Hallmark's "Chasing Waterfalls" Reunites Cindy Busby & Christopher Russell

Starring:  Cindy Busby & Christopher Russell

Released:  2021

Summary:  A photographer visits an isolated lodge in search of scenic waterfalls and other idyllic natural features to capture alongside her attractive guide.

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Fans loved Cindy Busby and Christopher Russell when the two paired up for 2020's Love in the Forecast, and so Hallmark Channel reunited them for a 2021 Spring Fling premiere.  It's the third Hallmark movie featuring Russell as a nature man who thrills female viewers with the rugged way he tames the wilderness and survives the elements--he's the epitome of masculinity.

You may remember Love in the Forecast was about a dairy farmer teaching a meteorologist how to predict the weather via nature rather than high-tech equipment.

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Busby and Russell have become friends over the course of filming two movies together, and you can sense their comfort level and camaraderie throughout the movie. Their playful banter feels genuine rather than scripted.

In Chasing Waterfalls, Busby plays Amy Atwater, a would-be photographer who petitions her boss for the chance at an assignment to find and photograph a mystical waterfall.  Reluctantly, her boss gives Amy a chance to prove herself and promises a promotion if she succeeds.

Like many of us women, Amy lacks an internal compass along with the ability to follow a map, so she enlists the aid of a handsome tour guide, Mark North, to escort her through the remote areas leading to each waterfall. 

At first, Mark will only take Amy to the main tourist attractions that have already been photographed.  What Amy really wants to see are Angel Falls and Redwood Falls, though Mark enigmatically refuses to confirm or deny whether Redwood Falls even exists or is merely a legend.

As Amy grows closer to Mark and his daughter, Kyra, he relents and promises to take her to Angel Falls, as long as she promises not to reveal its location.  Even though Amy turns off the geotagging on her camera, her co-worker still finds it embedded in her file and prints the exact latitude and longitude in the subsequent magazine article, causing a giant rift between her and Mark.  Eventually, Kyra convinces her dad that Amy was tricked by her boss, and all is forgiven.

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One thing both Love in the Forecast and Chasing Waterfalls share is a total dud of a kiss in the final scenes.  In their first movie together, Busby's and Russell's kiss is hesitant and careful, and in their most recent, it is very tight-lipped and brief.  If Hallmark produces a third movie with this couple, there better be a kiss that viewers can feel all the way to their toes, like we get with other leading men like Andrew Walker, Tyler Hynes, Ryan Paevey, and Luke MacFarlane.  

Thinking about the two movies starring Busby and Russell, which one do you like better?  Vote below!

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Who Are Busby & Russell Married To In Real Life?

After four years of dating, Cindy Busby tied the knot with Chris Boyd, a producer, in December of 2020, so she's a newlywed!

Busby admitted the wedding was a little smaller due to the pandemic, but it was still "beautiful" and the "perfect day."

Looks like Busby got a Hallmark happy ending!

Christopher Russell and his wife have been together for 17 years, and according to an Instagram post, his heart still "skips a beat" whenever she walks into a room. The happy couple shares two beautiful children together.

Russell's Instagram account expresses the deep love he feels for his family.  He states, "Family.  Where life begins and love never ends.  I love you three bigger than the thing that's bigger than the universe! #soulmates #bestkidsever #youhadmeathello #beautifulbritishcolumbia #familyiseverything."

How many of you have a romantic spouse like that?  Mine would probably post a question like, "What's for dinner tonight?" or something equally charming.

Fun Behind-The-Scenes Look At Chasing Waterfalls

Despite the movie location looking like some remote region of the world, it was shot in British Columbia in Canada, and all the waterfalls were found within an hour and half of Vancouver.  

When filming the final waterfalls, called Redwood Falls in the movie, the cast and crew weren't allowed to post any pictures of the location to keep its whereabouts hidden--a fun fact that parallels the storyline of the film.  Most of the movie was shot outdoors, with many of the locations being a 20 minute hike for all involved in its making.

Cindy Busby had a stunt double, of course, but she still had to scale rocks and mountains, and sit on cliffs, which was a real challenge for her, since she has a fear of heights.

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Busby said this about it to AfterbuzzTV, "I heard a quote recently where your imagination is always worse than reality, and it's so true.  We always overthink things and then when we actually do them, the exhilaration of having accomplished something that we didn't feel comfortable doing is always so much worth it than living in that fear and not doing it."

The lodge where Busby's character stays is actually a non-profit for kids with cancer called Camp Good Times, but it was unoccupied at the time of filming due to the pandemic.

Like Amy Atwater, Busby and the rest of the crew did not have cell phone service in this remote area during their week and a half stay, but Busby told TV Goodness, "So that was kind of fun too.  Nobody was on their phones and we were just together.  It was kind of nice to just really connect."

