Well, as the tagline reads, “I am SO late!” I haven’t posted a real, honest-to-goodness blog in quite some time. I probably don’t have to tell any of you how very busy and harried the whole past week has been. Between the podcast and my family, there has barely been a moment. Every time I sat down to compose a brilliant piece of work, something would come up; be it shopping, baking, or just crazy kids! 🙂 But I can finally come to you for #FaLaLaLaFriday, the first REAL one of the season since Thanksgiving is officially over. 😀 So here’s what we’re going to do today! I’m going to give you a review of a great movie from last year, then I’ll include the link to the podcast for its sequel. That movie is A Gift to Remember. Ali Liebert is our WCTH alumni, who portrayed Rosemary’s old friend Sophia in Season 4

In my humble opinion, this film contains one of the more original storylines, which admittedly, can be difficult to find. There have been several Hallmark movies that involve amnesia; but usually the woman is the patient, and the man is the rescuer. But this time, there’s a clever twist. Not only is the man the afflicted one, but his future love is the one who hits him!

Of course the phone AND wallet wash down the gutter, and everything points to a completely different identity than his own. I laughed so hard, and simultaneously felt horrible for Aiden. The medical advice was to surround him with familiar things and faces, and everything thrust at him had nothing to do with his life! But there was someone constantly present that he very much wants in his future. And the lengths that certain someone goes to to help him remember his identity is quite extensive. Granted, part of that aid is given from a sense of guilt; but more than that, she’s drawn to him. There’s a connection of goodness between these two characters. They share a love of Christmas, a desire to help others, and a pull to do the right thing.

I think that’s what I liked most about them: they’re both so serving and kind, always there for others, including each other, even when in less than ideal circumstances themselves. Take, for example, when Darcy and Aiden find out his real name. Number one, Peter Porte brilliantly performs memories coming back in bits and pieces: the frustration, enthusiasm, and enlightenment are so deeply felt, you’re experiencing the journey with him. It’s especially good when he remembers his college winter formal, and picks Darcy up straight away to dance with her. But I digress. When the pair discovers a part of who he really is, Darcy sacrifices her happiness to release Aiden to explore his newly-found memories. That’s love. Luckily, hers is rewarded with him returning to her, and finally bestowing upon her their first kiss on a magical Christmas Eve. Doesn’t get much better than that!

One more thing I’ll share before signing off, and that’s my favorite non-romantic part of the movie. When Darcy is awakened by a certain phone call that sends her into a chaotic flurry, the conversation is PERFECT! I love how well her coworkers know her. She sleepily answers, and without even a “hello”, Josh says, “You fell asleep in your comfy chair.”

Gasp! “I fell asleep in my comfy chair.”

“You forgot to set your alarm.”

“I forgot to set my alarm.”

“You are so late.”

“I am so late!”

It’s the perfect kind of relationship that Darcy describes as “a surrogate family”, and in very few words, establishes the loving, familiar, and comfortable relationship these friends have connected with each other. Besides being humorous, that’s what Christmas is all about.

Well, it’s almost Saturday, but it’s still Friday. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Here’s the link to the podcast that aired on Thanksgiving that contains the recap of A Gift to Remember 2. Love you all! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

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Goooooood evening, #Hearties! Welcome to our first Friday post of the holiday season, which I have dubbed #FaLaLaLaFriday. I won’t spend a lot of time introducing, so you can get right to it. But this is the #Hallmarkies Podcast review of Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas, Picture a Perfect Christmas, Holiday for Heroes, and The Mistletoe Secret. These were fun to talk about because of my personal connection with one of them, (you’ll have to listen to find out which,) and we showcase two lesser-known WCTH actors: Jill Teed, (Gretta) was in Blue Ridge, and Terence Kelly, (Sam Bailey) was in Picture. Fun fact though: Terence is NINETY-SEVEN YEARS OLD! Not only is he still acting, but he looks fantastic! Copy and paste the link.

 

Enjoy, and we’ll see you next week! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

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Ho ho ho, Hearties! We’re officially past Halloween, so I’m repressing my instinct to wait until after Thanksgiving to bring on Christmas content. If I’m going to be a Hallmarkies podcaster, I think that instinct probably needs to get snuffed out. 😉

Okay, if I’m being totally honest this would be more of a Flash Forward Friday because it’s about upcoming Christmas movies. But it was posted last week, so THERE’S the flashback part. 🙂

So, to kick us off on the right foot, here we have Parts 1 and 2 of the Hallmarkies Podcast for previews of Hallmark Christmas movies. Keep in mind that this was recorded before any of them aired, and it’s just for fun, so enjoy it! Make sure you listen to Part 1 for the fun and goofy way we rate our anticipation of these films. YouTube isn’t working for me right now, but check it out for the videos. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

 

 

 

Happy Friyay, Hearties! I haven’t used that one in a while, I thought it was about time I did again! Welcome back to hookedheartie.com. It’s been a stretch of time since we’ve had a Friday post, so I figured we were up for that too. And perfect timing, because we have the perfect #FlashbackFriday: Milo Shandel’s favorite Mr. Jenkins moment.

