I Love Cheesy Christmas Movies So I Started A Database

Every year, I watch a gross number of those cheesy Hallmark Christmas romance movies. There’ve been days where I’d literally watch like four or five of them in a row, so you could imagine that in two months I could hit big numbers some years.

Sometimes I just want to see abnormally good-looking people fall into a wildly quick romance just in time for the holidays. Is it because I would like to fall into my own wildly quick romance just in time for the holidays? Partly, sure, but also partly because I just like the escape and the simple stories. They’re dumb and silly and predictable and everything you don’t want a movie to be, but I still enjoy them. I love Christmas, and they’re always so festive and cheery, and some are really cute. All in all, you know what you come for, and you almost always get it. Honestly, what other genre delivers with basically 100% success?

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And because these movies are so silly, they can be entertaining on your own or with others. I’ll watch them with my parents sometimes, and it’s always fun to guess the weak plot twists or laugh about how we can always tell when this fresh couple will face some challenges because they kiss too early in the movie.

This post was originally just going to be me justifying my love for these movies, but then a friend asked for some movie recommendations. Over the years I’ve watched about 140 of them (if my records are correct), yet I struggled to give good reccs because the movies blurred together. So I started a database of sorts. Every time I watch a cheesy Christmas movie, I’ll rate it, and that info is there not just for future me but for you too, so you can skip the bad ones and enjoy the quality!

You can also view it here and bookmark it so you can search and access it easily next year too if you’d like.

So elephant in the room: are most of these movies starring straight, skinny white people? Yep. This genre is notoriously low on anything else. POC are almost always the sidekicks. Last year there were a few Hallmark movies with Judaism, and I did see one of them, but I read that Jewish people weren’t thrilled with some of the messaging in them, and that’s valid. I also know of three gay Christmas movies out this year (though one isn’t Hallmark-y and one isn’t the focus of the movie), but it’s kind of surprising that it’s taken so long for those to be a thing. So I do acknowledge that there is a lot of room for improvement in these movies. There are only a few channels that air these, so I kind of just watch whatever’s on, but I’d like to see some more representation. Cheesy, unrealistic love at the holidays can be experienced by everyone, ya know?

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Anyway, if you like cheesy Christmas movies as much as I do, I hope you enjoy my database. I’ll be adding to it throughout the month and in years to come!

If you have any cheesy Christmas movie recommendations for me, please let me know!

That’s all for now!

 

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35 Favourite Movies That I 100% Recommend

I certainly do not consider myself a cinephile or anything like that and I know there are some very famous, classic films I have yet to see, but I think I’ve seen a decent chunk of movies in this world. I like movies. (Who doesn’t?)

I don’t have a definite top 10 of favourite movies, but I do have a general list of movies I enjoy and recommend to anyone who asks. Though so far, the only people who’ve ever asked is The Album and a wonderful lady from curling (who is probably reading this. Hi!).

Anyway, I know most of these movies I’m about to mention are ones you’ve probably seen as they’re mostly well-known, but I just want to gush in no particular order, so let me do it.

