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The Cabin
(2011)

Really?
I cannot understand why this dreadful TV Movie set deliberately in Scotland to showcase everything about Scotland was filmed in Ireland with mostly Irish actors with horrendous accents instead of Scottish actors and locale. In 2011 it makes absolutely no sense other than perhaps a very bad financial decision. The well-worn, contrived storyline of two families' reservations being mixed up forcing them all to share a ridiculously small cabin in spite of getting off on the wrong foot, the lack of believable chemistry between the obnoxious father and the unsympathetic mother who fall for each other within a few days of meeting, the poor script and unrealistic depiction of a Highland Gathering of the Clans and Highland Games leaves the audience questioning why it was even attempted. The reason I have given it one star is because the families' acting is actually good in spite of what they have to work with and it has its moments but mostly because, being Scottish, I liked the fact that both families enjoyed sampling "haggis" before finding out the ingredients.

City Homicide: Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!
(2010)
Episode 1, Season 4

Season 4 continues to delight ....9.8 out of 10
This season has continued to entertain with excellent scripts and excellent acting. The only two implausible episodes were those that dealt with the "undercover" situation. (No spoilers). Otherwise, seasons 3 & 4 are consistently top notch. It's great that "old favorites" return and you really get a sense of the ebb and flow of this police department. it's still very interesting to me the way we rarely get any backstory on any of the characters and when a little is revealed it's rarely ever followed up. Yet this doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment of the show because we come to expect this. Any tiny insight into their personal lives is a real treat in an episode and we don't expect to hear anymore about it in future episodes. Being able to binge watch so many episodes in a row, as I have done, is a real testament to the quality and like ability of the scripts and the whole show.

City Homicide: Blood Trail
(2009)
Episode 10, Season 3

Season 3 raises the bar ....
This episode is a great example of the new and improved City Homicide. Everything that didn't work for me in seasons 1 & 2 was corrected from the very start of season 3 beginning with two new cast members who immediately "updated" the show with their character types and excellent acting. Nadia Townsend bursts onto the scene as a sassy, know-it-all detective who can hold her own on the street. Our introduction to her is brilliant and immediately we can tell that the series has been given a major face-lift. She's just the breath of fresh air the show needed and when John Adam joins the team. a few episodes later, the new line-up is complete. He is more accomplished and mature than the other detectives and they both bring a more modern feel to the department. Nadine and Aaron are missing from most of the early episodes, enabling the "new" team to set the tone and with improved production values too, bring the show up to a solid 9 out of 10. The scripts have always been good but now with consistently slicker, better acting many episodes are even a solid 10. They still use the "reality" tv camera style for most of the show but it's been toned down and done far more professionally. I still have a problem with the transitional montages of quick cuts but they have been tightened up and reduced and are often of more relevant objects so are far less objectionable. The inclusion of loud, obnoxious songs that don't add to the action or storyline have been tempered with relevance. The nicest treat was when Jennifer Mapplethorpe (Nadine Garner) finally returned from her "course" her acting had radically improved and her vacuous "stare" softened and toned down with a smile or some obvious hint of a thought behind it. Her role and Pedersen's are greatly reduced in season 3 and the show improved because of it. The new combinations and pairings are far more dramatic and exciting. Shane Bourne, David Field and Noni Hazelhurst still steer the ship with excellence.

City Homicide
(2007)

