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Dan Lybarger

Dan Lybarger
Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Freelance Writer
Typos for Hire
Dan Lybarger is a Kansas City-based entertainment and general-interest writer whose work has appeared in The Kansas City Star, Cineaste, FilmFax, eFilmCritic.com, eKC, The Lawrence (KS) Journal-World, Pitch and other outlets.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 11:06AM

Get "Spirited Away" for Free in Kansas City

Japan's animation master Hayao Miyazaki is one of the world's greatest filmmakers, and his movies are loaded with an explosive imagination.

Jaw-dropping suprirses are the norm in his movies. He has buses in cat bodies (My Neighbor Totoro), pigs defeating fascists in World War II Italay (Porco Rosso)… Read full post »

MAY 13, 2012 10:56PM

Three days to save a worthy film

Mica Jarmel-Schneider is an activist who has smuggled contraband to Cuba and by doing so has forced us to reevaluate our policy toward the island nation. What makes Jarmel-Schneider’s feat even more astonishing is that he conducted his subversive activities as part of his bar mitzvah and… Read full post »

Despite the fact that he’s been dead for nearly a century and that the language in which he wrote his stories, Yiddish, is fading, it’s hard find a more relevant or entertaining writer than the fellow who dubbed himself, “Sholem Aleichem.”

  Sholem Aleichem


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Even though horse trainer Dan M. “Buck” Brannaman is as skilled with his tongue as he is in the saddle, Cindy Meehl’s new documentary on him Buck implies there is still more under his cowboy hat than he initially lets on.

Buck Brannaman



Brannaman is a master of naturalRead full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2010 5:26PM

90 Years of Cinematic Confections:

An Interview with Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker

by Dan Lybarger

Documentary filmmakers Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker may not be household names, but their films have captured Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton and future senator Al Franken as their stars were… Read full post »

by Dan Lybarger

Because the music and legacy of John Lennon is so formidable, any actor wanting to portray him in a movie is almost inviting ridicule. This is especially true because tomorrow would have been the murdered singer’s 70th birthday.

In addition to having to meet the expectations of mi… Read full post »

by Dan Lybarger

It hardly seems like 10 years since the Kansas International Film Festival (KIFF) brought a series of worthy movies to the area that might not have played here otherwise. In some cases, KIFF, which takes place at the Glenwood Arts Theater and formerly known as Halfway to Hollywood,… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2010 10:05AM

Haikus on Film 10/01/2010

SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 3:22PM

Serious Talk about ‘Holy Wars’

I’ll be taking part in a discussion of Stephen Marshall’s new documentary Holy Wars at 10:00 a.m. CST on The Walt Bodine Show at KCUR 89.3 FM. Marshall himself will be on the show as will Aaron D. Taylor, the author of Alone with a Jihadist. If you miss the broadcast/Read full post »

Salon Book Club Reports from Cowtown

by Dan Lybarger


As my fellow readers here at Salon have been devouring Jonathan Franzen’s most recent novel Freedom, I’ve been overwhelmed with guilt. I missed my deadlines and didn’t feel like posting comments that would have made me sound/… Read full post »

An Interview with Publisher-Editor John B. Bryans


by Dan Lybarger


Historian Nelson Johnson’s 2002 overview of Atlantic City Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City is a straightforward look at the international playground’s past. It’s an u/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 11:22PM

The Summer My Brother and I Saved the World

by Dan Lybarger

Even though people eventually retire from the United States Marine Corps, we are constantly reminded “Once a Marine; always a Marine.” The job is so demanding that it’s impossible to walk away from psychologically even if you’re never going to wear the uniform… Read full post »

by Dan Lybarger

Separating a performer from his or her role can be a tricky task. John Wayne was reportedly more comfortable wearing a tux than cowboy duds, although he looked imposing either way. It would be safe to say, however, that he bore little resemblance to one of his more infamousRead full post »

AUGUST 14, 2010 4:37AM

Haikus on Film 08/14/2010

Click on the poem to read the full review on www.kcactive.com

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

It’s OK to love
video games, comics, Cera,

punk and Toronto.


Eat Pray Love


I wish I had the
money to journey to Rome,
India, Bali.
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JULY 25, 2010 4:09PM

A Chilling History

Kansas city-based filmmaker Gary Jenkins is going to be interviewed live on Monday, July 26 at 8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 CST at www.firedoglake.com to take questions about Negroes to Hire, his documentary about slavery in Antebellum Missouri.



Cover Art for Negroes to Hire

He and moderator Lisa Derrick will be join… Read full post »

JULY 19, 2010 4:23PM

Haikus on Film 07/19/2010

JUNE 14, 2010 5:18PM

Haiku on Film 06/11/2010

One of the challenges for print journalism is that it’s difficult for users to interact with the content. A story can be out of date by the time it has been printed, and users might have crucial, up-to-the-minute information that the author of a print article may not have had when… Read full post »

JUNE 6, 2010 11:43PM

Accepting Hospitality:

An Interview with Michael Paul Stephenson
on Best Worst Movie

by Dan Lybarger

First-time documentarian Michael Paul Stephenson has managed to make some sweet lemonade from one of cinema’s most appalling lemons: 1990’s Troll 2.


As a ten-year-old Stephenson starred as Joshua Waits, a… Read full post »

MAY 29, 2010 6:51PM

My Five Minutes with Gary Coleman


No, Gary Coleman was not taller than me.  
No, Gary Coleman wasn't taller than me.


Six years ago, I was invited to the open house of a radio station a friend of mine owned. It was a short-lived affiliate of the All Comedy Radio network and died rather quickly in the Kansas City market.


A special guest… Read full post »

 by Dan Lybarger

In Vincenzo Natali’s movies, his characters might have to escape from an elaborate prison with lethal booby traps or face down a destructive mutant. But their most potent danger is their own folly.

Delphine Chanéac and Vincenzo Natali on the set of 'Splice.'


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MAY 3, 2010 7:53AM

Haikus 04/29/2010

Click the haikus to read longer reviews of the movies. 

Furry Vengeance
Animals mount a
smart and fierce war. They could make
a much better film.

The Most Dangerous Man in America
Daniel Ellsberg
and a copier were more
powerful than Nixon

A Nightmare on Elm Street
Wes Craven condemns
this r
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APRIL 25, 2010 1:48AM

Haikus on Film 04/24/10

APRIL 18, 2010 10:30PM

A Man and His Film

L.Q. Jones returns to KC with his cautionary tale, A Boy and His Dog

by Dan Lybarger

LQ JonesActor L.Q. Jones and director of A Boy and His DogAt 82, character actor L.Q. Jones has a lot to be proud of. Even if his name doesn’t sound familiar, it’s a…

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APRIL 18, 2010 10:15PM

Haikus on Film 04/16/2010