30 Thoughts I Had Watching Netflix’s “A Christmas Prince 2”

As you may have gathered, um, I’m as you could say, a bit obsessed with romantic comedies and cheesy love stories unfolding on screen. There’s just something about curling up and watch your troubles melt away when can watch a totally predictable and cheesy romance movie with zero regard for conflict and only a couple coming together. So settle in (I’m already wrapped up in my Snuggie.) and pop on the latest Netflix holiday flick, A Christmas Prince 2: A Royal Wedding, and once you’ve finished (or don’t mind spoilers), read on for a list of my random thoughts and musings I had during and after the cutesy holiday followup to last year’s festive flick.

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  1. Amber and Richard are still going strong… But like, how practical is it that a king can take off to visit his lady love whenever he wants. Especially she’s a blogger, like she can write anywhere. I mean, nothing is tying her to NYC.
  2. “I don’t want to get recognized!” Then, why did you (the future queen) fly into the country commercial?
  3. “I feel like a new person” HAHAHA they just had to address that they recast her father, to a slimmer, gruffer, less facial hair, and more hair-hair version…
  4. How much money did they spend on this? It looks poorly made, like horrible quality… Sorry, but I speak what I feel.
  5. Her new Pops asking if “all this stuff free” in the limo is such a MOOD. Like, 100 percent accurate and my life.
  6. Amber got a Meghan Markle casual look wardrobe update.
  7. Is it possible that Richard got even stiffer than the first film?
  8. The “haute couture” wedding gown? Yikes.
  9. Richard is being a jerk who doesn’t want to hear his love’s ideas or thoughts. HELLO, We as women have thoughts that are valid and important!
  10. Leopold (which, who?) is coming back from Monaco to help… Why do I get a bad feeling??
  11. SIMON! He’s gone… well, common. And, hair. Oh, and is he redeeming himself??
  12. Oy. That wedding dress and veil. Oooo.
  13. This lil’ shy, nerdy boy that clearly likes Emily is so cute. This is the love story I wanted in the movie. HEART MELTING.
  14. How dare they censor her blog? #FreedomOfThePress
  15. Did Richard just say “keep calm and carry on??” LOL, like, they aren’t in England.
  16. How dare the wedding planner and protocol head make Amber take off her dead mother’s locket for a busy J.Crew statement necklace??
  17. If this is a romance movie, why can’t Richard stick up for his supposed love?? Perhaps one reason why I cannot seem to get into this sequel.
  18. Simon and Amber’s bestie Melissa have more chemistry and have far more fire together than the future king and queen of Aldovia. Just saying..
  19. Can we discuss how they made the young princess Emily a master hacker/coder?? YASSSS. She is my fave.
  20. How very Meghan Markle of her to make Amber shutter her blog. She’s a writer; she loves to write. As the future queen, she should be allowed to do what she loves.
  21. HE DOESN’T DEFEND HER AND HER PASSIONS. HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BUY THEM AS THE LEAD ROMANTIC COUPLE. HOW?
  22. We have 20 minutes left, and in a movie titled the wedding, where is the wedding, huh??
  23. I take back what I said about her dress earlier. This wedding dress she actually wears is far too plain, boring, and ill-fitting. Ew.
  24. This film feels like bad fan-fiction as opposed to having a good story to tell, like they tried to rush the idea of making a sequel to be timely with the real Royal Wedding.
  25. The inflatables on the royal Christmas tree look extremely tacky.
  26. Amber’s best friends finding love with Sahil and Simon, respectively, were too cute though, and made up for the lack of chemistry all damn movie between the two leads who were supposed to be madly in love.
  27. The Queen catching the bouquet presumably to fall in love with Amber’s butler is giving me Queen Clarisse and Joe love vibes from Princess Diaries and I am here for it. Almost as much as I am here for a Princess Emily spin-off feature film. Maybe her dull brother goes off on a foreign trip and she must save the day and steal the show (as if she doesn’t do that already). Buy that movie, Netflix.
  28. Has anyone ever made a Chanukah romance holiday movie? Because, that is a genius idea that they need to rectify. Like, you could even call one “The 8 Dates of Hanukkah.”
  29. Does the end of the film mean we are getting a third film??
  30. This film was pure trash, but did I watch it in its entirety? And rewatched to write this post? Obviously.

