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The Dan Schneider Video Interviews:  Taking Interviews To The Next Level!

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301) Why La Dolce Vita Is Great: Best film of all time?


****½ Great talk.


Comment: The sweet life?




302) Why 2001: A Space Odyssey Is Great: The moviest movie?


****½  Great talk on a classic.


Comment: Diving in.




303) On Modern Russia: The last 2 centuries.


***½ Good discussion.


Comment: Putinland or not?.




304) Why Taxi Driver Is Great: De Niro rocks.


****½ Great talk.


Comment: Good or bad man?




305) Why Persona Is Great: Bergman in depth.


****½  Great discussion.


Comment: The Master exposed.



306) Toonrific Tariq: An up and coming talent.


***½ Good discussion.


Comment: The future of animation?




307) Why The Third Man Is Great: De Niro rocks.


****½ Great talk.


Comment: Harry Lime and co.




308) The Implosion of the Movement for a People's Party: Political Titanic?


****½  Great discussion.


Comment: Renee Johnston opines.




309) Dicon Dissectional Reactions: Am interesting Youtube channel.


***½ Good discussion.


Comment: Daniel Profeta speaks.




310) Why Shane Is Great: The best American made Western..


****½ Deep in the Wyoming mud.


Comment: The myth and the man.




311) Eva Schubert on Music: Great singer/songwriter.


****½  Fantastic arts discourse.


Comment: Exploring lyrics.




312) The Prehistory of Private Property: Karl Widerquist debunks myths.


**** Great discussion.


Comment: A trip through time and fallacies.




313) What Happened To Bobby Fischer: Madness and mythos.


***½ Dominance.


Comment: Hans Bohn is your guide.




314) Why Carnival Of Souls Is Great: Herk Harvey's classic.


**** The B film horror classic.


Comment: One of the most influential films ever.




315) Why Planet Of The Apes Is Great: Charlton Heston's best role.


**** Great discussion.


Comment: 1968 rocked in film.




316) The Pentagon UFO/UAP report: Myth or coverup?


**** Great talk.


Comment: A threeway debate.




317) Why This Sporting Life Is Great: A great film.


****½ One on one.


Comment: The UK's best ever film?




318) Why Blowup Is Great: Antonioni's best.


****½ Great discussion.


Comment: Masterpiece.




319) Why City Lights Is Great: Peak Chaplin.


**** Exploring.


Comment: Silent film's last stand.




320) On Apocalypse: A rich talk.


**** On Global Warming.


Comment: Solutions?




321) Why Aguirre: The Wrath Of God Is Great: Herzog kicks it!


**** Kinski roars!


Comment: Great film.




322) Why Apocalypse Now Is Great: Great discussion.


****½  Exploring.


Comment: Best great film talk so far?




323) The Deep Roots Of War Theory: Good talk.


**** On why we are violent.


Comment: Ideas and objections.




324) The Deep Roots Of War Theory, Deux: Great talk!


****½ Richard Wrangham.


Comment: The Goodness Paradox.




325) Native American History: Unangas/Aleutians: Great discussion.


****  Debra Corbett.


Comment: From then till now and beyond.




326) On The Fringe: Michael D Gordin.


**** Latest book.


Comment: Canning pseudoscience.




327) Ava Bounds On Acting and On Directing: Terrific kid.


****½ Great potential.


Comment: Director and dad talk on film.




328) Why The Limey Is Great: Gordon rocks.


****½  Donato shines.


Comment: Underrated film.




329) Bigfoot: American Myth?: Is it real?


**** 3 experts talk.


Comment: True or not?




330) On Sexual Ethics: Jeana J rocks.


**** Timely talk.


Comment: Pros and cons?




331) Why The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie Is Great: Cassavetes' best..


****½ Alex and Jeff cooking.


Comment: Towering film.




332) Contra Campbell: Death Of The Monomyth?: Please?


**** 4 experts debate.


Comment: Here is hoping.




333) Why Maya Deren Is Great: The case.


**** Getting to the nub.


Comment: Aye!




334) Why F Troop Is Great: Overlooked gem.


**** Good discussion.


Comment: Larry Storch was king.




335) On Movie Serials: Ed and Guy talk it through.


**** Good conversation.


Comment: A lost art form.




336) Why Unearthly Stranger Is Great: Neglected film.


**** UK gem.


Comment: David Flint expounds.




337) Folklore 101: Jeana J, trey!.


