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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

November 26, 2014 at 11:26 AM

A movie-themed list of thanks

It’s a week for giving thanks (and for fretting about brining, and counting potatoes, and worry about whether you have enough napkins — yes, I’m hosting dinner tomorrow) — and in that spirit, here is P&P’s annual list of Movie Things I’m Thankful For This Year.

  • Cinerama, and the Egyptian, and the Ark Lodge, and the Sundance . . . because it’s great when old movie theaters (or, in the case of the Sundance, old-ish) get lovingly restored and reopened, rather than demolished or left to crumble. In particular, I’m thankful that Cinerama and the Egyptian — the only two big single-screen houses left in town — are still around.
  • Richard Linklater, for having the patience and the vision to spend 12 years making “Boyhood” so that we all could experience the miracle of watching a couple of kids grow up on screen — and everyone else involved in the movie, not least the financiers who helped make this very risky project happen.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, just because.
  • The young woman who serves up popcorn at Pacific Place (a counter I am standing at much too often) whose employee badge says that her favorite movie is “The Red Shoes.” Oh, and while we’re talking about Pacific Place concessions, I’m grateful for the new self-serve soda machines, which I swear make Diet Coke taste even better.
  • Diet Coke.
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw, whose name everyone should now know how to pronounce, for making a terrific arrival on the scene this year in two very different (and very good) films: “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights”
  • Documentarian Chiemi Karasawa, for giving us a just-in-time portrait of a great performer in “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.” (The movie played here in March; Stritch died in July, at the age of 89.)
  • John Lithgow and Alfred Molina, for giving us perhaps the year’s most endearing movie couple in Ira Sachs’ “Love Is Strange.”
  • David Fincher, Gillian Flynn, Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck and everyone who made “Gone Girl,” for not messing it up.
  • Bill Murray and the last two minutes of “St. Vincent.” (I can take or leave the rest of it.) If you’ve seen the movie, you know the scene I mean. Perfect.
  • Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston, for playing the world’s sexiest, slinkiest vampires in “Only Lovers Left Alive.” Eat your heart out, Bella and Edward.
  • “Birdman,” especially, and every movie this year that led me down a wondrous path, without a hint of where I’d end up.
  • All the potentially great end-of-year movies that I haven’t seen yet — “Into the Woods,” “Selma,” “A Most Violent Year,” “Unbroken,” and more — for the delightful anticipation.
  • And, finally, everyone who reads the stuff I write, particularly those who take the time to contact me about it (even if we don’t agree). It’s an honor and a pleasure to be part of the conversation. Wishing you all a very, very happy Thanksgiving!

 

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