landscape.

Landscapes generally focus on wide, vast depictions of nature and all of its elements, from formations to weather. In this genre of photography, you won’t find much of a human presence: nature itself is the subject. – The Daily Post

Branches and sky

Its a bit hard in the big city to just find nature so I took a wide sweep of some tree branches.  It was a chance shot because I originally wanted to get falling leaves and moved my view a little wider for this shot.  Not exactly a huge landscape but it does consist nature and not so much the cityscape.

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Taking a wider scene, the goal was a Christmas and snow feeling that I was aiming for in this landscape, although it is in a mall.  Not sure if it really qualifies as landscape.

Moving on to today’s TREASURE:

Show us something (or someone) you cherish, and get up close.

Get close to your subject — either use the zoom function in your camera, if it has one, or physically move closer to it.- The Daily Post

decorations

My treasure is my home: my mom, my boyfriend, my cat.  Christmas is a time for family for me and although its only November, the Christmas spirit is really all around.  These Christmas baubles are made by me.  It was my Sunday morning project.  There’s nothing expensive about these but I made them myself and thats treasure to me because it represents the effort I’ve put into my home. My heart into my family.  I have a lot of treasures but nothing can quite show the treasures that I hold in my heart. So, I will settle with this for now.

Photography 101: Swarm

It’s a swarm! Show us something that overruns your scene, but observe and compose carefully before you click the shutter.

Swarm: to fly off together in a group, as bees; to move about in great numbers, as things or persons.

Don’t just point and shoot. Observe your scene closely before pressing the shutter. Spend time watching and planning your frame, so that you can take a photo that captures a unique moment in the larger scene. –The Daily Post

This morning, a lot of the normal swarming was rather calm.  Maybe its the cold weather and people are taking the subway or walking in the intricate underground passages that Montreal is so awesome for. I don’t have that luxury and as I scanned my area, there is one thing in abundance other than the gravel on the sidewalks, its shoe prints in the snow. The passerbys that have walked the same path that I have at some point during the evening, night, morning.  Whatever time of day it is, there is someone who traced the same path that I did.

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Scattered and could be more abundant but thats the best I could do with the limited amount of snow on the ground.  Not exactly swarming but if the snow didn’t melt on part of the sidewalk, it would be more along the lines of what I need. 😉

Photography 101: A Pop of Colour

Colors can stir emotions within us, tell stories, and transform our images. Today, use one color to add life or drama to your shot. –The Daily Post

Hmm…its been rather gloomy these days.  We woke up to a temporary thin blanket of snow on the ground. Temporary because it melted away by the afternoon. This morning, it was the same thing. As I stood at the bus stop thinking about this and what to showcase, I bent down and lowered my phone camera to the ground level and took a snow covered ground with green grass but the highlight at that extra dash of colour from the autumn leaves, right?

Snowy ground

It is in the littlest details, right? Noticing our surroundings and capturing the shots that might look good.  I took a leap of faith with this “pop of colour” from the leaves 🙂

What do you think? Snowing where you are?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

I remember doing the same theme last year.  I went along and searched it up and if you’d like, I have another two, HERE and HERE!

Wait right there! I’m not one to cheat on these weekly photo challenges.  Its either I just skip them or I have to search up stuff that works for me 🙂

As I was digging through my pictures, here are some that came to mind!

Granby Zoo Reflections

Granby Zoo Asia decorations. Lantern reflecting shadows on the snow

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Reflections in the water at Marais de Rivieres des Cerises

Reflections Old Montreal

Reflections in pond in Old Montreal

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Reflections in the water of Champlain Bridge on St Lawrence River

I mixed the two ways of interpreting reflections.  One is the actual reflection of something while at the same time, I reflect best near water.  In many of these pictures, I had time to sit down and reflect by myself next to water whether walking/hiking/biking along the river. Even walks in the snow are extremely calming for the mind 🙂

There you go! Here is my entry for this week’s photo challenge Reflections.  To see more entries, check out HERE!

What does REFLECTIONS make you think of? Where do you reflect best?

 

Christmas Lights, Hangouts with Friends, and Movies!

This weekend has been crazy with horrible snow and ice and all sorts of crazy precipitation.  I spent a good part of it shoveling and sitting at home catching up a lot of stuff. Thats actually a pretty good thing, except the shoveling part since I like fluffy snow but technically I was just picking up ice pellets and it was crazy heavy.

Now that I’ve had my rant on the weather.  Friday night was super awesome.

You know that crazy person that walks in a crazy snow storm and then pulls out their camera to take pictures, yeah, that was me! I have to revisit for a few shots in Old Montreal but in front of the Notre Dame Church it had some super nice lights.

