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December 20, 2013

Ball State professor releases list of top 10 Christmas movies

ANDERSON — With the holiday just around the corner, many are utilizing their last few days of Christmas to watch their favorite seasonal movies, and Ball State University telecommunications professor Wes Gehring has his own suggestions.

The film teacher released his top 10 Christmas picks to watch this year. Among them are beloved classics such as “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street.”

Gehring said he loves movies from the 30s and 40s, but more modern films like “Love Actually” and “Elf” also made his list.

“'A Christmas Story’ is one film that strikes close to home,” he said. “That one is popular partially because it’s been played 24/7 and I think most people would have it on their own lists.”

Other movies that made Gehring’s list include “The Bishop’s Wife,” “The Shop Around the Corner,” "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Scrooged.”

Gehring said sometimes a movie comes around that becomes an instant classic, but most have to stand the test of time. Movies that are played frequently, like “A Christmas Story,” easily become holiday favorites.

“If there’s some quality involved, it can be turned into a classic by being on nonstop,” he said. “'I Love Lucy,’ for example, is a television show that is constantly on. It became part of our DNA and continues to pass the test of time.”

Movies about second chances and new perspectives on life, like “Remember the Night” and others on the list, make for good Christmas movies, Gehring said.

“In populism, where I would place many of these films, the bottom line is these movies are introspective about people having second chances and people more receptive to change,” he said. “They’re sentimental and work better this time of year because for me, that’s what Christmas is all about — second chances. “

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