I have been doing a lot of thinking and changing over the past few months, and I believe the time has come to do some movie reviews on here–not always big-time either–so that I can share some of my current interests and bring to light some possibly lesser known films and even shows. This is one such time.
For awhile, I have been a firm supporter of Hallmark shows and movies. I am even a member of their Crown Media Press. Lifetime movies are not a first choice with me by any means, so this may seem like a departure. But let me tell you the story. It still relates to Hallmark, and my entire world has opened in new ways.
First season of Cedar Cove on Hallmark Channel was amazing, but I knew nothing about twitter chats and live tweeting sessions. I learned all about that when Signed, Sealed, Delivered came about. And then as I went on, I began to discover that there was more to any of this than I could have ever imagined. I began to connect with people and the actors of Cedar Cove in ways I could never have imagined. (Okay, I might have been able to dream, but …)
Towards the end of the summer, I connected with one actor on the show almost accidentally. If you know the show Cedar Cove (which only has two shows left in its second season), you are going to know “Cowboy Cliff” played by Sebastian Spence. I could not have told you who he was, but I instantly loved this character. I actually didn’t know any of the actors on the show. It was only this season that I discovered the name of this actor. And, well, he’s quickly become my favorite actor. That’s right. And it’s so much more than his acting. He is an amazing human being. And how do I know that? Well, I probably can’t guarantee every word I say–I’ve never met him. But I have been following him on twitter for several months now, and he was the very first celebrity to not only follow me but allow me to send direct messages to him. Oh, and he responds to as many tweets and messages as he can. And that is what has sold me.
Now, maybe all that sounds crazy. But let me be honest. There are some fine actors out there today–that is true. I can think of a handful that have been given amazing roles, and it’s true that they may have more talent than Sebastian Spence does. I won’t deny that. However, these same actors are not pleasant people, and they are constantly in the news for doing dumb, hurtful, and arrogant things. I get really tired of actors who are like that. And in this day and age, social media is paramount. How many times have you sent a tweet out to someone you respect and gotten no notice? Okay, I know they’re busy. I get it. But actors and celebrities who harness the power of social media are eventually going to have a set of loyal fans for life not just for the duration of a show or a movie.
That’s what Sebastian does . (Yes, I’m calling him by his first name. Why wouldn’t I?) He treats his fans as individuals. He responds to them as such. Yes, we all go and “stalk” his twitter page and jump in on conversations and interact with him as if we are friends, or at least acquaintances. This busy guy calls each of his fans by name, and he always wishes them well. And if you choose to follow him, he will follow you back. (The day he did that, my mouth nearly hit the floor.) He claims to know nothing about social media. (Okay, probably true based on a few things I’ve seen) but he does something that so few do any more. He treats his fans as people. And he definitely does his best to put a smile on each of his fans’ faces. And hopefully we do that for him in return.
Read more about the movie here.
It has only been a few brief months since I discovered the wonder that is Sebastian Spence, and I have been on a quest to find and watch as many of his movies as possible. He is more known for roles in which he plays the “good guy,” and this movie is a departure from that. However, it is that which makes me so drawn to this movie–his versatility. Now don’t get me wrong. The other actors are fantastic in their own right, but for me, It is Sebastian’s performance that makes this movie so phenomenal. I found myself so drawn into the story, but I was pleasantly surprised that this movie did not have the pitfalls that I sometimes see in other Lifetime films. There was no real profanity, no overly graphic violence, and only a very brief “bedroom” scene. I found myself sucked into the world of the psychotic stalker, and I never turned away in disgust. At this point, this is my favorite Sebastian Spence film, but that may change as I discover more gems from his vault of films. If you could only watch one of his films, and you don’t mind a bit of creepiness, watch this. If you prefer him in romantic roles, watch “Cedar Cove,” “Daniel’s Daughter,” or “My Mother’s Future Husband.”
Oh, and as a side note. He has very loyal fans. (Yep, I am one. Could you tell?) Don’t go around ‘bashing” him. We get so tired of that, and I swear you’ll have a revolution on your hands that you don’t want to deal with. I’m not joking.
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