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  • Begin Again– this is probably my favourite of them all. It’s sweet, it’s funny, got great music, and is just such a good watch. It’s a little indie but it’s got big names in it.
  • Tower Heist – who doesn’t love a good heist movie? I think this one is so smart and funny and I watch it every time it’s on TV.
  • About Time – just a fun romcom with a slight magical twist. If you don’t watch this movie and walk away just in love with Domhnall Gleeson, you’re a broken person.
  • Sing Street – from the same guy who gave us Begin Again, we get this fun ode to 80’s music and dreams.
  • Bridesmaids – I still laugh out loud every time I see it. It’s a really great comedy starring some really funny ladies at their best.
  • 13 Going On 30 – an absolute classic romcom that really deserves the hype it gets. It’s so pure.
  • Avengers – maybe it seems cheesy now that the MCU has grown so much, but I really loved this movie. It was a great intro to the characters (as I didn’t know much going in way back then) and really showed the power of bringing heroes together to fight. The action, the humor, the style, it was all on point.
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  • Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them – I thought this movie was genuinely good. It opened up a new Potter-adjacent world to explore and the characters were great. The sequel wasn’t as good, but I have faith that the rest of the franchise could be decent.
  • Music And Lyrics – another movie about music, and said music is so good. Even ‘Pop! Goes My Heart’ which is supposed to be cheesy and kind of bad is actually a bop. I love the dynamic between the two leads.
  • Set It Up – yes, a Netflix Original Movie is on this list. I thought this movie was so cute and fun and feel-good. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, and I’m glad that Netflix can make some quality films when they try.
  • Into The Spiderverse – I dragged my feet on watching this because animated films are not really my vibe, but this was so well done! The animation style was so unique, the storytelling was well done, and it felt both familiar and new as a Spider-Man movie.
  • Mamma Mia – don’t judge me. The music, the acting, the aesthetics, the emotions….this musical is supreme and this movie deserves more love than it gets.
  • Edge Of Tomorrow – I watched this on fluke once and was so captivated. It’s so exciting and action-packed and puts a fun spin on the time loop trope. Part of me hopes there’ll be a sequel but part of me knows nothing can match it.
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  • Age Of Adeline – this is a sweet romcom similar to About Time in that there’s a bit of a magical twist. It’s a feel-good movie.
  • The Way Way Back – I was browsing Netflix one night and saw that Steve Carell was in it, so I gave it a go and really enjoyed it. It’s a coming-of-age kind of movie, but not in a cringy sad way. It’s fun.
  • Frozen – I missed the Disney boat as a child, so this was one of the first Disney Princess movies I properly saw, and it was great! Very cute!
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy – no superhero movie has ever been or will ever be as fun as GOTG. It’s so funny and so iconic and the soundtrack absolutely slaps. Even if you don’t love superhero movies, this one is one to watch as you don’t need prior knowledge and it’s so entertaining.
  • Always Be My Maybe – yet another Netflix movie. I had heard good things online and sure enough, this romcom ended up being great. Usually comedians turned actors doesn’t impress me, but Ali Wong did in this.
  • Now You See Me – like Edge Of Tomorrow, this was another fluke watch that had me and my friends wide-eyed and gaping. The premise was interesting enough, but then it had a twist at the end that no one saw coming.
  • Palm Springs – this is the most recent addition to this list, as this is a Hulu movie that came out in July. It’s also a time loop movie, but it’s cute and fun in an unhinged, modern way.
  • Monsters Inc – this is my favourite Pixar movie. It’s so incredibly creative, quotable, and funny. Even as an adult, it impresses me to no end.
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  • The Intern – not to be confused with mediocre comedy The Internship, this movie is a sweet one starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway.
  • Spy – no shade, but Melissa McCarthy movies are usually light hit or big miss, but this one was a big hit. She’s in a role unlike her normal ones and there’s action, but it’s not short on quality jokes either.
  • Pitch Perfect – the sequel and threequel aren’t amazing, but I thought this first movie was great. It made acapella cool for a whole generation, was funny, and had great music from both the girls and boys’ teams.
  • Evan Almighty – maybe because I was raised Catholic so I understand the whole biblical parody, but I do think this was a quality movie. It was funny.
  • Ferris Buller’s Day Off – another classic that has stood the test of time. That parade scene? Iconic.
  • Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle – I was ready to hate this because ugh reboots, but I found this to be actually very well done and entertaining.
  • Hidden Figures – this should have won the Oscar that year, and my father and I will die mad about it.
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  • The Martian – who cares if it’s unrealistic, it’s an interesting movie set on Mars and I enjoyed it.
  • School Of Rock – this is, without a doubt, the role Jack Black was born to play. It’s amazing.
  • The Incredibles – another quality animated movie that’s so well done and exciting at any age. It was ahead of its time as far as superhero movies go.
  • Knives Out – Chris Evans in a thick sweater is only one reason to watch this movie. It’s an entertaining mystery movie that keeps you guessing along. I like it because it’s not creepy like a lot of mystery movies are.
  • Alice In Wonderland – I really enjoyed this live-action movie. It had a fun style and I adored Cheshire Cat. It was a good watch.
  • Mean Girls – this was just one of those movies that every girl I know has seen. It’s so iconic and timelessly funny.
  • The Devil Wears Prada – it’s iconic, and if you haven’t seen this, you live under a rock.
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I’m sure there’s many more middle-grade but quality films I’ve forgotten to mention here, but overall, this is a solid list of movies I love and respect, and it’s not too late for you to love and respect them too. Spend quarantine watching some quality films that have been living rent-free in my heart for years!

And if you know of other movies similar to any of these that you think I’d like, let me know!

That’s all for now!

 

Edit(s):
Guess who remembered a good movie three days after posting? Meeee. So every time I continue to remember, I shall update this post here.

  • Kingsman – don’t talk to me about the sequel, but the first movie was so fun and different and interesting, even if you don’t like spy movies.
  • Elf – usually Santa movies are kind of silly, but Will Ferrell’s Buddy is just so, so funny. The movie is so quotable and pure, and I enjoy it year-round.

