Monday, July 23, 2012

A Reel Opinion: The Colorado Movie Theatre Shooting

As all of you fine readers know by now, 12 people were killed and 58 were injured when a gunman (asshole) opened fire in a crowded theatre during a midnight showing of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in Aurora, Colorado.

There is a point to be made in that the senseless shooting which occurred over the weekend had nothing to do with the movies. As far as we know, it really didn’t. But it did happen in a movie theatre. Why a movie theatre, a place of fun, was chosen we may never know…but it does bring ugliness into our world of cinema, and that is bothersome.
People as a whole are completely unpredictable and incomprehensible. No matter how well, or how long we know a person, there are always unrevealed corners of a person’s soul and mind. This Blogger once had a dear friend of ten years who transformed before his very eyes towards the end, and it was not an easy thing to witness. Now what drove this asshole to open fire in a movie theatre will never be known, so trying to analyze the motivations is a useless effort and will at least not be done here. As the character of Alfred Pennyworth now ironically stated in THE DARK KNIGHT; some men just want to watch the world burn.

All it takes is one asshole to ruin everything for everybody, and these events could very well leave a lasting stain on our silver screens. It gives validation to thieving folk who have already downloaded a pirated (and hopefully shitty looking) copy of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Theatre attendance could very well drop like a rock, and that is not good for the business of making movies.
Everyone has a favorite movie. If you are a movie-geek like this Blogger or at least have a little bit of love for the cinema, then this one act of stupidity by one asshole should not stop us from going to the movies. We don’t negotiate with terrorists. We don’t let the events of 9/11 stop us from boarding planes to visit loved ones. We don’t stop doing what we love. By all means grieve for those who lost their lives, but let’s pay them a tribute by doing what they loved they do.

1 comment:

  1. As usual, very well written my friend.


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