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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
Episode 81: North To Home Review, All About the FamilyEpisode 80: The Wedding Veil Review: Avery’s storyEpisode 79: Where Your Heart Belongs Review, Back to Old HallmarkEpisode 78: Best of Hallmark’s Christmas Movies 2021Episode 77: Christmas House for Keeps, Double Movie Review
It's our second to the last podcast for 2021. The last movie review of the year and it's a good one. We are reviewing the two ensemble cast movies that closed out the Christmas movie line up of the year, Christmas for Keeps and Christmas House 2. We had the chance to chat with writers Megan McNulty and Nikki DeLoach a couple of weeks ago, but in this episode we delve more deeply in the storyline. We rant about the controlling, borderline abusive mother, Ben's white male privilege showing, WHY DID NOAH HAVE TO APOLOGIZE?!?!?! and so much more. Lol. Also between the two ensemble movies, we find this one to have a weaker central storyline to hold all of the individual storylines together. Christmas House 2 was definitely one of our favorite Christmas movies this year. From the comedy to the heart, it was a perfect meld of both genres. We talk about Brandon's pressure of perfection, Zane, the engagement and more. We have one last podcast to do this year and that is our top 3 Christmas movies of 2021. It will be released New Year's Eve. Then I will start with the New Years New Movies 2022 lineup. New Year New Movies Lineup 1/1: Where Your Heart Belongs 1/8: The Wedding Veil 1/9 North to Home 1/15 The Perfect Pairing 1/22 Don't Forget I love You 1/29 Butlers in Love (Note: I will only be reviewing the first three movies. I have throat surgery on the 12th which require at least two weeks of healing) 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
Dec 28 2021
40 mins
Episode 76: Interview with Paul Campbell, Star of ”Santa Stakeout”Episode 75: Interview with Megan McNulty and Nikki DeLoach, writers of ”Christmas for Keeps”Episode 74: Interview with Lisa Durupt, star of Time for Them to Come Home for ChristmasEpisode 72: Interview with David Kaye, star of Eight Gifts of HanukkahEpisode 72b: Every Time our Christmas Journey, Double Movie Review
Dec 10 2021
35 mins
Episode 72a. A Very Merry Hanukkah, A Double Movie ReviewEpisode 71: Interview with Nik Sanchez, Star of Our Christmas JourneyEpisode 70c: Time for Castle Hart, Double Movie Review
Third podcast review for the #merrythanksgivingweekend on Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. (I am glad we are almost done.) This podcast we are reviewing Christmas at Castle Hart starring Lacey Chabert and Stuart Townsend, as well as Time for Them to Come home for Christmas starring Jessy Schram and Brendan Elliot. We liked Christmas at Castle Hart. It was very reminiscent of Hallmark's 2016 movie "My Summer Prince" starring Jax Turner and Taylor Cole. Loved the sister relationship between Margot and Brooke. Definitely loved the comedy and the river dancing. A few things we want to point out though is that we feel Hallmark is perpetuating a stereotype about the Irish people when Margot and Brooke go to the pub to find their family members, like they expect them to be in the bar all day or something. Why not go to the library. Also this was written by Paul Campbell. We are thinking of renaming this weekend "The Weekend of Paul Campbell" lol. Since he had a hand in 3 of the 8 movies that aired. Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas was nice. It wasn't memorable. The drinking game of how many times can you hear that song was a missed opportunity. Allison Sweeney made a cameo appearance. And we are left wondering "Can two people fall in love in two days?" Also IT DOESN'T SNOW IN THE CAROLINAS!!!! lol 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
Dec 4 2021
33 mins
Episode 70b: An Unexpected Spirits Bright, Double Movie ReviewEpisode 70a: Nine Kitten CEOs
This week, Kayla and I are back reviewing 8 movies. Pray for us as we deal with this #MerryThanksgiving weekend extravaganza. Let's just say we will be breezing through these reviews. In this episode we review Nine Kittens of Christmas starring Kimberley Sustad and Brandon Routh, as well as Christmas CEO starring Paul Greene and Marisol Nichols. Nine Kittens is the long awaited sequel to the 2014 classic Nine Lives of Christmas. We lament about how none of the actors age, laugh at the Superman references, and squeal at the cuteness of the kittens. As animal advocates, we do throw in the cautionary tale of please don't give kittens or puppies as Christmas presents. It should be something everyone involved is certain of. Also love the ending and throw out ideas of what the title of the next sequel could be. Shout out to our main man Paul Campbell for his cameo. (This is literally the weekend of Paul Campbell lol.) Christmas CEO was an ok movie. We talk about Marisol's character's name, the Reindeer Games, how adorable his niece was, and how we feel about the rushed ending.  To be honest, neither of these movies really stood out for us especially after eight movies in a three day weekend. November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Kayla has epilepsy. To donate to support the cause, click on the link https://www.epilepsy.com 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
Nov 30 2021
19 mins
Episode 69b: Five More Kisses Before Christmas, Double Movie Review