That should serve as a lesson to all of us!  With all the gunk happening in the world that divides us, unplugging is a great way to close an escape route that is very isolating anyway to force us to notice and connect with the people around us.

The most unforgettable movie scene for Busby is the part where she and Russell are in the water.  If you remember, the scene is short and sweet, and there's a reason for it.  The water was about 40 degrees, so they couldn't stay in it for more than 10 minutes at a time.  Busby tells viewers that when they watch that scene, it might look good, "but just know it didn't feel good!"

What's Your Favorite Part Of The Movie?

Despite the gorgeous scenery that takes center stage in Chasing Waterfalls, one of my favorite things about this movie is how for Amy, photography isn't just about snapping pictures and having them look good.  She searches for the personality of each waterfall and does her assignment with her heart and soul, not just robotically to check it off her to-do list for work.

Wouldn't we all do our jobs better if we approached our work the same way?

What's your favorite part of the movie?  Be sure to share your thoughts in the comment section!

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You've Seen Cassidy Nugent Before

Cassidy Nugent plays Kyra North, Mark's daughter with his ex-wife.  Like the typical tweener, Kyra likes a boy but doesn't feel pretty enough for it to be reciprocated, so in motherly fashion, Amy offers her advice and support.

Kyra often pokes fun of her father for all of his bad dad jokes.

If Nugent looks familiar, it's because she's no stranger to Hallmark.  She's played in Love Struck Cafe, When Calls the Heart:  The Greatest Christmas Blessing, and The Angel Tree.  

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Hallmark's "Fit for a Prince" an Adorable Cinderella Story, Minus the Odd Ending

Starring:  Natalie Hall and Jonathan Keltz

Released:  2021

Summary:  An aspiring fashion designer is the talent behind a high-profile designer, but she longs to have her own business.  Hired to dress ladies of a wealthy family hosting an upcoming charity ball, Cindy's life takes an unexpected turn when Prince Ronan becomes smitten with her and takes note of her talent for design. 

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A Modern Cinderella Story

Fit for a Prince was written by T. Booker James, who did an excellent job in putting a fun spin on an old fairytale.

In place of Cinderella, we have Cindy Cordella--notice the similarity in names.  Cindy is the creative seamstress genius behind all the dresses in the Rebecca Raslyn line, but since Raslyn takes all the credit initially, that casts her into the part of the wicked step-mother.  Cindy relies on a team of people to help her sew, however, and not an eclectic group of mice and birds.  

Ronan is our Prince Charming, and Julia and Brooke are like the wicked step-sisters.  These conniving plotters don't tear Cindy's dress apart, like in the original, but they do manage to make her unpresentable by telling her to dress casually.

Imagine the embarrassment of arriving at such an elegant gala in a T-shirt and jeans!  Ronan comes to her rescue by changing into a T-shirt, too, and it's a modern act of pure chivalry.  Later, Ronan confronts Raslyn on Cindy's behest and informs the Hamilton's and their guests that Cindy is the talent behind the designer brand.  Surprisingly, Cindy isn't fired, but Raslyn promotes her to partner.  This was a creative way for a prince to come to the rescue of a damsel in distress while still supporting her independence.

Cindy is such a loving, accommodating, and kind soul, mirroring the exact character of her storybook counterpart.  She continues to defend and see the best in Rebecca Raslyn, no matter how many times her boss takes advantage of her and keeps stringing her along about advancing her career.

If it weren't for the invitation and insistence of Virginia Hamilton, Cindy would have never been able to  attend the ball, so that makes Virginia our fairy godmother, minus the bibbity, bobbity, boo!

Regardless of Cindy being a commoner and Ronan headed for the throne, they both find their happily ever after, even without a glass slipper.

Natalie Hall and Jonathan Keltz Shine

The last Hallmark movies featuring Hall and Keltz were not fan favorites, namely You're Bacon Me Crazy and Falling for Look Lodge, respectively.  In the first, Hall's acting was phony and unnatural, and in the second, Keltz proved that nerdy could never be the new sexy. 

Yet, in Fit for a Prince, both actors struck a rhythm, hit a stride, and fell into an easy groove with one another.  Hallmark must have realized that by adding an English accent to Keltz's character would make him irresistible--we romantics are suckers for accents.  You probably remember Keltz from his royal role in Once Upon a Prince in 2018.  

Ronan points out that Julia and Brooke see Cindy as a threat because she is "real" and they are not.  Cindy's authenticity is one of the things that wins his heart.  "Be yourself" is an old adage that continues to stand the test of time when it comes to relationships.