Enjoyable but has a "low budget" feel to it...
Unlike other reviewers, I enjoyed this series to binge watch but felt it had many flaws. The plots were well-written and interesting, some of the acting was great, some dreadful, but the production values were very poor and the decision to shoot it in a "reality" show camera style left a lot to be desired although was a popular, innovative choice for that period. The signature use of a quick-cut montage of close-ups of pointless objects when cutting to a new location or story point deterred from the action rather than adding any drama or suspense to it. It was really ridiculous. Acting wise, Nadine Garner relies on three rather "weird" facial stares in lieu of actual acting which quickly becomes tedious. Noni Hazelhurt also relies on a repetitive combination of facial and verbal stammering techniques but combines them with just enough acting to render them less irritating. Aaron Pedersen is so wooden, he just seems to be reading his lines as fast as he can off the page.... absolutely no acting involved at all. Daniel McPherson, Damien Richardson, Shane Bourne and Terry Jarvis form the core that make the show really worth watching. The violence became Increasingly more graphic over the course of the two seasons I watched on Prime which was disappointing because I felt they had been successfully conveying the crimes without the need for that. But it was still kept to a minimum compared to other cop dramas although, perhaps quite graphic for the time period. Overall, it's an enjoyable show with intriguing plots, mostly likable characters and interesting guest stars and an air of realism. They catch the criminals with good "old-fashioned" police work and the show isn't bogged down by implausible stunts and car chases. The characters' backstories showed signs of developing at first but that seemed to come to an abrupt halt and only a rare reference to "Emma" with nods and smiles in "Matt's" direction reminded us that these detectives might actually have lives outside of the office. The show isn't really "dated" given as early as it was produced, but certainly suffers from aspects of it. It reminds me of "Boone"... definitely enjoyable but just falling short of the mark somehow.

Jack Irish: Episode #1.6
(2016)
Episode 6, Season 1

Consistent with the 3 TV movies...
I'm a fan of the movies and love the way the series continues, seamlessly, where the movies leave off... which I think is rare. The characters bring their roles to life with the same intensity and feeling and the plot and sub plots continue to confuse and intrigue. There is a warmth and believability to all of the characters, even when seemingly a bit stereotypical, which keeps us looking forward to seeing them again and following their antics and the direction, cinematograpy and production values are still top notch. The only truly unbelievable factor in the show is that Jack bounces back from all the beatings and even shootings he endures without barely a scratch. Sometimes, not even a scratch. This does take me right out of the moment for a beat or two but I soon get drawn back into the story, realizing the action can't be placed on pause while his character takes three to six weeks to recover in hospital and then walk with a limp. I'm also glad that his love affair with Linda is an "off again on again" one as I don't think there is any chemistry between them and I have had serious doubts about her acting ability since "A Place To Call Home". I definitely recommend the three movies and this series and I'm looking forward to Season 2.

Chasing Shadows
(2014)

Cannot understand why it was cancelled
So many others have described in depth the pros, plot and very "real" characters in this enjoyable and unusual police drama. It doesn't fit into the usual mold of a "cosy" detective show like Midsommer Murders, Miss Marple or Shakespeare and Hathaway but nor does it have the more realistic bite of something like Inspector Frost, Morse or Lewis. It's certainly NOT Luther. It is refreshingly in its own genre and I grew to invest in all the characters who were superbly acted and very "real". I enjoyed the 2 plot lines as they neither too complicated nor too easy to guess. I really enjoyed the "maid's" character and feel terribly cheated by what will never be a resolved cliffhanger. Bad form, ITV, for cancelling the show.

Restless
(2012)

Dreadful .. not even worthy to be a spoof of the genre
Well... most reviewers have clearly told the story in depth so I feel no need to repeat it. What I do wish to say is how disappointed I was. The opening shots, score and promised cast lured me into believing I was in for a treat.. and then found out I was wasting my time watching three hours of poorly acted, poorly directed, poorly constructed, and poorly edited drivel.

