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2/10
YouTube Compilations are Much Better
24 October 2021
Essentially, this is nothing more than a compilation of videos like you see on YouTube - but immeasurably more annoying.

The host is unbearable, unprofessional, not funny, and has far too much screen time for what this show is. You know those trust fund children on YouTube who make videos with daddy's money so they can try to be "influencers." That's this show.

The clips are good but it's not worth putting up with everything else: the host, the canned laugh track, and all the pre-recorded interviews with "celebrities" when we all know they're not actually speaking with each other, the bad acting commentary from the "celebrities," and, basically, anything that's not an actual animal clip. All the talking is unwanted but necessary because they don't have enough clips to fill an episode. If they did, they'd wouldn't have enough episodes to fill a season.

Skip it and watch YouTube. The clips are just as good and it takes less of your time.
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7/10
I Enjoy It... mostly
21 October 2021
Jo is a great host but she does seem to be getting tired and, forgive me, a bit stale. She seems more uninterested than she used to be. She's great when it comes to the pictures of home bakes though!

Tom took some getting used to but now I can't imagine the show without him. His quick wit and humor are the biggest reasons to tune in. His time with the audience bakes is the best part of the show!

The celebrity guests are okay. Many of them (usually the comedians) try too hard to be funny for air time though. But it's nice hearing their opinions about the contestants when they're being serious.

My complaints against the show are:

1) I hate the made up game that Jo plays with the celebrity guests. It has nothing to do with the show and I fast forward those few minutes.

2) Get rid of the stupid covid restrictions and resume normal activity. Everyone knows the truth about it.

3) Needs more time spent with the contestants asking them questions. Isn't that the premise of the show?

While I do watch every week, it's not required viewing and I can see myself giving up on it if changes aren't made.
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10/10
This program is more than a national treasure. It's a world treasure.
21 October 2021
If there's a more beloved, iconic show on television, I don't know what it could possibly be. It deserve 100 Stars and I have theme song as my ringtone!

It's even better than it used to be. As great as it was with Mary Berry, Mel and Sue, it's EVEN BETTER with Prue, Noel, and Matt. It's fresh again. Paul Hollywood staying with the show was the best decision because nobody can replace him.

The contestants are always lovely and very supportive of each other. Other countries (especially Canada) have made a mockery of the franchise and are complete embarrassments. But none of them even come close to the original. I will watch GBBO as long as they keep making it.
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1/10
I'm Done with the Canadian Version
21 October 2021
Canada has made a mockery of the Bake Off franchise. It's beyond embarrassing.

The hosts are the worst. They're not just juvenile and not funny, they're seriously annoying and cringeworthy. The female host flat out doesn't belong on television. It sounds harsh but it's absolute truth.

The judges are the worst of any series. Self-important and ego are two words that come to mind.

The contestants are pure cringe. These people are NOT casted for their baking ability but for their politically correct labels and wokeness. They're clearly instructed how to talk and act.

If there was a 0 Star rating on IMDb, this show would get it from me. I suffered through the first season, gave up on the second season after two episodes, and couldn't get past the first 10 minutes in the third.
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5/10
The Hosts Ruin the Show
21 October 2021
I love most of the Bake Off shows. The hosts absolutely ruin the New Zealand version though. They really do. They're juvenile and irritating with their forced "humor" that is seriously not funny in the slightest. They seriously bring my IMDb rating of the show down to 3 Stars but the judges bring it back up to 5 Stars. The hosts are that bad. The only hosts that are worse are in the Canadian version. (There's not a single redeeming quality in that version. Not one.)

The judges are great, however! I put them second, only to Paul and Prue on the original British version of Bake Off. The contestants are lovely enough.

