A Wish for Christmas (2016) – Netflix Review

A Wish for Christmas was next on my Netflix tour of terrible Christmas movies.

A Wish For Christmas

Synopsis:

Sarah is a junior website developer for a marketing company with dreams of moving up the ranks. However she is unconfident and afraid to speak up, meaning that people like her boss walk all over her. Santa pops by to grant her one magic wish (ta pet) and she wishes for courage (ala cowardly lion) which she has for the next 48 hours. HURRAH. Cue sassy pants, making goo goo eyes at the CEO of your company and decorating cookies with his Mum.

Acting:

8.5/10

Lacey Chabert plays the main character Sarah and does a pretty standard Hallmark movies job. Ticks the boxes for me. Extra 0.5 for the cute child with speech impediment “fwanks Sawah”

Story:

8/10

It’s corny, but corny like a nice barbecued corn on the cob smothered in butter. It’s what I want going into a Christmas movie. I am not sure magic Santa wishes were necessarily required in the plot, could have been that she just had enough and started speaking her mind.

Dead Parent Count:

1

Setting:

9/10

Starts of city, heads over to small snow capped ski town. Cute houses, snow, smothering of fairy lights and baubles. Random carol singers. Scenes are suitably Christmas pretty.

Predictability:

8/10

Overall we all know where the story was headed but there were some nice sassy pants moments that were not too painful to watch. It’s predictable in the warm cosy way, like you know what you are getting. A comfortable old pair of slippers.

Cheesy Rating:

8/10

Cheddar

Terrible Rating:

6/10

Can’t lie I enjoyed it, I had a nice time. It is not that terrible. It certainly isn’t great but it’s what I want in a Christmas movie.

 

Angel of Christmas (2015) Netflix Review

Hallmark movies, Angel of Christmas was next up.

Angel of Christmas

Synopsis:

Susan is set the task of writing an article (looming deadline, Christmas of course) about a wooden hand-carved angel that has been passed down through her family. The angel seems to bring people together (when I say bring them together I mean, doe eyes and marriage within a year or so…YIKES).

Acting:

6/10

Generally not too bad, but there are some super cringe worthy moments of weird acting.

Story:

5/10

SPOILERS

It’s pretty painful if I am honest. Even by my terrible movie standards. Her great-grandfather carved the angel for a mystery actress he fell in love with before meeting her great-grandmother. It’s all a big mystery. Both her grandparents and her parents met after dealing with this pesky wooden angel (who I am SORRY but is far too heavy for any sodding Christmas tree). OOOOOH MYSTERIOUS. Damn thing seems to be able to blow papers around, turn TVs on and cut out the power. What did G-G-PA carve this thing with?! Gandalf’s staff?

Susan hates Christmas because her ex dumped her one year. WORST REASON EVER. Get over it, have a gingerbread latte love.

Her love interest has paint splattered on his face and clothes for the majority of the film…we get it, he is a free-spirited artist. Susan and him are just so mismatched, I think that is what they were going for (opposites attract kind of thing) but it almost went too far. I give their relationship until Easter. She was better off going with the bloke in her office.

Dead Parent Count:

0

Setting:

3/10

Set in New York. Throw in a token snow cabin at the end. The constant CGI fluttering snow was really distracting and really fake. There is some laughable green screen. There are also some awful outside but actually inside a set scenes. Some points for token decorations thrown about the place.

Predictability:

8/10

There is a twist, I spotted early on. It is your bulk standard love story of opposites attract. Well at least I think that it what it was trying to be.

Cheesy Rating:

8/10

The rind of a strong blue cheese. The bit no one wants.

Terrible Rating:

10/10

Just awful.

Christmas Inheritance (2017) Netflix Review

Second on my terrible movie watch list was Christmas Inheritance

Christmas Inheritance

Synopsis:

A young heiress from New York, who seems to have remarkable random talent for gymastics but also been the most uncordianated clumsy person ever is sent to a small town Snow Falls to deliver a letter. Because apparently a post man won’t cut the mustard and it simply MUST be delivered by hand. Cue snow, fairy lights, silent night played on repeat and an inevitable romance with taxi driver/hotel manager Jake. Will she deliver the letter? Will she remember she has a fiance?

Acting:

8/10

Alright actually, at no point did it make me cringe or question if they had their lines written on their hand. Andie MacDowell makes an appearance.