I'm curious to read the book now as I, too, wondered if this miniseries had originally been double the length and chopped down to three hours. So little seemed to fit together. Scenes were short, badly edited and disjointed regardless of whether we were in 1941 or the 70s. Whether it be the blame of the director, cinematographer or shooter the slow, sweeping camera pans, changes in depth of field, use of unnecessary angles and the overuse of the classic documentary shot "start on the top of the building and slowly pan down to the street or the characters" drove me to distraction. (Not quite as badly as the opening 15 mins of the Downton Abbey movie did before it settled down to an acceptable style). I totally agree with another reviewer that Michelle Dockery acted exactly the same as her character in Downton Abbey (Mary). They described her "plummy" accent and authoritative air perfectly. I was so put off as it didn't match her hippy garb and the fact that she'd met her ex in a commune. Not that the character couldn't have sounded like that but she was acting exactly the same in a very different role, so it was hard to watch her without thinking she was in the wrong costume. And her son? As another reviewer commented. What was the point of having him and her husband pop into the story for no reason? Most of the time she seemed to forget her lively son existed... and he was far too "down to earth" and energetic to be the son of this stoic, cardboard Mom. Again, I am left with the thought that there was more to their roles but that it ended up on the cutting room floor. But the worst part of this miniseries was the dialog and story which lacked reality, suspense, logic and drama. How other reviewers found it exciting, gripping, etc I cannot imagine. I feel they watched a different film than I did. I love the genre and comparing it to something like "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" it honestly struck me at the beginning of the second half, that maybe it was supposed to be a spoof of the genre because it was just so unbelievable. But it wasn't good enough to be. When she went off to "training" it was as if she was off to boarding school. We never saw any of the agents doing anything remotely believable as acts of espionage and none of the scenes led anywhere. Even on her first "mission" to make contact with the Dutch agent before the German arrived, she messed up and dropped her "signature" handbag at the scene. She wasn't actually supposed to do anything but observe but she couldn't even get that right. I agree with another reviewer that she seemed more like a lovesick pup than a serious spy. Nothing she did was believable and everyone was one-dimensional. There was no reason for anyone to be chasing Sally (Charlotte Rampling) after all these years and no reason for Lord Mansfield to take his own life at the sight of her. Who did she think she was expressing that his whole life would be over once she'd found him. Really? The score was also dreadful. I felt like I was watching "Jaws" the amount of times we heard the same foreboding music. Then there was the overly predictable orchestration every time something exciting was supposed to be happening. The endIng was dull and anticlimactic. I prefer to think that she really was delusional and paranoid and caused the death of an old man for absolutely no reason. She was still seeing "Reds under the beds".... so now I prefer to think that that was the whole point. But, ultimately, I just don't really care. A real shame for a series that held such promise.

A Joyous Christmas
(2017)

Heart warming ....
This certainly is a "Joyous Christmas" movie. The premise is not a new one but it's well executed and the acting, especially by Bonnie Bedelia and Michael Rady, is well above par. A young, self-obsessed, self-help author returns to her home town to promote her new book with a grand inspirational event at Christmas. She mends fences with her own family and discovers the true meaning of Christmas love with the help of the town and two locals in particular. Her ambitious Manager almost upsets the apple cart but the situation is caught in time. Natalie Knepp is a little weak as the leading lady but she is probably perfect for the type of person she is playing ... and we certainly see her grow and soften as she embraces the help she seeks and is offered to her. The only problem I had with the movie is that on several occasions, we have to suspend disbelief when things seem to magically happen in impossibly record time and that we rarely see her "working" on the event. Instead, she is Christmas shopping, volunteering at the Community Center, having fun with her new (and incredibly attractive) producer, entering a candy cane relay race and sampling the local fare at the Christmas Carnival etc etc etc ... She seems to save the Community Center Christmas party in a flash and when she and her producer arrive at her townhouse, after what seems to have been a full 24hr day, they notice that she has no Christmas decorations up so they drive off to get some! Before the night is over they seem to have decorated the entire yard, bought and decorated her Christmas tree and the whole living room. Now, maybe we are supposed to think a few days have gone by but the editing makes it a little confusing. Had I noticed if she'd changed her outfit, I might not have been so confused when she interviewed her producer-to-be the day after she helped him choose a tie and nearly got knocked down. The way it was edited, it seemed like only a few hours later to me. I think it's really enjoyable movie.

