Tower ★★★★

this is uniquely powerful in its choice to barely acknowledge the gunman--who on august 1st, 1966 took the university of texas hostage by climbing the campus tower and firing at civilians below--and instead allow the brave survivors to dictate the way this event is told and remembered. it's harrowing to watch as they recall specific memories of the event (like a saviour's hair colour, or a part of the body that still remembers being preemptively ready to have a bullet penetrate it) and see them complimented by deeply expressive rotoscope animation reenactments that beautifully capture all the detailed, human moments and feelings that swirled around such a tragic day. in the end, it's those brief moments of humanity and bravery that are going to get us through these damn shootings.

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