Hallmark’s Holiday Movies of 2018 #4: Christmas Joy

Yes, I know this one aired before several of the others I’ve already recapped. But I failed to record it. Twice. But better late than never, right? Like many a Hallmark movie, CHRISTMAS JOY is based on a book, in this case the novel of the same name by Nancy Naigle. One of the reader reviews of the book says that it’s “a Hallmark Christmas movie on the page,” and now I’m curious to read the book to see how the story is stretched to an astonishing 352 pages. Not that the story is any more lightweight than that of any other holiday movie. It’s exactly what it needs to be. But 352 pages is a LOT of pages of cookie baking and misunderstandings, and I am in awe of Naigle for wringing that much holiday cheer out of the story. I was particularly looking forward to this one because…

Continue Reading Hallmark’s Holiday Movies of 2018 #4: Christmas Joy

Hallmark’s Holiday Movies of 2018 #3: Marrying Father Christmas

The FATHER CHRISTMAS movies are some of Hallmark’s most popular, and the trilogy that began with FINDING FATHER CHRISTMAS in 2016 and progressed last holiday season to ENGAGING FATHER CHRISTMAS comes to its inevitable conclusion with this year’s MARRYING FATHER…

Hallmark’s Holiday Movies of 2018 #2: Road to Christmas

Jessy Schram closed out Hallmark’s 2017 holiday movie season starring in ROYAL NEW YEAR’S EVE, where she played a fashion designer who captured the heart of Jeffrey, the Crown Prince of Wallingford. Sadly, that fairy tale apparently didn’t work out,…

Hallmark’s Holiday Movies of 2017 #25: The Christmas Cottage

One of my favorite Looney Tunes shorts is 1954’s “Design for Leaving,” in which Daffy Duck plays a salesman for the Acme Future-Antic Push-Button Home of Tomorrow Household Appliance Company, Inc. His unfortunate target is Elmer Fudd, whose perfectly satisfactory…