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8/10
Thoroughly Enjoyable
25 November 2021
I understand the complaints about the rotten, fake Georgia accents. But, that's Hollywood for you. It's the very Land of All Things Fake but never gets a single thing right. The accent accounts for my taking only one star off. Other reviews who reduced the rating to 1 Star because of this were being completely unfair.

The story was fun and the actors were fantastic. I love Andrew McCarthy (minus the accent) and it was fantastic to see the wonderful Sonny Shroyer again! The kids were all endearing and did a great job, too. The only film complaint would be the lighting, which was too dark, hence the other star deducted, making this a fun 8 Star movie in my book.
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5/10
It's worth a watch... for some.
24 November 2021
I'm torn, to be honest. It's a beautifully filmed movie. Every actor did an outstanding job, with the exception of the mouse, who was just flat out irritating and whose dialog was out of place and took you out of the story. The actor voicing the mouse did a fine job. Nothing against him. The fault was with the writers and this is where the movie fails.

The movie and the story have old world charm, which is fantastic! Then the mouse starts talking which snatches you out of the story world and reminds you that writers today try too hard to be clever instead of good storytellers. Modern, dumbed-down humor can't be avoided anymore it seems. The conversation between the king and the townspeople (when discussing what was missing from their village) is clear evidence that the writers are full of themselves and self-indulgent.

A movie that SHOULD have been written for kids and COULD have been an instant classic is ruined by dark, adult themes and humor. This isn't a child's movie unless you count rebellious, depressed teenagers who've been convinced by today's education and society that all hope and joy are gone from the world.

The writing is the sole reason I only give this 5 Stars. It could have been so much more if the writers hadn't been so self-indulgent and "clever."
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7/10
Great fun
24 November 2021
Other than overly inflated prices (housing and otherwise) due to an unfairly devalued currency, the show is great fun all around.

Between the Australian, US, Canadian, and UK versions of this same show, the Australian version comes in at #2. Only the UK version beats it. (In the US and Canada, there's far too much focus on drama created by homeowners blaming the hosts for severe house problems and not finding their dream mansion for $10.)

The rivalry between Andrew and Neale is fun banter that doesn't go overboard antagonism. There's no homeowner drama to ruin the fun, relaxing vibes of a TV show that's a refreshing change of pace from TVs usual fare filled with sex, violence and vulgar language.

My only gripe about this show is that it focuses only on the rich and doesn't include average families. The privilege of wealth lives on...
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1/10
Blatant Deception
24 November 2021
Skewed history purposely fabricated to educate (indoctrinate) people into believing lies to keep the brainwashed public blindly repeating their rhetoric. The "History" channel has always, and continues to, rewrite history. When you research these topics for yourself and see the blatant lies, omissions, and sneaky interpretations of facts, along with the assumed intentions and made up quotes, this is the only logical conclusion any person with common sense, logic, and reason can come to.

However, if you just watch the History Channel, accept everything without question, and don't check things out for yourself, then everything I've said is 'conspiracy theory,' despite any facts.
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1/10
Even the rich are bored of money and privilege because it doesn't give life any meaning.
24 November 2021
A wealthy "jet-setter" who got bored, wanted to restore classic cars, and decided that the world would absolutely love to watch him do it.

This is what television has become - narcissistic, self-indulgent, privilege of self-importance.

The target audience of those who enjoy restoring classic cars is such a small portion of the general public as it is that a show of this type could only get approved with money and privilege. There's nothing meaningful or important about this program to anyone but Richard Hammond.
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3/10
Past its prime
24 November 2021
I enjoy Ant and Dec. I used to LOVE this show and looked forward to it every year. Times have changed.

First, it was the after show that grew very old, very tired, very self-indulgent and just plain stupid. Moronic, juvenile humor from people who believe their own press.

And now, based on the last three years of I'm A Celeb, the main show has become irredeemably redundant and desperate. So much so that not even Ant and Dec can save it anymore. The show's idea of "celebrity" has dwindled into the depths of desperation each passing year, with 2021 being the worst yet. No one knows who these "celebs" are and, what's more, these "celebs" need a dose of reality kicked up their backsides to help them realize it.

