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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Think $50 Is Too Much for a Ticket to Battle in Seattle?

posted by on May 22 at 11:30 AM

Battle in Seattle

Eh, you’re probably right. Here’s The Stranger’s unsparing review:

Written and directed rather ambitiously by actor Stuart Townsend and jammed with an all-star cast, Battle in Seattle tells a true story but gives us no reason to care about the people, their lives, or their political causes. The protests that occurred at the World Trade Organization meeting in 1999 may well have been historically significant—but you wouldn’t know it from this self-serious dud, which insists on TELLING us how important the issues are rather than SHOWING us. The laughably generic dialogue doesn’t help, either. (Director Stuart Townsend and actors Charlize Theron, Martin Henderson, Mary Aloe, Michelle Rodriguez, and Andre Benjamin scheduled to attend.) ERIC D. SNIDER

But that doesn’t mean you don’t secretly want to see it. And you’re in luck, because if you’re the first to email with the words “THE BATTLE’S IN DENVER, DOOFUS!” in the subject line, I’ll give you two free tickets. You have to be able to pick them up at the Stranger office on Capitol Hill before 5:30 today.


UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to Steffany Powell and her quick trigger finger.

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I know it's going to be bad, but I have an itch to see it.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 22, 2008 11:35 AM

Even being sick, hell I'd go for free ;)

Plus then me and Poe can hit the bars in style.

Posted by Original Monique | May 22, 2008 11:44 AM

They should have a free showing of it for all of us who took place in the actual event. :(

Posted by stinkbug | May 22, 2008 12:05 PM

Fifty cents would be too much.

Maybe in the movies the rioters will get their asses kicked like they should have in real life.

Posted by Fnarf | May 22, 2008 12:10 PM


I can't wait to hear "all of us" after the show. The fact that this film was even made blows my mind.

I will be legitimately stoned and drunk, Monique. Style isn't going to be attending the show with me tonight. (Call me!)

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 22, 2008 12:10 PM

I'm already going, thanks to something work-related. I am well aware it will be terrible, but entertaining. (Although it does mean I won't get to watch the Eurovision semifinal until probably tomorrow.)

Posted by Abby | May 22, 2008 12:22 PM

#4: Uh, the protesters did get their asses kicked in real life. And pepper sprayed, and shot, and imprisoned...

If by "rioters" you mean "people standing around," anyway.

Posted by poppy | May 22, 2008 12:27 PM

Nothing can match being there.

Posted by Vince | May 22, 2008 12:33 PM

Ah, yeah, that gal who jumped on the head of the Venezuelan trade minister, she was just "standing around". So was the fuckhead who attacked the Governor of Iowa. And those anarchist nitwits, here on Nick Licata's invitation, who smashed the windows downtown -- "just standing around". And that howling mob of young men marching up Pike Street, throwing rocks and bottles at the police -- "just standing around".

Didn't do any of those things? If you stand with the mob, you are the mob. You can't pick and choose.

Fuck the WTO protesters, fuck them hard, fuck them forever. Your little nicks and bruises are unimpressive to me. Being forced to sit in a hot bus for a couple of hours -- oh, my, how terrible.

Next time, more gas.

Posted by Fnarf | May 22, 2008 12:42 PM


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Posted by wiseblood | May 22, 2008 12:50 PM

The trailer for this was interesting until they started talking. Then the taglines... "some came for a conference, some came to protest..."

And whole lot of other people were just trying to get to and from work. Meh.

Posted by Chris B | May 22, 2008 12:51 PM

We need you tonight, Fnarf.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 22, 2008 12:51 PM

exactly Fnarf, fuck people that think for themselves and try to stand up for what they believe is right.

Just go back to your basement shrine of Hitler, buddy.

Posted by bobcat | May 22, 2008 12:51 PM

I sucked in a pretty good bit of downwind smoke one of those days while waiting for the bus to go work for the man. Shit feels like bees in your lungs. City during WTO = blowing it. "Protestors" = blowing it just as hard.

So is this the Singles sequel we've been waiting for?

Posted by Dougsf | May 22, 2008 1:05 PM

Well, as long as you're going to bring Hitler into it, his goons were "standing up for what they believe is right" too -- and they resembled the WTO rioters a lot more than I do. If violence, assault, and rampant property destruction is what you believe is right, then you SHOULD be teargassed.

My views are somewhat colored by my fondness for the WTO, of course. But even if I hated peaceful trade organizations as much as you lot do, the actions of the mob are always, always, always wrong.

Posted by Fnarf | May 22, 2008 1:08 PM

wow, Fnarf is totally distorting what happened back in '99.

so fnarf, were you in the streets that week? (i'm assuming not otherwise you'd have to fuck yourself).

Posted by stinkbug | May 22, 2008 1:16 PM

@13: is it Godwin's Day today or something?

Posted by Abby | May 22, 2008 1:24 PM

Did the things I mentioned happen, stinkbug? Yes. Yes, they did. Everyone in that mob is guilty of the crimes of any single member of that mob. That's how mobs work.

I applaud the police for the restraint they showed that weekend.

Posted by Fnarf | May 22, 2008 1:27 PM

Fnarf, that might make sense if it reflected reality. There were broken windows and a few people doing other stupid things, but the police beat the shit out of hundreds of people who were nowhere near any protester violence. The police reaction had nothing to do with protester violence, and everything to do with people gathering in the streets.

Take a look at some video to refresh your memory.

Posted by poppy | May 22, 2008 1:33 PM

Mark this date on your calendars, folks. FNARF's post is, for the first time, just about 100% wrong.