 

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What I Didn’t Love About ‘Avengers: Endgame’

I saw Endgame a few weeks ago when it came out, and that night I wrote this post congratulating Marvel for their amazing accomplishment that is the MCU. What they did is fantastic, but that doesn’t mean it was flawless. After discussing the movie with friends and thinking it over from a less emotional standpoint, I think I’m able to explain why I personally liked the movie but did not love it. It’s still a great movie and I still love Marvel, but for a movie that’s closing out a 22 movie saga, it perhaps could have been less polarizing and more complete. (And yeah, there are spoilers here).

At first I thought my dislike was based around Tony’s death. He was the one character I desperately wanted to live, but I do understand that his death was full circle and he did get his years of happiness and he was the only one to be able to do what he did. It also wasn’t a death that the movie or Marvel took lightly, so I know they didn’t do it just for the surprise factor. But I am a little miffed that Tony died while Steve went on to live his ideal life.

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And that bothered me not because I don’t want Steve to be happy, but because the time travel aspect of it felt incomplete. This movie did not do time travel well, and it has left me and many others a little confused, which I think is a very incorrect feeling to have when we’re talking about a movie that was supposed to close the door of a 10 year cinematic phenomena.

Marvel has touched on time travel before a bit (AoS, Dr. Strange), but this was bigger. Time travel is an incredibly difficult concept to use because it is so far removed from our reality. The limits of our imagination are mostly based off of movies or shows we’ve seen, and the rules and logic of it are subjective to the content. Endgame chose to have it so going to the past makes that your future (or something) which makes sense in the basic way the Ancient One explained: take a stone but return it and all will be fine. Only that didn’t happen. Through a series of events, the timeline of the MCU that we came to know over the years was changed…or something? Loki disappearing with the Tesseract, old Nebula being shot, 2014 Thanos getting dusted in 2023, Steve going back in time to be with Peggy…these all have large ripple effects on the MCU, and it hurts my head to think about what it means.

Only I don’t know if it means anything. I genuinely think Marvel doesn’t have huge plans to explain that. And why should they, when Endgame was the closing to this saga? The Loki TV show, GOTG3, and even Far From Home may touch on it to some extent, but I don’t know if we’ll all ever completely understand the timeline. And that’s because the directors and writers also don’t really understand. When they’re all doing contradicting interviews and saying things like ‘we think there may be two Steves now’ it leads me to believe there isn’t an answer, and for a movie that had so many fun loops and closed so many great arcs, this aspect stands out to me as unfinished and rude. We spent so much time invested in the series, and then they go mess it up in the end? Based on the Far From Home trailer and articles I’ve read, now Marvel is going the multiverse route where Loki taking the Tesseract, for example, created a branch of another timeline. But it still feels like a BS way to end Endgame. (Not to mention that they never explained if the 2014 Thanos that died in 2023 was from the Prime Timeline or a new branch or what). What was the point of the MCU and its interwovenness that we all were in awe of if it’s all just going to go to hell in the last movie? I am upset.

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Tying into the failed time travel concept was the five year jump. That was also not well done. Through Steve and Scott, we got glimpses of what a post-snap world looked like, but I think we needed a lot more. The snap wiped 50% of all living creatures, and we mostly just saw what it meant for our small team of Avengers, which wasn’t much. Clint went crazy, Thor got depressed, Nat took over the Avengers, and Tony made the most of his luck. But what about the rest of the world? Everything would be changed. Food production would stop. Medical care would stop. Political systems would crumble. And these aren’t things that I think would work itself out in five measly years, and I wish we got to see more of just how ruthless Thanos’ action was to everyone. But by doing that time jump and having the dusted return to 2023, it cements the action. This is real, and any future MCU content should deal with it. Far From Home will, so I hear, but will Runaways? Or the Disney + shows? Or Agents Of SHIELD? Probably not, or they’ll mention it lightly but not show any huge consequences, which I think is dumb. Most likely they’ll take the easy route and say “Oh, no, there are no consequences because this show is an alternate branch/universe!” And listen, I loved Morgan and I’m so glad Tony got her and she has a future, but she alone was the only reason why the Avengers didn’t use their snap to just go back in time and deal with things in 2018, saving us all from time travel headaches and greater MCU repercussions.

All in all, I can deal with everything else in the movie—the jokes that went on a bit too long, the fact that we never got a chance to mourn Nat, Clint’s dumb haircut—but the fact that this movie basically ruined itself for no reason is just not sitting well with me. We didn’t get full closure and we also didn’t get logical hints at what’s to come, and I am shocked and offended that Marvel okayed that. I feel like they dropped the ball at the worst time.

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The TL;DR of this is that I didn’t like how Endgame used time travel in this movie and screwed up the single straight timeline we all understood.

