Last weekend, Nash Edgerton's terrific, pitch-black, whip-smart crime noir The Square snaked its way through limited release in a few fortunate cities throughout the country. The movie is the feature directorial debut of the veteran Aussie actor and stuntman, who made a name for himself as a director through a series of highly regarded genre shorts. The last of them was Spider, which he co-wrote, and in which he starred. It is running in front of The Square in many theaters that are showing the film. And it is outrageously awesome.

The short first showed up at the Telluride Film Festival in the fall of 2007, playing in front of the mediocre Icelandic thriller Jar City. Once I saw it, I began advising fellow festival-goers to pop into Jar City, if only to see the short. It is startling, hilarious, and better seen with an audience that doesn't know what's coming (Telluride, with its theaters full of upscale patrons of a certain age awaiting the latest arthouse sensation, was ideal). But if you can't make it out to a theater showing it along with The Square, do check out the YouTube version below. I guarantee your satisfaction.

And if you do manage to see The Square, keep an eye out (pun intended) for the blink-and-you'll-miss-it Easter Egg shout-out to Spider during the film's brief hospital scene. It's the rare inside joke that's actually funny.