In pure Christmas romance movie (and Netflix) fashion, this brought out all the feels as we like to cozy up to watch cheesy romances unfold. If a third film (or frankly, any other romance from the platform) gets made, I’ll still be right here, watching every minute of it. We could all use a good, relaxing cheering-up sometimes…

Thoughts after watching “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life”

Alright, so it’s been long enough to avoid spoiling Netflix’s newest TV revival: Gilmore Girls. That means I can write a post I’ve been yearning to do since I first started the four-part mini-movies right after Thanksgiving. (Note: I literally stayed up until 2 a.m.- 8:30 a.m. to see it in completion that Friday post-Thanksgiving. And it was totally worth it.)

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Here’s a random collection of my thoughts, divided by season.

*Please stop reading for now if you have yet to finish the series– spoilers aplenty 😉

Winter:

  • Rory is freelancing? How much does she hate not having a solid job?
  • Wow, Paul is super nerdy, poor guy
  • Luke’s offers free wifi for customers?? He’s gone soft
  • Wow, the sets are wayyy bigger, ASP
  • Michel got married?? To another Frenchman? Who wants kids?
  • Haha Lorelai’s Jeep is “fun to kick”
  • OMG, Richard’s portrait is HUGE (but, I’m still crying)
  • Funeral making me cry  a lot
  • Oh my god, JASON STILES!
  • Luke and Emily hugged?!?!
  • No no no no, not Richard’s seat, Luke!!
  • Okay, maybe I was right in my prediction that Lorelai will be pregnant?
  • Paris has a surrogacy/fertility firm? (Well, it combines her law and medical passions)
  • Geez, Paris has a lot of degrees!
  • Rory and Logan in London together! (shrieking here)
  • It’s a “only in London” relationship??
  • Haha Taylor finally lost it… But Luke’s has fake wifi
  • Haha the irony of Doyle being a screenwriter (accurate, right, Danny Strong??)
  • Nooo Paris and Doyle divorcing?? (I shipped them the hardest in the original series.)
  • Did Lane and Zach buy Sookie’s house??
  • We get to see preteen Steve and Kwan!!
  • Hep Alien looks the exact same.
  • I can’t believe Emily is wearing jeans… (OMG, they were teenage Lorelai’s!!)
  • Can’t have Stars Hollow without its wacky festivals..
  • Paul Anka the dog dressed as Luke, haha

Spring:

  • Stars Hollow composts??
  • Haha Mrs. Kim is the exact same… “They suck eggs… Literally.”
  • It’s Sasha (Julia Goldani Telles) from Bunheads! (Side Note: Lin-Manuel Miranda loved it!!)
  • OH MY GOD, Mr. Kim appears!!! He exists!
  • Awww, Rory and Logan are so cute. Heart eyes emoji…
  • WTF, Logan is engaged?? (I did think that’d be possible…)
  • Stars Hollow has a secret bar??
  • Real Paul Anka dream is back!
  • Kirk made a second film??
  • Gilmore Guys cameo at the inn!
  • Rachael Ray??? (Um, she pronounced Sookie wrong…)
  • Well, I think Dakin misspoke at Waitress about which episode he was in…
  • Richard left Luke money to franchise the diner?? That’s still a thing?
  • New actor as Tristan?? Weird.
  • Francie??? In the bathroom??
  • Paris and Doyle have cute kids!!
  • Awww, “Ace…” Heart eyes emoji.
  • What did Paris name her kids though???
  • Look, Paris dresses her daughter in Burberry..
  • Mae Whitman cameo! And such a cute little scene between Lauren Graham (her TV mom)
  • Rory is not the best journalist– blatantly ignoring an unplanned story angle that’s more interesting than her scheduled idea of what it should be.. (See Nylon article on this topic for more.)
  • Wow, Rory is back to a relationship with someone else’s guy…

Summer:

