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‘I Still Believe’ Is Worth Your Time

To be honest, I generally avoid Faith-based movies. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good inspirational film, but I’ve found many of the “church” movies to be cheesy and unrealistic. That being said, I was hesitant to watch “I Still Believe” when it came out in early March. I finally decided to give it a chance because I love the previous work of the two lead actors, KJ Apa (you might know him from the insane teen drama, “Riverdale”) and Britt Robertson (of “Tomorrowland” fame). Knowing that these actors would give stellar performances regardless of the story, I gave in and fired up the film the other day.

“I Still Believe” is the real-life love story of Christian singer Jeremy Camp (Apa) and his college sweetheart, Melissa (Robertson). When Camp sets out for college, he dreams of writing songs and playing guitar on stage. He meets a friend, Jean-Luc (Nathan Parsons), who is also a singer. At one of Jean-Luc’s shows, Jeremy spots Melissa in the crowd and is immediately taken with her. The pair begin to secretly date and a wonderful love story unfolds. However, the pair finds out that Melissa is severely ill. The latch on to their faith as they navigate the tough waters ahead.

“I Still Believe” managed to weave in faith, miracles, and Christianity without feeling phoned in or cheesy. Apa and Robertson are incredibly believable and share an easy yet intense chemistry. At the end of the film, the real-life Jeremy Camp enters, discussing Melissa’s story and her desire to change lives for the better, even if it is only one person that she impacts. After watching the film, it is safe to say that she succeeded.

You can stream “I Still Believe” on Hulu, or rent it on demand.

Happy Streaming!

~Katie

‘Songland’ & ‘The Voice’ Hit All the Right Notes on Musical Monday Lineup

If you’re a fan of music, look no further than NBC’s Monday night lineups. ‘The Voice’ is somehow still finding ways to keep the show fresh, even though it’s in its 16th season. The panel of judges this season is made up of mainstay Blake Shelton, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, and newcomer Nick Jonas. The teams have just started the Knockout rounds, where each coach pairs up two singers on their team to battle it out for one roster spot. Each team has extremely talented vocalists. Every year, there seems to be a front runner in the competition, but one has yet to emerge this season. Keep your eye on Allegra, a singer with unique and gritty tone, and Thunderstorm, whose buttery voice melts over every note.

Immediately following “The Voice”, viewers get the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of how music is made on “Songland”. Each episode features a famous musician and the three producers, Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, and Shane McAnally. The artist and producers watch as a group of up-and-coming songwriters pitch their song ideas to the artist, who then picks three songs to move on to the next round. Then, each producer is assigned to a song and its writer to tweak and improve the song, in hopes of being chosen by the artist. Then, the three songwriters perform the new versions of their song, and the artist chooses one to record for themselves. 

“Songland” is by far the most interesting competition show on television right now. It allows viewers to watch their favorite artists put creative spins on music. This week’s season premiere featured Lady Antebellum, and the song they chose to record will be stuck in fans’ heads for days on end. The upcoming artists this season include H.E.R., Martina McBride, Boyz II Men, Julia Michaels, and more.

You can catch “The Voice” and “Songland” on NBC on Monday nights or next-day streaming on Hulu. 

Happy Streaming!

~Katie

‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Will Be Your New Obsession

Since everyone is stuck in their homes for the foreseeable future, Hulu decided to be the real MVPs, releasing the hotly anticipated limited series “Little Fires Everywhere” early. The limited series, based on the novel by Celeste Ng, follows the intertwined stories of two polar-opposite families in Shaker Heights. Elena Richardson (Reese Witherspoon) lives a picture-perfect life. Her husband, Bill (Joshua Jackson) is a prominent lawyer. The couple lives in a large, picturesque home with their children, all four of whom look like they could be models. That is, before their youngest and most troublesome child, Izzy (Megan Stott) decides to set her hair on fire. Elena’s relationship with Izzy is her one wrinkle in an otherwise Stepford-like life. 

One day, Elena shows one of her family’s rental properties to Mia Warren (Kerry Washington) and her daughter, Pearl (Lexi Underwood). Elena, a rich white woman, sees Mia, a Black single mother, and takes pity on her, offering her the duplex for an extremely discounted rate. Elena tells Pearl all about Shaker Heights and remarks that her son, Moody (Gavin Lewis), is in the same grade as Pearl. Mia is a mystery to Elena – why would someone choose to live a nomadic, paycheck to paycheck life? 

As Pearl and Moody grow closer, their mothers grow wary of each other. The tension between them is palpable as they continue to show just how opposite they are. This is where Witherspoon and Washington shine – the silent, tense undertone of every meeting keeps viewers wondering just how long these two can interact with each other in this powder keg. 

Witherspoon and Washington are obviously two powerhouses, but the performances that were the most intriguing in the pilot episode were those of Stott and Underwood. Stott’s eyes pierce through the screen as Izzy seethes at her mother’s need for perfection, while Underwood’s emotion spills out during a fight between Pearl and Mia. 

The series may seem like a simple juxtaposition of the two opposite families from the pilot, but anyone who has read Ng’s smash hit novel knows that this is just the beginning…and things are about to get a lot more complicated. 

You can stream the first three episodes of ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ on Hulu. 

Happy Streaming (and social distancing)! Stay safe out there. 

-Katie