Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Angel (2012) starring Della Reese, Tamera Mowry-Housely, Teri Polo and Kevin Sorbo

Olivia Mead and her classmates have been given an assignment to give oral reports about their impossible Christmas wish. Olivia's wish is for someone else, and she also wants to help other children's wishes come true. Is the run down house in the neighborhood a wishing house? Is it occupied by an angel who will grant these wishes?

I've been in the mood to watch Christmas movies and listen to Christmas music for a couple weeks now. I heard about this movie while watching Tia & Tamera's reality show on Style Network. I looked forward to seeing it for two reasons: It is a Christmas movie. And watching Tia & Tamera has shown me how hard Tamera has worked to be cast in a television show or movie. When she announced on her reality show that she got the part, I was very happy for her.

Christmas Angel cast: Teri Polo (Melinda Mead), Kevin Sorbo (Nathan Davis), Della Reese (Elsie), Tamera Mowry-Housley (Daphney Conroy), Jaiden Kaine (Jeb Conroy), Izabela Vidovic (Olivia Mead), Tyler Humphrey (Lucas Conroy), Lisa Arnold (Mrs. Bell), Rob Boltin (Mr. Brennan), Toby Nichols (Bully). It was nice to see Della Reese after so many years. And child actor Izabela Vidovic - this little lady is talented.

It seems most Christmas movies are about Santa and reindeer and elves and magical things. I'm okay with those; I like make believe. Wishes are granted in this movie, but not in any magical way (I'll leave it at that, don't want to tell too much). Christmas Angel is a film I really enjoyed more than most, because characters believed in God. It was nice to see praying at the dinner table and at bedtime and to hear Scripture quoted.

My favorite characters: Olivia (She was an intelligent little girl and she made me smile) and Elsie (Her story was interesting and she gave me things to think about).

My favorite line: Some things only God can do. Only God knows how to help.

Christmas Angel is a good family movie. Yes, there is one child bullying another; however, the way it was done I felt bad for the child being bullied, of course, but I also felt bad for the bully - the reason for his actions is clear. Also, there's a beautiful song playing during the closing credits - Mandisa is singing `Somebody's Angel'. I highly recommend this film!!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Goodbye, Andy Griffith

Andy Griffith died this morning at the age of 86. I am so saddened by this news. I know I didn't know Mr. Griffith personally, but that did not keep me from shedding tears when I found out he was gone. I loved his work - The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock and one of my most favorite movies, No Time For Sergeants (Don Knotts is also in this classic film, and I believe that's when he and Andy first met). I thank Andy Griffith for sharing his talent; he made me laugh quite often and I always appreciate a good laugh. May God comfort his family and friends and give them strength during this difficult time.

Soon after I heard the news, I had to watch Brad Paisley's music video, Waiting on a Woman, and I'd like to share it just in case you haven't seen it.