Countdown to Christmas & Miracles of Christmas 2018 (1)

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Christmas at Pemberley Manor
 
"Loosely based on Pride and Prejudice, event planner Elizabeth Bennet is initially at odds with Mr. Darcy, the owner of Pemberley Manor, which she intends to be the venue of her next event, but soon finds herself irresistibly attracted to him."
 
Mina tankar 
 
Jag hade jätte höga förväntningar på den här filmen. Främst för att det var öppningsfilmen till Hallmarks julfest, men även för att det är en film med Michael Rady. Men den var inte bra. Mitt främsta problem med den här filmen var att den kändes väldigt tom. Det fanns ingen kemi mellan skådespelarna, det fanns inget djup i berättelsen. Den blev därför väldigt ihålig, och det kändes inte som att de ens hade försökt. Ett till problem jag hade med den, var att det kändes som att jag hade sett denna film förut. Det fanns inget originellt med den. Ingenting som stod ut.  ½
 
 
Christmas Joy
 
"Stars seem to be aligned as Joy sees her former crush, Ben Andrews, at the hospital. At first, Joy is focused solely on helping her Aunt heal; even taking over her position as chair of the local Cookie Crawl competition. Eventually, she begins to let Ben in and remembers there’s no place like home for the holidays. The pair work together on the Cookie Crawl to make the event a success."
 
Mina tankar 
 
Med Christmas Joy blev jag ännu en gång väldigt besviken, för den här höll ungefär samma kvalitet som Christmas at Pemberley Manor. Det blev en väldigt dålig start på denna Countdown to Christmas, alltså. Med denna film dock, var det andra problem jag hade. För Christmas Joy var osammanhängande. Den kändes väldigt underutvecklad, väldigt forcerad, samtidigt som manuset inte var det bästa. Lite tråkigt, eftersom det verkligen kändes som att skådespelarna försökte i denna. ½
 
 
Road to Christmas
  
"Los Angeles television producer Maggie Baker unwittingly falls for Danny Wise, the son and former producer of his mother’s popular annual Christmas special Julia Wise Lifestyle. When Maggie’s secret plan to reunite Danny and his two brothers with Julia during the live broadcast in Vermont goes awry, Maggie is reminded that above all, it is the love for family and friends that makes the merriest of Christmas."
 
Mina tankar
 
Vad handlade den här filmen ens om? Missade jag något viktigt tillfälle i början där det förklarades? Jag förstod inte varför sonen behövde komma in och jobba tilsammans med henne, jag förstod inte varför hon fick för sig att hämta hem alla chefens söner. jag förstod inte hela grejen med julspecialen. Jag förstod inte mycket med Road to Christmas, vilket nog främst är anledningen bakom varför jag inte riktigt tyckte om den. Allt kändes väldigt spretigt. Dock presterade både Chad Michael Murray och Jessy Schram på en hög nivå, vilket höjde hela filmen. 
 
 
Marrying Father Christmas
 
"When Miranda Chester sets off to find information on her biological father two Christmases ago, she never imagined her investigation would lead her to both the love of her life, Ian McAndrick, and the family she had always longed for. After her romantic engagement last Christmas, Miranda prepares for a Christmas wedding surrounded by this new family. While Miranda finalizes the details of her big day, Margaret forges a surprising romance with a friend from the past."
 
Mina tankar
 
Jag kollade på hela trilogin på rad (Finding Father Christmas, Engaging Father Christmas, Marrying Father Christmas), och jag måste faktiskt säga att detta har räddat Hallmarks julfilmer för mig hittills. Dessa filmer är helt fantastiska, och jag måste säga att Marrying Father Christmas var min favorit av alla tre. Det bästa med dessa filmer är hur otroligt karismatiska huvudkaraktärerna är, samt den kemi de har. Det var fantastiskt att se. Sedan var bröllopet helt otroligt vackert. Speciellt när Ian grät. 
 
 
It's Christmas, Eve
 
"Interim school superintendent Eve Morgan finds herself in a tough spot when she is assigned to shut down a school’s failing music program and must come to terms with here musical past."
 
Mina tankar
 
Jag har en tendens att inte tycka om musikfilmer. Jag älskar musikaler, men jag tycker inte om filmer som handlar om musik. Det gör It's Christmas, Eve, vilket antagligen förstörde den lite för mig. Vad jag tyckte om med den här filmen var som vanligt karaktärerna, speciellt Eve och hennes klädstil. Jag tyckte även om hur filmen var uppbyggd. Det var bara att handlingen inte lockade mig överhuvudtaget, samtidigt som jag kände att den tyvärr blev lite platt. ½
 
 
Christmas in Love
 
"Ellie Hartman is an aspiring crafter working in her small town’s bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick Carlingson visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees."
 
