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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

May 26, 2011 at 10:23 AM

A SIFF weekend, and a few words from Amy Poehler

Memorial Day weekend at the Seattle International Film Festival is a mini-marathon, and this weekend I’m planning on spending a lot of it at the same movie: “Mysteries of Lisbon,” a four-and-a-half-hour Portuguese/French epic that I’ve heard mentioned in the same breath as “The Best of Youth,” which is probably my favorite SIFF movie ever. (You haven’t seen “The Best of Youth”? Find six hours this weekend and watch it; you won’t be sorry.) “Mysteries of Lisbon” screens Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Egyptian, and I devoutly hope there’ll be an intermission. Among the many movies screening at SIFF this weekend, I’ve seen and liked “Page One: Inside the New York Times” and “Paper Birds,” didn’t much like “Dance Town” or “Black, White and Blues,” and have heard good things about “The Rescuers,” “The Whistleblower,” and “Late Autumn.” If you’ve seen anything to recommend, let the rest of us know!
And, ’tis the season for graduations and speeches, and this morning I came across this one by Amy Poehler for Harvard’s Class Day. She’s funny, of course, but also full of good advice for anyone (“Try to keep your mind open to possibilities, and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your always and your nevers. Continue to share your heart with people, even if it’s been broken. Don’t treat your heart like an action figure, wrapped in plastic and never used.”) Seemed like a nice note on which to enter the holiday weekend, even one in which the dismal “Hangover Part II” is playing in theaters. (Stay home and watch the original; you’ll have more fun.)

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