Other than that, I really liked the movie. I liked how we got to see the OG Avengers do their thing, I liked they there were a bunch of easter eggs, and I liked that it included all the heroes the way it did. But I just can’t overlook that feeling of confusion and slight disappointment that I and so many others are unfortunately experiencing after this final movie.

Do you agree? Or did you have other large qualms with Endgame? I’d love to discuss, so leave a comment!

 

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Here’s Me Blabbing About Marvel

There are no Endgame spoilers here.

I had a whole different post written and ready to go today, but then I saw Avengers: Endgame and I just needed to talk about Marvel. Years ago I kind of explained how I got into Marvel, but since then, my love for it has only grown.

I wasn’t a fan of superhero things when Iron Man came out, but I am so, so glad that I was here to see the end of the Avengers story in theaters with dozens of other huge fans. It’s something that I’ll be bragging about to kids in the future, the same way people who grew up in the 80’s are able to do with the original Star Wars movies.

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And obviously Marvel isn’t done. As much as I’m excited for the next Spider-Man and the next seasons of Agents Of SHIELD, I do kind of wish that the MCU would end on this high note. Give us a chance to breathe and take it in. Like with every successful franchise, I worry about what’s to come and how they can ruin it by pumping out more and more. Even the TV shows that already exist have seen some issues with quality. Runaways, The Punisher, Jessica Jones: they’re all shows that had great first seasons and then disappointing second ones. I can only guess what the multitude of Disney+ shows will be like.

But I’m not here to fret about the future, I am here to commend Marvel for what they’ve done. They singlehandedly brought on this powerhouse era of superheroes. Obviously on DC’s side Smallville ran (before Iron Man came out) so Arrow could walk, but I don’t know if the Arrowverse as it is today would exist without Marvel. Marvel got people of all ages into superheroes and fights and aliens and introduced a new generation to the heroes that others grew up with on pages.

I never read comics and I don’t really regret that (especially because it’s not like someone handed me comics as a kid and I turned them away), but I think it is cool to talk to people who are comic readers and hear them theorize based on their knowledge of that. Thought it’s not necessary to enjoy the MCU, and that’s cool! I watched and very much enjoyed The Avengers with barely any knowledge. I kind of knew who Iron Man and the Hulk were. That’s it.

I look to DC’s movies and where they fail, and it’s so interesting to see them try things Marvel has (solo movies, humorous movies, ensemble movies, darker movies) and consistently fail, whereas when it came to movies, Marvel succeeded again and again and again. Sure, you can pick apart things in all the movies and point out flaws, but that does change the fact that Marvel figured out how to make 22 solid movies (21 if you exclude that old Hulk one) and create a world where people are dying for more. I know someone in America who attended a 52 hour Marvel movie marathon this week leading up to Endgame. Name one other franchise where people are doing that. Marvel managed to always find the perfect secret formulas to make the movies good. Some better than others, but they were all good.

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When Endgame ended, I sat in the theater watching the credits and just thinking about the fact that it’s over, and I couldn’t believe it. Even now as I write this, a few hours later and tired as heck, it feels like a dream. But a good one. Did I cry? Yeah. But I hold things that make me cry in high regard because it means they did their job well. I also laughed and gasped and had all the emotions.

Marvel did that. They did a lot for fans, and I am grateful. Even if they go on to sabotage themselves by pumping out content that people get tired of, their success with the MCU here is something that I don’t think can be replicated.

Anyway. I don’t really have a point here, I just had a lot of emotions and wanted to give Marvel the respect they deserve. Sometimes a girl just has to explode on her blog, a little.

I love Marvel.

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A Spoilery Brain Dump About ‘Mamma Mia 2’ Because I Have Feelings And Didn’t Want To Bother Twitter

Are y’all ready for this? I don’t blog about movies much anymore because there are so many review sites that say it all better and faster than I do, but I am bursting at the seams with Mamma Mia 2 thoughts after seeing it, so here we are.