The building they bake in is far too cramped (narrow). Once you get the camera crew, hosts, and judges roaming around, it's got to be awful claustrophobic and cramped in there for the bakers.
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3/10
Started great! Now it's just irritating
5 October 2021
Keeping in mind this is a celebrity family, I take into account they're not grounded in the reality of real life. The first season made me love them though. I genuinely believe they're kind and lovely people, but the second season has become insufferable. Jack is GREAT but he talks too much, especially when he's explaining things. Then again, he kind of HAS to because Sharon, bless her heart, is a real ditz and not the sharpest crayon in the box. Ozzy can be funny but he's milked "ball lightning" and "double exposure" far too long. He (and the show) still think it's funny but it's just not. Sharon and Ozzy just don't take the show very seriously, making Jack's job harder and that's caused Jack to become annoyingly chatty as he tries to justify his beliefs. The thing that the show doesn't realize is that most of these clips are NOT new to the audience because they've been on the internet for years. But Sharon's ridiculous ways of thinking and Ozzy's impatient, boorish attitude have taken the fun out of watching.
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1/10
Desperate for Relevance
5 October 2021
This is just... sad. It's impossible to take seriously for two main reasons. The hosts aren't convincingly interested. It's a gig and a desperate attempt for relevance. The second reason? Hershey's is NOT chocolate. It's corn syrup and chemicals. It's like calling Lipton's grass clippings "tea."
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The Haunted Museum (2021– )
1/10
Another Zak-Make-A-Buck Baggins Spin-off
5 October 2021
It's highly rated due to the "OMG! I LOVE Zak!" fan base only. In reality, it's no different than every other show he's produced. Facts are irrelevant. It's filled with suppositions, made up stories, opinions and what they WANT to be true. Those interviewed are presented with leading questions for desired responses, which create loosely based stories. When you research people/places who have appeared on any Ghost Adventures show, you find out they have motive for being on it... the attention and advertising. Most people interviewed are "ghost hunters" themselves, even those who come across as just regular people. This show is just another that feeds the propaganda, naive fans, and Zak's ego.
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3/10
Hollywood Still Doesn't Get It
29 September 2021
Special effects don't make a movie good. We want a GOOD story. The only decent thing about this nothing of a movie were the characters of Maddy and Bernie. It was great seeing Kyle Chandler again but he was just a token in it. He had absolutely nothing to do but stand there looking stunned. The worst thing about this movie, other than the lack of story, plot, or reason to care about anything or anyone, is that they gave Kong way too many human-like and superhero qualities. My eyes ache from all the eye rolling I couldn't help but do. Two words that sum up this waste of money movie are "Ridiculous" and "Insulting."
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10/10
I love this program!
23 September 2021
The show itself is great and is a much needed one to help people realize that they don't need so much "stuff." I've also never seen a more generous program! Get your entire house remodeled for pairing down your belongings (when you needed to do it anyway)? Every episode is rollercoaster of emotion and I look forward to every single one!

As for Nick Knowles, he's absolutely PERFECT as the host. It's about time we get to see a real, every day man hosting a show. He's genuine and sincere and not trying to be something he's not. I'm sick of Ken and Barbie presenting everything while acting fake and overly animated. I enjoyed the show as I first started watching, but it's Nick that hooked me.
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1/10
More One-sided Vegan Propaganda
27 July 2021
While I respect the intent, it's one-sided... and lopsided at that. The entire industry is NOT like this. What you see in this short is how Major Corporations and Big Brands raise animals to produce their milk and meat - with cruelty and unnatural methods to create more. THAT is what you should be fighting against. If eating animal products is against YOUR conscience, then live by it. But when you infringe your beliefs onto others, especially through propaganda, then YOU become no better than those who treat animals this way for profit with THEIR propaganda. Live your own life and let others live their's in peace.
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Second Chances (II) (2021)
10/10
I enjoyed it.
26 July 2021
This movie was a great way to spend some time. It's a God-honoring, family-friendly film with insight, humor, drama, and characters that you enjoy and come to care about. This is my 10 Star criteria. Will it win any Hollywood awards? Nope. But why is that a bad thing when Hollywood is filled with filth, deception, and everything that's wrong with society today? "Second Chances" entertains, nurtures, encourages, and strengthens! How does that not deserve 10 Stars?! I appreciated every actor's work in this movie but it was great to see Rich Swingle again, too! I've loved him ever since the wonderful movie, "Indescribable."
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Love at Cedar Creek (2021 TV Movie)
2/10
Not even the Suspension of Disbelief makes this movie plausible.
17 June 2021
Warning: Spoilers
This movie has more issues than Life Magazine and I'm not subscribing. I'm not a fussy movie watcher. I don't look for perfection. I can easily forgive the bad acting with the exception of P. Lynn Johnson who carried this movie and made it watchable. I don't mind the clichés and "aw shucks" moments. I can even look past the formulaic and predictable storylines. After all, it's the positivity, perseverance, and happy endings that we watch these movies for.

But this movie loses all of it free passes for some ridiculously unforgivable flaws. Ivy's transformation was so unrealistic that it would be easier to believe that Grimm's fairy tales are true stories. Quite frankly, Ivy's speech at the end was nauseating, convenient, wholly unbelievable, and the writers should be embarrassed!

And sweet as a cavity Allison is a hard-hitting reporter who writes articles worthy of the Pulitzer? Sorry. I'm not buying it.

Then you have Allison taking one picture at a farmer's market, posting it to social media in seconds, and less than one minute later it went viral and everyone show's up? Seriously? A farmer's market went viral because of a picture of a grandma and her adult grandson? LAZY writing and INSULTING to the viewer!