Mina tankar 
 
Countdown to Christmas har gjort mig väldigt besviken hittills, och detta måste vara den sämsta filmen hittills. Först och främst är det här en handling vi har sett alldeles för många gånger, det verkar nästan som om Hallmark har en fetish för kvinnor som jobbar med bakverk. Men jag tyckte även inte heller om karaktärerna, vilket var dess främsta problem. Daniel Lissing är verkligen inte en favorit hos mig. Christmas in Love saknade även mysfaktorn, vilket jag tycker är en viktig aspekt med julfilmer. 

Inför Miracles of Christmas (2)

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Ni kanske tänkte att det var mycket med bara julfilmerna från Hallmark Channel, men Hallmark har även en till kanal som heter Movies & Mysteries där det också kommer släppas julfilmer. På Hallmark heter det Countdown to Christmas, på Movies & Mysteries heter det Miracles of Christmas. Detta drar upp den totala siffran till 37 filmer, vilket jag antagligen kommer dela upp i 5-6 olika inlägg när jag ska recensera allihopa. 
 
 
Marrying Father Christmas
 
"When Miranda Chester sets off to find information on her biological father two Christmases ago, she never imagined her investigation would lead her to both the love of her life, Ian McAndrick, and the family she had always longed for. After her romantic engagement last Christmas, Miranda prepares for a Christmas wedding surrounded by this new family. While Miranda finalizes the details of her big day, Margaret forges a surprising romance with a friend from the past."
 
A Veteran's Christmas
 
"Captain Grace Garland, a decorated U.S. veteran, returns home after two tours of Search and Rescue in Afghanistan. After being separated from her beloved K9 partner, Grace must rediscover the magic of Christmas. When she finds herself stranded in the town of River’s Crossing a couple weeks before Christmas, the local judge, Joe Peterson, offers her a place to stay on his property and takes it upon himself to show Grace everything she has been missing; Christmas, family, community, and love."
 
Return to Christmas Creek
 
"As Christmas approaches, Amelia Hughes, a career-focused Chicago app developer lacking in holiday spirit, returns to her small hometown of Christmas Creek to rediscover the meaning of Christmas. There, she reunites with her childhood best friend Mike and her estranged uncle Harry, whose mysterious rift with Amelia’s father divided her family during the holiday season when she was a child. As she engages in local holiday festivities — and begins falling for Mike — Amelia finds herself feeling the Christmas spirit."
 
A Godwink Christmas
 
"As Christmas approaches, Paula, a St. Louis antique appraiser, reluctantly accepts a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Daniel, a career-focused attorney. When her Aunt Jane senses she has mixed emotions over the engagement, she invites Paula to her Nantucket home. Upon her arrival, Paula plans a trip to the nearby island of Martha’s Vineyard where she meets Gery, a charming inn owner. When bad weather prevents her from departing, Paula winds up staying at Gery’s inn and enjoying local holiday festivities alongside him."
 
Last Vermont Christmas
 
"Every year, three sisters, Megan, Bethany, and Mary, reunite every Christmas in their childhood home. This year, though, their parents have put the house up for sale, and the buyer is Nash, Megan’s former childhood sweetheart."
 
 
Hope at Christmas
 
"Sydney Ragsdale, recently divorced, decides to spend Christmas in a house she inherited with her young daughter. As Sydney begins to spend more time at the local bookstore, she meets a teacher, Mac, who also fills in for the town Santa. Mac tries to make Christmas wishes come true, and this year Sydney is at the top of his ‘nice’ list. As a new opportunity with the bookstore unfolds, Mac helps Sydney open herself up to life, love, and believing in the spirit of Christmas again."
 
Christmas on Honeysuckle Lane
 
"Emma returns home to celebrate Christmas for the last time with her siblings in the house they grew up in. After their parents’ recent passing, the siblings reluctantly agree to sell the family home on Honeysuckle Lane, leaving Emma in charge of its belongings. While Emma’s mother’s collection is being appraised, they find a hidden surprise that takes them on a journey to discover the power of love and family during the holidays. Based on the book by Mary Elizabeth McDonough."
 
Welcome to Christmas
 
"Resort developer Madison Lane is tasked with finding a location for a new ski resort. While she’s prepared to recommend the resort be placed in Mountain Park, her boss tells her to take a trip to Christmas, Colo to consider the location and the incentive package they’re offering. While stranded, Madison grows to love the community and the spirit of Christmas that runs throughout. Is a resort really the right move for Christmas? Or would the town be better off keeping its charm and traditions intact?"
 