  • Let me start by saying that Mamma Mia is my favourite musical. I’ve seen it on stage twice and on screen upwards of ten times. So it’s special, and for that reason, I was both excited and terrified for Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again.
  • Overall, I thought this sequel/prequel was good! It was fun and emotional and cute and did a good job telling more of the story.
  • Sure, there were parts that were a little cheesy, but they weren’t too weird, and if any movie’s sequel can do cheese well, it’s Mamma Mia‘s.
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  • I’m glad they mixed in new songs, old songs, and Mamma Mia stage songs that the first movie didn’t use. It was a good mix, and the old songs were arranged differently so they, for the most part, didn’t feel like the same songs again.
  • But why wasn’t ‘Under Attack’ used????? It’s such a good song and I am sad it got passed over yet again.
  • Either way, I’ll be listening to this soundtrack on repeat at work tomorrow, and I can’t wait.
  • But opening with a song about kissing a teacher was….a bit weird. Was anyone else a little weirded out?
  • I’m glad they told us right away what’s up with Donna. The trailer hinted at death, but we weren’t sure, and I really wouldn’t have wanted to spend the whole movie guessing.
  • But part of me wants to know how she died while the other part of me is very content not knowing.
  • The casting for the young versions of the characters was SO GOOD. Especially for the ladies.
  • But are you seriously telling me that Donna, Rosie, and Tanya didn’t change their hairstyles in 30 years?
  • Tanya kept teasing Rosie for crying every time someone mentioned Donna but guess what? I was doing the same thing…
  • I SOBBED during that last song. Most of the theater did too. Haven’t had a good cry like that in a while.
  • Obviously, I knew Meryl Streep would show up eventually, but I think the way they did it, at the end and at such a special moment, was well done. But I also wanted more Meryl. I always want more Meryl.
  • The theater was filled with moms and daughters, which was so cute. I also went with my mom, my best friend, and my best friend’s mom.
  • The movie was funny! I got some good laughs, and the humor didn’t consume the movie. It was on par with the first movie, I think.
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  • Cher…..yikes. Her singing was alright, but her acting was not good, and she really shouldn’t have gotten such a focus at the end of the movie. I don’t care about her.
  • Sophie and Sky are the underrated OTP
  • The movie did a pretty good job paralleling Donna’s life with Sophie’s, but there were times where I kind of wished the movie just stuck with one of them.
  • I didn’t hate Pierce Brosnan’s singing in Mamma Mia, but I’m glad they kept his singing in Here We Go Again to a minimum. That being said, I’m also glad they didn’t autotune him. I think it’d be weirder if he suddenly had a wonderful voice.
  • I like how that old lady, Sophia, was introduced and played a big role. Her existence was such a throwaway line in the first movie, so it was cool to meet her and see her importance to Donna.
  • I love every character very much.
  • Okay, so I know Donna had to sleep with the three guys because that’s the whole point so we knew it was coming, but I don’t think it was written well. There wasn’t a lot of chemistry and because it was all so sudden, we didn’t get a chance to enjoy any of them as a character.
  • Plus, the set up for the hookups were so awkward. Harry straight up asked if she’d sleep with him, and when she said no, he said he was a virgin, sang a song, and next thing you know, they were in bed together. Bill basically did the same only they parted before anything could happen. When he shows up again, he’s an immediate rebound, and even then it’s weird because she was trying to hint that she wanted to sleep with him while saying she didn’t. And then with Sam, he helped her calm a horse and then she basically asked him to live with her on the island she JUST got to. All I’m saying here is I think all three relationships were poorly written and needed a lot more attraction and suaveness to make me believe.
  • I wish the grown versions of Harry, Bill, and Sam had a bigger role. Harry and Bill just kind of showed up at the end.
  • But it was so cute seeing Sophie and Sam together, dealing with their loss and looking forward.
  • Did anyone else find young Donna a little entitled? Like, she saw Bill with his boat and was like “take me where I need to go,” and there wasn’t really a sense of gratitude when he did.
  • That bit with Harry tying himself up was odd. I didn’t get it.
  • What did Sophie and Sky name their son? I need to know.
  • When Harry and Bill were doing that Titanic thing….my heart grew like four sizes.
  • I loved seeing Sophie be part of the Dynamos.
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  • Small plot hole: didn’t Donna steal Harry’s guitar? Where was the Headbanger backstory?
  • The movie had some great dance numbers, but unfortunately, nothing can beat all the guys in bathing suits dancing in flippers during ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’
  • Where were Sophie’s friends during all this? Or that guy who was hitting in Tanya?
  • Was Mamma Mia 2 as good as Mamma Mia? No. Sequels rarely are, and in this specific case, it’d be impossible to match that level of pure iconicity served to us in 2008.
  • This sequel didn’t ruin the first movie, but it’s a fun addition to the story.
  • Honestly, leaving the theater satisfied and happy was priceless.
  • Go watch Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again but bring tissues and enjoy every cheesy, entertaining, musical second.

So those are most of my thoughts. A few more will almost definitely come to me later on (and maybe I’ll bother Twitter with those then), but the above sums up my movie-going experience and post-viewing thoughts. If you’ve seen the movie, please talk to me about it. If you haven’t, why did you read this post? Go watch it now.

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