Lastly, the whole "Castle" thing isn't working. It didn't the first time around and it's even worse now. As I said, this show is past its prime. The whole idea of celebrities themselves is past its prime. The world is waking up to the ridiculousness of them taking themselves so superiorly and seriously. It's time for them to grow up now and shows like this aren't doing them any favors. And it keeps viewers brainwashed into worshipping them.
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The Big Bake (2019– )
3/10
It's embarrassing.
23 November 2021
I'm going to be 100% honest. I love baking competitions. But the cons far outweigh the pros with this one.

PROS: They're BIG bakes. That's a great change of pace. The host and judges seem like nice people.

CONS: The host and judges. If this show was aimed for child audiences, it would be perfect. But who the hell acts like these people in real life? It's SERIOUSLY embarrassing! I didn't know who the host was but I thought he's so clearly gay so I wanted to see what else he's done. I was FLOORED to learn he's an ex-pro footballer! The 10lbs of make up they put on him doesn't help.

HINT: Make-up is by Cover Girl, not Ace Hardware. And the judges are equally as juvenile and dangerously over-the-top animated. The way they act and talk is EXACTLY the way overly excited grandmas talk to their infant grandchildren.

Yet, you know this is part of the show's theme because the set looks like it exploded out of a children's book and the contestants are all clearly instructed to act silly and goofy, too. It's annoying and embarrassing. This can't be said enough.

3 Stars because it's watchable if you fast forward to the part where the contestants are instructed what kind of bake they have to make. Then fast forward again to the judging. This saves brain cells and time since it then only takes about seven minutes to watch.
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Five More Minutes (2021 TV Movie)
10/10
Just beautiful.
21 November 2021
This was Hallmark at its most wonderful. I was completely drawn in and thoroughly engaged the whole time. The story was beautiful and the cast was absolutely perfect. Not one character was miscast or acted poorly. Nikki DeLoach and David Haydn-Jones were perfect and showed exactly why they're beloved staples in Hallmark movies.

I had the best time watching this movie. To be honest, there's so much more I could say but this would be one of the longest reviews on IMDb. So, I'll end with this: When a movie is over and you find yourself sitting there, not moving, just to take it all in and relate the message to your own life... that's pretty meaningful. 10+ Stars all season long and for years to come!
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The 27-Hour Day (2021 TV Movie)
4/10
Get it together Hallmark!
21 November 2021
Hallmark clearly doesn't care about the quality of their scripts, dialog, or character development anymore. Their scripts for the last couple of years are proof.

This is the kind of drivel you use to screen new and unknown actors, not beloved actors who have proven track records like Autumn Reeser and Andrew W. Walker. The opening scene was a combination of ridiculous and ditzy and things just got worse from there.

Shape up, Hallmark. When your scripts only take 20 minutes to write because of the overly used and abused formula you insist on because you refuse to pay real screenwriters, it was eventually going to bite you in the backside.
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Snowkissed (2021 TV Movie)
3/10
Shame on you, Hallmark
21 November 2021
3 Stars and they're all for Jen Lilley, who is normally a 10 Star actress but even she couldn't hold this film up. (And Jen isn't pulling off the blonde hair color. At all.)

Horrific writing with insulting, juvenile dialog and over-the-top ridiculous caricatures... I mean characters. And what was with the character Francine in the opening of the movie? I thought she was epileptic for the way she was walking. (And that was NOT a flattering camera angle on her.) No one walks like... that. Then, the scene at her desk was painfully awkward. She looked scared stiff and can't seem to talk without moving her entire body.

The movie only got worse from there. Chris McNally's character was a joke. The irony is that Chris McNally can't pull off humor. He's a better dramatic actor. Paul Campbell should have been cast as the lead. He's naturally funny and maybe could have balanced out Jen Lilley's terrible performance. To be fair, she didn't have anything to work with. At all. Hallmark's standards are disappearing quickly when it comes to writing, dialog, and characters.
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Nantucket Noel (2021 TV Movie)
8/10
I liked it.
21 November 2021
It's not exactly a Christmas movie in the truest sense of the word. It was traditionally rife with clichés and the usual situations, which I'd like to see Hallmark start to put greater expectations on the writers to challenge themselves more with. How about a non-broken family story? Let the romance be between a husband and wife for a change. Nonetheless, it had that Norman Rockwell-esque feel to it that I've come to cherish. There's nothing as wonderful as a friendly small town you can lose yourself in and feel part of.

