Hallmark Channel Movies: The Official Thread

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  1. Dec 10, 2017 #21 of 565
    rharmelink

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    Many involve a small town.

    You could also attribute many to about 10 main [male] actors as well.

    Also Brooke Burns -- 4 rom-coms (3 Christmas) and 4 Gourmet Mystery movies.
     
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    zalusky

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    Many involve the kiss in the last minute. Aka sleepless in Seattle.
     
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    Peter000

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    The leads almost never kiss until the last moment of the movie. Then credits roll!
     
  4. Dec 11, 2017 #24 of 565
    alpacaboy

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    I only saw 2 Lori Loughlin Christmas movies: "Every Christmas Has a Story"(liked it) and "Northpole: Open For Christmas"(thought it was just okay).

    I thought that was it. Are there any others you'd recommend?
     
  5. Dec 11, 2017 #25 of 565
    alpacaboy

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    Was that "The Christmas Note"? I like that one.
     
  6. Dec 11, 2017 #26 of 565
    John Gillespie

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    The Psych movie hung a lantern on Maggie Lawson's Hallmark work. Is she in a new holiday movie?
     
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    DeDondeEs

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    My friend recently but introduced me to these movies. They are a feel-good escape from reality.

    Last Saturday night we switched back and forth between LivePD and the Hallmark channel. It was an odd juxtaposition. It felt like drinking a Red Bull and vodka (well I’ve never had one of those, but I can imagine).

    One minute it is some intoxicated guy with no license or registration, the next it is the love story of some single bakery owner/worker played by an 80’s child star who either needs the help of some single local business owner or finds out that she is related to or dating royalty.
     
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    Steveknj

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    I'd watch that movie :)
     
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    osu1991

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    I think those are the only two Hallmark Christmas movies she has done, as she is part of the cast of the Hallmark series When Calls The Heart, her next Christmas Movie is on Christmas Day in the When Calls The Heart Christmas.

    She has done so many Garage Sale Mystery Movies lately, I don’t think she has had time for much else besides When Calls The Heart and a few appearances on Fuller House.
     
  10. Dec 11, 2017 #30 of 565
    Graymalkin

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    Yes, it premiered Saturday night. "Christmas Encore," with one of Hallmark's favorite male leads, Brennan Elliot. However, that movie may have been referring to her earlier Hallmark movie, "My Favorite Wedding," which aired in June (which, of course, is Hallmark's Wedding Month).
     
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    Graymalkin

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    Hallmark did do a Hasidic-themed movie once, "Loving Leah," with Lauren Ambrose, in 2009. The male lead feels compelled to marry his rabbi brother's widow, Leah, to honor him via the ancient Jewish law of yibbum (levirate marriage). This was a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, where they have a larger budget and bigger-name stars.
     
  12. Dec 11, 2017 #32 of 565
    Peter000

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    I thought this was really mediocre even for a Hallmark movie. And IMO Maggi Lawson was terrible.
    She played an out-of-work actress who lands a big holiday role, and her "acting like an actor" job was just bad. She literally sounded like a 5th grade actor when she delivered the lines in her play within the movie.
     
  13. Dec 11, 2017 #33 of 565
    Graymalkin

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    I agree. This was one of the movies that I let play in the background while doing other things.
     
  14. Dec 11, 2017 #34 of 565
    osu1991

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    Yep, didn't care for that one either
     
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    Mikeguy

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    I may even have seen that, because of Lauren Ambrose (playing a rabbi's widow, no less--the mind boggles). But, she ain't no Candace Cameron Bure playing a December holiday season Jewish Hallmark lead role. ;)
     
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    terpfan1980

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    Graymalkin

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    I learned something just now from "Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle." If you add up all the gifts you get during the 12 Days of Christmas, the total is 364 -- all the days of the year except for Christmas.

    (Note: Remember that you get a partridge in a pear tree every day, so that's 12 partridges. You get two turtle doves every day for 11 days, so that's 22 turtle doves. And so on.)
     
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    mattack

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    Used to watch Hallmark movies when they aired one or two times a year on CBS.. not sure if I've watched many/any since they've been on Hallmark's channel.. but the predictability as mentioned seems to be similar to the Lifetime movie predictability that was often late night comedian fodder.
     
  19. Dec 13, 2017 #39 of 565
    alpacaboy

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    I too was disappointed. I really wanted to like it because I adored Maggie Lawson on Psych.
    It ticked the boxes for passing Bectel, passing reverse Bectel, had a conflict involving real estate(though secondary), and a celebrity.
    I think I sort of called some but not all of the conflict/resolution early.
    Knew "is he involved with Samantha?" would be one.
    I thought maybe the Chicago job would be a bigger issue.
    Didn't anticipate the real estate one, didn't guess the resolution.(though I should have)
    I thought, "I think it will involve <plot point>, but how are they going to make it interesting?" and as it turns out, they didn't.
     
  20. Dec 13, 2017 #40 of 565
    Hot4Bo

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    OK, I may be losing my mind here. There is a commercial that plays on Hallmark during these movies that is driving me insane. I think I'm hearing something that isn't there and can't possibly be there. It's a commercial for Consumer Cellular that starts with a gray-haired man wearing a baseball cap pretty unsuccessfully backing a camper into a driveway. The first sentence from the narrator says, "Enter the age of _______. Life has taught you well and now nothing surprises you but Consumer Cellular just might." I'm pretty sure the missing word must be mastery but it really, really, really sounds like something else. I've replayed it many times and even tried closed-captioning but it's not captioned. Is anyone else hearing this???
     

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