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A year of movies is sweeter in meter
Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald offers a new year’s gift: a poem recapping the 2012 movie year.
Seattle Times movie critic
Dear readers, look — a year’s flown past
With scores and scores of movies massed.
Twelve months of film, from great to worse
So let’s revisit them — in verse!
First off, some cheers and greetings nifty
To Bond in “Skyfall,” suave at 50,
And Daniel Craig, that cool-eyed mensch
Who looks so swell with Judi Dench.
Let’s say bye-bye to “Twilight” fun:
Yes, “Dawn” has broke — at last, it’s done.
(More sequels? No! I’ve no more time
To spend in making “vampire” rhyme.)
For showbiz fans: quick, here’s a quiz:
How many close-ups in “Les Mis”?
How many notes, from low to high,
Are sung by those about to die?
Did Crowe and Jackman, in their rages,
Out-sing Cruise in “Rock of Ages”?
And don’t you wish, if dreams had wings,
That Streep and Jones had sung “Hope Springs”?
Meanwhile, superheroes rumbled:
“The Avengers” never fumbled.
Spider-Man went back to youth;
Snow White showed a lot of tooth.
Neeson fought wolves in “The Grey”
Knightley whirled through “Anna K.”
Buns were shook in “Magic Mike”
“Dark Shadows” no one seemed to like.
“Looper” took a time-trip journey
Jack Black shot MacLaine in “Bernie”
Denzel manned a plane in “Flight”
“Cloud Atlas” — well, it took all night.
At year’s end, an unlikely tango:
“The Hobbit” faces off with “Django”
“Jack Reacher” comes to film from page
And Apatow greets middle age.
Now, if it’s Oscar that you’re thinkin’
Day-Lewis should win gold for “Lincoln.”
Best Actress prize, if you ask me?
Rachel Weisz, in “Deep Blue Sea.”
For Best Pic, hmm — a few surprises?
“Argo”? Or “The Dark Knight Rises”?
“The Master”? “Moonrise”? “Southern Wild”?
(And please — some praise for that flick’s child.)
A movie year of pain and pleasure —
But I hope you found some to treasure.
One last wish, and ’12 is done:
Happy New Year, everyone!
Moira Macdonald: email@example.com or 206-464-2725. Apologies to Roger Angell, whose annual “Greetings, Friends!” poem in The New Yorker inspired my annual foray into verse.