Speaking of insulting the viewer, there's another annoyance. Allison hold's a "Hoe Down" to save the ranch. About 12 people show up, half of them are kids, and the ranch is saved?! Or how about the fact that the only person we see who loved Annabelle's romance novel and got her autograph was a lone black man? That's not odd at all.

This Hallmark-wannabe movie fails miserably. Both stars from my rating belong strictly to P. Lynn Johnson who gave the only good performance in this movie.
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You Had Me at Aloha (2021 TV Movie)
6/10
Not the usual Hallmark quality
7 June 2021
My friends call me Mr. Hallmark. I enjoy 98% of what they make, watching most of their movies at least twice. I love Kavan and Pascale. Everything those two do together is fantastic! So much so that I think they deserve their own Hallmark Movies & Mysteries series!

But this movie wasn't Hallmark's best. The acting was great all around. The cinematography was on point as usual, and the story was there. It was the writing and editing that made this movie feel off. The first 30 minutes was frustrating because the scenes were so choppy, short and/or rushed. Too much telling instead of showing, which is a pitfall Hallmark has been repeating far too often these last couple of years.

It's definitely watchable. Kavan and Pascale single-handedly saved this movie for me just by being in it. I may not have watched it otherwise.
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Winter Love Story (2019 TV Movie)
9/10
Fantastic Story
2 June 2021
This has everything you've come to expect from a Hallmark movie with one surprising exception. The female lead was completely unrealistic, even for a Hallmark movie. For someone who wanted to make it on her own and didn't want to be judged based on (insert internal struggle here), she is highly and unreasonably antagonistic and judgmental of the male lead. How are we supposed to care about this protagonist?

Still, I give it 9/10 stars because, in my opinion, Hallmark automatically starts out with 10 Stars for their historic reputation for quality. It only loses one star for this huge writing flaw because Jen Lilly pulls it off pretty well. And Kevin McGarry, who definitely carried this movie, earned it a few extra stars.
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The Mistletoe Inn (2017 TV Movie)
10/10
I Love It ... Unapologetically
4 October 2020
It's corny, fun, and predictable. It's perfect! It's a Hallmark movie and it delivers on everything you've come to expect from Hallmark to let you feel great and like anything is possible.

That's what other reviews here have forgotten. Hallmark movies aren't supposed to be Oscar winning blockbusters. They're so much better than that. They're movies for the soul that you can relax and enjoy without being assaulted by everything Hollywood stands for.

Alicia Witt is charming, adorable, and very easy to cheer for. Her portrayal of a new writer with a romanticized notion of being an author is actually pretty realistic based on my own experiences of meeting other new writers. Of course this kind of character is going to be a bit exaggerated for a movie! Alicia pulls it off wonderfully! Everyone does. Even all the minor characters were great!

In fact, this is one of my go-to Hallmark movies when I get in my Hallmark mood or just want to escape from the world for awhile. I've watched it at least six times already.
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A Christmas Cruise (2017 TV Movie)
2/10
Just... no.
4 October 2020
This was pretty bad. That's saying a lot because I'm not very fussy about movies. But this one was especially painful. It felt like it took 3 months to watch it. Kristoff St. John should just be embarrassed. The scenes between him and Vivica A. Fox were painful! THAT was supposed to be romance? A love story? They were more like an old married couple that were tired of each other and heading for a divorce. No romance vibes in this movie whatsoever, much less Christmas.

Yet, the character of Gil (played by Corin Nemec) was even worse. That minor character, by himself, brought this movie down to a 1 Star rating. None of the minor characters were remotely believable or enjoyable.

As for everything else, it was just a Hallmark wannabe that wouldn't even make the cut for Lifetime! The story and the writing were cringe-worthy. The emotions were beyond forced and contrived, to the point that even the actors couldn't care any less about showing up in their performances. Again, I didn't get Christmas or Romance out of this. If I find another movie written by Jay Cipriani, or produced by Hybrid or Mulholland Productions, it will be a very fast and easy PASS for me.

