On WGVH138: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI are back for the annual YEAR IN REVIEW! And oh…what a year…
FIRST: MATT and DANNO have review of ROGUE ONE: A KRENNIC STORY.
NEXT: Rather than discuss the toilet fire that was 2016 (since we did that all year in every episode) DANNO created a 22 minute sound montage of what we all hope to never think about again.
FINALLY: MATT and DANNO give their Top 10 WORST and BEST FILMS of 2016!
SHOW NOTE: Rather than have a 3 hour episode, this is part 1. We’ll be back with the MUSIC, TV and INTERNET CONTENT that got us thru 2016. THANKS FOR LISTENING!!!
On WGVH137: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI are back…I guess. Fuck it. Whatever.
On WGVH136: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI are back to view the SERIES FINALE of AMERICA!!!
FIRST: DANNO and MATT talk over the pending election and the End of Days trainwreck it has devolved into, the internet death of Social Justice Warrior DEVIN FARACI, the redemption of PHIL ANSELMO, and the fellas saw PINATA PROTEST, CATTLE DECAP and BRUJERIA in concert.
THEN: MATT nearly ends his friendship with DANNO by deciding BATMAN v SUPERMAN is a great film, but then saves it by reading the Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo New 52 BATMAN.
FINALLY: DANNO and MATT have an UNO HITTRE SPECTACULAR with: 31, COMMUNION, MONSTERS, EXCALIBUR, The FLASH, ASH v EVIL DEAD, DOCUMENTARY NOW and ATLANTA!
On WGVH135: Host DANNO KLONOWSKI welcomes back old friend and Host Whatever CORY SWAP to discuss the films of KEVIN SMITH.
FIRST: CORY and his wife are opening a restaurant—JELLYBEAN and JULIA’s—in lovely downtown ANOKA, MN!!!
THEN: SWAPS and DANNO have a spoiler-filled review of KEVIN SMITH‘s latest film: YOGA HOSERS.
FINALLY: DANNO and SWAPS go over the film career of KEVIN SMITH–from CLERKS to TUSK, everything in-between, and what is to come!
On WGVH134: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI decide to make the podcast into a fringe conspiracy show, cause fuck it.
FIRST: DANNO was on the DOUBLE EXPOSURE podcast talking NICK NOLTE in KURT VONNEGUT adaptations, and MATT has Sleep Paralysis so they discuss the recent documentary THE NIGHTMARE.
THEN: MATT and DANNO get into the 15th Anniversary of 9/11. Who and where they were on that day, and where the world is headed because of it. DANNO and MATT were already big fans of CONSPIRACIES prior to the events of that day, and within a couple months of it they were exposed to MICHAEL C. RUPPERT and his talk THE TRUTH AND LIES OF 9/11. This leads to a discussion of RUPPERT and his documentaries COLLAPSE and APOCALYPSE, MAN and how the world ends…soon.
FINALLY: DANNO and MATT are Truthers. Here’s the truth as we see it. Listen or don’t.
On WGVH133: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI have another UNO HITTRE SPECTACULAR and talk the STAR WARS series!
FIRST: DANNO and MATT have some actual VIEWER MAIL about the PET SEMATARY episode, and DANNO did indeed watch DREAMCATCHER!
THEN: MATT and DANNO have an old-fashioned UNO HITTRE SPECTACULAR including: nothing but love for TIM HEIDECKER & GREGG TURKINGTON’s amazing ON CINEMA AT THE CINEMA, Funny or Die’s DONALD TRUMP’s THE ART OF THE DEAL: THE MOVIE, and Youtuber’s THE AURALNAUTS. MATT then has a lot of hate for SUICIDE SQUAD.
FINALLY: DANNO and MATT discuss the amazing new ROGUE ONE trailer, why DISNEY knows what it’s doing, and then a discussion/personal rankings of the seven films of the STAR WARS saga!
On WGVH132: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI whooped it up, got some tattoos, saw STAR TREK BEYOND and talk STEPHEN KING movies.
FIRST: DANNO saw DIE ANTWOORD, MATT & DANNO got tattoos for MATT’s birthday**, have an UNO HITTRE of MATT’s birthday movie STAR TREK BEYOND BORING, and give their list of demands for HOLLYWOOD after 2016’s SUMMER of PEAK MEDIOCRITY.
THEN: MATT once again gave DANNO some HORROR HOMEWORK and so we discuss the 1989 adaptation of STEPHEN KING’s ‘PET SEMATARY’.
