Dear readers, hey! Once more it’s time
For me to have some fun with rhyme.
A year’s gone past, with breathless haste
While scores of movies past me raced.
Let’s grab some tea, and thus recall
The films that held us all in thrall,
That made us laugh or gasp or frown
And gobble too much popcorn down.
(To ponder, as I make my climb:
With what word does “Avengers” rhyme?)
To Marvel’s gang — hello, goodbye!
(‘Fess up: Did “Endgame” make you cry?)
Brie’s Captain Marvel left us awed
While Spider-Man slung webs abroad.
“Toy Story’s” gang came back to play
“Last Christmas” was no holiday.
We peeked at “Us,” through tensed-up fingers.
Lupita’s voice — oh yes, it lingers.
“Midsommar” made sunlight scary
“Maleficent” was one mean fairy.
In “Joker,” Phoenix got all moody
Renee Z. sang songs in “Judy”
“Downton Abbey” charmed with hats
(I’m trying not to think of “Cats.”)
We took some trips, both near and far
In a (Ford v) Ferrari car:
From Tarantino’s “Hollywood“
To Mr. Rogers’ “Neighborhood.”
“Knives Out” was pure whodunit fun
“It Chapter Two” scared everyone
“The Irishman” was long, but soared
In “Dead Don’t Die,” I just got bored.
On favorite films at last I’ll dwell:
The lovely mood of “The Farewell,”
Those “Booksmart” girls, so full of wit,
The heights that “Marriage Story” hit,
“Amazing Grace’s” gorgeous hymn,
The breathless pace of “Queen & Slim,”
That “Little Women” candlelight,
The wonder that was “Parasite.”
Such very different films, and yet,
They all had scenes I can’t forget.
And while your list won’t be like mine,
I hope you found some films divine.
Let’s take a peek at next year’s slate:
“In the Heights” just might be great.
James Bond is back, for yet one more,
Plus “Wonder Woman ’84”!
So, in the old year’s final croak,
As I sip one last Diet Coke,
I’ll end this with a heartfelt call:
Happy New Year to you all!
Author’s note: With apologies and respect to Roger Angell, whose annual “Greetings, Friends!” poems in The New Yorker inspired my own annual tradition of verse.