This is the first of five podcasts we are releasing this week. Pray for us. In this episode, we reviewed "A Kiss Before Christmas" starring James Denton and Teri Hatcher, as well as "Five More Minutes" starring Nikki DeLoach and David Haydn Jones. A Kiss before Christmas is the second Christmas movie this year where a main character goes back into an alternate reality and is tasked to find out why they were sent back to get back to their reality. Both of us liked this movie more than Next Stop Christmas. Better chemistry between the actors, and the reason why he had to go back was very clear from the beginning. There were some points of contention though, such as poor shaming. I mean Ethan had a loving wife, kids, and a big house and car, yet it still wasn't enough for him. I mean I get it that it's to keep appearances with the company, but his life was good. No one really needs a chauffeur or a Ferrari. Five More Minutes was a tear jerker, and a perfect movie. We talked to Nikki in depth about this movie. It is beautiful story and great premise. We gave A Kiss Before Christmas 3.5 stars and gave Five More Minutes 5 stars. Giving a shoutout to Lisa, our first buymeacoffee supporter. She is Americano level, $1 a month. For $1 a month, you get access to unedited interviews. If you want a shoutout on the podcast and get access to unedited interviews, it's only $1 a month. Click on the buymeacoffee link. November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Kayla has epilepsy. To donate to support the cause, click on the link https://www.epilepsy.com 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
Nov 28 2021
20 mins
Episode 69a: Nantucket Together with You Double Movie Review
Happy Thanksgiving to our American Listeners. Hope you enjoy your time with your family today. This week we are reviewing Nantucket Noel starring Trevor Donovan and Sarah Powers as well as A Christmas Together with You starring Niall Matter, Laura Vandervoort and Harry Linux. Not going to lie, both movies were duds for us this week. Nantucket Noel was boring. It is the same story trope Hallmark has done a million times of evil developer comes to tear down a landmark, and local business owner fights them. I do have to say the ending was different. Unlike the other movies with the same trope, the developer still had to tear down the wharf. There were some points that had us cracking up though, like a topless mermaid on the mural of a children's toy store and grandpa was a Grinch. lol. A Christmas Together with You was only slightly better. The storyline of the older couple was much better and in our opinion, Steve and Megan was an afterthought. Come on Hallmark, just tell the love story of an older couple without the younger one as a lead. It's a surprise. I give Nantucket Noel 1 star, Kayla gives it 2.5 stars. A Christmas Together with you got 2 stars from me. 3 from Kayla November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Kayla has epilepsy. To donate to support the cause, click on the link https://www.epilepsy.com 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
Nov 25 2021
28 mins
Episode 68: Interview with Nikki DeLoach, Five More MinutesEpisode 67b: One Harlem Night, Double Movie Review
This week Kayla and I are back reviewing the last two movie premieres of the week: A Holiday in Harlem starring Olivia Washington, Will Adams and Tiffany Lifford, as well as One December Night starring Eloise Mumford, Brett Dalton, Bruce Campbell and Peter Gallagher. We praise the representation in A Holiday in Harlem. From an all black cast to a curvy beautiful lead. We also loved the neighborhood feel of this movie. The block party was the bomb and the fashion show was very much like a black fashion show. (That's how it was in my neighborhood growing up anyway. lol.) Also we are very critical of Hallmark's lack of advertising this movie, which in our opinion was a big contribution to its ratings. Kayla and I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars One December Night was heavy, touching upon subjects of alzheimer's, alcoholism, abandonment and cancer. But it was beautifully done. You cried and you laughed. The actors all had chemistry and was believable. Also this had the right amount of singing, which was a critic we had with Christmas in Harmony. We wanted more singing in the movie since it centered around a choir. This storyline, singing only in the end made sense since both men were reluctant to work together Kayla gives this one 5 stars. I give it 4.8. *My favorite is still Christmas in My Heart. Sunday, November 21, we will be releasing our interview with Nikki DeLoach about her newest movie, Five More Minutes. It was an honor to interview her.  November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Kayla has epilepsy. To donate to support the cause, click on the link https://www.epilepsy.com 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
Nov 20 2021
59 mins
Episode 67a: Open Family Christmas Tree, Double Movie Review
In this podcast episode, Kayla and I review two of the newest releases from Hallmark Channel titled Open by Christmas starring Allison Sweeney, Brennan Elliot and Erica Durance. As well as My Family Christmas Tree starring Aimee Teagarden, Andrew Walker and James Tupper. Neither of us like Open by Christmas. We both feel that the storyline with the supporting characters was much better and should have been the lead storyline. I personally feel that Brennan and Allison were used in this movie for their "names". That's it. Their storyline was boring. My Family Christmas Tree was good. We both liked the movie. We just didn't like the DNA snafu and couldn't understand how that was solved. We both think it would have been better off if Vanessa wasn't a daughter and the family said "who cares. You're part of the family anyway." Or that the DNA snafu had never occurred in the first place. Kayla gives Open by Christmas 1.5/5 stars. I give it 2 stars. Kayla gives My Family Christmas Tree 3.5 stars. I give it 3. Podcast reviewing One December Night and A Holiday in Harlem will be out on Friday. November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Kayla has epilepsy. To donate to support the cause, click on the link https://www.epilepsy.com 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
Nov 17 2021
48 mins

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