Sunday, July 21, 2013
One Year Later...
Politically nothing has changed-- regulations over gun ownership or possession haven't changed one bit, but I haven't the faintest interest in talking about that. That's for another place. The culture outside the movie theaters haven't exactly become safer either as Newtown and Boston can attest in the year since, but again those are subjects left for other writers to ruminate on. What's changed in the cinema? The first cinematic effect to the Aurora crime afflicted the Warner Bros. film Gangster Squad, a violent mob cartoon which starred Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling. The film, which was to have been released last September featured a shooting in a theater-- a scene of which was glimpsed before The Dark Knight Rises midnight shows as an eerie foreshadowing for what the poor moviegoers in Aurora would later be faced with. The movie was pushed back in order to re-shoot the climatic shooting sequence and later opened in January to dismal reviews and box office-- the violent quotient of the film remained heavy regardless.
One of the biggest industry shifts directly tied to the events in Aurora was the studios allowing theaters to screen new product during Thursday evenings as well as midnight screenings. The feeling, perhaps, was a fear that The Dark Knight Rises tragedy might directly result in lowly attended midnight performances, which can be highly lucrative and necessary in the launching of major tentpole product. It was perhaps a quick change face approach the studios enacted to preserve weekend box office goals. On this end, nothing seems to be have been damaged. Sure theater prices are raising and attendance is shrinking, but record box office receipts are still taking place at generally the same flow of things since well before Aurora. The hopeful news is that the majority of audiences aren't afraid to go to the movies, a sign of relief for all.
I'm not exactly sure this makes much sense but where do you think the cinematic culture is one year after Aurora? Where do think it should be?