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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

December 30, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Star of the movie year: mustaches?

(In an unrelated development: In the past couple of days, I’ve had holiday drinks with two different friends who live in Los Angeles — both of whom, in the course of conversation, uttered sentences that were, well, just totally L.A. “My friend is Anna Paquin’s body double,” said my goddaughter, taking an early lead in the LA-Off. Alas, her lead quickly faded, to this gem: “Colin Farrell? Oh, he’s always behind me in yoga.”)

Anyway. It’s the end of the movie year, and everyone’s looking for some unique way to sum things up, and a clever soul at the New York Times has it figured out: mustaches. Many were sported this year, such as Tom Hanks in “Saving Mr. Banks,” Joaquin Phoenix in “Her,” Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Will Ferrell in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” and Idris Elba in “Pacific Rim.” The NYT enlisted mustache expert Phil Olsen, captain of Beard Team USA (yes, this is a real thing, and if you go to beardteamusa.org you’ll find an eye-popping assortment of facial hair, some of which may well distract me past lunchtime) to comment on the movie ‘staches; funny stuff.

(And — I seem to be a little random today — thank you, Hayseed, for the poem. I am in awe, and at a loss for rhymes, which is rare. Happy New Year!)

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