The Mistletoe Promise
(2016)

Really enjoyable Christmas movie....
This particular Hallmark movie is a cut above the rest. It is well directed, well cast, well acted and well written ... It's a unique premise, from a book I believe, and it's a delight to have something very different to watch unfold for a change. All the characters are very likable and there's a sweet chemistry between the two lead actors that makes them even more believable. The storyline and the couples' interactions aren't forced (as they so often are in a Hallmark movie)... and while they try to stay true to their "Promise" they don't seem pressured to perform a "dating" dance that would take them beyond its limits so it all feels very real. Two people, unable to enjoy Christmas for their own reasons, meet and form a contract (a Promise) to help each other get through the difficult holiday period and each help the other achieve their goal. I really enjoy Hallmark movies but lately their themes have been getting extremely repetitive and the characters and interactions predictable. Not this one ... I really wasn't sure how it was going to work out in the end and I cared. It does seem mandatory that "figgy pudding" is mentioned or sung about in every Hallmark Christmas movie and, in this one aspect, The Mistletoe Promise is no exception. Otherwise it truly is and well worth watching.

Merry & Bright
(2019)

Dull and boring...
Usually Andrew can bring a sparkle to any of his Hallmark movies but he had nothing to work with here. A lame script and a dreadful leading lady. She rushes through the script as if it's a cold read with absolutely no inflection or feeling. It's an overused storyline and together they just seem to be going through the motions in time to get home for Xmas dinner. Very disappointing.

Downton Abbey
(2019)

Took a while to settle into the swing ...
I agree with another reviewer that it was a risk making the transition from small to big screen but I think they pulled it off better than some others have attempted to do in the past. I disagree with the boundless praise for the Cinematograpy... it was so grandiose for grandiose sake for at least the first 15mins and I feared I was going to be terribly disappointed in the film if it continues. It's as if the director, DP and camera op were all trying to prove their worthiness as skilled technicians in the movie world rather than that of TV and, for me, it was just distracting and annoying. If I saw one more totally unnecessary and too obvious rack focus I was going to scream. Sweeping grandiose shots from weird angles did not reflect the DA pacing and true spirit that made the series magical and I "get-it" that the budget probably afforded them more access to rooms we've never seen before but I think all true "Die Hards" are happy with the grand dining room, the entrance hall, ballroom, library, Mary's bedroom, exterior front door and the servants quarters... it's what goes on IN them we care about most. Of course we had been seeing more and more exteriors and gardens and more grand homes interiors in the series but not at the expense of the acting and dialogue. Also, The Costume and Production Design were not as incredibly coordinated and excellent as expected (still great of course) and there were many surprisingly bad make-up and hair disappointments that were nothing to do with being set later in the 20s. I wish they'd used their regular team. Happily, about 20mins in, the direction and shooting style seemed to about turn and settle down into the seamless medium close-ups and the character-driven action we fans are used to enjoying in the TV series. Personally as a fan, I do have to agree the storyline is a bit weak and implausible at times and agree there was a definite feel of a "Hallmark Movie" at times too but the acting was excellent and I want to give a big shout out to Mr Barrow who has superbly portrayed his character arcs brilliantly throughout the series and I was thrilled with his plot developments here (can't give away any spoilers) and his reactions. Mr Moseley had all my cinema audience in fits of laughter as did the usual underhanded quips from Maggie Smith. She always steals the show. Personally, I found the royal servants entourage too "over-the-top" and the subsequent behavior of the DA staff implausible. It also seemed to me those were their weakest scenes because I'm sure they felt their behavior was out of character too. Someone described it as more like a "schoolboy prank" and I have to agree. Plus Mr Carson would never have allowed the reputation of the house to be in serious jeopardy with such behavior ... royalty must have its protocols after all. So all that was a bit silly. Mr Branson's character was all over the map. Somehow I don't think he'd have been "saying" and "doing" some of the dialogue and situations he was given and certainly not at the speed he was having to do them. I didn't like some of the editing throughout the movie and if abrupt cuts worked on the small screen they certainly didn't in the movie version it jerked me out of the flow. Overall, I came away very happy to have seen it and to have reconnected with my favorite TV family but I have to wonder if I'd have actually enjoyed it more as another 2hr TV special.

