Roger Ebert vs. Dan Schneider

Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Dan Schneider is a lightning rod.

When I interviewed him for my Critical Juncture series, it sparked a firestorm that resulted in the following comments from readers:

“Is this guy for real?”

“Thankfully, he is only an Internet guy, meaning he is unimportant, and everything he says is irrelevant.”

“This guy’s a dweeb – a very punchable guy.”

Why all the controversy? Well, ‘ol Dan has plenty of opinions, and he’s not shy about sharing them. He’s trashed Spielberg and taken Roger Ebert to task for lacking the critical skills of others in the business. In fact, you could say that he’s relentless when it comes to getting his point across. On the other hand, every thought is backed up by sentence after sentence of explanation, and those looking for an in-depth movie review or film interview will have plenty to feast upon.

And he’s even got the respect of Roger Ebert.

In a recent (and incredibly lengthy) online journal post, Ebert tried to clear up a bet between two friends on whether or not Schneider was a fair-and-balanced critic or mean-spirited ogre. The verdict from America’s most famous thumb?

“What is remarkable about these many words is that Schneider keeps an open mind, approaches each film afresh, and doesn’t always repeat the same judgments. An ideal critic tries to start over again with every review.”

Click the link for the full Roger Ebert article on Dan Schneider. Not only is Ebert’s article a massive work, but the number of comments on the subject are staggering. Looks like Dan Schneider and his lightning rod have struck again.

And just in case you missed it the first time, here’s the link for the full interview with Dan Schneider at Critical Juncture.

For more Schneider goodness, you can check out the following sites:

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