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Film Reviews Of Ladies And Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen; J. Pierpont Morgan: Emperor Of Wall Street; and A Film Biography Of Thomas Merton

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  I recently watched three biographical documentaries on interesting figures. These films were Ladies And Gentlemen, MRead full post »

MARCH 20, 2014 10:25AM

4 Political Documentaries

Film Reviews Of Brothers In Arms; The Atomic Cafe; The Last Mountain, And Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral On A Moving Train

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  I recently spent an afternoon engaged in streaming political documentaries that ranged from pure agitptop to anti-agitprop.… Read full post »

MARCH 5, 2014 8:29AM

5 Pop Music Documentary Reviews

Reviews Of Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?); Anvil! The Story Of Anvil; I Need That Record! The Death (Or Possible Survival) Of The Independent Record Store; When I Rise; And You’re Gonna Miss Me

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JANUARY 12, 2014 11:56AM

On The Death Of LeRoi Jones

  A few days ago, poet Everett LeRoi Jones (aka LeRoi Jones and  Amiri Baraka) died, at the age of 79, of as yet undisclosed causes. His death has made major newspapers and publications worldwide, even though the man’s literary legacy is, at best, sub-mediocre. This stands in stark co/… Read full post »

 The Dan Schneider Interview 10: Brad Steiger

DS: This month’s DSI is with one of today’s top writers on unexplained phenomena. Actually, he’s been writing for half a century now, so, in many ways, he’s perhaps the all time top writer on things paranormal, psi, supernatur… Read full post »

  I recently watched a couple of documentaries-cum-hagiographies on two vastly overrated writers: American prosist J.D. Salinger and German avant gardist W.G. Sebald. The two films I watched were titled Salinger and Patience (After Sebald). I watch both films on Netflix one afternoon.


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  Watching documentaries on Netflix can be engaging yet frustrating. On a single afternoon I watched a 2009 Discovery Channel documentary, called The Science Of Sex Appeal, which offered insights into the whys and wherefores of its titular subject matter, then watched a 2008 theatrical documenta/… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2013 5:41AM

Reviews of Four Low Biz Documentaries

Film Reviews Of Buskers: For Love Or Money; The Antics Roadshow; Strictly Background, And Card Subject To Change

  I recently reviewed four documentary films dealing with the lower end of the entertainment business. They were Buskers: For Love Or Money; The Antics Roadshow; Strictly BackgrounRead full post »

DS: This ninth DSI is the first with a writer younger than yours truly. It’s also the second with a journalist (the first being with Pete Hamill). Charlie LeDuff is most well known for his time as a reporter with the New York Times, although now he has struck out on/Read full post »

JULY 18, 2013 12:41PM

Reviews of 2 Family Documentaries

Reviews Of Brother Born Again And Bigger, Stronger, Faster: The Side Effects Of Being American


  Being able to flip through genres and subjects on Netflix is an interesting experience because it allows one to slake the mood one is in at a given moment. So it was when, one… Read full post »

  I recently watched 2 documentaries featuring actor William Shatner, and his long and varied career in acting and other arts. They were The Captains And William Shatner’s Gonzo Ballet.


  The Captains is a 2011 film directed by Shatner himself, wherein he serves… Read full post »

  Just a week or two before AMC’s hit 1960s era soap opera, Mad Men, started its 6th season, its 5th season was finally released to stream on Netflix. While still a good show, in comparison to most of the dreck that fills the several hundred channels of relentless ‘content’ dri/… Read full post »

MAY 1, 2013 9:08AM

The Death Of Roger Ebert

  I went to sleep one afternoon (I usually work overnights), being informed that film critic Roger Ebert’s cancer had returned, and woke up that evening to learn that the man had just died. That day, April 4th of 2013, is now almost a month gone, and in the interim, some/… Read full post »

APRIL 11, 2013 10:52AM

3 Female Athletics Documentaries

Film Reviews Of Lipstick & Dynamite, Piss & Vinegar: The First Ladies Of Wrestling; Blood On The Flat Track: The Rise Of The Rat City Roller Girls; and Brutal Beauty: Tales Of The Rose City Rollers

  I recently streamed three Netflix documentary films that dealt with females in dubious… Read full post »

Reviews Of Joni Mitchell: Woman Of Heart and Mind And Glenn Tilbrook: One For The Road

  One might think that if one did a documentary on a subject that was good, that the resulting documentary would, likewise, be good, or better. But, this is not usually the case. And watching… Read full post »

MARCH 23, 2013 12:22PM

4 Scandalous Film Reviews

 Film Reviews Of Trudell; The Eyes Of Tammy Faye; Mario’s Story, And Inside Deep Throat

  I recently watched four documentaries involving criminal scandals of assorted varieties, and each film had pros and cons. The four documentaries under examination are Trudell; The Eyes Of Tammy FRead full post »

FEBRUARY 9, 2013 3:11AM

The MFA Mafia And Their Apologists

  Recently, film critic Roger Ebert, who has a distressing habit of 3-4 times per year, swallowing his own foot on his Chicago Sun-Times blog, posted a piece titled Books Do Furnish A Mind, wherein he bemoaned the state of reading in our republic, and pinned the blame on everything other/… Read full post »

JANUARY 6, 2013 11:57AM

Negativity And The MFA Mafia

  Not long ago a reader of my website let me know of a 2008 essay from The Kenyon Review, simply titled No. Its writer is a career Academic named Brian Doyle, whose CV is gratuitously displayed below the article:

  Brian Doyle is the editor of Portland Magazine at the/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 16, 2012 11:27AM

Rape And Revisionism In Soap Operas

  As an artist, writer, and critic of both, I have had a long involvement with, what for lack of a better term, can be called serial fiction, in all its forms across varied media. As a young child, I read comic books, which, as the successor to comic strips, were/… Read full post »

DS: I’m pleased that this latest DSI allows me the chance to dialogue with one of the most well known voices in the arts and sciences over the last half century, and a man whose science books and television shows I grew up reading and watching. He is also one of… Read full post »

DS: I’m pleased that this latest DSI allows me the chance to dialogue with one of the most well known voices in the arts and sciences over the last half century, and a man whose science books and television shows I grew up reading and watching. He is also one of… Read full post »

DS: I’m pleased that this latest DSI allows me the chance to dialogue with one of the most well known voices in the arts and sciences over the last half century, and a man whose science books and television shows I grew up reading and watching. He is also one of… Read full post »


  The best ever.


  Let those words penetrate. I state them in reference to the titular work under review and, mind you, I have seen every film and telefilm ‘straight’ version of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, plus almost every humorous take on i/… Read full post »

  I recently watched two documentary films on adventurers, a 2010 film called The Wildest Dream: Conquest Of Everest, directed by Anthony Geffen, and 2008’s Academy Award Winning Best Documentary, James Marsh’s Man On Wire. It was one of those synchronicities that just happened while/Read full post »

DS: This seventh DSI is the first with a writer primarily known for essays and criticism, rather than non-fiction, fiction and poetry—although he has written both forms of writing.   Most readers, in fact, will likely know Phillip Lopate less from his words found in book form and more/Read full post »

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