Three questions were posed to me recently.
- Am I only reviewing Hallmark holiday movies?
- Am I only reviewing those released in 2016?
- How do I pick the movies I review?
The answers to #1 and #2 are simple no’s. The answer to #3 inspired this blog post.
How do I pick the movies I review?
- Any shiny new title or trailer is a magnet.
- Friends’ recommendations (I keep a list.)
- New releases
- Old favorites
- Favorite actors and actresses
- TV (see below for schedules)
- Google Play
- You Tube
- I love going to the library and picking 7 at a time.
- Magical-ness, relevancy, appeal, novelty
- Google searches
- Random timing
- The weather
- Ability to lure husband into watching
- Special request
- Appealing animals (Cats really pique my curiosity, as they’re known for their avoidance to direction.)
- Classics I’ve somehow missed
Just as importantly, how do I pass on the movies I don’t review?
- Bad poster art
- Time constraints
- Similarity to other movies I’ve seen with exceptions:
- The promise of something different or…
- Being in head-to-head competition with another network in the same season (I want to know!)
- Husband passionately refuses to watch
Special note: I like to watch movies alone, and I also like to enjoy them with my husband or a good friend/family. As with many people, my husband cannot watch a steady diet of the same subject, so I choose my “together” suggestions very carefully for maximum enjoyment. He also cannot fathom how I can watch a favorite movie over and over and… over.
What about movies I’ve watched, but haven’t reviewed?
- There have been Christmas movies I’ve watched but haven’t reviewed. Why? Namely because there are other movies I’d like to share more – either good or bad – that move the needle one way or another. If, for some reason, I would run out of movies to review, I can go back to the data base I keep.
As I read the list of movies I’ve reviewed during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, I notice that Hallmark is a main source. Though not by design, opportunity is golden, and Hallmark runs their movies on two channels, non-stop, 24/7 right up until Christmas. (They even have “Christmas in July” programming.)
Also, it’s a pretty safe bet if I need a pick-me-up, or pretend I’m baking cookies (ha), Hallmark will have an uplifting option.
Here are a few Christmas TV channel schedules:
ABC Family (Freeform) 25 Days of Christmas (ABC also has a countdown to their 25 Days of Christmas, but we’ve left that zone…)
Finally, I leave you with this link to the movies I have reviewed.
Christmas is coming. In 14 days. With all the holiday bustle and last minute realization you might not have time to do everything, a good Christmas movie and a cup of tea is a delicious respite.