The Holiday Calendar (2018)

The Holiday Calendar
Director: Bradley Walsh
Writer: Amyn Kaderali
Cast: Kat Graham, Quincy Brown, Ethan Peck, Ron Cephas Jones, Genelle Williams, Ali Hassan, Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll, Laura de Carteret, Kevin Hanchard, Romaine Waite, Jaeda Owens, Nicola Correia-Damude
Seen on: 26.12.2019

Abby’s (Kat Graham) best friend Josh (Quincy Brown) just returned from his prolongued travels abroad – just in time for the holiday season. Abby is really happy to have him back, but other parts of her life are less great – like her job where her photographic talent is wasted on taking snaps of children on Santa’s lap. When her grandfather (Ron Cephas Jones) gives Abby an antique advent calendar, it seems to be able to predict things – in particular, it predicts Abby’s sudden romance with Ty (Ethan Peck). Or is it all a coincidence?

The Holiday Calendar is one of the few Christmas movies that has people of color in the lead roles and for that alone, it’s worth opening a bottle of champagne to celebrate and watch it. But even disregarding that, it’s a very cute movie.

The film poster showing a young woman (Kat Graham) leaning on an advent calendar and a young man (Quincy Brown) standing behind her.
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Honey 2 (2011)

Honey 2
Director: Bille Woodruff
Writer: Blayne Weaver, Alyson Fouse
Cast: Kat Graham, Randy Wayne, Seychelle Gabriel, Lonette McKee, Melissa Molinaro, Christopher ‘War’ Martinez, Mario López

Maria (Kat Graham) was just released from juvie and released into foster care. Taking care of her is Connie (Lonette McKee) who owns a dance studio, where Maria works off her community service and tries to keep herself out of trouble. But Maria’s ex Luis (Christopher ‘War’ Martinez) – who got her into trouble in the first place – wants to have her back in his dance crew, the 718s. Maria declines, joins up with Brandon (Randy Wayne) and his crew and they try to beat the 718s at a dance battle.

Oh boy. Honey 2 might be, officially, the worst dance film in the history of dance films (which is saying a lot in a genre that has one and a half storylines and usually puts dancing abilities way over acting abilities). It is certainly the worst dance film I’ve ever seen.

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