Notre Dame Church Montreal

Lights outside Notre Dame Church

Old Montreal, Quebec

Outside Notre Dame Church

That snow in that area was so high.  I almost fell flat on my face walking across there to continue on my path to meet up with my friends. The night out with friends is always fun.  We went to Les 3 Brasseurs (me and my best friend’s favorite hangout spot) for dinner. We all had steaks.

Les 3 Brasseurs Montreal

Steak at Les 3 Brasseurs

It has some fried onions and sweet potato fries and cooked vegetables as sides.  All very delicious! I had  craving for beef so that pretty much took care of that.  Afterwards, we headed to play some Glow in the Dark mini-putt at this joint that opened up their branch in downtown called Putting Edge.

 

Putting Edge Montreal

Going into Putting Edge

 

One of the ending parts.  Very cool! :)

One of the ending parts. Very cool! 🙂

You see the shadows of my friends at the far end if you look really hard. I was the last person since I was responsible for the scores.  I was doing so well in the beginning and then ended up losing.  I was never very good at this but hey, it was super fun and thats what counts! 🙂

After that, we ran off to catch a late night movie: THOR THE DARK WORLD in 3D! Yay! The review for that will be going up tomorrow. But at the theatres, we had a bit of time before the movie so we played a game of air hockey and fooled around with the movie promotional panels there.

First for Captain America…

My best friend and I

My best friend and I

And then, right next to it was Rio 2! I never saw the first one but I was in the mood to be silly and my best friend joined me also 🙂

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Hilarious stuff, right? I was out pretty late.

Saturday was a day with one of my good friends as well.  He needed to wrap up his Christmas shopping and I decided to tag along. We went for a nice brunch at Allo Mon Coco in Quartier Dix30.

His meal: Weekend Special Egg Benedict

His meal: Weekend Special Egg Benedict

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My meal: 2 eggs with bacon and sausages!

Super delicious! Was great! 🙂

Despite walking in the on and off ice pellets falling from the sky, I stopped and took some shots of Christmas decorations.

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Christmas Tree in Square Dix30

 

 

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Around the Christmas tree in Square Dix30

Sunday was a lot more calm as I was mostly trapped at home from all the ice pellets and the snow truck passed by two times and I wanted to punch them because I couldn’t shovel fast enough.  It took me two separate times: the first about 20 minutes and then after that, an hour and a half or so to wrap up everything.  I had already shoveled another 20 minutes the day before probably on Saturday after the shopping.  Winter just started and if ice pellets are whats happening, I’m already fed up.  Any volunteers?

Either way, we celebrate the Lunar Calendar’s celebration of Winter for dinner tonight and my mom whipped up a simple and delicious meal.

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My mom is THE best cook in my life! 🙂 She’s just awesome! If I could acquire a fraction of her cooking skills, I’d be set.

This weekend, I also managed to bake three different treats, it’ll be up very soon, so keep your eyes out for it! 🙂 I just have one more thing I’d like to do, then it’ll be pretty cool.

I’m already late with my weekend personal post so I’ll end it here!

Hope you had lots of fun this weekend!

I’m looking forward to my time off very soon to catch up on TV series, 2013 movies and maybe more baking, or and I have a specific sort of movie I need to watch…its just so much more fun to watch Christmas movies..haha!

Here’s a cat picture of my darling cat who is using her way to move me from my chair so she can sleep on it last night (and every other night as well).

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Don’t we just love cats? Talking about that, its bedtime for me!

Good night/evening/morning to all of you, wherever you are! 🙂

Winter is Here with Icy Roads, Lots of Snow and Parties!

My fellow friends and bloggers, this week, you know winter is here. Why?

Well, after the mild weekend passed, it came back on Monday with decreasing temperatures all the way to Thursday and what does that bring? My most hated part of winter: ICE.

Because you know, I bought some kickass snow boots last year and as deep as those groves under the boots are, it does not grip on ice.  So just my luck that the first ice we get, I add on my many injuries this year and my body goes all creative and I slip walking to the bus stop on Tuesday morning because there was a bus coming and I stepped on the foot of a driveway. Which begs the question of how the F did they get out of their house without falling? Excuse my anger..moving on, while most times I land on my very well-padded butt or even on my hand, I landed on my knee.  Bone to cement, my friends, hurt a lot and let me tell you, walking this week was pretty painful and the bruise is only looking worse. To spare you looking at it, I pretty much have half a purple knee right now.  Not pleasant!

