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More Fearsome Than Fiction

22 Jul

 “Please don’t let some idiot come in here acting crazy,” I silently prayed as the hum of voices filled the movie theater. The dark thought crossed my mind moments before the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” began in an old, cheap Dallas movie theater with two auditoriums full of eager fans: parents with tots in tow, fawning couples, and gangly gangs of teenage guys and gals all gathered in anticipation. I glanced at the police officer pacing up and down the aisles with reassurance. That in a movie theater across the country, an audience actually was subjected to my fleeting nightmare is still hard to swallow.   

Movies are the cheapest round-trip ticket one can take to another time and place. Want to fall in love? Be scared witless? There’s a movie for that. But each and every time as the credits roll and the lights slowly rise, the trip ends and the monsters, villains and heartthrobs are all locked away in the projection screen until the next showing begins. With that, and a lazy stretch, the audience readily returns to the real world. Today, the world mourns for the dozen that didn’t. 

My prayers are with those in Aurora.

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Good Intentions Gone Bad

1 Dec

Menacing eyes, evil grins and whispers of world domination readily identify villains in the world of Hollywood. But in reality, spotting a ne’er-do-well is a much murkier task; the dividing line between heroes and villains, saviors and victims often weaves, twists, and turns, blurring the distance between the two. Those heralded as heroes sometimes engage in questionable acts to meet their goals. In such instances, good intentions  justify the unsavory behaviors. But do good intentions conquer all? Continue reading

Battle of the Box Office Bandits

3 Nov

We last left our aging hero in the gutter, abandoned by  fans for a new-wave of rental providers–providers that were swifter, more convenient and less expensive. Dismayed by the new arrivals, Blockbuster seemed unable to adjust to the New World Order: Anchored to its old model of renting, the company quickly sank into oblivion. This holiday season, however, things are turning around.

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