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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM

For the holiday: a movie-themed list of thanks

It’s holiday time, and as we prepare to gather ’round groaning tables with our loved ones, it seems appropriate to give thanks in this blog as well. I’m of course grateful for family and friends (including the three crazy ones with whom I just spent a giggly long weekend in Portland), but there’s much to appreciate in the movie realm as well. I’d like to give special holiday thanks, not to mention a plate of my mother-in-law’s apple pie, to the following:
— David McRae, for keeping it local and taking over the lease of the former Columbia City Cinema, bringing new mainstream and arthouse movies to the south end of town very soon.
— Whoever pops the popcorn at the Harvard Exit, because it really is better than most.
— Terence Davies, for returning from a 12-year absence from feature films with the breathtakingly beautiful “The Deep Blue Sea.”
— Allison Janney, for delivering the funniest one-word line of the year, in “Liberal Arts.” The word, by the way, was “and.”
— Denzel Washington, for reminding us in “Flight” that nobody does it better.
— Dame Judi Dench, in “Skyfall,” ditto.
— The cast of “Twilight,” for always making me laugh, whether or not they intended to do so.
— Documentarians who, with little money and less fanfare, tell stories so mesmerizing you can’t believe they’re true — like “Searching for Sugar Man,” “The Imposter,” “Queen of Versailles,” “The Invisible War,” and “Brooklyn Castle,” to name just a few.
— Wim Wenders, for creating the year’s loveliest goodbye to a departed friend, “Pina.”
— Cinerama, because everything looks so very good there.
— Everyone who sat behind me at a screening and didn’t kick my seat. (For those who did: I know you didn’t mean to. But it’s irritating.)
— Everyone who sat through the wonder and magic of a great movie and didn’t take out their cellphones just to doublecheck that nothing more important was happening somewhere else.
— This year’s impressive crop of female hyphenates: Ava DuVernay (writer/director, “Middle of Nowhere”), Zoe Kazan (writer/actor, “Ruby Sparks”), Jennifer Westfeldt (writer/director, “Friends with Kids”), Rashida Jones (writer/actor, “Celeste and Jesse Forever”), Julie Delpy (writer/director/actor, “2 Days in New York”), and more.
— Every trailer that doesn’t give away everything about the movie.
— Emily Blunt, who turned up in a zillion movies this year (“Your Sister’s Sister,” “The Five-Year Engagement,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” “Looper” — am I forgetting one more?) and always made me smile.
— Every Hollywood producer who has resisted the urge to remake an ’80s or ’90s hit . . . wait, has anyone actually done this?
— And finally, everyone who reads this blog, particularly those who chime in with such thoughtful and civilized discussion. May you all have a delightful holiday!

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