Line of Duty: Episode #5.4
(2019)
Episode 4, Season 5

Arnott doesn't seem to care anymore....
This should have been a stellar episode in which Arnott could have shone but, instead, it was possibly one of his most boring ones in my opinion. He made lots of presentations that just seemed like he he was reading his lines, he often looked tired or miserable and to hear him address Fleming as "boss" just doesn't sit well with me especially at a time when we are being "forced" to suspect Hastings as being corrupt. I get it that the show, just like real life, has to move on but the chemistry between Hastings, Arnott and Fleming was an important part of what made the show work so to mess with that so dramatically is a major risk to take. I also find it hard to believe they would be so quick to turn on their boss. It's also becoming ridiculous that almost everyone in the force seems to be corrupt. Especially at the higher levels. The casting of Corbett was a brilliant move and even though I didn't like his character at first his acting was so compelling he grew on me and became the main reason I was still watching the episode (which dealt with upsetting subject matter). A strange decision to kill him off so soon except that he was deluding himself that the "top cop" would ever be bothered to come meet him and his cohorts. They all seemed like such "small fry" it was kinda hard to believe they'd pulled off the "heist of the century". I'm even surprised Hargreaves showed up but I somehow think we're going to find out more about that later. A choppy episode with some definite shock value but not enough power to drive the show forward I think.

Line of Duty: Royal Hunting Ground
(2017)
Episode 6, Season 4

Another great season but not as entertaining as Season 3
Loving that they have continued to shoot in "film narrative" style, the production values, the writing, the acting and the character layers continue to amaze and delight me. Great but nowhere near as gripping as season 3, I just found the story arcs to be a little less believable and exciting than the previous two seasons (but not as implausible as season one) and sometimes even ever so slightly boring. A lot of the weight was the decision to have the ice cold, calculating DCI Roseanne "Roz" Huntley act with a stone face throughout. She was rather one dimensional and I found it hard to visualize her marriage and her ability to be a mother. Her husband was either an idiot or had the patience of Job. What really didn't work for me was her constant proclamation about having "overwhelming evidence" against their suspect when there was virtually none and her entire department just going along with it without question. I wondered how on earth she ever rose up the ranks with her dogged stubbornness and lack of insight. Seemed to me she was on a different planet to everyone else including herself. Totally narcissistic and still believing she "wasn't a bad person" after every horrible thing she admitted to doing. Just annoyed me to the core that she was only sentenced to 10years in jail and would probably be out before her girls were even out of college. Seems like a pattern is developing of the police who are actually arrested by AC-12 and tried being given light or even suspended sentences. I wonder if this might become a theme in future episodes. There were other inconsistencies but enough great drama to keep me watching.... just not all at once! I continued to be really interested in Fleming's attitude and character development and Arnot acted so believably well as the "wronged" man.... after all, he had years of being a sergeant over her and it was really he who had started putting together all the inconsistencies and pointed out all the flaws regarding "Dot" in the previous final episode of season 3. Fleming just took the ball and ran with It while he was incarcerated. So he really deserved the accolades and an award just as much as she did. It's interesting, and so believable, to see Arnot be jealous of this new Fleming and the attention she's been getting. He's now the insecure one but I love the way Hastings "puts him straight" later in the series. So much happens to him in Season 4, it brings them back together again but I feel like they will never recapture that special chemistry and bond they had in seasons 1&2 I'm looking forward to Season 5 and hope it's as gripping and exciting as Season 3.

Line of Duty: Breach
(2016)
Episode 6, Season 3

Best season yet....
Now that I've watched season 3, I'm even more impressed. The decision to shoot it in a more conventional "film narrative" style has totally improved the overall professionalism, enjoyment and production values of the show for me. We can now focus on the actors to convey all the tension, emotion and pathos instead of being distracted and annoyed by the past intrusive "reality tv" camera work which cheapened the quality and direction of the show in my option and made it appear less professional than it deserved to be. The opening episode took us straight into exciting dramatic twists and turns with superb writing and acting and then the following whole season just rocked. However, I was surprised how closely the storyline resembled that of an excellent Welsh TV series (I can't remember the name) but I guess the sad truth is that the same scenario is all too common in real life. I liked the action at the end of the season (although a little over the top perhaps without giving spoilers) and enjoyed watching Fleming come into her own with more confidence even if it was a bit disappointing to watch how it affects her relationship with Arnott. There's such a truth to the way the writer shows this kind of development (in a certain type of person's approach to their career) I almost feel like he is molding her on someone he knows personally. She acts it out superbly. I look forward to seeing how it affects the core group in Season 4. Bringing in elements from previous seasons and constantly expanding on character development makes this a top-notch show indeed. (I made an additional review comment re the "Jimmy Saville" look-alike reference. at the end of season 2's reviews but it was actually meant for season 3).

