Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Medium Cool: The Cartoon

Following its Sundance opening last month, the sorta-documentary Chicago 10 went into limited relase last week.
Featuring a mix of archival footage and motion capture animation - looking like something between Grand Theft Auto and A Scanner Darkly - and a top-notch vocal cast (Hank Azaria, Mark Ruffalo, Jeffrey Wright, Liev Schreiber, among others), Chicago 10 tells the story of 1968's Democratic Convention riots and the sensational trial against activist Abbie Hoffman and others which followed. Sure sounds like a cool idea.

Even better, the events will also be recounted in The Trial of the Chiacgo 7, likely directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Aaron Sorkin, with Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Smith, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Kevin Spacey rumored to be attached. As a West Wing-loving fan of the darker, more political Spielberg, that sure sounds like a homerun.

Watch the trailer for Chicago 10 here.

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Katie said...

Ahh! I've seen this! It was good. I mean, anything that makes you want to start a revolution when you leave can't be all bad. And if nothing else, the footage of Allen Ginsberg shakily and scared shitless saying "om" into a megaphone while at gunpoint is worth it.

John G. Potter said...

Sounds like it was worth watching...