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…