Line of Duty: The Caddy
(2014)
Episode 6, Season 2

Season 2 is a much better season ....
I wish to give an update to my review of Season One. As others have stated, the show got into its groove and the plots of this season surprised us and were full of excellent twists and turns. I now appreciate Martin Compston in the role of D.S. Arnott. He gives a solid performance throughout this season and seems more mature. Keeley Hawes gives a riveting performance as DI Lindsay Denton ... even at the end her guilt or innocence remains unclear to me because of her superb subtle acting. All the acting was great and the only series weakness is the continuation to shoot it "reality tv style" with the operator, Ryan Douglas, really going over the top in the early episodes. Between his work and the editing, the camera often plays a more important and distractingly intrusive element than the acting in a scene. It begins to get more subtle as the season progresses and this makes a huge contribution to the appearance and professionalism of the show I'm my opinion. It's interesting to note that he is replaced in Season 3 ( he becomes the Focus Puller for the first three episodes) and a decision is made to shoot in a more traditional film narrative style which really makes all the difference to the overall production value of the show..

Line of Duty: The Caddy
(2014)
Episode 6, Season 2

Season 2 is a much better season ....
I wish to give an update to my review of Season One. As others have stated, the show got into its groove and the plots of this season surprised us and were full of excellent twists and turns. I now appreciate Martin Compston in the role of D.S. Arnott. He gives a solid performance throughout this season and seems more mature. Keeley Hawes gives a riveting performance as DI Lindsay Denton ... even at the end her guilt or innocence remains unclear to me because of her superb subtle acting. All the acting was great and the only series weakness is the continuation to shoot it "reality tv style" with the operator, Ryan Douglas, really going over the top in the early episodes. Between his work and the editing, the camera often plays a more important and distractingly intrusive element than the acting in a scene. It begins to get more subtle as the season progresses and this makes a huge contribution to the appearance and professionalism of the show I'm my opinion. It's interesting to note that he is replaced in Season 3 ( he becomes the Focus Puller for the first three episodes) and a decision is made to shoot in a more traditional film narrative style which really makes all the difference to the overall production value of the show..

Line of Duty: The Probation
(2012)
Episode 5, Season 1

Implausible twists and turns...
Having now finished all of season one I wanted to update my review of the series. It's a poorly conceived plot line and continues to have an "amateur" feel which may be partly due to the decision to shoot it "reality tv style". Sometimes the constantly moving camera worked and other times it was just annoying and detracting. Characters have no real depth except for Gates and his character is not consistent. Sometimes he's "the good guy" the guy who earned his commendation and then he'll flip and act like an idiot who's scared or rude or arrogant. It goes beyond "keeping us in suspense" to be just poor craft for the sake of a twist in the storyline. Michael Compton is a very poor choice of lead. Unlike Richard Madden, he has little presence on camera and his age and affected English accent don't help. I haven't particularly liked him in the shows I've seen hi in to date but here his character is a mess of inconsistencies too. He seems to be allowed to be rude to everyone and extremely hot-headed in spite of his background, age and lack of rank. It's ridiculous and totally unbelievable although he is definite representative of many millenniums in the workforce I'm afraid to say. Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) was a disappointment only due to his poor script and lack of solid character development. He's a stellar actor but it shows how important the material you are working with is. And what was the way they handled the ending about?? I don't want to give anything away but if that was an attempt to make the show appear to be more "real" it didn't work for me. It felt like we needed one more episode for explanations and to tie everything up. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions. Let's hope the other reviewers are correct and that season 2 is better.

