Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Wade Major and Peter Rainer to discuss the tragic shooting at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
The random violence of the incident, paired with the fact that the movie shows fight scenes, gunshots and explosions, brings up the recurring topic movie violence plays in real life. And what does it mean that the audience thought at first that this was part of the show? Have we lost the ability to distinguish between screen and real life?
When contacted for a response, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. said, “"Warner Bros. and the filmmakers are deeply saddened to learn about this shocking incident. We extend our sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of the victims at this tragic time."
What actions should Warner Bros. take, if any? A premiere in Paris of the film was canceled, will others be nixed as well? What about midnight screenings, are they a particularly suspect class of showings? Or do you think this is a totally isolated incident and the movie should play as planned?
And what about you personally, will this affect your decision whether or not to see the movie? What about movies in general? Will you still go to the theater, or wait until movies are released on disc?
Edmund Lee, Bloomberg News Media reporter
Karen Trinidad, Reporter and Anchor, KOA News Radio, Denver, Colorado
Hal Kempfer, Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel, CEO of KIPP (Knowledge and Intelligence Program Professionals)
Dr. Rosalind Dorlen, Clinical Psychologist
Howard Pankratz, Reporter with the Denver Post
Wade Major, film critic for KPCC and boxoffice.com
Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor