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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Breaking: SIFF Opening Night Film

posted by on April 9 at 12:23 PM

The opening night film for SIFF ‘08 is going to be—unsurprisingly—Battle in Seattle, a Medium Cool ripoff (sans documentary footage) about the WTO protests starring Charlize Theron, Andre Benjamin, Woody Harrelson, and Ray Liotta as Mayor Schell—I mean, Mayor Tobin.


Here’s the Variety review.

Maybe we can get some fancy turtle protesters down at the opera house? It’s the evening of May 22.

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Charlize Theron fucking blows. She's horrible. The only performance she's ever owned was in Monster.

I hate Woody Harrelson. Everything about him. He's fucking ugly. Vomit.

Ray Liotta is only awesome when he's angry.

Andre Benjamin? Whatever.

Fuck this movie. I'm totally seeing it opening night!

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 9, 2008 12:35 PM

Here is a thought Seattle, GET THE FUCK OVER THE RIOTS ALREADY!!! Or get some damn therapy already!!!!

Shit, this gets milked as much as September 11th does!!!!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | April 9, 2008 12:40 PM

I never read Variety. Why do they remove the articles from the beginnings of their sentences?

Posted by elenchos | April 9, 2008 12:47 PM

you have to have an online subscription to read the articles.

Posted by infrequent | April 9, 2008 12:54 PM


That's what I think when I see Charlize.

Posted by Jessica | April 9, 2008 12:54 PM

@2 - I think most of us in this city ARE over the riots, Cato. This isn't a local production.

Posted by Hernandez | April 9, 2008 12:56 PM

More importantly, why do they insist on the abhorrent "docu" when that has one more letter and syllable than the much more reasonable abbreviation "doc"? This is the question that burns me.

Posted by annie | April 9, 2008 12:56 PM

Do you think it was filmed in Vancouver, BC?

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 9, 2008 12:59 PM


No, you're not. It's been brought up at least 50 times in the last year here on Slog alone.


Calm down.

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 9, 2008 1:00 PM

I can see getting rid of "a" and "the" everywhere. But only when it is the first word of a sentence? It's like some kind of planned assault on class.

Posted by elenchos | April 9, 2008 1:02 PM

@8: Yes, though I think they filmed here for a few days and used amateur video from the actual event.

Posted by annie | April 9, 2008 1:07 PM

Here's the trailer:

Ugh. Just... ugh.

Posted by Jason Josephes | April 9, 2008 1:12 PM

Poe, we all know that the Slog community is harldy representative of the city as a whole.

Posted by Hernandez | April 9, 2008 1:14 PM

Well, actually, the people who show up for Opening Night at SIFF don't tend to be the people you see at most SIFF films either ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 9, 2008 1:28 PM

Folks, this is "Variety" the elder statesman of Hollywood trade publications, and they've made this sort of grammatical mangling their trademark since the late 1920's; "Sticks Nix Hick Pix", being one of the more famous examples of their in-house slanguage.

Posted by COMTE | April 9, 2008 1:47 PM

"The Battle in Seattle" is a far, far cry from a largely evaporated history of protest & strike in the U.S. (esp. 1880's-1960's), but I guess it still has to go in the 'keeper' basket under the circumstances.

Response to protest -- police/national guard + mass arrests -- still maintains its classic place in the face of free speech & right of assembly.

A movie about protest? Sounds cathartic.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 9, 2008 1:51 PM

My guess is everyone will "Whoo!" when various city landmarks are shown on screen. Cinerama, "WHOO!" Convention Center, "WHOO!"

Posted by madamecrow | April 9, 2008 2:03 PM

There could have been a better movie made if it wasn't forced to conform with historical event.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | April 9, 2008 2:04 PM

Why does the song Never Surrender run thru my mind ...

Dang, we need more red food coloring.

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 9, 2008 2:29 PM

Definitely filmed in Vancouver. Shot for 4 days in Seattle around Paramount and across from Komo on Denny. Alot of local actors were hired as (what-else) extras. Two days of SAG work for me and they had vegan food (cool-yum!).

Posted by Rik Deskin | April 9, 2008 2:42 PM

If I am in the mood to see some Hollywood trash, why would I go see that on May 22nd, when I can see Indiana Jones 4 instead?

Posted by SIFF Blows! | April 9, 2008 4:12 PM

@21: Because Indy opens on May 23. One step ahead, that SIFF. Always one step ahead.

Posted by annie | April 9, 2008 4:38 PM

@21 - because you can catch The Visitor when it comes to town beforehand. Now that is a great film!

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 9, 2008 5:14 PM

@22 Nope. Indie 4 is a Thursday release.

"The picture maintains the Memorial Day weekend release strategy of the last two "Indiana Jones" movies, and it mirrors the last two "Star Wars" movies and The Matrix Reloaded with its Thursday launch."

Aren't you paid to know this kind of stuff? :)

Posted by Indiana Jones | April 9, 2008 8:38 PM

I will never read anything from Variety ever again.

That was torturous.

Posted by Ryan | April 9, 2008 9:04 PM

@24: Oh. Good catch.

No, I'm paid to know what week things come out. I am also paid to write ever so slightly inaccurate blog posts so you will be induced to argue with me.

Posted by annie | April 9, 2008 9:14 PM

Well played then. I thought you might have just had a "no fanboy movie" clause in your contract.

Posted by indie annie jones | April 9, 2008 9:58 PM

Is that Channing Tatum next to Harrelson?
Fucking hot.
I hope they get it on gay Seattle police style.

Posted by jeremy | April 10, 2008 1:27 AM

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