I know it's going to be bad, but I have an itch to see it.
Even being sick, hell I'd go for free ;)
Plus then me and Poe can hit the bars in style.
They should have a free showing of it for all of us who took place in the actual event. :(
Fifty cents would be too much.
Maybe in the movies the rioters will get their asses kicked like they should have in real life.
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!)
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.)
#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.
Nothing can match being there.
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.
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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.
We need you tonight, Fnarf.
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.
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?
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.
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).
@13: is it Godwin's Day today or something?
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.
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.
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?
"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.)
...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?
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.
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?
The Venezuelan trade ambassador and the Governor of Iowa were physically assaulted outside the Convention Center long before the first tear gas went off.
How nice of you to ignore everything else, Fnarf.
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."
Fnarf is only wrong when he's talking about steak and ketchup.
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.
And, evidently, WTO.
I still have a bunch of gas masks left over from WTO in my office.
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.
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.
@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.
I would only go to this premiere if it was guaranteed that I could meet the infamous MRF.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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?
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