Northern Lights of Christmas
 
"Zoey Hathaway has been working towards her lifelong goal of being a pilot for years, but everything is thrown off-course when she unexpectedly inherits a reindeer farm, along with the dangerously handsome ranch hand Alec Wynn. Now buried in taking care of reindeer and all the Christmas responsibilities, Zoey thinks life has delivered her a strange and cumbersome blow, and she isn’t sure about Alec, who has his own ideas how best to run things. Alec, who has never had many people have faith in him, opens up when Zoey invests trust in him, and the two find themselves falling for each other."
 
Memories of Christmas
 
"Noelle was raised by the queen of Christmas. When she inherits her late mother’s house, she finds out that her mother had been hiring someone to decorate it — Dave. The deal is off, but Dave convinces Noelle to let him carry on the tradition. As the display goes up, Noelle’s defenses start to come down. She embraces the town’s Christmas gala that was her mother’s legacy, finds unexpected love, and develops a joy for the holidays that she never thought possible."
 
 
Once Upon a Christmas Miracle
 
"Told she would have less than a few months to live without a liver transplant, Heather Krueger’s time was running out when a kind stranger, Chris Dempsey, heard of her plight and discovered he was a perfect match. The two met and before long a friendship developed into romance. The movie follows Heather and Chris’ journey over three Christmases as his selfless gesture leads to a Christmas miracle for everyone involved. Based on a true story."
 
Time for Me to Come Home For Christmas
 
"It’s the last Friday before Christmas in New York City and a massive storm is brewing. Small-town business woman Cara Hill is meeting with her banker while country music star Heath Sawyer is playing Madison Square Garden. When the flight to Tulsa they’re both booked on is canceled, this unlikely pair of strangers winds up traveling together. Each has a secret — Heath hasn’t written a song since his father died, and Cara’s mother recently passed and her family’s jam business is failing. Will Christmas provide a miracle — and a chance at love?"
 
Reunited at Christmas
 
"Frazzled and struggling with writer’s block, novelist Samantha, along with her boyfriend, heads home to her late grandmother’s home to spend Christmas. While at home with family, her grandmother’s wise words reveal the true meaning of Christmas with Samantha at a time when she most needs encouragement."
 
Small Town Christmas
 
"Author Nell Phillips’ first book has become a surprise best-seller of the Christmas season. Nell’s last stop on a nationwide book tour takes her to the town of Springdale, the hometown of Emmett Turner, a young man she met over five years ago while both were junior copy editors at a New York publishing company. Nell was hurt when Emmett stood her up for a dinner date and then disappeared from New York without any explanation. As Nell is quick to admit, Emmett’s colorful, nostalgic anecdotes about Springdale inspired her to write this book that is shaping her life and especially this holiday season."
 
Christmas Bells are Ringing
 
"Samantha, a freelance photographer, is returning to Cape Cod for the first time since the death of her mother years earlier. She’s going to celebrate her father’s Christmas Eve wedding but is anxious to revisit past memories. On a deadline for a big Christmas spread that could ignite her career, she enlists the help of her childhood friend, Mike, to show her around. In the time she spends in Cape Cod, she realizes that Christmas is wherever your family is."
 
 
Vad tycker jag om årets Miracles of Christmas?
 
Det faktum att Hallmark delar upp sina julfilmer på två olika kanaler, med två olika koncept, var något jag inte visste innan i år. Därför har jag inget att jämföra med, och därför är jag extra exalterad i år. Men jag måste faktiskt säga att startfältet verkar väldigt bra i år, ändå. Det finns många filmer som intresserar mig, speciellt eftersom att Movies & Mysteries filmerna verkar ha mer twists and turns än de som visas på vanliga Hallmark. 
 
Vilka filmer ser jag mest fram emot?
 
Detta är en helt omöjlig fråga, eftersom jag inte riktigt vet hur dessa filmer kommer att vara. Har inte riktigt någon historia med dem, som sagt. Men om jag ska nämna några som låter intressanta utifrån handlingarna, så är det Christmas Bells are Ringing, Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas och Return to Christmas Creek. Men sedan tror jag även att det kan bli så att många kommer att överraska mig. Jag hoppas det i alla fall. 
 
Här hittar ni del 1.

