I’ll Be Home for Christmas Movies: The Deck the Hallmark Podcast’s Guide to Your Holiday TV Obsession

Running Pr. Oct. 2021. 272p. ISBN 9780762499359. pap. $22.99. FILM
The hosts of the popular Deck the Hallmark podcast—Gray, Daniel “Panda” Pandolph, and Daniel Thompson—along with Alonso Duralde (Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas), offer a compendium of Hallmark Christmas movies. The three hosts’ very different feelings about their subject matter (from “I love Hallmark movies” to “I like Hallmark Christmas movies” to “I despise Hallmark Christmas movies”) result in an entertaining read, full of witty commentary. The alphabetically arranged entries for each film include plot summaries and production information, as well as “Hot Takes,” in which all three hosts offer a quick opinion (“A little bit boring,” “A real snoozer,” “Atrocious”). Some entries feature additional sections, like “All the Feels” (about parts of the movie that “gave the hosts warm Christmas feelings”), “Wait, What?” (lines of dialogue or plot points that don’t make sense), and “What the Hallmark?” (scenes or story lines that need more explanation). The book also includes bios of the podcast hosts, background on how the podcast began, and a brief history of Hallmark Christmas movies, and it all ends with guidance on throwing a Hallmark Christmas party, complete with recipes.
VERDICT A funny, affectionate coffee-table book that TV movie lovers, especially Hallmark Christmas movie devotees, will enjoy and want to refer to again and again.
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