FINALLY: While on the topic of STEPHEN KING, we take a look back at his cinematic adaptations (the original theatrical releases–NOT the sequels or remakes).
** MATT’s lovely tattoo was by DAN KYTOLA of UPTOWN TATTOO. DANNO’s was NOT, but turned out pretty decent once the infection healed.
ALSO: DANNO was on ep.203 of THE BLOODBATH & BOOMSTICKS podcast and had a live meltdown over how terrible INDEPENDENCE GAY: RESURGENCE was! Check it out!
FIRST: We have a quick BEER & VIDEO GAMES discussion, as it goes with J.ZOSS. Then we have a UNO HITTRE of the live LION KING broadway musical!
THEN: We look at a way to save ourselves and those who have chosen to be on the frontlines of that battle in ONE OF THESE DAYS, INTERNET!
FINALLY: DANNO and JEREMY review GHOSTBUSTERS 2016 and then have a discussion of the PEAK MEDIOCRITY of Hollywood in 2016, and what we have to get thru to get to ROGUE ONE.
On WGVH130: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI are back, and the whole world is comin’ to an end, Mal.
FIRST: AMERICA descends into anarchy, and believe it or not there are a couple of real “simple” solutions to SAVE US ALL!
THEN: ONE OF THESE DAYS, INTERNET–POKEMON GO. Not Helping. Also it’s VIDEODROME.
FINALLY: A discussion of what is probably the last great, pure & true piece of cinematic art–2010’s TOY STORY 3! Also: The RETURN of RAFE GUTTMAN!!!
It’s Week 28 of the SQUAT TALK regiment, and this time the CoHi CALVES CASTER & MAPLE GROVE MUSCLE GURU are here to discuss working out your BACK!
FIRST: It’s Week 28 of the SQUAT TALK regiment, so consult your SQUAT TALK workout & meal plan spreadsheet. Thanks as always for your SQUATTER MAIL and sending us your progress via Twitter and Instagram.
THEN: ONE OF THESE DAYS, FITBIT–The CoHi CALVES CASTER recommends a great new App you should get to help keep you on your path to muscle growth. Then the MAPLE GROVE MUSCLE GURU has a this weeks workout jam recommendation.
NEXT: UNO HITTRE THE WEIGHTS–Should you join in on the PURGE DIET sweeping the nation?
FINALLY: After 129 episodes of your SQUATTER MAIL and tweets insisting we do so, we finally watched and discuss the documentary GENERATION IRON.
On WGVH128: Host DANNO KLONOWSKI and Australia’s Own THE BEZZA are here to remind you: AUSTRALIA IS A THING!
FIRST: Meet SHANE BERENDS aka Australia’s Own THE BEZZA! Meet AUSTRALIA–Earth’s redheaded stepchild. You might forget Australia’s a thing 99% of the time (unless you live there, I suppose), but it’s not all that dissimilar from America. You could just swim to Antarctica from there if you had to.
THEN: THE BEZZA and DANNO get into the world of AUSTRALIAN POP CULTURE. We start with an UNO HITTRE of the new Australian series CLEVERMAN, and then discuss some of its regional television and web series’ like: THE KATERING SHOW, GOGGLEBOX, WIZARD OF AUS, DANGER 5 and more!
NEXT: The fellas discuss some of the great AUSTRALIAN CINEMA such as: LAKE MUNGO, RAZORBACK, BABADOOK, WOLF CREEK, CHOPPER, and more!
FINALLY: THE BEZZA introduces DANNO to some wonderful AUSTRALIAN MUSIC including: LEECHES!, I AM DUCKEYE, BERKSHIRE HUNTING CLUB, CLOWNS, HOODOO GURUS, THE HARD ONS/PETER BLACK, SPIDERBAIT, REGURGITATOR, VEE BEE, VIOLENT SOHO, UMLAUT, NATION BLUE, KING PARROT & HIGH TENSION!
Thanks for the fun chat, BEZZA!!!
On WGVH127: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI are back to talk STAKES!!!
FIRST: SQUAT TALK! DOMESTIC TERROR! GUN CONTROL! STAKES!!!
THEN: OK, so after shitting on WARCRAFT for the last 8 months of enduring the trailers, DANNO and MATT loved it! Why? STAKES!!!
FINALLY: A look back the physical world of VIDEO STORES where every trip involved….STAKES!!!
ALSO: As mentioned, DANNO is a guest on the latest episode of Tyler Merchant’s CYNICAL CARTOONS podcast reviewing FINDING DORY and discussing the direction PIXAR has taken since WALL-E–it’s last original idea.
