The final awards of the year go to the best Hallmark movies of the year. This year they cranked out 18 new Christmas movies, and another 18 non-holiday movies. First up, the non-holiday awards.
Winner non-holiday category: I Do, I Do, I Do
Why it won: A groundhog-day type movie, repeating her wedding day over and over until she gets it right. This movie was hilarious, but probably unintentionally so.
Runner-up: All of My Heart
Why it didn’t win: Genuine chemistry between the two leads and the best sidekick Hallmark has produced yet, but can’t overcome the sheer absurdity and hilarity of I Do, I Do, I Do.
Honorable Mention: Love on the Air
Rating 7.15 (review here)
Why it didn’t win: It was a tough year in the non-holiday category, and this likable film didn’t have the humor to beat I Do, I Do, I Do nor the characters to best All of My Heart .
Dishonorable Mention: So You Said Yes
Why I didn’t like it: Kelly Martin plays a sanctimonious, arrogant, hypocrite, who thinks she knows it all, but is wrong almost every time.
Now for the Christmas Category, brought to you by Folgers fake-coffee. Every movie this year had a warehouse-sized Folgers canister prominently displayed on the counter (sometimes with a random close-up of the “coffee.”)
Winner Holiday Category: On the Twelfth Day of Christmas
Why it won: A logical and believable film (a rarity for Hallmark) with a solid enjoyable cast. It represented Christmas well. Review here.
Runner-up: 12 Gifts of Christmas
Why it didn’t win: The conflict that arose was probably illegal. All the characters reeked of desperation. Review here.
Honorable Mention: Crown for Christmas
Why it didn’t win: It’s exactly like all the other princess movies. Review here.
Dishonorable Mention: Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge
Why I didn’t like it: The logic was missing. A couple has a miscarriage, so they decide to move to Tennessee from North Carolina to start a bookstore. I imagine the book explained this decision a whole lot better than the movie. It would be an injustice to dimensional space to describe the lead characters as flat. Their personalities were null. For a large portion of the movie, there was no conflict, perhaps because they decided to stretch this movie into two movies, to be continued in 2016 – seriously? We have to wait a whole year to find out what happens? I don’t care that much to wait. No review, no rating until the