Moving onto happier things: That same night, I went back to the arts and crafts show with my coworker and bought a little something as a gift to my boyfriend and me.  I’ve been doing this a lot where its planning for the future.  I love this!

Mail/key holder that you can make notes on top

Mail/key holder that you can make notes on top

There was another one with a mirror and ones with candles.  All very awesome but I only have limited funds and for $45+tax, this was an alright deal and its useful 🙂

Suffice to say though, I was pretty happy when the weekend came around because it was more of a relaxing time.  I finally had the chance to spend some time at home on Saturday morning. I took the liberty of snapping some pictures of two of my favorite things in the world!

My cat sitting/playing by the window among the plants

My cat sitting/playing by the window among the plants

Christmas Cactus

Christmas Cactus in full bloom 🙂

That night, I started the first night of the holidays although its not really to celebrate the actual holiday but for a going away party with a good friend.  He’s going off to follow his dreams and he reminds me every day that if we persevere and keep at our dreams, we’ll get there.  Giving it our best shot is what matters 🙂 I wish him the best in his future career and lots of success! The party was partially at dinner at a restaurant called Elixor located in the Laval area.

Caesar Salad --> My boyfriend's entree

Caesar Salad –> My boyfriend’s entree

Elixor Restaurant Laval

St. Louis Burger –> my boyfriend’s meal

Elixor Restaurant Laval

Chicken and Ribs Combo–> my meal

Yeah yeah, my cheat day everybody consists of ribs. I was literally scared to look at my calorie count but at least I enjoyed it! Thats what matters 🙂 Great times with friends!

Yesterday evening also marked the first actual snowstorm which is still going, although slowing down now. We pretty much had no snow on the ground yesterday, maybe 1cm, on the grassy area (if even that much).  I geared up in my snow pants! Thank you mom for the foresight 🙂

Sweater and Snow Pants ready for shovelling!

Sweater and Snow Pants ready for shovelling!

And lets open the door and check out the damage! VOILA!

Winter Wonderland!

Winter Wonderland!

Oh yeah! Nice fluffy snow 🙂 May have taken an hour to shovel the whole driveway but I expect a second round when the plow goes by eventually but hey, its still quite pretty, don’t you think?

I know some of you got hit with this storm also.  Did it stop yet?

That pretty much wraps up my weekend.  I still have to get a few things done today so I’ll be running off but I have next week’s posts pretty much planned out, just have to write it all up 🙂

I always end with some vids so this was the 2013 Youtube Rewind video that I liked quite a bit since I recognized a few of the Youtubers and it was pretty cool!

They didn’t have embed enabled.  Moving on! How about some Ellen Show fun?

I’m just glad I don’t have to do anymore shopping as its pretty much done! Woohoo! Are you all set for Christmas?

How about a little Christmas joy in Disney style?

Okay, I know, just one more little share that I loved from Pinterest! Feel free to follow me there if you’d like 🙂

we are the children that never grow up

How was your weekend?

Hope you’re all having an awesome Sunday! 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unexpected

The definition of unexpected as the winter season approaches is ALWAYS precipitation.  I usually turn this blog into some funky weather rant over and over again.  The praise for snow starts from awesome to something like “Will it ever end?”

I’m sure a lot of you feel the same way.

BUT I love snow, especially the first few falls.  I don’t particularly enjoy storms, especially now that we have a crumbling bridge that I have to cross every single day to go to work.  Well, the engineers and city didn’t beat the storm with this one so lets hope the super beam installation this weekend will go as planned.

I’m currently sitting in my office as a supposed snow storm has hit the city.  Was it even a storm? There are lots of school closures but my bus wasn’t delayed, so I don’t know what that means.

Leaving work yesterday was clear.  Just cold and windy. When I got back to the suburbs, I realized that it had already started snowing. The roads looked like this when I was walking home.

Snow on the way home

Snow on the way home

Just a thin layer and very comfortable to have snow drifting around.

The forecast kept changing and it was supposedly a 15-25 cm of snow or something like that followed with freezing rain and rain as the temperature rose.  Ugly stuff, my friends. This morning, I feel like we escaped the freezing rain since it wasn’t so slippery.

Looking out my balcony door, this is what it looks like:

This morning

This morning

Well, I was expecting more heaps of snow. Unexpected, right? 😉

Still the first snow that stays on the ground always has the shocking unexpected effect even after so many years of being here.  Drivers are the same also, they kind of forget how to drive. So, from what I gathered on the traffic reports last night and this morning, it was a nightmare with lots of accidents on the highways.

Any “unexpected” precipitation or in general weather in your area?