Inför Countdown to Christmas (1)

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Nu är det snart dags. Årets största, och sista, Hallmark event. Countdown to Christmas. Jag har sett alla filmer Hallmark har släppt i år och recenserat dem, och detta kommer inte bli något undantag. Countdown to Christmas är dock så stort, så att vi måste ta och gå igenom det lite innan det faktiskt inträffar. Först och främst kommer jag att ta upp alla filmer med dess handling, för att sedan bara ta upp lite frågor kring årets Countdown to Christmas. Kommentera gärna ifall det är någon av årets Countdown to Christmas film som intresserar er! Det kommer även komma en del två med julfilmer från Hallmarks andra kanal, Movies & Mysteries. 
 
 
Christmas at Pemberley Manor
 
"Loosely based on Pride and Prejudice, event planner Elizabeth Bennet is initially at odds with Mr. Darcy, the owner of Pemberley Manor, which she intends to be the venue of her next event, but soon finds herself irresistibly attracted to him."
 
Christmas Joy
 
"Stars seem to be aligned as Joy sees her former crush, Ben Andrews, at the hospital. At first, Joy is focused solely on helping her Aunt heal; even taking over her position as chair of the local Cookie Crawl competition. Eventually, she begins to let Ben in and remembers there’s no place like home for the holidays. The pair work together on the Cookie Crawl to make the event a success."
 
Road to Christmas
 
"Los Angeles television producer Maggie Baker unwittingly falls for Danny Wise, the son and former producer of his mother’s popular annual Christmas special Julia Wise Lifestyle. When Maggie’s secret plan to reunite Danny and his two brothers with Julia during the live broadcast in Vermont goes awry, Maggie is reminded that above all, it is the love for family and friends that makes the merriest of Christmas."
 
It's Christmas, Eve 
 
"Interim school superintendent Eve Morgan finds herself in a tough spot when she is assigned to shut down a school’s failing music program and must come to terms with here musical past."
 
 
Christmas in Love
 
"Ellie Hartman is an aspiring crafter working in her small town’s bakery making famous Christmas Kringles. When the new, big-city CEO Nick Carlingson visits the bakery, he arrives filled with modernization ideas destined to lay off many employees."
 
Christmas at Graceland
 
"A Chicago-based business executive travels to Memphis to secure one of the city's oldest family-owned banks. While in Memphis, Laurel reunites with an old flame Clay, a local music promoter with loftier aspirations."
 
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa
 
"When Lisa takes a last-minute Christmas trip to her hometown of Evergreen, she finds that the historic general store has been closed. Using her skills as a professional retail designer, Lisa decides to keep local tradition alive and help the good people of Evergreen bring the store back to life. As Lisa charms a local contractor named Kevininto working with her, the pair find themselves facing one surprise after another as they restore the store to its former glory."
 
Christmas at Grand Valley
 
"Burned out from the hubbub of the Chicago gallery world, artist Kelly returns home to the picturesque Grand Valley just in time for Christmas. Maybe her favorite town’s shining season will reinvigorate her love of art and guide her down her next path. Leo, businessman and all-star dad to his children, struggles to balance his time this holiday season. When he is assigned to review a hotel in Grand Valley for its value, he sees this as the perfect opportunity for a Christmas family vacation."
 
 
Christmas at the Palace
 
"Katie, a former professional ice skater, is hired by the king of San Senova, Alexander, to help his daughter in a Christmas ice skating performance. As Katie spends time in the castle and with the king, she and Alex begin to develop feelings for each other and ultimately fall in love. But will the tradition-loving people of San Senova allow their king to make a foreigner their queen?"
 
Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe 
 
"Darcy has always worked hard to prove herself and be successful on her own terms, even choosing to start her own company, rather than work with her father. Returning to her hometown for Christmas, Darcy reconnects with an old rival, restaurant owner Luke, and they are forced to plan a charity event together."
 
Christmas Everlasting
 
"Christmas is fast approaching and years of long workdays employed at New York’s top corporate law firm are about to pay off now that Lucy Toomey will be made partner after the New Year. However, when Alice, her older sister with special needs, unexpectedly passes away, Lucy returns back to Nilson’s Bay."
 
 
A Shoe Addict's Christmas
 
"Bure plays Noelle, a holiday hater who toils in a department store in which she is accidentally locked on Christmas Eve. There, she meets a woman who identifies herself as Noelle’s guardian angel and introduces her to several “ghosts” of Christmases past, present, and future."
 
Mingle All the Way
 
"Mingle All the Way is a new networking app designed to pair busy professionals together for upcoming events, without long-term romance. Molly, founder of the app, is determined to prove to her family that it is a success. Therefore, she joins the app, and meets another busy professional, Jeff."
 
