A Christmas Story (1983)
Everyone who saw A Christmas Story on its original release to theaters knew they were seeing a classic movie, a perfect glimpse of a particular moment from the past. It reviewed well. But the trouble was not very many people saw it. Luckily for us all, it was given a whole new life on home video and, later, on cable – stations still sometimes run it 24 hours at a time during the Christmas season. How sad it would be, if we didn’t have the adventures of Ralphie and his Christmas dreams to remember! His yearning for his Daisy Red Rider BB gun, his torture by bullies in the merciless cold of a Midwest winter, his old man’s lamp, the gin-blossomed department store Santa — so many moments from this movie have become our own memories as viewers.