They may be cheesy, they may be predictable, and they not be the best quality of cinema, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Hallmark Christmas Movies.
The fake snow (since they were filmed in the summer), the big city person getting stuck in the small town, and the chemistry that is sometimes better than others, it is the perfect relaxing activity for me in the evening as the days get shorter and the holiday season approaches.
This year I started seeing Hallmark movie filming everywhere as filming started back up again (as we live around where many of them are filmed) and saw that they were releasing 40 new movies this year. I am always up for a challenge so I suggested to Nigel that we watch all of them, and he agreed.
While most of the world is firmly in Fall and it isn’t even Halloween yet the Hallmark movies have already begun and we have already started to watch them. We are taking notes and rating them as we go on Instagram.
If you follow me on Instagram @andreakconnors you can see our ratings on Instagram Stories.
I have created a template for sharing the movies on Instagram with some of the top things we are looking out for such as if the main characters have chemistry, what the setting is, a main reaction from the both of us, and of course our rating out of 5.
For my blog posts I am tracking a few other things that quite often come up in these movies including:
- Was this filmed around Vancouver
- Is there a town festival/concert/etc?
- Do they meet by one character insulting the other before realizing who they are?
If you have any other ideas on what to track throughout the season please let me know!
Now as a caveat, I know that Hallmark movies are a bit controversial. For one, they are very white. Most movie posters look the exact same and it hasn’t been common to see people of colour staring in their movies. This is not great, especially in 2020, but from my first look at what movies are coming up it does seem like they will be better this year than they have in the past.
Also they are all straight (or at least all male/female couples). This is also something that needs to be improved upon as that does not represent all members of society in the slightest. I have heard rumours that there is a gay couple in one of the movies this year, but we shall have to see how that turns out.
A non-hallmark Christmas movie that I am looking forward to watching this year that does feature a Lesbian couple is Happiest Season with Kristen Stuart (and also includes my fave Dan Levy).
So starting soon you can find Nigel and I on the couch, dissecting cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies, eating popcorn and drinking wine, and getting into the holiday season. Many movies will be spent building the Christmas Lego and probably as the season continues will include decorating the house, wrapping presents, and having a sense of normalcy in this crazy year.
I will be doing updates twice, at the halfway mark and at the end sharing the ones we liked, the ones we didn’t and results of our tracking so let me know what you would like to see me report on!
Do you like cheesy Holiday movies? Will you be watching any of the Hallmark movies this year?