  • OMG April!! Hipster?
  • Woah, April went to MIT…
  • This scene really humanizes April from the original series… Makes her likable now
  • Luke is still an ass about parenthood (haha punny, sorry.)
  • Prediction: Logan will break up with his fiancee for Rory??
  • Ginny (Bailey De Young) from Bunheads cameo!!
  • Carole King is back!
  • MUSICAL!
  • Is Rory going to take over the Gazette? Knew it.
  • Sutton Foster singing!!!
  • Michel is leaving?? Sad.
  • “Let’s have another round tonight:” Hamilton reference??
  • Lane works for her mother??
  • Whose kids are Dewey and Brandon?
  • Haha Doyle as a sellout
  • Christian Borle singing!!
  • Oh my gosh, I freaking love this musical….Hilarious. Jeanine Tesori did great.
  • Sutton and Christian’s pilgrim number…
  • Yes Babette, Christian Borle is hot… (Sorry, my Broadway fangirl is showing.)
  • “You are me in pants/ a dress.” What?? (They are siblings???) WHAT.
  • “Rapping like Hamilton..” hahaha
  • Haha singing Waterloo from Mamma Mia!
  • Carole King singing!! Haha Taylor saying it’s bad…
  • New DAR ladies?
  • “TV tray in the living room.” What. Emily wouldn’t even let them eat in her car…
  • JESS!! (A bit confused that Jack Pearson from “This is Us” is in Stars Hollow and shaved…jk)
  • “Still a contender,” aww cute.
  • Wait, has Rory not had any underwear for three seasons?? Um…
  • Jess, so inspirational
  • Prediction: Jess’ book idea is the perfect show ending
  • How has Emily not fired Berta by her standards?? (Side note: Berta is Gypsy aka Rose Abdoo!)
  • Is Emily saying ‘hello’ again?
  • What is going on with Luke??
  • Hmm I bet Logan still loves her over the fiancee…

Here we go… Fall:

  • Mimics Wild by Cheryl Strayed?
  • Truly (Stacey Oristano) from Bunheads cameo!!
  • LG’s teacher fiance from Parenthood (Jason Ritter) as park ranger cameo!!
  • Are Luke and Lorelai the wedding scene??
  • Life and Death Brigade!! In Stars Hollow?
  • Logan showed up, awww… he so loves her!
  • Dancing with the Stars and Strictly Come Dancing pros in this tango scene!
  • Huntzberger Maine house key?? (Like Vermont for Olivia Pope and Fitz of Scandal??)
  • Book: how the show will end??
  • Logan’s eyes show he’d rather be marrying Rory instead
  • Adam Braverman from Parenthood (Peter Krause, Lauren Graham’s partner as other ranger!!
  • Where is Emily??
  • Luke fighting for Lorelai. FINALLY.
  • Ah she’s proposing again!
  • Is Rory going to write Richard’s story?
  • I’m in tears as we see old image of Richard in his study…
  • The show was her whole manuscript??
  • Emily just revealing everything!!
  • Miss Celine!
  • Rory meeting with her dad!!
  • Christopher joined his family company?? GG is still in Paris??
  • Emily is selling the house?? WHAT.
  • Asking for a loan– full circle to the pilot
  • DEAN in Doose’s!!
  • Dean left town and got married and has four kids?? Wait, he LEFT??
  • SOOKIE baking the wedding cake! (I knew it from the trailer!)
  • Is Truncheon/ Jess going to publish Rory’s book??
  • Is Team Jess endgame?
  • 20 minutes left and I can’t stop crying.
  • End: “Mom, I’m Pregnant.”– Like no matter guys, she’ll be just like her mom to the next generation?
    • This show has never been about men and romantic relationships– it’s a family dynamic of a close mother and daughter; final scene exemplified that.
    • When she met with her dad, was that closure about her childhood or really about coming to terms with this baby and potentially Logan as the father/ raising the baby on her own???
    • SO FULL CIRCLE.
    • It closes the chapter of the show that had been open since season 7, with a hint of openness that only Amy could write…
  • 8:30 a.m.– I finished it. So moving and profound. Wow, a perfect ending to a longtime favorite show of mine…

Well, there you go, a random collection of my complete thoughts while binging the latest Gilmore Girls movies for the first time. Were you similar? What did you think?
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My Latest Fall Obsessions

Hi everyone! It’s been a crazy, hectic fall semester full of homework, keeping up with the election news (ugh, so overwhelming), job applications and my senior seminar research study, which is why I haven’t posted as much. But, I’m back now! Yay! (I choose to believe you, my loyal readers, are just as thrilled to be reading this as I am to get to write this.)

With the fall season, in between the serious news and workload, there’s been plenty of new pop culture to immerse oneself in.