Truth be told, Trevor Donovan and Sarah Power made this movie worth watching. They lifted this movie above its flaws and carried it to a satisfying finish. It's refreshing to see female leads be strong without losing their femininity. It's even better to see men be masculine again, instead of this politically correct trend to be demasculated caricatures that blur the gender line.

That said, while the story certainly wasn't close to being original, it still delivered and that makes it worth watching.
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Destination Fear (2019– )
1/10
Whiny, hypocritical children.
20 November 2021
These are the most childish, whiny kids. Yes, kids. Here are just two of MANY factual examples:

  • They always say: "This year I really want to push myself harder and further to face my fears." Ten minutes later, when Dakota tells them they're going to sit by themselves in a room, they all throw a hissy fit and get mad at him. Then, when it's their turn to choose a location, all they can think about is getting revenge on each other. And not in a joking way. Alex and Tanner are the biggest babies and hold grudges big time. Get on their bad side and I wouldn't put it past them to get very cruel... and enjoy it.


  • At the Phelps Dodge Hospital, they trick Dakota into eating rattlesnake without telling him what it is. Then Dakota gets even by pretending he found a piece of gold while panning. When Dakota tells them it was payback, Tanner and Alex again throw a hissy fit and get mad, saying they can't trust Dakota anymore. But their prank of messing with food that someone eats was okay? These two need to sort out their lives and priorities.


Chelsea is bravest and most mature of all of them, but she loves a good whine, too. This show is about four immature kids playing games so they don't have to get real jobs and contribute to society. That's no big surprise when you know they got their start from the head drama queen himself, Zak Bagans.
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Never Ashamed (1984)
10/10
Almost 38 years later...
18 November 2021
This movie is as relevant today as it was in 1984, 1884, and even 84 A. D. Jesus, and the life He offers, never changes with the times because He never changes. You can't get more relevant than that.

This is an honest, yet subdued, look at the different type of people in the world and how those who are really living for Jesus are meant to relate to them.

It also calls out lukewarm, hypocritical Christians in name only for not living out their faith. This is what the world sees in the majority of churches and self-professing Christians who speak the lingo and think that just because they don't do 'bad' things, that they're heaven bound. (Matthew 7:21-24 Christians)

This movie shows that true, biblical Christianity is more about relationship than rules. While the clothes, cars, and hairstyles may be a little outdated in this 38 year old movie, it's still just as current as today's newspaper.
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Love It or List It (2008– )
4/10
The worst of the US, CA, AU, and UK versions
17 November 2021
Pros: Fantastic concept! Love it! To just watch it for the sake of being entertained is all this show is good for.

Cons: Homeowners are most often demanding, unreasonable, and blame Hilary for expensive problems (structural, electrical, mold, etc.,). It's hard to be happy, or cheer, for most of the home owners who don't take care of their home/investment. I rarely care what they do. This show casts far too many Karens.

The competitive rivalry between David and Hilary is taken too far and gets annoying. In the UK, AU, and CA, it comes across as fun banter. But, with Hilary and David, it's the typical US production that encourages and creates combative drama. Of all the versions, the US is my least favorite. I like Hilary and David, but I'd NEVER hire David as an agent. He's far too interested in "winning" and talking house hunters into homes that he knows they don't want/like just so he can "win." That's just smarmy.

This show is known to be ripe with deception and lawsuits. Homes shown aren't always really for sale. Both outcomes (love it and listing it) are often filmed and chosen later by production. Renovations are often unfinished, sloppy, substandard, and furnishings/decor shown are taken back and not given to the home owners. It's deceptive, sketchy, and is anything but "reality."

