Hallmark Heartbeats

Camille

Join host Camille Bonus as she reviews Hallmark movies year round, bringing in a unique voice as a woman of color, concentrating on diversity and representation need and accomplished in the movies. Listen as she not only review the movies but also interview those responsible for the movie making process. Linktree to support the podcast and listen in all platforms. https://linktr.ee/Hallmarkheartbeats read less

Our Editor's Take

On Hallmark Heartbeats, listeners can revel in the reviews of a Hallmark movie enthusiast. Host Camille Bonus is a superfan of the genre and shares all in her podcast series. She provides interesting recaps on the latest releases alongside her reviews. Her guests often include the stars themselves. But she also talks with those involved in the filmmaking process. It's a great feel-good listen for lovers of Hallmark movies.

Hallmark Heartbeats offers true insight into Camille's way of thinking. She picks up on tiny details throughout the films and shares them with her listeners and her tight-knit community on social media. These predictable, wholesome movies have developed an impressive fanbase. In 2020, over 35 million people tuned in to their big countdown to Christmas. There are now a whopping 41 new Hallmark Christmas movies every year.

So, what is it that makes a Hallmark movie so enjoyable? Light-hearted films never fail to create a sense of warm, fuzzy feelings. The storylines, happy endings, and even the actors are comforting. The Hallmark Channel has become an expert in audience satisfaction. Camille understands the formula and revels in it. But she also provides helpful context and commentary on diversity within the movies. This show isn't just about enjoying the films—it's also about holding them accountable. Often, Camille will discuss representation in the films. She even talks about how Hallmark can do better with diversity in future films.

Listeners can follow along with Camille in the Hallmark Heartbeats podcast. She does fun interviews with cast members to talk about the makings of a Hallmark movie. They provide listeners with ideas of scene secrets and character developments. It's a heartwarming series that will keep listeners coming back for more.

