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Baby it's Cold Outside

Baby it's Cold Outside

Being the tropical girl that I am, it’s hard for me to imagine winter and snow in all its reality and instead have to rely on Hollywood to delude me into the romance it can bring. When really, I’d probably just want to be indoors and not going through mounds of sludge.

Still, Vulture had its reasons for saying winter was best for romcoms and though Hallmark tried, I’m not sure they made their case as well. Maybe one day, I’ll find out as well.

 

A Winter Princess

I suppose the joy in the absurdity of doing royal things on Hallmark is because you see how silly (and also creative) the look into royal life looks. So when you make the princess go undercover at a ski resort to be an events planner, it kind of takes away from the royal feels.

And for more Hallmark cross-promotion, leading guy Chris McNally, also a When Calls the Heart alumni plays Jesse, brother of the ski resort owner where secret Princess Carly (Natalie Hall) is playing resort events director. Honestly, there was just no charm from the lead girl (and I usually love the royal character because always absurd but charming). Such a potentially nice set up, with just not enough for me to love.

Winter Feels: ❄️❄️

SnowComing 

Trevor Donovan (playing Jake, the football star) is a pretty familiar face given the amounts of teen shows I’ve watched in my lifetime, but he was never really my type (too blonde, too ken-doll looking), but he does have his moments of earnestness.

I just couldn’t see it in this one. And it wasn’t helping that Lindy Booth (who plays Samantha, the daughter of the local, retiring football coach) just wasn’t someone I was rooting for despite her aww shucks ways. I was definitely wanting to like this, but it just wasn’t much.

Winter Feels: ❄️❄️

Winter Castle

The first outing in the new year and it has middle sister from Chesapeake Shores, Emilie Ullerup (playing sister of the bride, Jenny). I have a love/annoyance relationship with her character on Chesapeake so I wasn’t super delighted to see her helm this one.

I also hadn’t really seen Kevin McGarry (playing best man, Craig) in anything but upon looking at his IMDB, it seems he’s in When Calls the Heart which is probably the only Hallmark show I don’t watch, so I may have to get on that. Despite the interesting setting, I just didn’t feel the feels on this one. Adding to the complication of the sister setting up Jenny with Craig at the wedding but Craig bringing his girlfriend (whom he kind of dumps in the middle of it all), there was just too much going on that wasn’t to my liking. Oh well.

Winter Feels: ❄️❄️❄️

Winter Love Story 

And it’s a double Kevin McGarry special here. I guess they’re really trying to up his profile on When Calls the Heart which really, by the end of these two movies with him, I don’t mind checking out anymore.

I’ve seen Jen Lilley in last year’s Mingle All the Way and I did enjoy it, so seeing her here with way more hair (I liked her bob last time), was a bit jarring. It was also fun to see Mrs. Leery (Dawson’s mom from Dawson’s Creek) play Cassie’s mom. And though I see what they were trying to do here — up and coming, and humble author gets paired with super in demand author and put them on a book tour — all of which are great elements that I would have really enjoyed. For some reason, it just wasn’t working for me.

I really wanted to like Elliott here, but his cockiness just never really charmed me. And even when they were falling in love, it just wasn’t there.

Winter Feels: ❄️❄️❄️

One Winter Proposal 

I unfortunately (or fortunately) didn’t catch last year’s, One Winter Weekend so I probably am not as invested as those who already saw the other one last year. And that’s also probably why I didn’t care so much for not one but both couples.

Still, it was interesting to see the dynamic of a couple who got together take that next step. Taylor Cole, who looks very familiar but can’t seem to pinpoint where I’ve seen her before, is overly eager to get that romantic proposal but of course Ben (played by the pretty cute Jack Turner) has a lot of false alarms. There’s a lot of skiing in this movie — which I should probably try once in my lifetime, but I just couldn’t get with it.

Winter Feels: ❄️❄️❄️

 

Over-all, probably not the best season for me, but maybe it’s also because I have the least context for all this snow. We’ve got 3 more seasons with this channel and I am hopeful for more feels — or more star power in the cast. Bring on the Lacey and Nikki and Autumn, please?

Currently: January 2019

Currently: January 2019

A Fond Farewell

A Fond Farewell