If you're fine with (and 'entertained' by) being lied to so the production company can make money without any integrity, and at the expense (often) of the home owners, as well as the viewer's trust, then this show is for you. Personally, I recommend the UK version. It's superior in every way.
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10/10
Bravo! Exceptional!
15 November 2021
I loved it. I loved everything about it. It's beautifully written, casted, acted, filmed, and scored. It's virtually flawless and the flaws are so minor that they're irrelevant and not worth mentioning. I've watched this movie a dozen times and I'm still not tired of it.
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Open by Christmas (2021 TV Movie)
9/10
Hallmark is growing up... finally.
14 November 2021
I'm known as Mr. Hallmark but have felt let down by them for the last couple of years. Woke-ism, virtue signaling, caving in to 'cancel culture,' and sloppy storytelling have put Hallmark on my naughty list. This movie is an improvement and I hope Hallmark continues with this momentum.

Alison Sweeney is quintessential Hallmark. Everything she does is Must See TV. Instant 10 Stars simply because she's in it. Brennan Elliot is the same. 10 Stars. I love my Hallmark regulars. Erica Durance was fantastic. 10 Stars. All the actors were actually quite good with one exception - the supporting male actors. They were miscast, especially the character of Jeremy. They were very effeminate to be convincing as straight. Heck, the gay couple was more masculine than Jeremy (or the artist).

I enjoyed the story and was pleasantly, and gratefully, surprised by the more sophisticated storyline. This is something I'd like to see Hallmark continue. I love the warm fuzzies and happy endings but they can co-exist in adult stories, too. Hallmark, it's time to return to your roots of family values and entertainment. Let men be masculine again. And female leads don't have to be so 'severe' (as they've been the last couple of years) to be taken seriously. They can be feminine without being perfect and cutesy, OR without being overly harsh (severe) and stubbornly demanding as businesswomen.

While I do appreciate and love Hallmark, I won't stick around for woke-ism or caving in to cancel culture. (i.e., bring back Lori Loughlin. Canceling her was hugely unnecessary and unwanted.)
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Death Walker (2020– )
1/10
Worse and worse... and worse
7 November 2021
Yet another "ghost" hunting program with less hunting and mostly made-up stories with few real facts and very leading questions and suppositions that conveniently pretend to be facts. As usual, more time is spent setting up the make believe stories than any actual investigating.

This is just another attempt at relevance from Nick. Every new show he tries to start gets cancelled and has fewer and fewer episodes of it. Why don't networks (or Nick) understand that he's not wanted by audiences that don't start their sentences with "OMG I LoVe NiCk!"
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The UnXplained (2019– )
1/10
This is Must Not Watch TV
6 November 2021
This is bad. Seriously bad. William Shatner is way past his use by date. He needs to be played in double speed just to get him to speak in a normal cadence. This alone is bad enough but the "mysteries" are NOT factual. As a researcher and writer, I'm familiar with the topics of the two episodes I forced myself to watch to give this a fair chance. Both times, the facts weren't just wrong, they were very clearly made up for the show. This show is nothing but an attempt to cash in on Shatner's past fame.
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Heaven (II) (2020)
1/10
I wanted to love this.
2 November 2021
Unfortunately, I have to be harsh in my review because, in this movie, it matters big time.

I don't care about budget, effects, acting, music or any of the usual things when it comes to a "Christian" film. What matters more than anything else is the doctrine/message that they're putting out and this one is so far off base that it leads people who THINK they're going to heaven to believe they'll be there no matter what because "God sees their heart" and that the way they live doesn't matter. Read Matthew 7:21-23 to find out just how wrong that is. That's written about exactly these kind of "Christians."

It's a very dangerous thing to assure someone they're going to heaven when you're not using the scriptures (in whole and in context) to do it.

This movie "religious," which is man's version of religion. It's not biblical Christianity. There's a huge difference. Big enough to affect your entire, never-ending eternity.
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10/10
Too Much Fun for Color TV!
2 November 2021
If IMDb had a Golden Buzzer each member could use only one time, I would use mine on Susan Calman. She is joy in human form! She's every good word in the dictionary and has become my favorite presenter. Everything she does inspires me to live better, laugh more, face fears, and just flat out accept myself and enjoy not only life's big moments, but the every day ones, too.

By the time you're done watching this program, you feel like you've had a vacation yourself. You get to see and enjoy some of the best family fun the UK has to offer. If going on holiday with Susan Calman isn't already on your bucket list, it will be after watching one episode! Whether by caravan or quaint B&Bs, Susan turns every moment into fond memories. Even her love of gift shops and how she shops in them is great fun!

