Posts by Dantzler Smith

Dantzler Smith

About The Author

Dantzler Smith has a BA in Philosophy from a college you’ve never heard of and an MA in Political and Social Thought from a British university that isn’t Cambridge, Oxford, or located in London. Thus, he spends his time contemplating the meaning (or perhaps meaninglessness) of life and writing articles about TV, movies, society, and sports. He wishes he was Chuck Klosterman. He enjoys Ernest Hemingway, college football and basketball, and Tom Waits. In other words, he’s a drinker. Dantzler resides in Minneapolis.
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Netflix Review: ‘The Battered Bastards of Baseball’

Dantzler Smith looks at the Netflix documentary on the Single-A Portland Mavericks of the 1970s.

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Boss: How the Demise of the Show Reaffirms its Theme

The cancellation of Boss reaffirms the theme the show so beautifully harped on, that money and power overwhelm concerns for what is objectively good.

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Television’s New Politics

As American politics becomes more polarized, so does the audience's perspectives of politically oriented TV shows.

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The Next Big Indie Success?

With the Gotye song “Somebody I Used to Know” sitting at number one on the Billboard chart having bypassed Fun.’s “We Are Young” indie music seems to be hitting the mainstream in a big way. So who will be the next indie band or group to find popular acclaim? Dantzler Smith picks out a few possibilities.

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Road to the Oscars: Best Feature Documentary

With numerous surprises among who made the final list of nominees, Dantzler Smith pours through the selected films to try and find a winner.

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Academy Behind the “Times” When Picking Docs

A recent rule change in the qualifications for what documentaries can be nominated for an Oscar shows that the Academy isn’t keeping up with changing landscape of documentary filmmaking.

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Ideas for Alternate Sites to host the Oscars

The Academy has exercised an opt-out clause in their contract with the Kodak Theatre. Dantzler Smith explores some possible sites that might be interesting spaces for the Oscar ceremony.

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Analyzing AFI’s List of Top 10 TV Shows of 2011

Yesterday AFI put out their list of the top 10 television shows of 2011. Dantzler Smith takes a look at the list to see who made it and what it means for television going forward.

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Analysis: 15 Oscar Documentary Finalists

There are 15 finalists for Best Documentary at the Oscars. Our Dantzler Smith analyzes the underdogs, favorites, and snubs in this category.

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Road to the Emmys: Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie

Arguably two of the best entries in the TV Movie or Miniseries category are missing this year, says Dantzler Smith. But for your Emmy pools, he breaks down the nominees and has a pick to win.

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Road to the Emmys Series: Acting in Miniseries/TV Movie

In our Road to the Emmys Series, we'll take a look at every single major Emmy Award. Today, Dantzler Smith starts us off with all of the acting categories in the TV Movie and Miniseries genre.

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Emmy Favorites and Underdogs 2011

With the Emmy nominations set to come out soon, Dantzler Smith has his annual list of Emmy favorites and underdogs.

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Top 20 Documentaries of All Time

Apparently Morgan Spurlock is going to host a show where he counts down the best documentaries of all time. Since asking Spurlock to host such a show is like asking Avril Lavigne to host a countdown of the best bands of all time, we here at Picktainment are going to beat him to the punch. So here are the top 20 documentaries of all time and one honorable mention.

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The Housing Crash: Lisa Edelstein Leaves ‘House’

It was recently announced that Lisa Edelstein wouldn’t be coming back for the 8th, and likely final, season of House … and then her character got run over by a car. Dantzler Smith offers his commentary on the character known as Cuddy.

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Dantzler Smith Reflects on the Grammys

Dantzler Smith reflects on the night that was at the Grammys, and examines lessons learned.

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