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I think this would be an appropriate moment for Dan Savage to talk about pit bulls and Hurricane Katrina and possibly about how he is glad that so many pit bulls were killed in New Orleans and Mississippi last year.

Posted by josh bomb | June 11, 2008 12:34 PM
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Trouble the Water is where I'm supposed to be too.

Along with Perfect Match and Villa Jasmin.

But ... word to the wise ... avoid The Secret of the Grain - watch The Island of Lost Souls instead.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 11, 2008 1:24 PM
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Secret of the Grain was nearly 3 hours long; Momma's Man just felt that long. I suppose that was the point but Momma's Man was utterly excruciating to watch. The only person I didn't loathe was the weary father.

Posted by josh | June 11, 2008 1:47 PM
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Secret of the Grain was nearly 3 hours long; Momma's Man just felt that long. I suppose that was the point but Momma's Man was utterly excruciating to watch. The only person I didn't loathe was the weary father.

Posted by josh | June 11, 2008 1:48 PM
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OK, Will is finally dead wrong. The Secret of the Grain is the best film in SIFF. Just pee first. And maybe sneak in some couscous so you don't get hungry.

@4&5: Funny, the father is played by Ken Jacobs, a very well-known experimental filmmaker and the actual father of the director.

Posted by annie | June 11, 2008 2:03 PM
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yeah. I would have been able to better handle the running time and ending of the Secret of the Grain if they were serving couscous in the lobby afterwards. Even Mediterranean Express was closed by the time it was over.

Posted by josh | June 11, 2008 2:16 PM
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annie, quite a few passholders who saw that disagreed with you - and it was a major topic of conversation in the women's bathroom, according to them.

A chaque son gout, attack sa goutte.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 11, 2008 2:43 PM
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And quite a few passholders disagree with Will on this one, as well. It's such a charming movie, I'm surprised at how it's divided audiences. Will's right that after the press screening the loudest passholders were groaning about the ending and the length, but I've found that many of the less show-offy folks loved it, and I've heard several say it's the best thing in the festival. I'd put it in the top 5.

Posted by ratzkywatzky | June 11, 2008 2:56 PM
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You liked Momma's Man? I don't care whose parents those were, they and the protagonist Mikey were the most annoying characters ever written. And, I mean, 5 minutes of a grown man playing with shaving cream? Made me want to scream "Off yourself already and put us all out of our misery!!"

Posted by Norskymom | June 11, 2008 3:24 PM
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Well, The Stranger liked Momma's Man--you can read our review of it here--but I didn't see it, so I can't weigh in personally.

Seriously, what was so bad about The Secret of the Grain, haters? You can't take a long movie?

Posted by annie | June 11, 2008 3:30 PM
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No, I think it was the ending more than anything else. I just heard them all griping about it, and the stories about conversations in the women's bathroom ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 11, 2008 4:18 PM
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why is will hanging out in the women's bathroom?

I didn't hate the Secret of the Grain, it was just 20-40 minutes overlong. I'm no emerging master, but I say: cut 10 minutes of running, 10 minutes of dancing, and 10 minutes of arguing and you tighten it up considerably without losing the great languid conversational tone.

Posted by josh | June 11, 2008 8:06 PM

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