Friday, July 20, 2012

Massacre at the movies

A shooter opened fire at an early showing of "Dark Knight Rises" in Colorado. Fourteen killed so far, many, many wounded. Just terrible.

So far I've heard the shooter is 24, armed with several guns and wearing body armour, and he also used gas to attack the people in the theater.

Much speculation - it's the start of Ramadan, but my gut feeling is that this isn't Muslim related.

This movie has attracted a fair bit of controversy. Negative reviewers were getting so many threatening and violent emails RottenTomatoes actually closed comments for it, something they've hardly ever done.

And the buzz is that the movie is "overtly conservative", though I'd take that with a grain of salt. I don't think ANY movies are really conservative anymore - Hollywood just doesn't do that. But I've noticed that people can latch onto some particular angle or character which strikes them as conservative and they let that colour their view of the whole piece. It only works when "conservative" is a NEGATIVE thing - a real conservative demands a lot more than one lone sympathetic figure to say that a movie is "conservative".

But I remember reading IMDb commenters on the sci-fi series "V" a few years ago, who insisted that the whole show was conservative and pro-Bush, and the entire thing was a veiled support for the Iraq war! In fact, they had one sympathetic character - a Catholic priest who was also a Gulf War veteran - but nothing else that could remotely be seen as conservative. But to them, every scene, every line was viewed through a tinted lens because of the presence of this one character, even if he wasn't even present.

Anyway, since the buzz is that this movie is anti-OWS, my first thought was that it was an OWS supporter "teaching society a lesson" for its insolence. They've caught the guy, so it shouldn't be long before we find out the truth.


Blogger Priscilla said...

I have to wonder why there were children at an adult movie at midnight. The one 6 year old girl who was killed - why did her parents allow her to be there in the first place.

10:07 am  

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