****½ Great discussion.


Comment: Jeana explains.




338) Latest Dinosaur News & Ideas: Great talk.


****½ See with new eyes.


Comment: The lost world.




339) Ghosts vs. Science: Good stuff.


**** Good talk.


Comment: Real or not?




340) Outbreak: Robert Bartholomew.


****½ Great discussion.


Comment: Odd human behaviors and beliefs.




341) Amendment Auditors: Defending liberty.


**** Amanda Bergquist.


Comment: Pink Camera Magic.




342) Pro Wrestling: A History: Digging.


**** 4 guys and a bodyslam.


Comment: Melodrama.




343) Lake Monsters: Nessie & co.


**** Diving in.


Comment: What's down below?




344) Holly Kaplan On Acting: The Art.


**** Dissecting.


Comment: Good conversation.




345) Wilt Chamberlain- The GOAT: The Man.


***½ Tom Aizenberg.


Comment: Better than Michael Jordan.




346) Why Godzilla's Revenge Is Great: What?


**** Reviving.


Comment: Calvin McCarthy.




347) Why Soap Is Great: Lost gem.


****½ Billy Crystal debuts.


Comment: Great show.




348) Why The Bob Newhart Show Is Great: The Man, Deux.


***½ Diana Peterson.


Comment: Underrated classic.




349) Why Barney Miller Is Great: Neglected.


****½  Great show.


Comment: Great series.



350) Paul Bunyan: Myth?


***½ Legend?


Comment: The talk.




351) The Peter Principle: Alan Benson.


**** Great conversation.


Comment: On the classic book.




352) On Mickey Spillane: Max Allan Collins.


****½  Great convo.


Comment: Kevin Burton Smith on the man.



353) Crime & Forgiveness: Is it possible?


**** Great talk.


Comment: Erin Kelly and Robert Enright.




354) The Bicycle Thief: Mark Colin Enders.


****½ Vincent Piturro.


Comment: Classic.




355) John Michael Godier: The Futurist.


****½  Great convo.


Comment: Probing.




356) The Decline Of The Media: Yes.


**** Good talk.


Comment: Richard Prince & David Levine.




357) Why The Prisoner Is Great: Fiona Moore.


****½ Great show.


Comment: Dean Motter.




358) On Belly Dancing: Shake it.


**** Good talk.


Comment: In depth.




359) Why Jason And The Argonauts Is Great: B film gem.


**** Excellent talk.


Comment: Eric San Juan.




360) Why The Up Series Is Great: Longitude.


****½ Great show.


Comment: Richard Kilborn and Kevin Lanning.




361) Why Chimes At Midnight Is Great: Bang.


**** Great talk.


Comment: Welles outdoes Willy.




362) Why Danger Man Is Great: Precursor?


***½ Good talk.


Comment: Pre-Bond, Pre-James Bond.




363) Ars Natura 1: The Beaver: Chris Jones.


***½ Good show.


Comment: Save the rodent.




364) Ars Natura 2: Bison Restoration: History.


**** Great talk.


Comment: Restoration.




365) Why Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) Is Great: Creepy.


**** Eric Magill.


Comment: Leonard Nimoy kills.




366) Max Faugno On Acting: The craft.


**** Good thoughts.


Comment: On the skill.




367) Recalling Hot Hero Sandwich: Old school.


**** Nan-Lynn Nelson remembers.


Comment: Memories.


368) Nan-Lynn Nelson On Acting: Talking biz.


****½  Great interview.


Comment: Nice.




369) Why The Rockford Files Is Great: The show.


**** Toby & Kevin.


Comment: Jim Garner.




370) Why Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol Is Great: Old school.


**** Forgotten classic.


Comment: Better'n the original.




371) Why The Wages Of Fear Is Great: Classic.


**** Mark Colin Enders.


Comment: Watch it.




372) Rick Moses On Acting: Great.


**** Musician and actor.


Comment: Digging deeper.




373) Why Forbidden Planet Is Great: Alta.


***½ Robby.


Comment: Morbius.




374) Why The Odd Couple Is Great: Classic tv.


**** Diana Peterson.


Comment: Best American sitcom?




375) On The Nazz: The band.


**** Rise and fall.


Comment: What could have been.




376) On Bahai Faith: Questions.


**** The religion.


Comment: Nan-Lynn again.




377) Meet The Nazz: Great.


****½ Thom and Stewkey.


Comment: Great band.



378) Why Once Upon A Time In The West Is Great: Tops?


