I can't help thinking about the kids at last night's THE DARK KNIGHT RISES screening in Aurora, Colorado. How excited they must have been - perhaps they were anticipating it all day before loading up into the car and going to the movies. We've all been there. I feel something like that every time I sit down to a new movie, and especially the big ones like this, I always feel like a kid again.
This tragedy has struck the heart of our community. These people are us. Who else goes to midnight screenings but we crazy few movie geeks - yes, even Batman movies - and that excitement is palpable. I wish I could bottle it for the bad days, because it's one of those times in my life where true joy is found. Going to the movies is my favorite thing in the world, other than spending time with my family and friends. It's literally what I live for.
This weekend, go to a movie. No, it's not about keeping the bad guys from winning, or making a statement, although if you want it to be, that's okay. Go to the movies this weekend because it's a joy. One of the last great joys we have left these days, it seems. Plant youself in a theater, and see whatever you fancy. It's the place dreams come true. It's the magic land. That screen isn't a window - it's a door. An inviting door that lets in everyone. All are welcome in that world, and we get to wonder in the power of imagination and beauty.
I don't normally post like this and I'm sorry if this upsets some of you. I'm grieving for the losses in Aurora, Colorado, and I am trying very hard not to play the political games of finding where to put blame. This community took a real loss today, and I mourn those who were killed, pray for the wounded, and celebrate that magic that we all chase every time we sit down in a movie theater. Theaters are my church, and today we're all hurting.
I love movies, and you do too. Let's celebrate them.