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  • The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears

    The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears

    ★★★½

    This experimental giallo is a Rosetta Stone of formal flourishes - suffused colours, inky shadows, extreme close-ups, creaking leather, step-printing, POV, slashing straight-razors, ominous music, traumatized men. While some may find its narrative inaccessible, its presentation manages to be faithful, modern, and original all at the same time. A cinematic feast.

  • Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place

    Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place

    ★★★

    An admirable reflection on the career of Glenn Murcutt and his principled approach to architecture. Plenty of serenely languid shots of his Neutra-esque residences lightly laid on the Australian countryside. It all makes me want to open a window.

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  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★

    Gus Van Sant is certainly capable of making some unsuccessful films, but he is too talented and intelligent a director to have simply believed that a (mostly) shot-for-shot remake of Psycho would have been an unproblematic exercise. Criticizing Van Sant for doing so seems like the same type of laziness that the film's detractors assume of Van Sant. The remake deserves a significant reappraisal that considers the relationship between the two films rather than a zero-sum competition that prizes the…

  • Over the Garden Wall

    Over the Garden Wall

    ★★★★★

    Perfect. A wonderful mash-up of Washington Irving, The Wind in the Willows, Van Buren animation, Miyazaki, and the teen drama. A fantastic voice cast and an elegiac, autumnal score make Over the Garden Wall a singular fantasy of colonial Americana.