12 Days of Christmas Eve (2004)
Stefanie von Pfetten
Calvin Carter, a successful business executive, has it all, but neglects those closest to him. On Christmas Eve, all that changes when the sign on his office building falls on him.
I enjoy the fact that Christmas movies like to do the whole repeat day trope. Somehow I’ve managed not to see this one before, even though it’s older. It had a pretty good cast, writing and story were a bit weak, but it was alright.
Slight religious overtones, there’s someone that might be an angel and a reference to God, but it’s not in your face so it didn’t bother me.
No sweet romance, which was a bit of a bummer, but it didn’t belong in the story, so it wasn’t really missed.
Man learns the true meaning of Christmas and that being a raging capitalist isn’t the be all, end all.
Merry Matrimony (2015)
Brie, an advertising executive, lands her dream assignment organizing the perfect Christmas wedding for a fashion magazine. If she succeeds, she will make partner at her firm. The only catch is that she unknowingly has been paired up with a certain high powered fashion photographer who just happens to be her estranged ex-boyfriend. Stars Jessica Lowndes and Christopher Russell.
This movie was worlds better than the last one I watched, which isn’t saying much, but it does put it on tier with the rest of the Hallmark Christmas movies out there.
Lots of romance and definitely Christmasy, it was very cute. Brie loved Eddie, Eddie went to Paris for an amazing career opportunity, they lost touch. Seven years pass and neither has gotten over the other and their thrown back into each other’s lives. I never really get those stories, if you love someone as much as you’re saying then why’d you let them get away? Why did you not at least email?
Oh well. It was sweet.
Aurora Teagarden Mystery: A Bone to Pick (2015)
Candace Cameron Bure
When Aurora, or Roe, Teagarden’s acquaintance from the disbanded hobby group, Real Murders, dies, Roe is bequeathed a small house and a not-so-small fortune. Roe soon discovers that her generous benefactress has left her more than she bargained for when she uncovers a skull in a carpeted window seat in the inherited house. Roe sets out to find out who the victim is and how his or her skull ended up in a spinster’s window seat. Will Roe discover the murderer on Honor Street?
I’ve been reading a lot of cozy mysteries lately so it was interesting to actually watch one. This is your usual Hallmark channel fare, though not overly sentimental which was nice. The mystery was good, though, Aurora, Candace Cameron Bure, was the definition of nosy and really should have given that skull to the police as soon as she found it. Come on people withholding evidence is not good and she would have still been able to work the mystery without it.
The acting was fine, the story was fine, some of the cozy mystery tropes didn’t play as well on screen, but I still liked the movie and wouldn’t be opposed to seeing more from this series.