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A poem of the movie scene — so long, farewell, 2013!

Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s customary year-end poem looks back at the cinematic offerings of 2013.


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Dear readers — hey! The time’s now here

To look back on the movie year,

So, let’s kick off a rhyming spree

From “Austenland” to “World War Z.”

First up, I smell an Oscar race

For “Gravity” (or “Lost in Space”).

Bullock shone, and yet I pondered:

Where was “Star Trek,” as she wandered?

DiCaprio, eyes cold as ice,

Played (“Gatsby,” “Wolf”) a rich man twice.

“12 Years a Slave” might Oscar score

For Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Let’s all cheer, too, for D.O. Russell,

Whose movie danced a New York “Hustle.”

And wave as a quick glimpse we catch

Of Benedict “Khan” Cumberbatch.

As themes emerge, here’s one to note:

Be careful where you steer your boat!

In “All Is Lost” and “Captain P.”

Things went quite badly out at sea:

Poor Redford’s yacht, reduced to planks,

And pirates battled by Tom Hanks.

(Though in “The Conjuring” we found

It’s not much safer on dry ground.)

In “Prisoners,” Hugh J. got scary

(Hmm, perhaps he just saw “Carrie”?)

“Pacific Rim’s” noise left us numb

And “The Lone Ranger”? Hi-ho-hum.

Sequel-land brought friends galore,

Like Iron Man, the Smurfs and Thor,

The “Kick-Ass” gang, the “Hobbit” crew,

Those creepy kids at “Monsters U,”

Hawke and Delpy, late-night walking,

“Anchorman” — yes, he’s still talking —

In “Games,” Miss Katniss stayed alive,

And — yikes! — it’s “Scary Movie 5.”

A year of mirrors and of smoke

(Could someone fetch a Diet Coke?)

Of heroes, lovers, thieves and friends,

Of once-upons, and happy ends.

Some made us thrill, some just fell flat

But I’ve always enjoyed the chat,

And hope that you, all readers dear,

Found movies that you loved this year.

So look ahead, to next year’s fate:

“Gone Girl” on screen? Don’t make me wait!

Just one last rhyme, then off I run:

Happy New Year, everyone!

Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or mmacdonald@seattletimes.com



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