****½  Leone's peak.


Comment: Masterful.




379) On Jainism: Questions.


****½ The Jain way.


Comment: Great talk.




380) Art & Religion: Great convo.


****½ Katie Kressner.


Comment: On point.




381) Feral Historian: Excellent interview.


****½  Matt Pearson.


Comment: Sci fi and history.




382) Why Columbo Is Great: Mitch Hadley.


**** The raincoat.


Comment: Peter Falk.




383) Ars Natura 3: Keystone Wolves: Gary Skiba.


****½ Terrific talk.


Comment: Chris Smith.




384) Why The Outer Limits Is Great: Classic.


**** Mitch Hadley.


Comment: Sci fi.



385) Why The Waltons Is Great: Diana Peterson.


**** Robert Thompson.


Comment: Richard Thomas.




386) Why Once Upon A Time In Anatolia Is Great: Abhishek Talukder.


*** Technical issues deter.


Comment: Good talk.




387) Why Hawaii 5-0 Is Great: Classic.


**** Mitch Hadley rocks.


Comment: Woe to Wo Fat!




388) On Burt Bacharach: Serene Dominic.


***½ The man who spans.


Comment: Music.




389) Why Mission: Impossible Is Great: Mitch Hadley.


**** Technical issues deter.


Comment: Great talk.




390) Why The Twilight Zone Is Great: Classic.


****½ Mitch Hadley.


Comment: Martin Grams.




391) Why Schoolhouse Rock Is Great: Paul B. Ringel.


**** The 1970s classic.


Comment: Music and more.




392) Ars Natura 4: Elephants: Conservation.


**** Good talk.


Comment: From Africa.




393) On Determinism: Choices.


****½ A gem.


Comment: Talking about it.




394) Art & Religion II: Great convo.


**** Helen Boursier.


Comment: Pragmatic.




395) Ars Natura 5: Prairie Dogs: Beavers of the grasslands.


**** Talking nature.


Comment: Saving them.




396) Jeremiah Content: Youtube.


****½ The Algo.


Comment: Talking it through.




397) Why The Godfather Is Great: Is it?


****½ A Trio.


Comment: Classic.




398) Art & Religion III: Wading in.


**** Good convo.


Comment: Deborah J Haynes.




399) Tallulah Bankhead: The Legend.


****½ The Woman.


Comment: Tallulah.




400) Sean Munger: History.


****½ Waits.


Comment: For No One.




After reading some mediocre interviews, wherein the interviewees did not even bother to pretend to care about the questions asked them, nor the reading pleasure of Cosmoetica’s audience, the site’s fans wanted me to invoke a ratings system for interviews, figuring that the interviews that are great deserve more readership than the bad ones. And, since the high quality of the questions is static from interview to interview, it really points out how much of the interview’s success depends on the interviewee and his or her willingness to open up. Ironically, even the ‘lesser’ interviews are successes because they often unwittingly reveal the negative and/or malevolent side of the interviewee, just as the great interviews reveal the positive and intelligent side of the interviewee. Yet, even the lesser DSIs are miles above the fellatio and relentless hucksterism that passes as interviews online and in print.

  Along with the rating, I will add comments relevant to the interview- be it quality, background information, and recollections of the pros and cons of the interview and interviewee.

  So, herein I will invoke a 0 to 5 star rating system, with ½ stars invoked as needed.

***** 5 stars- a great interview, one that shows interviewing is an art form. The answers are in depth and treat the reading audience as the intelligent people they are, plus being highly quotable.

**** 4 stars- an excellent interview. The interviewee is often witty and intelligent, but perhaps is a bit reticent in a few areas, due to PC or their own nature. Still quotable.

*** 3 stars- a good, solid interview. Some high points that are quotable, but some negative points and ho-hum moments.

** 2 stars- a mediocre interview. Some good quotes but more often the interviewee is agenda pushing or being reticent and/or not taking the interview and the audience seriously. Good and bad points are about balanced.

* 1 star- a bad interview. Not quotable, and the interviewee thinks that DSIs are just run of the mill interviews found elsewhere. Rote answers and/or interviewee delusions can be seen. Not quotable.

zero (0) stars- an atrocity. The interviewee has no real reason for doing the interview save to serve their own ego and/or ax to grind.

  Enjoy the interviews, but make sure you compare the great and bad interviews with each other, and the differences between how the interviewees approach the questions (and often the exact same questions) and the quality of the interviews. 

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