A Majestic Christmas
 
"Christmas in the charming town of Briar Falls will be bittersweet this year when architect Nell goes back to her hometown having been given the job of turning the historic Majestic Playhouse into a modern multiplex, much to the town’s objections."
 
Homegrown Christmas
 
"After stepping down as CEO of her dream job, Maddie heads home for the holidays to gain perspective. She finds herself running into her old high school sweetheart Carter, and tensions quickly arise. When forced to put together a Christmas dance for the local high school, Carter and Maddie find themselves putting their differences aside and rediscover what made them fall in love all those years ago."
 
 
Christmas Wonderland 
 
"Heidi, who initially left her small town of Pleasant Valley with the dream of one day becoming a successful painter, has put her own art on hold to excel as an art gallery curator. Now, a week before the gallery’s big Christmas party, she must return home to watch her niece and nephew."
 
A Gingerbread Romance
 
"With Christmas just weeks away, the architecture firm Taylor works for enters her in a contest in which the teams will design and build life-sized gingerbread houses. Taylor stumbles into a local bakery and meets Adam, a baker and single dad. In an act of desperation, Taylor convinces Adam to partner with her for the contest, arguing that winning would give the bakery and his designs much-needed exposure."
 
Entertaining Christmas
 
"Claire is a cookbook author, crafting expert, and television personality whose name is synonymous with perfection. As she contemplates retirement, her daughter Kara is poised to become the new face of the Livingston brand. The only trouble is, Kara can’t cook. Or sew. Or do any of the signature things her mother is known for."
 
Jingle Around the Clock
 
"When Elle Bennet decides to reunite her college friends for a special Christmas celebration, her plans are thwarted by an opportunity at work she can’t pass up – spearheading a Christmas campaign relaunch to prove she’s ready for a career-altering promotion. Much to her surprise, she’s forced to team up with advertising campaign ‘fixer’ Max, who has a completely different take on the Holidays."
 
 
Christmas Made to Order
 
"When architect and Christmas amateur Steven finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen’s expert Christmas spirit brings Steven’s family together, but neither expected it to bring them closer to each other."
 
When Calls the Heart Christmas
 
"When a group of orphans become stranded in Hope Valley for Christmas, their caretakers — sisters who have a mysterious backstory — lead Bill to investigate the circumstances of their arrival. He discovers the sisters and their orphanage are in jeopardy, so Abigail and the other residents rally to make it a Christmas to remember for the orphans. Elizabeth, who is preparing for the birth of her child, organizes her students to engage in selfless gift-giving."
 
A Midnight Kiss
 
"With only one week to prepare, Lisa Patterson and her family of party planners are given the biggest job in their company’s history: a New Year’s Eve party for tech entrepreneur Megan Clark. But when her brother breaks his leg and her parents head off on a planned vacation, Lisa must reluctantly enlist the help of her brother’s visiting college buddy, David Campos, to help her pull off the event which just so happens to fall on her favorite day of the year. But what Lisa didn’t plan on was falling in love in the process."
 
 
Vad tycker jag om årets Countdown to Christmas?
 
Jag tycker faktiskt att årets startfält verkar kunna bli hur bra som helst. Vi har till och med att antal filmer med poc (Christmas Everlasting, A Majestic Christmas, A Gingerbread Romance) i huvudroller, har det någonsin hänt med Hallmark förut? Förutom det så tycker jag även om skådespelarvalen de har gjort till dessa filmer. Vi får se många av mina favoriter, bland annat Michael Rady, Danielle Panabaker, Chad Michael Murray, Danica McKellar och Luke Macfarlane. Tror, och hoppas, att det blir en bra Countdown to Christmas i år. 
 
Vilka filmer ser jag mest fram emot?
 
Jag tycker det är ganska svårt att välja filmer som en tror kommer bli bäst med Hallmark, främst nu också eftersom alla skådespelare och så inte är bekräftade. Men om vi ska ta ut några som har fångat mitt intresse så är det A Midnight Kiss, Chistmas Wonderland, Christmas at Grand Valley, Christmas at Pemberley Manor och Christmas Joy. Christmas Joy tycker jag låter bra eftersom att den baseras på en bok. Christmas at Pemberley Manor tycker jag låter bra för att den påminner mig om Christmas in Homestead. Christmas at Grand Valley låter bra för att den verkar ha en hög mysfaktor. Christmas Wonderland låter bra främst på grund av Emily Osment. A Midnight Kiss intresserar mig på grund av Adelaide Kane, och det faktum att det är en nyårsfilm.