Romance

Naughty and Nice (2014)

Naughty and Nice (2014)

Director:

Sam Irvin

Starring:

Haylie Duff

Tilky Jones

Maureen McCormick

Plot:

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.

Review:

Now this is more like it. After the stinker yesterday I’m glad I was able to find one more in line with what I wanted. Meaning there was actually a story and talking and it wasn’t just music playing while they did stuff. This also proves that Haylie Duff was not the issue with the last movie.

Alright, so what did we have?

A “bad boy” that just needed a good woman to turn him around, check.

A recently deceased parent, check.

A love triangle, kind of check. There was another dude in the picture, but he was so clearly a fall back that even he knew it and didn’t seem that upset not to get the girl. I kind of want him to have a spin off movie because he was nice.

So Pepper, Tilky Jones, did this things twice where he would scoot close to Haylie Duff and I don’t know why but it was so sweet and romantic. He was close to her, but not touching her, I don’t know why I noticed it but it stood out. Maybe because I didn’t feel like their relationship, the first time he did it, was at that point, but I don’t know I thought it was kind of romantic. His complete focus was on her but he wasn’t forcing himself on her.

Anyway, cute movie, it washed the taste of the last one out of my brain.

4/5

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Christmas Belle (2013)

Christmas Belle (2013)

Director:

Alex Wright

Starring:

Haylie Duff

Nicholas Gonzalez

Mark Famiglietti

Plot:

With her California hometown in the rear-view mirror, Belle heads north on business to facilitate the estate sale of a mansion.

Review:

I was only able to get through two thirds of this movie before I had to bail. It was not good. Most of it was just shots of them doing things with instrumental music playing in the background. We watched the male lead run without his shirt on a lot and the female lead pretend to type on her laptop. It was so bad. There was almost no dialog and what was there was bad too. Do not recommend.

1/5

The Spirit of Christmas (2015)

The Spirit of Christmas (2015)

Director:

David Jackson

Starring:

Thomas Beaudoin

Kati Salowsky

Jen Lilley

Plot:

Kate, a workaholic lawyer, has three weeks to get a haunted bed and breakfast appraised and sold. The uncooperative manager claims a spirit who lives there will not approve.

Review:

So this movie is about a hipster ghost. I actually really liked it, oddly enough. I love all the supernatural stuff in Christmas movies and this one really embraced it. There was very little time spent on proving he was what he said he was and they jumped right into trying to get him to move on.

The romance was sweet, though, a bit weird, because he was a ghost. He also was in love with a woman before he died and part of why he was still around was because of her. I realize that was a few decades ago but he pointed out a few times it was still fresh for him.

The ending left me with some questions, but overall I really liked it and I hope to find more like this one.

4/5

Merry Kissmas (2015)

Merry Kissmas (2015)

Director:

Michael Feifer

Starring:

Karissa Lee Staples

Brant Daugherty

David O’Donnell

Plot:

A woman engaged to marry a self-centered film and stage director/choreographer falls for a caterer whom she kisses, as does he for her.

Review:

This movie was like a reverse Christmas movie because instead of following the “good” people it followed the bad, only it tried to make them out to be good. They weren’t evil or anything, but the argument could be made that they weren’t good.

Basically, the girl is engaged and is also the personal manager to her fiancé, who happens to freaking love Christmas, but the “spark” in their relationship is gone. He actually expects her to work and isn’t constantly doting on her. He’s trying to put on a production of the Nutcracker, he’s busy, he can’t go shopping and walk around looking at stuff. Sure he could have been a bit more attentive, but if he was when he wasn’t in a time crunch surely you could expect things to get better once the time crunch was over. Instead she ends up accosting this poor man in an elevator, she’s trying to escape some woman that she had been talking to and just bailed on in the middle of a conversation, so naturally that means kissing the first man she comes into contact with, didn’t even ask first. She ends up kissing him twice, then heads back to her fiancé.

More stuff happens, she ends up breaking things off with her fiancé because he acts jealous, when he had every reason to be. Her fiancé has an opportunity to cheat and doesn’t, he tries to patch things up, but by that point she’s moved on to the elevator dude.

Honestly, if this had been a true reverse Christmas movie and didn’t try to act like the leads were the good guys then I might have liked it more.

3/5

Back to Christmas (2014)

Back to Christmas (2014)

Director:

Tim O’Donnell

Starring:

Kelly Overton

Michael Muhney

Gloria Loring

Plot:

A woman travels back one year in time to the Christmas before her broken engagement and tries to repair what went wrong. She discovers that this is a challenging undertaking.

Review:

Alright, we’ve got a Christmas do over! Ali, Kelly Overton, thinks her entire life would be better if she hadn’t “over reacted” and dumped her boyfriend. Once she goes back we quickly realize he’s a tool and deserved so much more, but of course it takes her a while to catch on.

Her mother was borderline just no and there could probably be a whole movie or thirty minute side story about how she needs to finally live the life she wants.

The “angel” or whatever she was looked like a hooker when we first met her, which was kind of awesome. She was one of the best parts of the movie actually and I enjoyed each of her visits, even though she was a bit weird at first.

Ali ends up with the right guy, of course, but I thought the movie focused too much on the other dude and you didn’t really feel like the romance was there. There wasn’t much chemistry with the actress with either of the guys, actually.

Overall, cute movie.

4/5 (Christmas movies will now be getting an extra star unless otherwise mentioned, just because I feel like it)