Last month, my Lawrence of Arabia review became the 50th movie review I’ve ever published on 18 Cinema Lane! Because of this, I wanted to create a special post to celebrate this accomplishment. Since I have been busy participating in blogathons, accepting awards, and reviewing films and trailers, this post ended up being published on a later date than I had originally planned. But, because it is the Christmas season, I thought that a Christmas themed blog post was essential. So, as the title says, I created a movie themed Christmas wish-list! This list is a fun way to talk about the things I, as a movie blogger, would like to receive for Christmas. Even though this post is comprised for wishful thinking, I chose to include things that I think could be realistic. Before this list begins, I just wanted to say that this list will be broken up into four categories. These categories will follow the model of this quote:
“Something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read”
However, each category will be movie themed, as this list has been created by a movie blogger. So, let the Christmas wish-list begin!
Something You Want
(This category is for anything movie related that I want)
- If you read the conclusion for my Halloween Double Feature, I apologize if everything I’m about to say sounds like a broken record. Ever since Hallmark Hall of Fame made the permanent move to Hallmark Channel in 2014, Hallmark has put a conscious effort into casting at least one Hallmark Hall of Fame alumni and/or one actor who had never before appeared in a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. The Beach House is a perfect example of this, with Minka Kelly and Andie MacDowell returning to the Hallmark Hall of Fame community, as well as Chad Michael Murray and Mackenzie Vega appearing in their first Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. To satisfy this pattern, I would like to see Stuart Townsend and Marguerite Moreau star in a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie together. In 2002, Marguerite starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, The Locket, while Stuart has, as far as I know, never appeared in a Hallmark project. I’m not sure if there’s anything preventing them from appearing in a Hallmark project or if they’ve ever gotten along well enough where they would want to work together again. However, after watching Queen of the Damned for the first time, I would be curious to see if Stuart and Marguerite have what it takes, talent-wise, to help carry a project like a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie.
- I’ve mentioned on my blog before that I am a Bucky fan. Out of the key superheroes that appeared in Avengers: Infinity War, Bucky is one of the few characters that’s not considered an official Avenger. There’s also been speculation that Steve Rogers might step away from the Captain America title. Because of everything I just said, I want to see Bucky become the next Captain America. Within the Captain America trilogy, there have been hints at this concept possibly becoming a reality. Also, Bucky has overcome so many obstacles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that him achieving this important status would feel like a victory. In a certain amount of time, Bucky’s popularity and his fan-base has grown. As a character, Bucky has proven that he is just as important as the other heroes in the MCU. If Bucky became the next Captain America, he would finally receive the “standing ovation” his fans have waited a long time to see.
Something You Need to See
(This category is similar to the previous category. However, the things that are listed in this category carry a greater significance than anything on this list)
- I have been a fan of Trans-Siberian Orchestra for twelve years. In 1999, the band received a movie called The Ghosts of Christmas Eve. What I love about Trans-Siberian Orchestra is how story-oriented their band is, using their music to weave together intricate and well-written stories. But, I found the story within The Ghosts of Christmas Eve to be lackluster with a lot of wasted potential. For years, I have wanted Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Hallmark Hall of Fame to team up and create a Christmas movie musical where the band’s music is not only featured in the movie, but their music is also woven into the film’s narrative. Since Hallmark Channel has sponsored some of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s concerts in the past, including their most recent tour, I’m pretty sure that the network could partner with Trans-Siberian Orchestra for a movie project, if the band was ever interested in participating in a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Because the band has a recognizable name, the potential Hallmark Hall of Fame movie could increase Hallmark’s ratings during their Christmas line-up. The movie would definitely be an ambitious project for the network, as this would be the first movie musical in the history of “Countdown to Christmas” and “Miracles of Christmas”.
- In my spoiler-zone review of Avengers: Infinity War, I mentioned that Bucky was cured by Shuri in one of the Black Panther end-credit scenes. When I did see Avengers: Infinity War, I was bothered that no one in the movie addressed Bucky’s medical status. In Avengers: Endgame, the most important thing I want to see is a confirmation of Bucky’s cure. Whether it is mentioned by Bucky himself, Steve, Shuri, or T’Challa, I hope Bucky’s cure in mentioned in Avengers: Endgame so it can become a piece of official MCU canon. I saw a GIF on Pinterest where Sebastian Stan kind of confirmed Bucky’s cure when he said, “Wakanda’s great. Shuri really has cured me”. However, I don’t know what interview the GIF was from or if Sebastian said those exact words.
A movie related piece of clothing or accessory I’d want to wear
(This category addresses a movie related piece of clothing or accessory)
- I’ve given some thought about what I would talk about for this category. What I ended up picking was the pink leather jacket from Wedding of Dreams. This is a great jacket because it can be paired with almost any style as well as any color and pattern. In Wedding of Dreams, Debbie wears the jacket on two occasions: when she’s taking a casual trip to the grocery store and at her wedding reception. If I were to own this jacket, the back of it would say “Miss Silverscreen” instead.
A book I’ve read that I’d like to see adapted into a film
(This category is reserved for talking about a book that I feel should receive a film adaptation)
- I’ve read Hurt Go Happy several years ago and I really enjoyed it! Whenever I’ve thought about books that could make great Hallmark Hall of Fame movies, Hurt Go Happy was also on my mind. If you’re not familiar with this story, I’ll provide a brief synopsis. Joey is a young girl who is deaf. She really wants to learn sign language, but her mother won’t let her. Over the course of the novel, Joey becomes friends with her neighbor, Dr. Charles Mansell, and his pet chimpanzee, Sukari. Because of this friendship, Joey is able to learn sign language. If Hurt Go Happy were adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, it would incorporate two story elements that haven’t been in a Hallmark Hall of Fame project in quite a while. The first is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie having a young person as the film’s protagonist, where the last movies to have this were A Dog Named Christmas, November Christmas, or Christmas with Holly. The second is a movie featuring either a protagonist or a significant secondary character living their life with a disability, where the last movies to have this were A Smile as Big as the Moon or Remember Sunday. Like a potential Trans-Siberian Orchestra movie musical from Hallmark Hall of Fame, a Hurt Go Happy film adaptation would be an ambitious project for Hallmark Hall of Fame, as this movie would be very different from the other films that have premiered in recent years.
What are your thoughts on this Christmas wish-list? What movie related things would you put on your wish-list? Share your thoughts in the comment section!
Have fun at the movies!