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July 20, 2012

Don’t Blame Batman

A tragedy occurred last night. Twelve people were killed and over fifty more were injured when a 24-year-old man in a gas mask opened fire on an audience at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO.

As a result of this horrific event, people will be afraid to go see this film, or they’ll feel that it’s inappropriate to see it, insensitive even. Still others will call for screenings to be shut down — they’ll blame the violence of film for the actions of last night’s gunman.

I believe that this is a mistake. I believe that people who have been looking forward to this film for months, years even, shouldn’t hesitate to go see it. I believe this for a few reasons.

First, when tragedy strikes, we cannot stop living. We must move ahead, reverent for what is past but unafraid to step  forward. We cannot let the darkness we encounter keep us from seeking out light.

Second, I think people should continue to go see The Dark Knight Rises because it’s a great film. Granted, I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but if Christopher Nolan‘s past work is any indication, I can’t doubt that this film will be a visual masterpiece, a layered exploration of human frailty and strength, of our darkness and our light.

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July 20, 2012

Quote of the Day: Christopher Nolan

We all wake up in the morning wanting to live our lives the way we know we should. But we usually don’t, in small ways. That’s what makes a character like Batman so fascinating. He plays out our conflicts on a much larger scale.