​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

TOWER (2016)










I was wary of Tower (#99), a recreation/documentary that uses rotoscope animation, archival footage and audio, actors and the real victims/witnesses of the University of Texas tower sniper in Austin in 1966 that killed 16 and injured many more. I was quite wrong - this combination of storytelling works astonishingly well - gripping, emotional, uncomfortable - as it re-enacts that horrible 98 minutes in '66 before the world got used to horrible mass murders, capturing the bef...uddlement and fear of the people of Austin as they tried to process exactly what was happening. The stories of heroism and selflessness told by those who lived it (and also by a group of young actors) both in animation and, later, by their current-day selves, had me transfixed and emotionally spent by the end of this film. The use of color and especially sound in Tower (actual audio from the scene and radio/TV reports) just blew me away. So so many moments in this film that I won't forget anytime soon. Sad and uplifting, Tower is a unique take on an American tragedy not to be missed. Highly recommended

SHOULD TLA SEE THIS? Yes. Simply yes. You all should.