And yes, I really do get all of this out of watching Susan! One episode is all it takes to hook you and you'll wish Susan was on a permanent holiday so you watch every day of it unfold!
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Once Upon a Main Street (2020 TV Movie)
2/10
I wanted to like this. I really did.
1 November 2021
The premise drew me in. I was in the mood for a cheerful Christmas movie to relax and lose myself in. Less than eight minutes into it, I had to turn it off.

For a woman who whined that you only get to feel that wonderful Christmas spirit five weeks a year, she sure is a mean Scrooge when things don't go her way. This is a person who's dreamed of owning a Christmas All Year store? Sorry, that just doesn't match up. My suspension of disbelief wouldn't take me there because I didn't like female lead character at all. (Who wasn't passing for 34 years old, by the way.)

I get that there needs to be a rivalry. But the level of snide antagonism she showed didn't match her character and I can't watch a movie where I'm not made to care (or cheer for) the main character.
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1/10
Severe Rating for a Severe Movie
31 October 2021
I usually stick to Hallmark for my holiday film fix but I hadn't seen Michael Paré in a long time and I enjoy his acting so he's why I tried to watch. Story is usually my determining factor of whether a "bad" movie is watchable or not. Not this time. I liked the proposed premise but couldn't get past some things to even see Michael Paré in it. There was one scene I couldn't forgive or get past. It pissed me off and I turned it off in less than 10 minutes!

The character of Theodora was wholly, completely, and intensely unlikable, making it impossible to care about her. Who shows up at a funeral gathering the day someone dies and demands to speak with someone grieving within two hours? No sympathy expressed for their loss or her timing? Nope. Just stone cold, unfeeling bitch-faced rudeness for an issue that wasn't urgent or important? Shame on the writers! I hated her immediately and she became irredeemable. Part of that had to do with the actress who played her. I don't know who Sebrina Scott is, but she was severely miscast. "Severe" is the keyword in describing her acting.

Other characters were just plain bad, like Vernon Wells. To be fair, I thought the best, most natural, acting came from a minor character, Eric Six as Kelly. He became his role as if he was playing himself in the movie. He seems naturally talented and outshined everyone, including the writers and production.

Lastly, the cinematography and lighting were atrocious. It had a gloomy, eerie Halloween horror feel rather than a cheery Christmas one. It just looked depressing. And the music had issues that ranged from poor choices to wincing from the volume of it at times.

This was a hard pass for me.
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The Santa Stakeout (2021 TV Movie)
6/10
This review is hard for me.
30 October 2021
I love Hallmark movies. My friends call me Mr. Hallmark. If it's Hallmark, it's Must See TV... most of the time.

Hallmark has been slipping steadily these last 2-3 years though. The writing (story, plot and dialog) has been lazy, sloppy, and careless with details. Casting has seemed almost desperate because it's not been the usual Hallmark style/quality. They're even losing that Norman Rockwell-esque feel in the cinematography in the last year. Something is clearly not right behind the scenes and it's showing on screen. Deal with it, Hallmark because you're in a downward spiral heading into Lifetime or ION quality. FYI: That's not good.

That said, Paul Campbell saves this movie for me. I love Tamara but this isn't her best work. I didn't even like the overbearing and unrealistic character she played. You can't enjoy a movie when you don't even like the protagonist! (Admittedly, it's partly because the actors didn't have much to work with story-wise.)

The antagonistic attitudes between these two was so over-played that I came close to turning it off because it was too much. It destroyed any suspension of disbelief necessary for a possible romance. If you miss this movie, you're not missing much. Pretty much just getting to Paul Campbell act again, which I always enjoy.
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10/10
You gotta love Susan!
30 October 2021
My new bucket list item: Go on a caravan holiday with Susan Calman! Is there anything this woman does that isn't funny and wonderful? Not as far as I'm concerned!

From glamperous Helen and whimsical gnome parks, to her love for gift shops and buying £8 of cake (£2 just for making it), Susan keeps me riveted to the screen in anticipation and laughter! I've binge-watched every episode to date (S02 E04) twice and I'm sure I'll do it again. And I live in the US, which is sorely in need of shows like this!

Grand Day Out is pure joy and I feel like I'm on vacation just watching!
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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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