Jackson's survey of an infantryman's life on the Western front is an impressive cinematic effort, less for its colourization (which feels more painterly than perfectly realistic) and more for its frame rate corrections and reconstituted dubbing. They Shall Not Grow Old reimagines the possibilities for historical documents and reveals secrets still hidden in old, seemingly unusable footage.
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…