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

December 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

To read today: excerpts from the year’s top screenplays

Quiet day at work today, isn’t it? If you’re finding you’ve got time to get a little reading done today, try dipping into this wonderful ongoing series on Vulture: “The Toughest Scene I Wrote.” In it, writers of some of the year’s top movies (and I believe more will be added in coming weeks) write about the decisions that influenced them in writing key scenes of their movie, followed by a script excerpt from that scene. Included so far: Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias on the most intimate scene in “Love Is Strange”; Nicolas Giacobone and Alexander Dinelaris on a key scene-within-a-scene in “Birdman”; Graham Moore on the final scene (and one that was cut) from “The Imitation Game”; Richard Linklater on Patricia Arquette’s character’s emotional goodbye to her off-to-college son in “Boyhood”; Anthony McCarten on crafting the breakup scene in “The Theory of Everything,” and more. Good writing, good reading. Hope everyone’s having a peaceful day.

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