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Friday, April 18, 2008

Compare and Contrast

posted by on April 18 at 12:58 PM

The new trailer for Battle in Seattle (which, if you haven’t heard, is the opening night film at SIFF this year):

And the theatrical trailer for Medium Cool.

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A cop, with a pregnant wife at home. Really? We're doing that? How about instead, the trailer could have just been a 30 second slow motion shot of the dude next to Payless Drugs getting kicked in the nuts by that Renton cop.

With so much footage of that thing, you think they'd nail the "Eugene Anarchist" look a little better. Oh well.

Posted by Dougsf | April 18, 2008 1:21 PM

Who will be able to resist the poignancy potential of a fictionalized account of this historic event?

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 18, 2008 2:01 PM

I just remember my ex-wife, in her dress and high heels, wearing a City of Seattle ID badge, getting gassed and pepper-sprayed trying to go to work by the cops.

And then my friends having tear gas and smoke in their apartments for days.

None of them protested. We did eat in some of the restaurants at the venue hotels and talk with the WTO people there about economics issues and why the WTO mechanism was so bad, tho.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 18, 2008 2:18 PM

Wow, Mayor Schlachtenhaufen never looked that good in real life!

Posted by COMTE | April 18, 2008 2:20 PM

Oh for fuck's sake, how did the WTO riot change the world? Please, somebody, tell me how the world changed because of the WTO protests?

Posted by PopTart | April 18, 2008 2:21 PM


Posted by Jimmy Legs | April 18, 2008 2:34 PM

If you're going to set a film in Seattle in 1999, please get your landmarks straight. There's no Kingdome in the opening shots-- if you're spending that much money, drop $50 more to Photoshop it in or something. That shit is just lazy.

That being said, I'll end up Netflixing this.

Posted by Jessica | April 18, 2008 2:35 PM

@5 - because worldwide, people around the world realized that America was not pro-WTO. Even today, if you travel and someone says something bad about America and Bush, if you say you're from Seattle, they know you're on their side.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 18, 2008 3:29 PM

I am the only one that found the Battle in Seattle trailer hilarious?

Posted by madamecrow | April 18, 2008 3:33 PM


Posted by chops | April 18, 2008 3:40 PM

What about the giant turtles??? It's totally inaccurate w/o the giant turtles!

Posted by ugghhh | April 18, 2008 3:41 PM

Riot cops and smelly anarchists, everything that sucks in the world in one movie.

Posted by Sirkowski | April 18, 2008 3:53 PM

#7 beat me to the punch on the Kingdome issue. It's such a simple thing, it makes you wonder about how truly awful this thing is going to be. I'm planning on watching this with a bunch of friends sometime after it leaves the theaters, and laughing along with it...if that is possible.

Posted by bookworm | April 18, 2008 4:34 PM

Mayor Paul Schell played by Ray Liota.

Posted by Amykins | April 18, 2008 5:46 PM

I'm with #1 - the cop with the pregnant wife does not exactly draw me in. That said, I'll probably go see it (but not at SIFF). Don't know if I can suspend my imagination for the Ray Liotta/Paul Schell casting though.

Posted by genevieve | April 18, 2008 7:09 PM

Will the movie include the moment when former AFL-CIO president John Sweeney chose to lead the 20,000 strong rank-and-file worker march away from the main protest, denying the opportunity for all 50,000 people to stand together in solidarity? I'm still hoping to meet Mr. Sweeney one day and chew his ass about that.

Posted by Mrs. Jarvie | April 18, 2008 8:22 PM

Sorry, but that's a horrible trailer. I can already tell that although I know nothing about making films, I could have directed something 10 times more compelling than this inevitable piece of shit.

Posted by Matthew | April 18, 2008 11:53 PM

damn, Channing Tatum in a hottie.

Posted by mmmm...yum | April 19, 2008 2:27 AM

Oh. Good. God.

Yeah, I think I'll have to catch it on rental.

I wanna see if either Patrick Stewart or Ben Kingsley got chosen to play Mark Sidran.


Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 19, 2008 11:06 AM

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