Story:

4/10

(SPOILERS)

It makes an attempt to tell the “spoiled stupid heiress turns good” plot, yet kind of forgets to mention half of the plot points required for any sensible character development. She seems like a nice girl from the start despite doing some stupid things. The whole spoiled girl having her life turned around just didn’t really seem to work.

There are so many many questions. So many many holes. A snow storm means a run on the hotel of needy guests including the local homeless chap, however a romanic walk outside is had… and her fiance manages to drive up? Why is her fiance such an arse? Is it only when she is doing shots that she can do a backflip? The rest of the time she just breaks stuff and falls down? Her dead mother is mentioned at the end that, that was the reason she was reluctant to go to the town… was it? Did I miss this? Why does she seem to suddenly be running the hotel after about 48 hours? Did Andie MacDowell properly read the script before she signed up for this film?

Dead Parent Count:

1

Setting:

8/10

Setting is pretty cute. Small cute American town sprinkled in snow. The main action is in the super cosy hotel.

Predictability:

8/10

The overall plot is pretty predictable, but part of me thought it might be going elsewhere alas this was due to the superbly wiggly plot line that just made me question what on earth was going on.

Cheesy Rating:

6/10

A nice ripe brie.

Terrible Rating:

10/10

Truly awful

A Christmas Prince (2017) Netflix Review

I love Netflix. What I love more than Netfllix, are the terrible Christmas Movies on Netflix.

There are some absolute gems on there this year! So here I embark on my mission to watch them all and bring you the best of the worst, and the worst of the worst.

First up we have A Christmas Price

A_Christmas_Prince

Synopsis:

An American reporter is sent to the beautiful snowy mountain country of Aldovia to follow the story of their playboy prince who is set to take the throne on Christmas eve. She conveniently accidentally becomes part of the staff by pretending to be the princesses tutor and of course conveniently accidentally falls in love with the prince. Can she convince him not to give his throne up to his annoying cousin? You guess.

Acting:

6/10

Pretty solid score for a terrible movie. The villains in this story are pretty bad, reminded me of a kids movie. Maybe it was a kids movie? I am not actually sure… “size matters” *wink wink nudge nudge*. It wasn’t great. No oscars for best actor here.

Story:

5/10

I don’t think too much time was spent scribbling down the plot on the back of a beer mat. Perhaps room for a doodle of a pretty European castle.

Dead Parent Count:

2

Setting:

8/10

Pretty scenery. Think fancy snow resort, snow, castles, snow, horses, snow, twinkly lights, snow. Oh and snow.

Predictability:

9/10

Pretty sure I have seen this story before? It is hilariously predictable. Not a full score for one small twist I didn’t see coming.

Cheesy Rating:

10/10

Camembert.

Terrible Rating:

7/10

It’s pretty terrible. I made it all the way through though without too much physical pain. It even managed to raise a couple of smiles. Suitably terrible.

 

 

Honest OOTD – Week 3

In the spirit of honesty, seeing as this is Honest OOTD, this was yesterday not today. I would like to say I was so busy yesterday that I simply did not have the time to upload… however… truth is that I took the dog for a long walk, then binge watched the second series of American Horror Story. Oops.

Honest OOTD Amynoos Week Three

I have neglected to crop the image apparently… pile of wires and books is evident.

My top a white and black striped t-shirt from DC Shoes. It was purchased in a sale on their website about 3 or 4 years ago. It is super long and could be worn as a dress (a short dress mind you, probably need some leggings) and it is super comfortable. It is, however, pretty shapeless (seems to be a theme of my clothes). The jeans are “wide leg mum cropped” jeans in a very light blue (stonewash?). This is THE WORST angle for this outfit haha. It makes my body look abnormally long, and my legs abnormally short. I love these jeans, they are new. I got them in Primark last week for £15. They are made of a really soft denim and come up pretty high on the waist. My socks from Primark, same as last week however I suspect from a different coloured set as they are not blindingly brightly coloured. I have a lot of these socks.

I am wearing make up! Not much face make up, just a little blotting powder but I went with full eye make up. My hair is up in a “styled” bun. You can’t see it but there is a plait in the top.

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Honest OOTD – Week 2

Welcome to our second week of Honest Outfit of the Day.

Honest OOTD - Week Two

I cropped the image, again to hide wires and a discarded book to the right of the image.

