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Interview: Glen Keane

Last week, I had the honor and privelage of sitting in on a roundtable with Glen

Keane, the supervising animator and executive producer of Tangled.

Tangled didn’t exactly set the world ablaze at the box office, but I think that’s because a lot of people have a hard time accepting a CG Disney animated film (Pixar movies being the exception). Once people give this film a chance when it releases to DVD and Blu-ray on April 29th, I sincerely hope it finds the audience it so richly deserves.

Before the interview, Mr. Keane treated us to a live webstream where he talked about the importance of hair in various Disney characters and gave us some examples of the rough animation from Tangled and what he did to help the computer animators give the film the more traditional look while moving the medium forward. I hope this footage is made public at some point, because it is truly magical. What follows is a transcript from the session I took part in. Our sincere thanks go out to the good folks at Disney for letting me sit in on this chat with a master.

Please note that there is a huge spoiler discussed at one point in the interview.

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Film Review: Paul

by Dave Minkus

Directed by Greg Mattola
Starrting Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig and Jason Bateman

Score:  1.5/4

Paul has been getting mixed reviews pretty much from the get go.  I was legitimately scared to print Jack's review when he saw it back in November of 2010.  I was afraid to even entertain the thought that the two men who were on their way to becoming this generation's Abbott and Costello could put out what is at best a mediocre movie.  Unfortunately, that is exactly what has happened.  I have some special bones to pick with the film's treatment of faith, but I'm going to leave that for the end as I've done my best to take that out of the equation when it comes to reviewing and scoring this film.

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SGR Episode 142 – The Films of Matt Damon

I know what you're thinking.  You'll have to turn off the episode about 10 minutes in.  Don't worry, loyal listener!  We thought about that ahead of time and only use the dreaded sounder

a few times this episode.  We have a good time looking at what an underrated actor Matt Damon is this week.

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SGR Episode 141 – Oscar Misses

This week, we take a look back at previous Oscar years to see if the yearly event is truly a signpost to establish or recognize what a great film is.

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Emerald Knights Trailer

I know I talked about this on the latest episode, but it really is worth giving its own seperate post.  Beyond the dream casting of Nathan Fillion as Hal Jordan and Henry Rollins as Kilowog, this trailer just shows me everything I need to see to get excited including t

he epic scope required, great looking animation…and well, it just looks freaking cool.  Honestly, I think the live-action film is going to have a lot to live up to when I see this trailer.  What do you think?

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Flynn Lives Extra From Tron Legacy Blu-Ray Leaked!

While I may have found myself being disaapointed by Tron Legacy the first time I saw it, I really enjoyed it more the second time around.  All the nervousness and expecations were gone by the second time I saw it, and I was able to just watch the film and enjoy it for what it was.

That may very well explain why I was so excited to see this short that will be included o

n the Tron Legacy Blu-Ray.  Acting as a bridge between the second and possible third films, it's a fun watch and also gives a sense of closure from the Flynn Lives ARG.  Usually, a studio just lets the game die, but I've got to give Disney credit for having some form of payoff for the game.  Check it out and let us know what you think!

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SGR Episode 140 – Oscar 2011 Picks

This episode, Barry and Dave give out sentimental picks along with what we think will actually win.

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Michael Paul Stephenson's next film to be DESTROY

There is absolutely no doubt that all of us at ScreenGeeks.com love Michael Paul Stephenson's directorial debut, Best Worst Movie, ever since we saw it at the Starz Denver Film Festival in 2009.  It's truly a magical film that has a lot of heart and laughs.  I'm sure that I am nowhere near alone in my curiosity as to what his next project would be.  It would be easy to keep in the documentary world, but it looks like he'll be jumping headlong into dark comedy with DESTROY.  Read the press release after the break.

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US "I Saw the Devil" Red-Band Trailer

Korean revenge movies are something I just can't get enough of.  They are usually a morality tale taken to an extreme that we just simply don't see in US movies today.  There is no doubt that these movies tend to be brutal in ways that disturb the most jaded individuals.  The beauty of these films comes in the way that brutality really magnifies the truth that vengeance will only serve to destroy you and the people around you.  Faster with Dwayne Johnson touches on this theme, but I seriously doubt that a US studio would ever truly embrace the vengeance genre with this level of abandon.  It's why the US remake of Oldboy never got off the ground.  Nobody would touch it.

Now, Kim Ji-woon (A Tale of Two Sisters, The Good, The Bad, The Wierd) is unleashing his entry to the genre with I Saw the Devil.  A story of a cop who goes after the serial killer who killed his pregnant fiancee, the film has been garnering praise at every festival it plays from TIFF to Sundance to Fantasticfest.  Below, you'll find the red-band trailer for the film.  Let me give you a word of warning, you may want to skip this if you aren't familiar with Korean revenge films.  It's a powerful and disturbing trailer.  This one definitely earns the red-band warning.  You can also watch the HD version at the IGN link below.

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SGR Episode 139 – The Trailers of Super Bowl XLV

This week, we take a look at the movie trailers that premiered during the Super Bowl…and probably make fun of the singing performances too.

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