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What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'There's Something In The Air' With 'Iron Man 3' & 'The Iceman'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • May 3, 2013 4:59 PM
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It's a man's man's man's world. And while James Brown told us that "it don't mean nothing without a woman," what he forgot to mention is that she's probably never getting top billing. Or, at any rate, not this weekend. If we leave the titles aside -- "Iron Man 3," "The Iceman," and "Dead Man's Burden" -- there's still barely a female lead or a subject centered on women to be found, unless we're counting feminine dominance in vampire loving circles. The theater docket showcases superheroes, contract killers, rock stars, student protestors, psychotherapists, cowboys, and magicians and yet -- despite all that variety -- nary a one of them are women. Not that there isn't still plenty to love -- a solid blockbuster franchise returns, the always arresting Michael Shannon gets another turn at badassery, the Cassavetes family continues its industry legacy, and 35mm celluloid gets its due in a Western. So let us know, dear readers: what are you looking forward to seeing on the silver screen?

Exclusive: New Set of Stylish Alternative Posters For Indie Western 'Dead Man's Burden'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 3, 2013 12:22 PM
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The marketing campaign for the independent Western "Dead Man's Burden" has so far showcased some of the best aspects of the film, with a trailer showing off the gorgeous 35mm cinematography and darkly violent nature of the film's story. And today we have an exclusive set of alternative posters for the movie. "Dead Man's Burden" is a neo-classical Western that adheres closely to the look and style of traditional films in the genre, while bringing a dark and distinctly modern slant to the story of a family torn apart by the Civil War and caught in the crosshairs of a modernizing West.

Review: 'Dead Man's Burden' Is A Stunningly Shot, Slow Burner Of A Classic, Yet Modern Western

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 2, 2013 6:04 PM
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One of the most cinematically gorgeous independent films in a long time, “Dead Man’s Burden” (along with fellow 2012 indie “Beasts of the Southern Wild," shot on Super 16) truly makes the case for celluloid. While watching this meditative Western, one simply wants to drink in the beauty of the image, and yes, that image is created on 35 mm film. They don’t make RED cameras that can do what film achieves in terms of sheer richness of image. In the age of digital everything, might independent film, at one time the dominion of digital, be the savior of celluloid? “Dead Man’s Burden” (the directorial debut of Jared Moshé) demonstrates just why film is important, simply by being beautiful. But beyond that, it’s also a moody, violent, classic, yet modern Western.

L.A. Film Fest: 'Dead Man's Burden Director Jared Moshé & Cast Talk Favorite Westerns, 35mm & Shooting In New Mexico

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 28, 2012 3:59 PM
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“Dead Man’s Burden” premiered at the L.A Film Fest to excellent reviews and and plaudits for first time director Jared Moshé and his cast: Clare Bowen as the fierce Martha, David Call as her husband Heck, and Barlow Jacobs as her long lost brother Wade. Our review said the film “is worth the watch for its sheer beauty, but it’s also slow burner of Western tragedy that hails many new talents to keep an eye on.” It’s a slice of filmmaking that harkens back to cinema’s past, and reminds you why shooting on film needs to be preserved. We sat down with Moshé, Bowen, Call and Jacobs last week to talk favorite Westerns, shooting in New Mexico and historical authenticity. Here are some of the highlights and insights from the wide ranging conversations below.

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Dead Man's Burden' Is A Stunningly Shot, Slow Burner Of A Classic, Yet Modern Western

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 17, 2012 9:58 AM
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One of the most cinematically gorgeous independent films in a long time, “Dead Man’s Burden” (along with fellow 2012 indie “Beasts of the Southern Wild," shot on Super 16) truly makes the case for celluloid. While watching this meditative Western, one simply wants to drink in the beauty of the image, and yes, that image is created on 35 mm film. They don’t make RED cameras that can do what this film achieves in terms of sheer richness of image. In the age of digital everything, might independent film, at one time the dominion of digital, be the savior of celluloid?

Exclusive: Beautiful Trailer For Moody Western 'Dead Man's Burden,' Premiering At The L.A. Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2012 11:57 AM
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Disappointed that the History mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys" is already over? Well, if you happen to be in Los Angeles this month, you might want to make your way down to the L.A. Film Festival, where the impressive-looking western "Dead Man's Burden" will be making its world premiere.

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