From bottom to top, today’s outfit starts with some unnecessarily bright yellow socks. The photo doesn’t quite do them justice. Think highlighter pen. I do quite like them, but they are pretty lurid. They were part of a pack of similarly lurid coloured socks from Primark.

Then we have some dark blue jeans from Rocha John Rocha (Debenhams), I paid about £40 for these year before last. They are the only ones that I could find with a slight bootcut and that were not sodding skinny jeans. What is with all the skinny jeans? I have two pairs, they actually don’t fit that great and require a belt. They are nice quality though and fairly comfortable (aside from the fact they keep falling down sans belt).

The top is from Tu at Sainsburys, it is a sleeveless top in a sort of blue/green/grey with tribal style patterns. It is longer at the back than at the front which you can’t see in this picture. I love the length of this top, I always enjoy a top that is a bit longer in length. I got this top in a sale last year, I think it was about £5-7, not much at all and it is one of my current favourites.

I have not put on a full face of make up because I could not be bothered too. I threw on some mascara and combed my unruly eyebrows as I was popping out to the post office after taking this. I have put my hair up in my current go to style, dutch braid pig tails. This is always a good hairstyle to keep my hair out my face and looks like I have put in a bit more effort.

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Honest OOTD

OOTD for those who are not down with the Internet lingo is outfit of the day. The internet is littered with images of men and women, in fantastically put together outfits from Whistles and The White Company, casually draped across sun-drenched bodies with eyes hidden behind Ray-Ban shades, carefully posed on a beautiful doorstep in the posh part of town.

You know that it is one image of at least 75 that were taken. The best angle achieved, lighting, smoothed in post-production.

Nah.

So here we go, I have gone for the opposite. We have my honest OOTD for today, Tuesday 24th July 2018. In honest OOTD I will take one photo. Any changes made will be declared. So here you are;

Honest OOTD 24/07/18

I cropped the image to make it evenly framed, and to cut out the pile of headphones, chargers and pyjamas to the right. I also put up the brightness a tiny bit because it is dark in this room, if I open the blinds then I am back lit and come out in silhouette (although some might argue I am best viewed in this manner). This is a crap mirror, I should have cleaned it before the photo. If you can see me through the muck, today’s outfit comprises of some unshapely black slouchy trousers with elastic around the ankles. I got them from Sports Direct about 5 years ago. The elastic is unforgiving and they are slightly see-through in certain lights. I have teamed this with the first top I grabbed out of the drawer, a £1.80 green strap top from Primark.

It is hot at the moment. Like sweat in your eyeballs, skin blistering, muggy floppy hot. Hair is in top knot. Not even a top knot, that would suggest I thought it a style. I tipped my head upside down, and tied my hair out of my face. No make up. I haven’t even washed my face, although I have someone popping to the house to do some odd jobs in 10 minutes so I do plan to have a shower after they have left.

Perhaps I should have taken the photo then.

Hey but this is going to be honest. So there you go, our first honest OOTD. Because the Internet needs more of me without any make up on.

Distractions

It has sat feeling unloved, abandoned, kicking it’s toes in the dust wondering if I will ever return again.

It isn’t unloved, nor forgotten.

Just misunderstood and still figuring out who it is.

Perhaps the fact I am referring to it as if it were a living breathing entity is half the issue.

Unfinished drafts.

Time.

Excuses.

Tea.

RuPauls Drag Race.

This one is also a massive distraction…..

Reggie Cavapoo

I have been teaching him how to use instagram, go show him some loves Reggie Cavapoo

Suck it up. Let’s do this!

P.S. Thanks Paul for the nudge :o)

Random Thing I have loved in… March 2018

Approximately 12 seconds into Christmas Eve, Easter begins in the shops. Although each year this produces a grumbled swear from me (and one year quite a loud one) about how quick it is, I am actually quite happy about the arrival of these bad boys.

Amynoos Oreo Eggs Favourite

The Cadbury Oreo Eggs. They are divine. You get about 6 in a pack which usually retails around £1.50. (Although they always seem to be on offer for £1).

Amynoos Oreo Eggs Favourite

They are a small chocolate egg with an Oreo cream filling. I am not sure exactly how to describe it, it’s creamy, it’s crunchy, it’s just heavenly.

