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Tower Record

Rifiling With Rotoscoping
Official Site | Trailer & Mo
Not Rated | 82 min


I do not condone murder, but I cannot help but be fascinated by murderers (and their victims).  If you’ve read this site before, you know that (I’m insane) David Fincher’s Zodiac is my everything (that isn’t fried chicken, the Nationals, or my wife), so a documentary about the 1966 University of Texas Tower Shooting was totally gonna be up my alley, and up my butt – and it totally ended up being so/both!

In 82 measly (un)easy minutes, Keith Maitland‘s Tower lets the victims tell their stories from that day, and beyond.  From historical records and new interviews, Maitland took their testimonial transcripts and recreated the tragedy by rotoscoping actors and pairing it with whatever existing footage exists into a dreamy nightmare documentary that instills fear and thrills, but also inspires hope and peace

Normally the murderer is the one who gets the most attention in any filmed infotainment about murderers, but Charles Whitman’s name barely gets a mention by the time the films wraps, and while I was wondering about the who/what/when/where/how/why about Whitman the entire time, I actually didn’t mind ending up not knowing anything about him at all.  He set the event in motion, but he’s not important

This doc is important

Most folks know little of this event, but hopefully that will no longer be the case if one checks out one the most essential films of 2016!  EAT THAT ALL OTHER 2016 MOVIES!!!

Sadly, history has repeated itself many times since this event, but maybe we can learn from the past mistakes of others.  What a TOWERing achievement that would be

Verdictgo: Breast In Show

Tower is very tall, currently in limited release

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…


In & Out On A Limb


Matthias Buchinger (June 2, 1674 – January 17, 1740) was born without hands or lower legs, and yet was a world-renowned artist, magician, calligrapher and performer.  He was married four times and had at least 14 children (by eight women). He also is rumored to have had children by as many as 70 mistresses. Buchinger’s fame was so widespread that in the 1780s the term ‘Buckinger’s boot’ existed in England as a euphemism for the vagina (because the only ‘limb’ he had was his penis)





Tent T Cools


The Tent of Tomorrow in the New York State Pavilion from the 1964-65 World’s Fair, at what is now Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. On the floor the largest map in the world at the time, a 130-by-166-foot map of New York State


Sweet & Tower


two young members of a wedding party look at the view from the lower observation desk of the World Trade Center February 14, 2001 in New York City. Thirty-three couples from around the world participated in the annual Valentine’s Day Wedding Marathon at the World Trade Center


photos of the World Trade Center on September 10, 2001

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