Protest free zones? Tear gassing peaceful protesters (of whom there were 10's of thousands, as opposed to a couple of dozen anarchist idiots)? Following protesters who were dispersing up into the residential neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and using tear gas below people's windows there?

This was all OK with you?

Posted by Mr. X | May 22, 2008 1:36 PM

"Everyone in that mob is guilty of the crimes of any single member of that mob. That's how mobs work."

so, um, how are you defining "mob"? You do realize that the WTO protest wasn't a 2-hour protest in a single block? Were the shoppers and workers who paused to watch police whack people (sitting on the ground) also guilty? You do realize that police "started it" by gassing protesters before any window, etc was broken? You do realize that nearly all of the window smashing, etc was done by a specific group roaming around? (And yes, some people tried stopping them.)

Posted by stinkbug | May 22, 2008 1:47 PM

...and FNARF, I repeat the question another poster asked above, where you actually there, or did you just watch the hyperventilating local coverage on KING/KIRO/KOMO, et al, where they had the breaking of a single Starbucks window playing on an endless loop?

Posted by Mr. X | May 22, 2008 1:54 PM

Mr. X: even though the MSM had the typical sucky coverage, soon after everything ended KIRO had an hour-long show that basically showed the timeline of events for all the days. It was pretty helpful in showing that there wasn't a "mob" running around breaking windows at the get-go. That "violence" was pretty isolated.

Posted by stinkbug | May 22, 2008 2:01 PM

I still think the trailer for that film should have just been a 30-second slo-mo shot of that Renton cop kicking that random dude in the nuts outside of Bartell's on Broadway. Maybe that's the climax of the film and they didn't want to give it away?

Posted by Dougsf | May 22, 2008 2:02 PM

The Venezuelan trade ambassador and the Governor of Iowa were physically assaulted outside the Convention Center long before the first tear gas went off.

Posted by Fnarf | May 22, 2008 2:03 PM

How nice of you to ignore everything else, Fnarf.

Posted by stinkbug | May 22, 2008 2:33 PM

So screaming at a protest is assult to you, fnarf?

""It was a little bit more frightening than the earthquake I was in," Vilsack said. "You could see the faces of people screaming at you." The governor later said that neither he nor his security aides had been injured, but he had been shaken by the events."

Posted by stinkbug | May 22, 2008 2:36 PM

Fnarf is only wrong when he's talking about steak and ketchup.

Posted by Mr. Poe | May 22, 2008 2:39 PM

Protests (and the mob subset) are usually the only option left to those boxed out by the law which is subsequently armored by the police and the military as needed. I mean, that's just the classic set-up.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | May 22, 2008 2:45 PM


And, evidently, WTO.

Posted by Mr. X | May 22, 2008 2:51 PM

I still have a bunch of gas masks left over from WTO in my office.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 22, 2008 2:53 PM

I'd pay $50 to see Charlize Theron in person to see if she really is that beautiful and to find out if Andre Benjamin is really that cool.

Posted by elswinger | May 22, 2008 3:00 PM

One of my ex-friends was one of the stupid idiots who "broke the starbucks window". He didn't get off lightly. He recieved a 10K fine and a felony charge. He didn't even break the window, he was just pushing more glass into that starbucks.

I told him he got a shitty lawyer for a punishment that large for such as stupid crime.

PS To Fnarf: There were over 30K people protesting and only maybe 100 that caused violence. I think the WTO is a great organization, however there were mistakes made by both sides. And yes, I agree with the cops restraint. They were pretty mild given the circumstances.

Posted by Original Monique | May 22, 2008 3:33 PM

@2 - darn, I had a spare ticket, Original Monique, that I ended up giving away - you could have joined our krewe ... and my ex got pepper-sprayed and gassed while she was walking to work for the City of Seattle in her dress and high heels, so it wasn't just rioters that got attacked, Fnarf.

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 22, 2008 4:11 PM

I would only go to this premiere if it was guaranteed that I could meet the infamous MRF.

Posted by Jessica | May 22, 2008 4:21 PM

I saw the film at a previous festival. Not sure what movie the reviewer was watching, but it wasn't the film I saw. Just goes to show how you can never make everybody happy. This film is quite excellent, possibly even Oscar-worthy I'd say. See it yourselves with an open mind and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Posted by 3.14 | May 22, 2008 7:00 PM

"And that howling mob of young men marching up Pike Street, throwing rocks and bottles at the police -- just standing around"

Why did the National Guard follow those kids up Pine Street? I thought the "no protest zone" was downtown by the WTO meetings.

People WERE assaulted and pepper sprayed for walking around on BROADWAY. The National Guard marched as far as Broadway & Roy.

Posted by ...was there in '99 | May 22, 2008 8:29 PM

This ain't the first time we've had the WTO argument here on Slog and I'm sad to see that Fnarf continues to stick by his spectacularly misinformed ideas about what actually happened downtown and his peculiar view of collective guilt.

Posted by gnossos | May 22, 2008 10:53 PM

I was tear-gassed on Broadway and Republican, walking home from work.

And I looked like the fucking Prussian WTO delegate at the time, too.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 22, 2008 11:22 PM

Knowing what your parents knew - i.e. Chicago 1968 (Dem Convention)- you went anyway having a good idea that it would not be an ice cream social. It wasn't. What totally different result were you expecting after turning Seattle on its ass for three days running? Pralines'n'cream?

Posted by Empathy right before entropy | May 22, 2008 11:54 PM

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