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FEBRUARY 24, 2015 11:05AM

5 Demotic Documentaries

Reviews Of The People Vs. George Lucas, That Guy... Who Was In That Thing, Craigslist Joe, Kumaré, And American Mystic

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  I recently watched five documentaries that strove to be demotic, streaming them on Netflix. They were The People Vs. George Lucas,Read full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2015 5:28AM

5 Odd Documentary Films

Reviews Of The Next Space Race, Marilyn In Manhattan, Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia, Mortified Nation, And Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

  I recently watched five of the oddest documentaries I have ever see, streaming them on Netflix. They were The Next Space Race, MarRead full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2015 6:47AM

Book Review Of The Time It Never Rained

  In looking over literature related to Texas, one naturally has to deal with the genre of western novels. With roots in the nickel and dime cowboy novels of the late 19th Century, the form only crystallized into something resembling literature with the early 20th Century release of Owen Wister&/… Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2015 10:36AM

The Coldest Kiss

  One of the drawbacks to being a one man operation of the arts, myself, is that I simply lack the time and energy to not only do all that I would want to do artistically- in terms of my own writing, and also running my own website, is that I/… Read full post »

JANUARY 14, 2015 10:31AM

Reviews of 5 Silly Films

Reviews Of The Sweetest Sound, The Workshop, London In The Raw, Journey To Planet X, And Evacuate Earth

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  I recently watched five of the silliest documentaries I have ever see, streaming them on Netflix. They were The Sweetest Sound, TheRead full post »

  A question hovers in me and over modern 21st Century American television: where has real drama gone? By that I mean films, television, stage plays all made for the small screen and which deal with what it means to be human. Not just doctor shows, cop dramas, spy thrillers, action… Read full post »

 Danger Man, The Prisoner, And The Myth Of TV’s Golden Age

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  There is a subtly pernicious myth that goes around these days that today’s television- especially cable television- shows are part of what is considered tv’s real Golden Age, as… Read full post »

DS: Over the course of these DSIs I have gotten to converse with all sorts of writers of quality- from fiction to journalism to science to poetry, and this month’s interview will be with a man who has done it all, although he is, sadly, not as well known as most… Read full post »

Emancipate Emanuel: James Emanuel’s Poetry And The Public Domain

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  It has been almost a year since the great American poet James Emanuel died. He had fallen to obscurity, after leaving the country for France decades earlier, with many of his

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DS: This latest DSI is with a novelist who has had success, by most standards, but one who is not yet a household name, in the way that novelists of a few decades past (Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Irwin Shaw, etc.) were. He has had a major Hollywood film made of… Read full post »

AUGUST 12, 2014 10:41AM

Memories Of Maggie: Maggie Estep R.I.P.

Memories Of Maggie

Copyright © by Dan Schneider, 8/12/14

  Before I married my wife, Jessica, there was Betta, Clarissa, Kristin, Tricia, Anna, Rosy, Lily, Danielle, Lisa, and others. These were all the ‘artsy babes’ of my past, and each and every one of them had ‘issu… Read full post »

JULY 22, 2014 1:03AM

3 Political Documentaries

Film Reviews Of Crips And Bloods: Made In America; 5 Broken Cameras; and The Camden 28

  I recently streamed three Netflix documentary films that dealt with political themes. These three films were Crips And Bloods: Made In America; 5 Broken Cameras; and The Camden 28.


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JUNE 19, 2014 11:15AM

Review: 2 Cool Documentaries

Review Of Composing The Beatles Songbook: Lennon And McCartney: 1966-1970 And The Cool School

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  There are right ways to do arts documentaries and wrong ways to do them. The right way can best be illustrated by the documentary Composing TheRead full post »

Film Reviews Of New York In The Fifties; Ayn Rand & The Prophecy Of Atlas Shrugged; and Homo Sapiens 1900

  I recently saw three streaming documentaries on Netflix that recorded failed political histories. They were New York In The Fifties; Ayn Rand & The Prophecy Of Atlas Shrugged; and… Read full post »

MAY 25, 2014 6:24AM

4 Bad Documentaries On Race

Reviews Of Reel Injun, Dreams Of A Life, Steal A Pencil For Me, And Imaginary Witness: Hollywood And The Holocaust

  I recently watched four films regarding racial and ethnic issues, while streaming from Netflix, and those four films were Reel Injun, Dreams Of A Life, Steal A Pencil For Me,… Read full post »

MAY 20, 2014 10:00AM

4 Filmmaker Documentaries

Film Reviews Of The Last Mogul: The Life And Times Of Lew Wasserman; Light Keeps Me Company; Cameraman: The Life And Work Of Jack Cardiff; and John Waters: This Filthy World

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  I recently got a chance to stream and watch… Read full post »

APRIL 30, 2014 6:14AM

3 Artist Biographic Films

Film Reviews Of Paul Goodman Changed My Life; Hey, Boo: Harper Lee And To Kill A Mockingbird; and Carmen & Geoffrey

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  I recently watched a trio of Netflix documentaries on artists, which varied in quality. They were Paul Goodman ChangedRead full post »

APRIL 26, 2014 10:08AM

5 Show Biz Documentaries

Film Reviews Of These Amazing Shadows: The Movies That Make America; Great Directors; Two In The Wave, The Hollywood Complex; And Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

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  I recently watched, over Netflix streaming, over a two day period, five documentary… Read full post »

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 »

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