Line of Duty: Episode #1.1
(2012)
Episode 1, Season 1

Poor script and Camera operator driving me crazy ....
Others have given a run down of the plot so I'll miss this out and give no spoilers. I'm at episode three of season one and I'm hoping the series improves like so many reviewers have commented. I thought the writing of the first few episodes was weak, the acting very predictable given what they had to work with and the camera work most annoying. The combination of cinematic and reality TV show styles really bugged me. Also some scenes turned "soap opera" instead of "film" which took me out of the action. The plot is very unlikely and I, too, am touting for the "bad guy" at this point although his childish retorts are getting me down. Compared to shows like UNFORGOTTEN or BROADCHURCH or VERA ... this show is amateurish.

Good Witch: The Honeymoon
(2019)
Episode 3, Season 5

Not much of a honeymoon....
I thought I'd give this series some time to see if it improved but it's still been very boring and more like "community theatre" at times. The acting is still mediocre and there still doesn't seem to be chemistry between Sam and Cassie. Their Wedding was so boring and uneventful and this episode was about their honeymoon but you wouldn't have known it. Sam always seems stiff and bored by the scenes. I liked her sheriff husband in the movies ... their relationship was much more realistic.

Good Witch: The Honeymoon
(2019)
Episode 3, Season 5

Not much of a honeymoon....
I thought I'd give this series some time to see if it improved but it's still been very boring and more like "community theatre" at times. The acting is still mediocre and there still doesn't seem to be chemistry between Sam and Cassie. Their Wedding was so boring and uneventful and this episode was about their honeymoon but you wouldn't have known it. Sam always seems stiff and bored by the scenes. I liked her sheriff husband in the movies ... their relationship was much more realistic.

Good Witch: The Forever Tree, Part 1
(2019)
Episode 1, Season 5

Just average ....
I've watched a few of the movies and quite enjoyed them so I was hoping I'd enjoy the series. Unfortunately, this has not been the case. The writing is almost agonizing at times, the acting is substandard and there appears to be no chemistry between Cassie and Sam. I'll give the series a shot but so far I'm not impressed.

The Level: Episode #1.6
(2016)
Episode 6, Season 1

Intriguing well-written & acted series
This series has had me hooked since the get-go but it has suffered from some major holes in the plot development and from some very unlikely scenarios and therefore, for me, the last couple of episodes haven't delivered quite as I'd hoped. I'm surprised the series wasn't picked-up though, especially since we were left with the perfect cliff hanger and set up for a season 2. It's well worth watching and even when it begins to get predictable and far-fetched, the acting and tension still keep you watching.

From Friend to Fiancé
(2019)

Great acting and believable script
I, too, am surprised this film got some really bad reviews. I thought it was well acted and it kept me guessing as to the outcome in spite of the spoiler title!

I really appreciated that the older actors at the nursing home were portrayed so well as normal people. I get so fed up when they are made to look stupid or unable to DO anything. I loved that she had a good friend in the guy on the scooter as well as her friend her own age.

I would have liked them to have taken advantage of the venue and just got married right then instead. It looked like she had a very simple wedding after having 'gone to town' on everyone else's. Shame really...she wanted to marry in that castle too and she'd called in so many favors that day.

When Calls the Heart
(2014)

Can't get past inaccurate hair/make-up/costumes, dialogue & sets
As I now read that others have had the same problems with the staging of this series as I have, I feel compelled to give it a low rating. I love "family values" programming and I am so disappointed not to be able to get behind this series I've come to very late.... but I can't. Even the dialogue and some action by some characters are too modern so it completely ruins it for me. I'm a costume designer and make-up artist for TV and commercials and it's truly unforgivable in my opinion. The producers need to visit the set of "Murdoch Mysteries" for a bit of "movie" authenticity.

Love in Paradise
(2016)

Luke Perry and cast were great....
This was a really simple, enjoyable movie and I almost forgot it was "Hallmark". The acting was great, the pairing of Avery and Heather was believable and with realistic chemistry and it was a solid cast. The fact that he couldn't ride at all was a bit too much given his roles in his westerns but they made the script believable because they were.

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