Another mass shooting at a movie theater

There was the horrifying mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado. James Holmes, killed 12 people during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” now last night, John Russell Houser, in Lafayette, Louisiana opened fire killing two and injuring several more..

When Col. Michael D. Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police,was asked at a news conference  “Why did he come here? Why did he do that?” he responded, “We don’t know that,”  “We may not find a motive.”

As I prepare to head off to the Traverse City Film Festival, where I will be spending 16 -18 hours each day in or around theaters, I am both saddened  and frightened. There is seldom a week that passes where I’m not in a movie theater, this latest shooting was during a comedy; so clearly no showing of any film is free from the prospect of some crazy, pulling out a gun and killing a random number of people. Yes, there is something frightening about that reality. I am also a great lover of film, and of watching them on a “Big screen,” and yes, in the company of others. Comedies are funnier when you’re in a room filled with other people laughing, Horror films do not have the same power when watched at home.

My heart goes out to the families that lost loved ones, or saw friends and family injured in this senseless rampage.

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About Lane J. Lubell
When I began this site, I was a student at "The Latin School of Chicago, and it consumed the majority of my waking hours, the remaining time was split between, making movies, hanging with friends, and spending time with family. Toss in eating and a few hours of sleep; and there was not all that much time left over. I provided that explanation to lower expectation of daily posts, and to point out that simply because I did not review a given film does not mean I did not find it worthy; more likely, homework took precedence. I am now attending Northwestern University where I'm enrolled in RTVF (Radio, Television, Video and Film) department. While I was very happy at Latin, and still go back to see each theater performance; I'm glad to be done with AP Calculus, and love that I get to take a larger percentage of classes focusing on literature, philosophy ,writing and film. I'm still just getting my feet wet here, but I have met some people that share my love of film and theater and we are already planing on some collaborations. Who knows, maybe I could even get a few of them to post a review here on CinemaShadow.com . I made this site not to "Talk to people" about films; but to 'Talk with People" about films. To that end; I would love to have others post comments, list their favorite movies, recommend films, new and old, that you think are worth watching.

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