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Saturday, July 21, 2012

How I Feel Today

"Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has meant a lot to an enormous number of filmgoers. And as someone who writes about movies, and who cares about the big, flawed thing we call fandom, I’m saddened by someone turning that shared enthusiasm into a weapon. And even if this tragedy hadn’t happened at the premiere of one of a dwindling number of genuinely mass cultural events, I hate the idea of using an audience’s suspension of disbelief, their openness to and absorption in the spectacle unfolding before them, as cover—the gunman reportedly started shooting during a sequence involving gunfire, meaning the audience was slower to react. We are vulnerable when we go to the movies, open to fear, and love, and disgust, and rapture, surrendering our brains and hearts to someone else’s vision of the world. We don’t expect to surrender our bodies, too."

- Alyssa Rosenberg, Think Progress


Derek Armstrong said...

I wonder how long we're all going to be flinchy when we see somebody walking down the aisle just a tad too quickly in our peripheral vision.

Nick Prigge said...

I saw it on Friday night and I felt fine. That said, when I walked into the theater - without even thinking about it - I checked for the location of the emergency exit. I can't remember the last time I did that.