Many filmmakers saw little to no connection between the shootings at a "Dark Knight Rises" screening in Colorado last month and the movie that was playing as the shooting took place (or, for that matter, any other film).
But the creator of one piece of violent entertainment says he believes there can be a direct cause-and-effect between films and those who commit acts of violence.
Nick Cave, the musician-screenwriter who wrote the upcoming Tom Hardy gangster movie "Lawless," told 24 Frames that he thought it dishonest to pretend there was no connection in cases such as the Colorado shootings.
"If beautiful movies can influence you to go out and hug your children, then we have to be honest and say that other movies can inspire you to do bad things," he said. "To say they can't is to deny all movies their power."