If you’ve been tuning in, then you’ll know I recently had the marvelous experience of visiting with Milo Shandel. But remember, it’s “Meelo ShanDEL”. I can completely relate; if I had a dollar for every time someone has mispronounced or misspelled my name, I would be a very wealthy woman by now!

Anyone want to take a stab at what Milo’s favorite Jenkins moment is? This could either be totally surprising, or make perfect sense. In his own words, Mr. Shandel’s prime moment, as far as he’s concerned, is: “Taking the land.” Why? Well, he has a couple of reasons. Here’s what he said:

“The setting was just so perfect! It was a gorgeous day, and a beautiful field. Then Dan and Erin are galloping up to me on horseback like a couple of storybook heroes. It was amazing!”

From an acting perspective, Milo had this to say: “There’s this one moment when Dan tenses up, and almost reaches for his gun. You could feel the inner struggle of him being angry, but he’s a moral man who never would. It was great to play off of.”

When he talked about Jack reaching for his gun, that was not a detail I remembered. So what did I do? The only logical thing, of course! I went back and watched the scene! Jack is trying to remain calm. He knows Jenkins has him in a bind when the banker mentions the “demand loan”; you can see the defeat in his face. But Jack’s not giving in yet! He questions, “Why would you take it back if I’m paying on time?”

Jenkins has a very patronizing answer, (sorry, Milo!): “We have a business to run, and how we run it is none of your concern.” Jack tilts his head just so, as if to say, “Is that so?” or “Watch me!” Sure enough, his hand goes to the holster, but Elizabeth interjecting her interpretation of the happenings seems to remind Jack not to resort to violence with his wife present. However, his hand does not leave his gun for the rest of the scene, and his voice is as tight as a drum!

My favorite part about Milo’s performance is when Elizabeth explains (angrily under her breath,) the reasons. She’s figured it out! She knows that the bank has a “cash offer for the land, and the bank needs cash. Isn’t that right, Mr. Jenkins?”

Under the scrutiny of that accusatory tone, who wouldn’t feel a little guilty? Milo does this fantastic expression; he looks downright sheepish, even just for a moment; he knows his scheme has been discovered. But he immediately regains composure, and resumes the professional, authoritative air, replying, “It’s all perfectly legal, I assure you.” As if that makes it moral! To quote Milo’s thoughts on the matter, “Naughty, naughty, Mr. Jenkins!” But he does a heck of a performance! Good job, man!

And with that, I bid you a good weekend! If you’re tuning in to Countdown to Christmas before Halloween, something I just can’t bring myself to do, have fun! We’ll see you next week! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Happy Friday, #Hearties! Well, here we are at the end of another week, and at the end of another month! Phew! It’s a strange feeling when a month has passed so quickly, yet the last week or 2 seem to drag on and on. Have you ever felt that? Well, I have a feeling that time is going to start flying REALLY quickly as we do a landslide into the holidays; and I’m including Halloween!

So as the month closes out, so does our spotlight week on Laura Bertram. I still can’t thank her enough for taking time out of her busy mom and acting schedule to give us fans of hers these fun little details about her and her life. She was a true pleasure to get to know.

Now! Her favorite Mary moment on When Calls the Heart! Any guesses? It’s actually not one you would think of: it’s not when Mary met DeWitt, or the dance. It’s not when Caleb brings DeWitt home for pie, the announcement of their engagement, or even the wedding. No, she picked a very little moment that proved to have a lot of depth in it! Here are her words:

“DeWitt fell in the tug of war, and Caleb went off another way. It felt like it was a crossroads for Mary. DeWitt was her future, and Caleb was…not necessarily her past because he’s her future too. But he’s what her life had been. So she had to make the choice, ‘Who do I follow?’ That moment really illustrated her inner turmoil.”

Blink, and you just might miss it, but it’s there! In S1E6, “These Games”, Caleb cheers, “Come on, red!” Mary is obviously perturbed by those words, because she vehemently claps louder, and shouts, “Come on, blue!” Then Caleb runs off. Mary’s head snaps to the side to see him go, but she makes her choice, and stands firm. The point is only enhanced further when Mary runs to DeWitt’s side, asking if he’s hurt after the fall, then reprimanding her son for speaking disrespectfully to him. Right before the scene fades to black, we see the aftermath of that decision. Caleb has walked away. Although it looks like Mary’s following after her son, her course is heading in a slightly different direction; illustrating the very tight rope she is walking. And of course, even if we don’t cognitively grasp all of this while watching, we feel the essence of the tension. That’s thanks to Laura’s amazing talent!

As I said last Friday, good thing we know everything turns out alright in the end.

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Well, that’s a wrap, Hearties! Have a fabulous weekend! Don’t forget the When Hope Calls tweet fest tonight at 5:00 PST, as well as the encore presentation of All of My Heart: The Wedding to see the line-up of #FallHarvest movies. Then there’s Ruby Herring Mysteries: Her Last Breath on Sunday. I wonder if I’ll be able to review them; we’ll have to see if a WCTH or WHC member makes an appearance. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!