On WGVH126: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI are back for look at the world–June 2016 style!
FIRST: SQUAT TALK! HARAMBE TALK! T-SHIRT TALK! ONE OF THESE DAYS, INTERNET! and more!!!
THEN: DANNO and MATT review X-MEN: AGE OF APOCALYPSE.
FINALLY: A Double-Header review of the Michael Bay-produced/Platinum Dunes films 13 HOURS: SECRET SOLDIERS OF BENGHAZI and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE 2: OUT OF THE SHADOWS.
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FIRST: SWART and DANNO discuss THE GHOSTBUSTERS TRAILER: A Tale of HOLLYWOOD, SOCIAL JUSTICE, and an INTERNET RUN AMOK!!!
THEN: SWART and DANNO take look back at the MUSIC OF 1996! They select their PERSONAL TOP 10’s, as well as Honorable Mentions and THE WORST of 1996!!!
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On WGVH124: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI have decided to sail to smoother seas and come back with an old-school WGVH that is just about movies and fun!
FIRST: We are proud to be the last podcast on earth to review CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. We of course note it’s obvious parallels to BATMAN v SUPERMAN, but mostly focus on what MARVEL/DISNEY is doing RIGHT and why we love it! We also discuss the MALL OF AMERICA, and how in death DARWYN COOKE still has the BEST DC CINEMATIC UNIVERSE film under his belt–JUSTICE LEAGUE: NEW FRONTIER.
THEN: Since we’re already way behind, why not run with it? So DANNO and MATT review 1985’s RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD, Part 2 and 1993’s THE LAST ACTION HERO.
FINALLY: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER and SYLVESTER STALLONE have made a lot of films. Sometimes they made “THE SAME MOVIE” in the same year, so MATT & DANNO decide: WHO DID IT BEST?!?!
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On WGVH123: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI are back to chat with the stars at WIZARD WORLD MINNEAPOLIS and talk the potential End of America.
FIRST: This past weekend in Minneapolis was WIZARD WORLD, and so DANNO headed down in a vain attempt to talk with some celebrities. While it didn’t work out as promised by the organizers, Danno did talk with LOU FERRIGNO, BARRY BOSTWICK and personal hero COMMANDER MARK KISTLER! (As well as another SURPRISE GUEST!)
THEN: Hosts MATT and DANNO had a chat. Most of it turned out waaaaaay too dark to post, but here’s what survived: LYING TEDTALK!!!
Please go check out the beyond brilliant SUPER DELUXE!!!
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On WGVH122: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI are back for a look at the public reaction to all the celebrity death in 2016 & the metal music of 1996.
FIRST: We live in Minneapolis and with the passing of PRINCE this week, DANNO and MATT felt that we all need to have a serious talk about CELEBRIDEATH 2016 and the internet’s reaction to all of it. If you never listen to us again after this, we understand.
THEN: Next episode HOST 5 ANDY SWART will be back for our annual look at the music of 20 years ago, but before that MATT tackles the METAL of 1996, since frankly it was probably the best music of that year and DANNO’n’SWART probably won’t get to anything discussed this go-round, including: EYEHATEGOD, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, KORN, MARILYN MANSON, SEPULTURA, PANTERA, MINISTRY and much more!
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On WGVH121: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI are back for…Oh Boy…
FIRST: We have a recap of the fallout surrounding the Cinematic War Crime that is BATMAN v SUPERMAN which somehow leads to our current presidential race, the state of world and its leaders, hate groups, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, and how we’re all going crazy up there at the lake!!!
THEN: We break down the recently aired FX series AMERICAN CRIME STORY: THE PEOPLE v OJ SIMPSON: the performances, the real life personalities, and the horrible, irrevocable damage the case and its aftermath has had and continues to cause to our society.
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On WGVH120: Hosts MATT RISNES, DANNO KLONOWSKI & Host 7 ANDY SWART went to go see BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.
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On WGVH119: Host DANNO KLONOWSKI is joined once again by RYAN COLLER for a third installment of TREK TALK!
FIRST: RYAN and DANNO get into speculative TREK mode with the upcoming STAR TREK BEYOND film and 2017’s STAR TREK streaming series.
FINALLY: Last year on WGVH95 Danno interviewed filmmaker TOMMY KRAFT about his then-upcoming STAR TREK fan film HORIZON. Well, the upcoming is now the present, and prior to recording RYAN and DANNO watched STAR TREK: HORIZON (which is now available on Youtube), and are here with their thoughts and review.
