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Sepsis Waiting to Happen

Our Virtual Vacation continues with a stop in Australia for 1986’s Crocodile Dundee with Paul Hogan. It’s always risky when you revisit the hits of 35 years ago. We remembered the heady of days of being a reporter with a seemingly bottomless budget. And how the movie inspired all of us to put Australia on our travel lists. Did it age well? Were we pleasantly surprised? At least when you travel back to the 80s you are guaranteed to get some awesome wardrobe choices. Linda Kozlowski as reporter Sue Charlton did not let us down. Come back to the 80s Outback with us, if you dare. It’s not just the crocodiles that are dangerous.

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Annette Wierstra with Deborah Stanish and Jean MacDonald


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No Snakes, Just Goats

Join our Agents on the first stop of our Virtual Vacation 2020! While we are all stuck at or close to home during the COVID-19 pandemic, our mission is to travel the globe through romance movies. We start our vacation in Beechwood Downs, New Zealand with Falling Inn Love. This movie is a gentle rom-com that shows off the scenic country while leading us through Netflix’s take on a Hallmark movie. Its slow pace and likeable characters are the perfect companions for a relaxing start our vacation together. Weighing comfort over romance, our Agents just can’t endorse hiking in the dark in wet clothes. And then they turn their imagined sequel into a very different kind of movie.

Next stop: Australia!

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Annette Wierstra with Kathy Campbell and Quinn Rose


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We’re Making Omelets

Time for Mission Double Feature and Chill! It’s an Austen adaptation mashup with Clueless and Bridget Jone’s Diary. At least two decades later do these classic romcoms hold up? Can modern Austen heroes and heroines give us the vapours? Ultimately our Agents just want you to know that despite your silly mother, your bad driving, your blue omelets and green gunge, your refusal to listen to The Cranberries… We like you. Just as you are.

Annette Wierstra with Moisés Chiullan, Jean MacDonald and Sage Young


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Just Let the Kids be Horny

Our Agents of S.M.O.O.C.H. are drinking on the job. Is this a good idea? Probably. Not. After discussing the creepy romanticness of the Twilight movie, we present our first tipsy commentary. This commentary expands on our regular Twilight discussion with immediate reactions to the movie through red wine tinted glasses. Which doesn’t make this movie any less blue. If chaotic commentary is your thing, uncork your bottle of red and press play on 1, 2, 3, Bella!

Annette Wierstra with Jean MacDonald, Moisés Chiullan, Kathy Campbell and Tiffany Arment


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50 Shades of Blue

It’s our first Heart Surgery mission where we pick apart a movie that is much maligned and decide what our hearts really feel. The surgery candidate: Twilight the movie, the book, the TV show that we expect will inevitably appear. Is this movie your “Great Shame” or do you love it unabashedly? Is Edward smelling a skunk or is he swoon-worthy? Do you like all the baseball or is it too much baseball? Do you think it is too blue or exactly the right amount of blue? Regardless of your opinion, we have an Agent to defend your opinion. Except for the blue. No one’s defending that. Well, maybe one.

Annette Wierstra with Jean MacDonald, Moisés Chiullan, Kathy Campbell and Tiffany Arment


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Comics Make Love Too

Forget superheroes! Our special agents are on a mission of love in the pages of comic books and graphic novels. To do this topic justice we’ve brought in some specialized agents including Danica Le Blanc, an owner of a local comic book store (LCBS), and Paul Cornell, a comic book writer. Our team has recommendations for teen romance, queer romance, and erotic romance proving that everyone can find love in the racks of the comic book store.

Annette Wierstra with Moisés Chiullan, Paul Cornell and Danica LeBlanc


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Pamplona Bebes!

Listen to our agents on this swoon-worthy mission for the Canadian comedy Schitt’s Creek. If you are wondering if this show is for you, the agents open with a spoiler light pitch for why you will want to join this fandom. Then, with a focus on the Rose family’s romantic relationships, they reminisce over all six seasons of the show. The agents declare that we’re all a little bit Alexis before spontaneously awarding our second SMOOCHIE for romance in a Comedy Show. It’s simply the best.

Annette Wierstra with Sage Young, Quinn Rose, Brian Hamilton and Shelly Brisbin


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Austen’s Mechanics of Marriage

Welcome to our First Jane Austen Mission! Our Special Agents of S.M.O.O.C.H. discuss the newest Emma adaptation directed by Autumn de Wilde. They explore their feelings around Austen, adaptations, and how Austen always presents us with so much more than romance. It’s hard to stop so our Agents are already plotting more Regency related missions.

Annette Wierstra with Jean MacDonald, Sage Young and Joy Piedmont


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Back to Hot Dad

Join our Special Agents on their first double feature. We examine the first two installments of the Netflix trilogy: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the teen rom-com centred on Lara Jean Covey. Inevitably we discuss which romance team we are on and the trials and tribulations of a high school romance. It’s a roller coaster of emotions where we propose multiple spin-offs and toss about wild speculations. But there is one thing we all agree on: we’re all paging Doctor Covey.

Annette Wierstra with Quinn Rose, Moisés Chiullan and Sage Young


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A Room With A Vyse

Join our agents as they melt over the first installment of our Merchant/Ivory Club: A Room with a View. This classic movie from 1985 is packed full of stars who present a love story with humour, a sweeping classical soundtrack, and a kiss that weakens the knees. A love story this rich and fulfilling deserves to be savoured.

Annette Wierstra with Moisés Chiullan and Jean MacDonald


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She Megged Her John

Join the S.M.O.O.C.H. Organization Mission #2: In which we delve into the romances of Little Women. Will Jo meet her match? Will Amy win our hearts? Will Meg find happiness? Follow our agents as we celebrate the latest spin on this classic by Greta Gerwig. And we spontaneously present the first ever SMOOCHIE Award.

Annette Wierstra with Jean MacDonald, Sage Young and Moisés Chiullan


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Love to Snipe You, Baby

Happy Valentine’s Day Agents! Welcome to our inaugural episode from the S.M.O.O.C.H. Organization. We’re celebrating the holiday of love with a draft of our Special Agent’s favourite romance movies paired with a romantic dessert. Will we pick your favourite romance? Maybe Probably not. But we promise it will be delicious.

Annette Wierstra with Quinn Rose, Moisés Chiullan, Kathy Campbell and Jean MacDonald


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Welcome to Agents of SMOOCH!

You are invited to join SMOOCH. Become part of an organization dedicated to searching out romance and celebrating all the things that make you swoon. Before we launch our inaugural mission on Valentine’s Day, we want you to meet some of our special agents and learn why we are excited to be part of SMOOCH.

Annette Wierstra with Erika Ensign, Quinn Rose, Moisés Chiullan, Sage Young, Kirsten Goruk, Jean MacDonald and Kathy Campbell