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Episodes

Season 2 Episode 22: Warming up to You Review, Fit for Love
May 10 2022
Season 2 Episode 22: Warming up to You Review, Fit for Love
This week, I review Hallmark Channel's newest movie Warming up to You starring Cindy Busby, Christopher Russell, Devon Alexander, Caitlyn Stryker and LaTonya Williams. Directed by Christie Will Wolf. I had very low expectations with this movie. Between the fat shaming in the promos and the fat suit on Chris, I had a feeling I wasn't going to like it. But I gave it a try anyway. Movie was ok. It was not the worst Hallmark movie of 2022. Still belongs to another Chris Russell movie "Where Your Heart Belongs". I liked the chemistry between Chris and Cindy. This is their third movie together, so it has to be there. Lol. The scenery was beautiful. and I can't believe they inserted a Bridgerton reference on a Hallmark movie. Like WHat?!?! But I didn't like the ableism, fat shaming, "exercise cures everything even depression" which it doesn't. So much eek. There were some awkwardness too in plenty of scenes. Like the play fighting and stuff. I would like to see Cindy and Chris in other movies with costars they've never worked with before. I feel like between the scenery and the same cast, this felt like Chasing Waterfalls 2. I would like to see Cindy work with Nathan Witte next. And Chris with Nikki DeLoach. I think giving both actors a different scene partner would be nice. Gave it 2/5 stars. May is AAPI month. On Instagram I have made collages highlighting actors of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Check it out on Hallmarkheartbeats. I will also be posting videos on Tiktok that goes more in depth of each actor's heritage and their hallmark roles. Again the screenname there is hallmarkheartbeats. Join our newly minted Facebook group whose purpose is to highlight diversity and inclusion Hallmark Channel has taken. https://www.facebook.com/groups/421837762791433 Support the podcast and buy me a coffee. For $1 a month, you get early access to interviews and podcasts. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/hmarkheartbeats
Season 2 Episode 15: A Royal Runaway Romance Review: Roadway to Love
Apr 12 2022
Season 2 Episode 15: A Royal Runaway Romance Review: Roadway to Love
This week I reviewed the newest Hallmark Channel movie titled "A Royal Runaway Romance" starring Brant Daugherty and Philippa Northeast. This is a royal Hallmark movie, a tried and true trope that has been done hundreds of times by Hallmark. But this is the best one because it brought something fresh and brand new. Most Hallmark royal movies have a prince or princess in hiding, trying to blend in America, falls in love with a commoner who has no clue of their true identity while planning some big event, a party or dinner of some sort. Most royal Hallmark royal movies are stagnant, no one is really moving, no real adventure. But with A Royal Runaway Romance, Hallmark has turned the tried and true trope on its head. Changed everything we expect from a royal film and turned on its head. I LOVED IT. Need more of this. Hallmark has been hitting homeruns the last two weeks with their movies. I can't wait to see more Spring into Love movies 4/14 Interview with Lynn Sternberger, writer of Love Classified 4/18 Love, Classified Review 4/25 A Tail of Love Review Every Thursday I will also be releasing When Calls the Heart episode reviews. Join our newly minted Facebook group whose purpose is to highlight diversity and inclusion Hallmark Channel has taken. https://www.facebook.com/groups/421837762791433 Support the podcast and buy me a coffee. For $1 a month, you get early access to interviews and podcasts. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/hmarkheartbeats
Season 2 Episode 11: A Second Chance at Love Review, God and Family First
Mar 29 2022
Season 2 Episode 11: A Second Chance at Love Review, God and Family First
This week I review the newest Hallmark film called A Second Chance at Love starring Eriq Lasalle, Gloria Reuben, Alvina August and Jarod Joseph. I have to say it was great to see Eriq and Gloria on my screen together again. It had been almost 30 years since their ER days. And they look good.  Let's start a petition for them to be on more Hallmark movies. Lol. This movie was in my opinion about cutting the umbilical cord. Children, when you're married and have your own family, I think it's time to start letting your parents make their own decisions and live their own lives while you concentrate on yours. Lol. It is also about well as the title claims it to be a second chance at love. I liked this movie. It had me laughing. The chemistry between Eriq and Gloria was smoking. And I honestly think, as irritating Alicia was at certain points in the movie, Alvina carried this movie well. She held her own with such TV legends. Lol. I give it 3/5 stars Spring into Love movies 4/4 Just One Kiss Review 4/11 A Royal Romance Review 4/18 Love, Classified Review 4/25 A Tail of Love Review Every Thursday I will also be releasing When Calls the Heart episode reviews. Join our newly minted Facebook group whose purpose is to highlight diversity and inclusion Hallmark Channel has taken. https://www.facebook.com/groups/421837762791433 Support the podcast and buy me a coffee. For $1 a month, you get early access to interviews and podcasts. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/hmarkheartbeats
Season 2 Episode 5: The Wedding Veil Legacy Review, Tracy’s Story
Feb 22 2022
Season 2 Episode 5: The Wedding Veil Legacy Review, Tracy’s Story
This week I get to review the last movie in The Wedding Veil Trilogy titled The Wedding Veil Legacy starring Alison Sweeney and Victor Webster. This movie was a fan favorite but I have to say this wasn't my favorite at all. I think this was my least. The main storyline had nothing to do with the veil, which was disappointing. It is a good movie as a standalone, but because the veil became an afterthought in this movie, it didn't feel like part of the trilogy.  I loved the chemistry between Alison and Victor. I found Tracy hilarious with her redecorating the apartment and collecting 20 rugs. I did like the teamwork Tracy and Nick did in finding a donor to buy the first draft of Emma Lazarus' poem, but again this is supposed to be about the veil, not about a poem. So that was disappointing. Also I didn't like the microaggression in the script with the whole Italian-Asian fusion restaurant. More on that in the podcast. I gave the movie 2.5 out of 5 stars. February 2022 Podcasts (Planned) Loveuary Continues 2/24/22 Interview with Viv Leacock and Natasha Burnett 2/28/22 Welcome to Mama's Review Join our newly minted Facebook group whose purpose is to highlight diversity and inclusion Hallmark Channel has taken. https://www.facebook.com/groups/421837762791433 Support the podcast and buy me a coffee. For $1 a month, you get early access to interviews and podcasts. https://www.buymeacoffee.com/hmarkheartbeats