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By Kiara Catanzaro, '15
As the holiday season approaches, the St. Bonaventure community reminisces about their favorite Christmas movies.
Although “Elf” was released in 2003, the movie stills shows consistent popularity a decade later. In a poll of 100 random St. Bonaventure students, faculty and staff, 29 percent of the campus community agrees that “Elf” ranks number one as their favorite Christmas film. The poll features six Christmas films favored among the campus community.
“Elf,” a Christmas comedy directed by Jon Favreau, stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, an elf living in the North Pole who discovers his true identity as a human. He travels to New York City in hopes of finding his real father as he attempts to spread holiday cheer along the way.
Hannah Gordon, a freshman journalism and mass communication major, said she prefers comedies, which explains her fondness of the movie.
“Will Ferrell is a fantastic actor, and he portrayed his character very well in the movie,” Gordon said. “I also like how unique the plot of the movie is from other Christmas films. ‘Elf’ is a great movie for anyone who appreciates comedies.”
In second place with 20 percent of the votes was “Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” which was directed by Ron Howard in 2000, starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch. Based off the 1957 book by Dr. Seuss, the Grinch despises Christmas and plans to destroy the holiday season for the Whos, a happy community who adore Christmas.
“It’s a Wonderful Life” ranked a close third on the movie poll with 18 percent of the votes. Directed and produced in 1946 by Frank Capra, this drama film features Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey who contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve. However, Bailey’s guardian angel, Clarence, shows him the many lives he has touched throughout his life and stopped Bailey from committing suicide.
Emily Jo Manchester, a sophomore Spanish major, expressed her appreciation for the older film.
“I love the lessons that people can learn from this movie,” Manchester said. “It’s a reminder that everyone has a purpose in life, whether we realize it or not. Another lesson is that people should show their appreciation for everything they have instead of focusing on what they do not have.”
Ranking in third, fourth and fifth place are a selection of Christmas classics including, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with 12 percent, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” with 11 percent and “Home Alone” with 10 percent
Josh Carniewski, a graduate student in the integrated marketing communications program, said he enjoys how the St. Bonaventure community equally appreciates new and old Christmas films.
“‘Home Alone’ is my favorite movie in general; however, it’s nice to see a combination of modern and classic Christmas films on the poll, Carniewski said. “I’m not surprised to see that ‘Elf’ ranked number one, but ‘Home Alone’ will always rank number one in my opinion.”
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