1.  Netflix’s new show, “The Crown.”

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  • Is there a certain quota of Matt Smith’s bum shots to include per episode?
  • Is it [the bum shots of Matt Smith as Prince Philip] historically accurate??
  • Time to pull up Wikipedia for a historical timeline and family tree…
  • Oh no, I can relate to such bad fog over London! 😦

2. Netflix’s acquisition of one of my favorite BBC shows, “Doctor Foster.”

maxresdefaultWhile abroad in London (one year ago *insert sobs here*) and taking classes in British media, I began watching a new series called “Doctor Foster,” a five-part story of British GP Gemma Foster living a happily married life as a wife and mum until discovering a single blonde hair on her husband Simon’s scarf. The show tells the story of a woman finding out about her husband’s infidelity and the lengths she goes to find the truth. Such a powerful story courtesy of the Beeb, and I truly recommend you all to watch it. Truly brilliant, and it’s such a shame it is a British show because I have absolutely no clue how I’ll be able to watch the second series (now filming) when it starts airing.

3. Kenzo X H&M collaboration

screen-shot-2016-05-25-at-8-23-15-pmUpon the release of H&M’s latest designer collab (remember how genius the Balmain one was a year ago??) with Kenzo, I immediately went to the lookbook and was instantly obsessed. Knowing I couldn’t get it all because most of it was sold out was sad, but I chose an adorable off-the-shoulder printed floral blouse and I cannot wait for it to arrive later this week, because I have already planned outfits around it. (Too much?)

4. Gagged Chokers

gagged-chokersCreated by Broadway’s Princess Jasmine (Courtney Reed), a new business venture has emerged and created handmade, unique chokers for the cool girls. And they made a Broadway collection. Seemed like a no-brainer to me. After careful consideration of what was in stock and various styles, I chose the Memory choker: a leopard-print (alternating with a plain gold) choker inspired and named from the Broadway revival of “Cats.” It was the appropriate mix of edgy, trendy and cute, and once again I have outfits planned well in advance to match. (Is that too much?)

5. “The Magnolia Story” book

I just started this weekend “The Magnolia Story” of Chip and Joanna Gaines from the HGTV hit “Fixer Upper.” While I’m only on chapter one and two, I’ve instantly become transfixed by the humor and cuteness of real-life home decor couple Chip and Joanna Gaines. I start thinking, “Aww! They are so cute!! ❤ *melting into a pile on the floor*)

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6. My calming mechanisms

The one thing that can always calm me down after a stressful day: HGTV. Watching any HGTV show never fails to calm down my nervous energy brought on by the amount of stress I’ve been feeling as a senior in my last semester of college ever. So, sometimes it helps to calm down and de-stress, which this blog is also helping.

7. The tear-jerking dramedy on NBC, “This is Us.”

Ever since binging the first episode, I was hooked on this new show (which clearly the rest of the world was too, as it was picked up for a full season hours after the pilot aired.) It’s so well-written and does such a great job at telling human stories, interwoven with the perfect sprinkle of humor. The one downer: I. CAN’T. STOP. SOBBING. Literally, this show has (on average) reduced to me to tears at least twice an episode. The only show where my emotions can play tennis, and alternate between laughing and ugly crying every few minutes. Kleenex, you should get on this– I smell a perfect corporate sponsorship opportunity here.

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8. Niall Horan’s new single, “This Town.”

I know Directioners, this may seem like a tragedy that the day long feared as arrived— the 1D boys’ solo projects. Which for me, signifies the end to a 1D era. But, Horan’s debut single is so different, but I love it. More reminiscent of Ed Sheeran’s ballads, it’s so beautiful and I love listening to it… Sometimes on repeat. (No judgment, please.)

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9. Little Mix’s new single, “Shout Out to My Ex.”

Shortly after Horan’s single another UK-based single was released, this time X Factor winning girl band Little Mix. And while you immediately start debating whether or not this was meant as member Perrie’s ex (and 1D’s ex-member) Zayn and his rather quick turnaround of a relationship with model Gigi Hadid, I’m over here jamming out this smash hit. So fun, and pure Little Mix, which is perfect, rumors aside of who it is based on with the title “shout out to my ex.”

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10. I’d be crazy if I didn’t include the upcoming Netflix “Gilmore Girls” revival…

Yes, I am so excited to see where literally every character from my favorite adolescent television show has ended up. And before you even ask what team I am— I’m Team Right Guy at the Right Time for Rory! (They were all great prospects for the time they were together, I think everyone can agree on that.)

Those are some of my obsessions this fall season! Go check them out yourself, and let me know your thoughts!

And make sure to VOTE tomorrow! Whatever side you choose, remember that it’s YOUR voice and you have the chance to make YOUR voice heard and count, because everyone’s voice matters.

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