Amynoos Oreo Eggs Favourite

I am obsessed with them. I will not disclose how many bags I have chomped through but it is safe to say more than 2.

Amynoos Oreo Eggs Favourite

You will need to get them in while you can though as they disappear soon after Easter. Which because I am apparently the slowest blogger ever is now in the past! So run, RUN TO SAINSBURYS! However do not worry because no doubt they will be back before we can say Bah Humbug.

Becoming Mrs G….. The Lead Up Part 3

Read part one here, and part two here.

Wednesday 13th September. 3 sleeps to go. 

Today was probably the first day I didn’t have a major wedding task to do or looming. Had lots of emails to respond to, organised the art work with the chap for the photo booth and also the uplighters which he is also doing. It should look good! I sorted out the quiz bits and mounted the readings for the people we have asked to do them. I have resisted the temptation to eat the left over favour chocolates. Did a bit more packing for the weekend. Quite a relaxed day really! 

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Wedding Favours 

Thursday 14th September. 2 sleeps to go. 

The day after tomorrow! Eak! Shit it’s close. I went to go and get my nails done. The lady that did them did a really good job and I was really pleased. They look so pretty, exactly what I wanted.

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Wedding Nails

Dad and Mum picked up the suits for the boys. Jezz forgot to tell 2 of the groomsmen that this was a thing happening today. Another of the groomsmen popped over on his way from work and collected his and and the one for our mini groomsmen, plus the two who had no idea all of this was going on. I had to do some frantic communication to make sure that they would be in to receive the suits and try them on. It was all fine thankfully.  Jezz’s brother popped over and tried his on. I think we are ready to go! Looking forward to getting cracking tomorrow! 

It is out last night in the flat as an unmarried couple. Last night together as an unmarried couple. 

Tomorrow is going to be a busy day!  

 

Friday 15th September. 1 sleep to go. 

This morning we had a fairly relaxed start, but the mood was exciting. A bit like the day before you go on holiday. We got up and sorted out the last few bits, packed the last few pieces in the cases.

Jezz and I decided to have a little KFC brunch before my Dad came over at around 1pm to do the first run of wedding bits and pieces over to Pelham House. Mr brother came to help too. So Dad, my brother and I got as much as we could into Dad’s car and then headed to Pelham House. We put all the stuff in the chamber suite, which was already being set up for the big day tomorrow. So exciting! Dad dropped me back to the flat on the way back, then they went to go get lunch and do some more runs with stuff from their house.

Jezz was busy practising his speech. We loaded up the last few bits into our car and off we went to Pelham House. It felt weird but very exciting to know that the next time we will be in the flat we will be married! I laughed in the car, said to Jezz “that’s it now, when we come back you will be stuck with me”, and he replied with “aaaah well, there is always divorce” hahahaha. Cheeky sod.

We got to Pelham House and parked up, then we checked into the hotel. We had different rooms that night as per the tradition of not seeing each other. We put the last few bits in the chamber suite and Jezz went off to practice his speech again. Mum turned up, then we went to have a drink at the pub around the corner with Jezz. It was a proper “local” pub, bit ropey, but the gin and tonic went down a treat. Dad called Mum as he had arrived again with the my aunts so she headed back. We finished our drinks and then headed over too. My aunts got checked in, and were closely followed by my brothers arrival with all of the camera equipment for our videographer to film the wedding tomorrow. We spent a bit of time in the hotel doing some pottering, had a cup of tea with Mum and then I headed to the Chamber suite to start putting some of the things on the tables. We got about 5 tables done, there were still two tables not set up yet. Everyone went to go and freshen up for dinner at 7pm. My bridesmaids and one of the groomsmen arrived just before 7pm. The maid of honour was sharing a room with me so that was fun, like a sleep over! Jezz’s mum joined us for the meal. We had a really lovely meal, I had salmon gravlax, lemon sole, and then brandy chocolate mousse. The best man popped into the hotel during coffee and we all had a few drinks together (he had been unable to make the meal). Then went to bed just past 12, didn’t want it to be too late. The MOH and I headed back to the room and had showers, we chatted for a bit and laughed at the MOH’s other half who had been to another wedding that day and was hammered texting her. Very amusing!

Sweet dreams. Tomorrow is the big day. Lets hope I can get some sleep.  

Amynoos Becoming Mrs G Wedding Preparation Excited

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