A Monkey Wrench Into An Otherwise Perfect Ending

Ronan doesn't whisk Cindy off into a carriage or even away on a white horse, but they do have the undivided attention of the guests as they dance together at the ball.  Cindy proves that despite being a commoner, she has grace, elegance, beauty, class, and poise.

Throughout the movie, Cindy inspires Ronan to be spontaneous, and even with everyone watching, he defies protocol and kisses her.  The movie could have ended right there.  But it didn't.  Ronan dares Cindy to be spontaneous, and apparently all she could come up with was to bust an awkward move on the dance floor that ended as quickly as it began as the waltz strikes back up again.  

Viewers are like, "what the heck?"  That scene could have been clipped and left on the editing floor.  It simply didn't fit.

Otherwise, this movie was a refreshing twist to a traditional tale.

The End.


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Hallmark's "It Was Always You"--Thoughts & Two Fun Polls

Starring:  Erin Krakow and Tyler Hynes

Released:  2021

Summary:  A fiancee starts to question her life choices and puts her future engagement plans in doubt upon the arrival of her betrothed's free-spirited brother.

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Do You Have Wanderlust?

When Elizabeth Hall (Erin Krakow) returns to Echo Beach for her engagement party, hosted by George's mom, she questions whether or not marrying George (Giles Panton) might be a mistake.

They have their dental practice in common, but aside from that, are they too different?  To be with George, the proverbial "stick-in-the-mud" who never wants to stray far from his dental office, Elizabeth must sacrifice her desire to travel and see the world.  

When Elizabeth reconnects with George's brother, David Belling (Tyler Hynes), he manages to fan the flames of her wanderlust.  David reminds her of the note she'd written when she was 13 of all the places she wanted to explore in Italy.  
Lightening strikes the bridge to Echo Beach, and George can't cross over to help Elizabeth with all the last-minute party planning.  David fills in for him, and the more time Elizabeth spends with him, the more uncertain she becomes about tying the knot.  

George is not spontaneous, nor is he a risk-taker.  He prefers to map out his future on paper to have a plan and a schedule, which includes mostly dental conferences.  He's already married to his career and has no interest in taking time off work to travel with Elizabeth, no matter how many times she's asked him to consider it.  George only agrees to toy with the idea of traveling when they are old and gray.

David drives Elizabeth to her appointment with the DJ.  They decide to test a song to see if it would be a good selection for her wedding dance.  When David holds Elizabeth close, she gets weak in the knees.  She's never had that feeling with George, so when George finally does make it across the bridge, she asks him to dance with her.  She wants to see if she can recapture the zing with him that she experiences with David.  Not only does George maintain an assured clear distance with her during the dance, he asks if they can be done.  The lack of sparks with George, combined with his stubborn unwillingness to take time away from work to travel, gives Elizabeth the final proof she needs to make the decision to end their engagement.

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Lest Hallmark make a love triangle too hostile, Elizabeth doesn't jump right from George's arms to David's, though viewers wouldn't have minded since George is a big dork and her chemistry with David sizzles.  Still, Elizabeth takes an entire year off to travel, and when she leaves one destination, she ends up finding another to visit.  While most of us could not afford to abandon work for an expensive, year-long vacation, in Hallmark world, it's totally do-able!

When Elizabeth finally returns home, she learns Louise is planning to marry Eugene.  By this time, George is dating the dental hygienist from his office, so David makes his move.  Insert best movie line here:

I loved you yesterday.  I love you today.  I'll love you tomorrow.    
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No wonder this movie was the highest rated cable program the night it premiered!

Tyler Hynes And His Leading Ladies

It can't be over-stated how much Hallmark fans adore the pairing of Tyler Hynes and Erin Krakow in It Was Always You, but how does Krakow measure up to leading ladies from Hynes' movies past?  Vote for your favorite Hynes leading lady!

Grandma Vivian

David's grandma, Vivian, echoed a point that undoubtedly had older viewers nodding in agreement.  Vivian can't wrap her mind around the concept of engagement parties, implying they are a little over-the-top and unnecessary.  When she was young, people simply got engaged without all the fanfare and married quickly.

Vivian's right.  Why would people have the audacity to invite friends and family to an engagement party where gifts are a must, to a bridal shower that necessitates another gift, and finally to the wedding where a gift is customary.  Engagement parties sound like a way to milk the kindness and generosity of those closest to you.  

Vivian also states, The shorter the engagement, the longer the marriageDo you agree or disagree with that statement?  Share your thoughts in the comment section!

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A Movie That Inspires Cravings

Does this movie make you crave either key lime pie or popcorn?  Elizabeth consumes plenty of both, but the popcorn looks the most tempting to me.

If you eyed the plate of raw oysters, you're a lot braver than most!  

Hallmark shares their own recipe for key lime pie here, if you're in the mood for something sweet. 

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