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

    One of the most cinematically gorgeous independent films in a long time, “Dead Man’s Burden” (along with 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.
    “Dead Man’s Burden” is pretty darn classical in its themes, look and execution. The dialogue and performances are pitch perfect, almost to the point of too perfect, but the talented actors balance it just right. Bowen as the traumatized but steely young girl trying to make a life for herself is especially impressive; she compels the audience to both fear her and feel for her, and it’s quite a feat. Call is also a magnetic presence on screen, even when he’s still (especially when he is), and Jacobs holds the film together as the quiet presence of morality and judgment in a world gone mad. “Dead Man’s Burden” is worth the watch for its sheer beauty, but it’s also a slow burner of Western tragedy that hails many new talents to keep an eye on. [B+]
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    THE LONE RANGER Trailer. Gore Verbinski’s THE LONE RANGER Stars Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp | Collider

    Looks all big and 'splodey. Not much else. Am I the only one who finds Armie Hammer a bit drip-py? Not much charisma and going against Depp in full 'me Injun' mode...not gonna light up the screen. Westerns being a tough sell we may have our first surefire bomb of the summer season.

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    Saw TLR today. Really enjoyed it. Did not feel like a 2.5 hr movie. Not sure what exactly was supposed to be wrong with it for "critics".

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaingunsofdoom View Post
    Saw TLR today. Really enjoyed it. Did not feel like a 2.5 hr movie. Not sure what exactly was supposed to be wrong with it for "critics".
    I agree. I felt Johnny Depp over-did the weirdo role at times but it was an enjoyable way to spend 2 hours.

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    High Plains Drifter Blu-ray

    Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of director Clint Eastwood's High Plains Drifter, starring Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitch Ryan, Stefan Gierasch, Billy Curtis and Geoffrey Lewis. The classic 1973 western makes its Blu-ray debut on October 15th.


    The Blu-ray release of High Plains Drifter features 1080p video, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround, and an UltraViolet digital copy. Extras include the film's theatrical trailer.
    About ****ing time.

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    Advocacy group attacks Lone Ranger for 'disheartening' plot decision | Blastr

    Oh so Indian groups are coming out finally and condemning this movie...errrrrr not exactly.

    Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner, picture above), has what looks like a cleft lip, and Disney describes the character as "a ruthless outlaw whose terribly scarred face is a perfect reflection of the bottomless pit that passes for his soul." Sounds like a nasty piece of work, as villains in films like this probably should be, but maybe Disney should have rethought some of those scars. Cleft lip charity and advocacy group Transforming Faces has released a statement condemning Disney for giving Cavendish a cleft lip, and thus furthering the often "negative perception" children who may see the movie have about other children with cleft lips.

    “I’ve met many children over the past 10 years who have been affected by cleft lip and palate –- they are resilient, strong and beautiful," Transforming Faces Executive Director Esteban Lasso said. "But, I have also seen the physical as well as emotional scars that these individuals often carry. They are often bullied and taunted at school or depicted as villains. It’s disheartening that a major motion picture would perpetuate this negative perception and we hope that in future, birth defects and facial differences will not be used to portray ‘evil’ characters."

    The group also noted in its statement that it has a special interest in characters like Cavendish because of its "Face Equality on Film" campaign, which exists to further a "balanced portrayal of people with disfigurements in films."

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    Michael Fassbender, Ben Mendelsohn & Kodi Smit-McPhee To Star In Western 'Slow West' | The Playlist

    ou might not remember, but back in 2011, Fassbender revealed he was developing a movie with ex-Beta Band member turned filmmaker, John Maclean. They had previously collaborated on two shorts — “Man on a Motorcycle” and “Pitch Black Heist” — and now they'll team for a feature, "Slow West." Co-starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and the ever present (and always solid) Ben Mendelsohn, there are no plot details on this one just yet, but the plan is for cameras to roll later this year in New Zealand. Support for the movie is already in place from Film 4, DMC Film and the The New Zealand Film Commission.

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    1973 film High Plains Drifter with Clint Eastwood on Blu-ray October



    The 1973 Western “High Plains Drifter” directed by and starring Clint Eastwood is coming to Blu-ray Disc in a “40th Anniversary Edition” on October 15th, 2013 via Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film co-starred Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Mitch Ryan, Jack Ging, Stefan Gierasch, Ted Hartley, Billy Curtis, Geoffrey Lewis and Scott Walker. Tech specs for the release include full 1080p Hi-Def video in the 2.35:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound. The release will come with an UltraViolet digital copy of the film included. The title is available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon with a $13.99 price tag. No bonus materials are set to be included on the release.
    What the ****?! It's great that this is FINALLY hitting Blu, but why no special features?!

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