So, why 2 Stars instead of one? I gave it 1 Star for the premise. It had potential - if it had been in the hands of actual writers and if the script didn't come across as a first draft written on toilet roll. And the other 1 Star? There was one line - ONE - that delivered, "I'm going to finally write my book. I'm gonna stop talking about it, and I'm gonna BE about it." You have to wait for it, and you'll pay for it with your time, patience, and frustration, but at least it gives you SOMETHING.
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Timeless Love (2019)
5/10
Enjoyable with one major flaw
7 January 2020
It's a bit of a Hallmark-wannabe movie, which is fine. I thoroughly enjoyed the story! The actors were good in their roles but what I absolutely hated about this movie were the main character's parents. Their response, and subsequent actions, when their daughter came out of the coma, angered me, hence why it only gets 5 Stars. Especially the father! They were actually mean and completely unsympathetic! Even rude and callous at times! While our hearts were breaking for her, her parents treated her like she was stupid and insane. This is definitely the fault of the writer(s), not the actors. It's normally enough to get me to stop watching but the premise was so intriguing I had to see it through.
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Christmas on the Coast (2018 TV Movie)
3/10
Oh dear...
5 January 2020
I love Christmas movies and I love movies about authors so this should have been an easily enjoyable movie... but it wasn't. The main character, Drucinda, was so unlikable I turned the movie off after 20 minutes. Characters should be flawed, yes, but if you don't have a main character you can cheer for, the movie is an instant failure. Her hairstyle was atrocious and I never notice things like that unless it's pretty bad. The script was careless and lacked attention to detail. For example, the problems with Drucinda's novel series, as pointed out by the critic, are things that would NEVER escape the notice of a publisher and thus, wouldn't have been published. Details like this must be kept realistic and do not fall under the category of suspending disbelief. In short, it was a bad, Hallmark wannabe movie that I passed on. Burgess Jenkins was great, and the reason I didn't rate this movie 1 Star.
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Mountain Top (2017)
10/10
Nothing Short of Superb!
5 January 2020
It was a privilege to watch this movie! It left an indelible impression on me that I won't soon forget. This movie is inspirational beyond belief and a wonderful example of the deeply personal relationship God wants to have with anyone and everyone who is willing. The acting was outstanding all around. The script was exceptional. The plot is realistic and unfolds beautifully. To put it simply, this film is every good word in the dictionary and I can't recommend it highly enough!
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I Believe (2017)
10/10
Imperfectly Perfect
4 January 2020
Does this movie have flaws? Yup. The screenplay and the dialogue choppy and the acting is amateur. So, why 10 Stars? Because the message (all movies have one) is true and the current low rating by God-haters is undeserved. Jeremy London is actually a good actor but is a known Christian bigot which makes me wonder why he's in so many Christian movies when he mocks God and biblical Christianity every chance he gets. Wilford Brimley was fantastic as always. Those who see the truth this movie proclaims will understand the 10 Star rating.
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Trending Fear (2019– )
1/10
Nothing but an attempt at fame.
28 December 2019
The acting and narration are so bad. Looking at past social media posts for Adam, I don't even respect him because he's just fame and attention hungry with an ego, attitude and attacks. Anything for Likes I guess, which is how this show comes across. FYI: Claiming something is a fact does NOT make it one without any actual facts! Also, in Season 1 (let's hope it ends there) Episode 2, the two women allegedly claimed to have experienced things that the man said he never did. Yet, we're supposed to believe that these total strangers walk into the house and all of them immediately experience it all? Seriously?
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Ghost Loop (2019– )
1/10
A Complete Joke
28 December 2019
Invent some new terminology and "specialities" and you, too, can have your own ghost hunting television show! The only "facts" this show has are the ones they CLAIM to have, which is by nothing more than simply declaring, "I know for a fact..." Here's an actual fact: Just saying that doesn't make it a fact. It's like saying, "I literally fell out of my chair laughing," when you really didn't, making it NOT literal.
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A Movie About Real Life
15 December 2019
Give this movie some time. At first glance, it could not be more unimpressive or uninteresting looking. It's not glamorous, Hollywood-esque, or even a pretty movie. What it is is relevant. It's real life with real people in real situations. Go into it with an "it's a true story" mentality and put your usual movie-watching expectations aside. In short, it's not an easy movie to watch, especially if you're just looking to be entertained. It's a reminder to consider how you interact with others because you never know what they're going through. It's also a humbling reminder to be grateful. The actors, as unknown as they are, really did an outstanding job! (Better than many "professionals" at being real!) I'm not surprised to see the impressive Dean Cain in this low budget movie because, for the most part, he takes roles based on the message being put out. (Everything on the screen has a message.) Lastly, it's a movie about the real hope that exists even in our deepest pain and difficulties.
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10/10
Gotta Love Hallmark!
11 December 2019
Alison Sweeney is quintessential Hallmark so she alone makes this Must See TV. This movie doesn't fail to give that Norman Rockwell-esque look and feel I've come to expect from Hallmark. The cinematography, the lighting and editing are what sets Hallmark apart and makes their movies instantly recognizable from other productions. The entire cast was great and the script delivered just the right amount of corniness and warm fuzzies in it. It offers hope and encouragement and, in today's world, how is that a bad thing? That's the gift that Hallmark offers and this movie doesn't disappoint! Thoroughly enjoyed!
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