Getting into the holiday spirit
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10. "A Christmas Story" (Bob Clark, 1983)
Chalk this one up in the “can’t escape it because of TNT” category. I love the film, though. I really do. It’s a childhood favorite that took on many different, nuanced meanings over the course of my life, but for a long time I didn’t own it, so I certainly didn’t seek it out to give it a look. It just came to me, begged for my attention with repeat viewings, insisted on catching me at whatever inopportune time it might be and forced me to sit and enjoy, because what else can you do? (I do own it now, though.) If “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a nag for all the wrong reasons, “A Christmas Story” is a nag for all the right ones.