Ballad of the year in moviegoing
What, gone so soon? How can this be?
Already, ’09’s end we see?
Was “Bride Wars” here one year ago?
Or just a nightmare? (Don’t say no.)
Twelve months of film can slip right by
As fast as zombie blood can fly.
But nonetheless, let’s take some time
And look back on the year -- in rhyme!
First let’s recall, with palms still damp
That “New Moon” tale of girl and vamp
(And on that note, a question keen:
Could Jacob beat up Wolverine?)
This year found friends both old and new:
The Hogwarts gang, the “Star Trek” crew,
The kids of “Fame,” that “Pelham” car,
The weird blue folk of “Avatar.”
The Watchmen lurked, the Chipmunks sang,
“Transformers” made -- what else? -- a bang.
Look -- Brüno! Sherlock! Tom Hanks’ hair!
And Sandra Bullock, everywhere!
"(500) Days” found lots of dates
Drew Barrymore wore roller skates
Judi Dench donned tights in “Nine”
A black cat spoke in “Coraline.”
“Soloist” starred Foxx and Downey
“Shopaholic” got all clowny
Crowe went old-school in “State of Play”
As for “Saw VI” -- oh, go away.
Let’s raise a festive New Year’s glass
To Meryl Streep, that fetching lass.
And let’s toast, with misspelled vino
Quentin “Basterds” Tarantino.
As always, a few flicks did tank
(Hey, where’d you go, Hilary Swank?)
And would someone please close the door
On “Final Destination 4"?
But ’09 brought its pleasures too:
“Bright Star” and “Up,” to name a few
Smooth “Mr. Fox,” in natty pants
Et, en français -- j’adore “La Danse”!
A year of tears, of song, of joke
(And endless cups of Diet Coke) --
So from the year’s vast filmic string
I hope a few made your heart sing.
As we look out to 2010
(What? Carrie Bradshaw? Yet again?)
Just one last rhyme, and then I’m done:
“Happy New Year, everyone!”
Moira Macdonald writes for the Seattle Times.