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Five Holiday Films You Should Watch this Year

by Tracey A. Maine on December 18, 2020

What’s your all-time favorite Christmas movie?

Is it a comedy like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) or a drama such as The Family Stone (2005)? Maybe it’s a classic musical like White Christmas (1954) or perhaps even an animated feature like The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)? Then again, maybe you prefer a traditional yuletide tale like A Christmas Carol (1938) or a more contemporary film such as Love Actually (2003).

Regardless of your personal preference, there’s a Christmas-themed film out there that should appeal to you!

We asked Hocking College’s Film and Video Production Program Manager, Carrie Love, to rank her of her five favorite holiday movies:

5. The Preacher’s Wife (1996)  

Love describes this film as a “sweet story of an angel who comes down to earth to help a preacher and his wife rekindle their marriage.” This film stars Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston.

 4. The Night Before (2015)

She classifies this movie as “a comedy about friends who annually reunite on Christmas Eve in search of the best party in NYC.” This movie stars Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Anthony Mackie.”

 3. Meet me in St. Louis (1944) 

Love regards this film as a “musical classic that follows a year in the life of the Smith family.” This movie stars Judy Garland in one of her most beloved roles. 

 2. A Christmas Story (1983)

Based on the writings of author/humorist Jean Shepherd, Love recommends this movie filmed in Cleveland, Ohio, and considers it to be an “iconic Christmas comedy that has played non-stop every Christmas on TNT since 1988.” 

 1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

In Love’s estimation, “This film is considered one of the best of all time. With 5 Oscars nominations, it graces the top 100 movies list every year.” Directed by the legendary Frank Capra, this classic stars James Stewart and Donna Reed.

Do you have an idea for a Christmas movie that you would one day like to bring to the silver screen? If so, then you should consider enrolling in hocking College’s Film and Video Production Program!

Focus on your passion. Download the Ultimate Guide to Film and Video Production.Since the autumn of 2018, Hocking College has offered a Film and Video Production associate’s degree program. The program provides students with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to pursue employment opportunities in this thriving industry.

Students get hands-on job experience and explore the art of filmmaking under the guidance of a program manager who has worked on a variety of film projects.

Hocking College’s smaller class sizes allow students to get more one-on-one time with their instructor and enables them to become more familiar with the following film-oriented roles and discover how each of these positions interacts with one another:

  • Film producer
  • Film director
  • Screenwriter 
  • Film editor
  • Cinematographer
  • Film composer
  • Production designer
  • Art direction/set decoration 
  • Wardrobe department
  • Makeup department 
  • Sound effects department
  • Special effects department
  • Props department

For more information on Hocking College’s Film & Video Production program, contact Program Manager Carrie Love at the following: 

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