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On WGVH118: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI (and the SWEETY MAN!) are back for another strange, funny, politically bent, end of days for America good time!
FIRST: We have an UNO HITTRE for PANDING!–aka 2008’s KUNG-FU PANDA–because why not. MATT loves it, DANNO thinks it’s OK, but this leads to a larger discussion about the film’s themes & technical achievements, what makes for a good kids movie, and why PANDING was the best STAR WARS PREQUEL.
NEXT: MATT leads a discussion about the recent race-related incident of PANTERA frontman PHIL ANSELMO. We discuss the case history leading up to the incident, what the aftermath has been in our modern Internet/Social-Justice culture, and what the larger implications of such a culture are.
FINALLY: DANNO leads a tangentially-related discussion about the recent YOUTUBE #WTFU FAIR USE controversy, and while it gets a bit conspiratorial, there are larger “THOUGHT CRIME” implications connected to both of these events that could potentially affect not only THE WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR one day, but you & everyone else who uses the internet. Which is everyone.
SHOW NOTE: This episode was recorded in the early days of the #WTFU debacle when the videos DANNO talks about are more reactionary, ergo some of DANNO‘s blind panic. In the days that followed, many of the personally affected content creators made much more level-headed videos that explain everything in greater detail. PLEASE WATCH THIS! This sort of corporate regulation of the internet is the beginning of the end if left unchallenged.
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LIVE from the Star-filled Batonga Ballroom of the Batongaville Hotel... it’s the 1st ANNUAL WAYNEE AWARDS hosted by DANNO KLONOWSKI and JEREMY ZOSS!!!
The WAYNEES is the only award ceremony where EVERY FILM from the prior year is eligible. It’s also over in like 90 minutes, so suck on that The Oscars!
Cast your votes and play along at home! #WayneesSoWhite
**Best FRANCHISE KILLER, (In MEMORIAM), Best SCREENPLAY ADAPTED, Best SCREENPLAY ORIGINAL, Best PRODUCTION DESIGN, Best COSTUMES, (commercial break), Best EDITING, Best MAKE-UP & HAIR, Best SPECIAL EFFECTS, Best CINEMATOGRAPHY, Best SET PIECE, (commercial break), Best SCORE (and live performance by the Winner!), Best ANIMATED, Best DOCUMENTARY, Best COMIC BOOK MOVIE, Best SUPPORTING ACTRESS, Best SUPPORTING ACTOR, (commercial break), Best ACTRESS, Best ACTOR, Best DIRECTOR, Best REBOOT or SEQUEL, and the Best FILM of 2015!!!
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FIRST: SWART and DANNO went on a podcast date the night before recording and so we open with a review of the COEN Brothers latest triumph: HAIL, CAESAR! (spoilers are time coded)
NEXT: As we do every year, DANNO and ANDY have a look twenty years into the past with a discussion of where they were personally–and where we were as a world–in the year that was 96Platinum! (Spoiler Alert: None of it is good)
FINALLY: SWART and DANNO get into the FILMS of 96Platinum! 1996 was TERRIBLE! TeeeeeerrrrrrIBLE!!! DANNO and ANDY go thru an exhaustive list of THE WORST, a nice little list of HONORABLE MENTIONS, and reveal their personal TOP 10 FAVORITE FILMS of 96Platinum!!!
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On WGVH115: Hosts MATT RISNES & DANNO KLONOWSKI are back with basically an UNO HITTRE spectacular with the thematic through-line: IT’S A STRANGE WORLD, LET’S KEEP IT THAT WAY!
FIRST: We have UNOS of THE REVENANT and 13 HOURS, and DANNO pitches a 9/11 movie to MICHAEL BAY.
NEXT: MATT leads a discussion on the passing of DAVID BOWIE and the dreamscapes of DAVID LYNCH!
FINALLY: DANNO leads a discussion about the fellas recent re-interest in COMICS, wherein we have another entry in the on-going WE NEED TO HAVE A TALK ABOUT FRANK (Miller), the genius of WARREN ELLIS, and we recommend some great work you should really give a look!
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FIRST: After a hellos and Thank You’s to everyone who took part in helping to make The WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR possible in 2015, we have the return of our new segment: QUESTION TIME WITH THE SWEETY MAN!
THEN: We have our UNO HITTRE: The H8FUL EIGHT (and what up with QUENTIN TARANTINO)!
NEXT: MATT and DANNO look back at what the world became in 2015–oh, what a mess! Politics, race relations, and the goddamn internet all lead our heroes to some 2016 RESOLUTIONS!
FINALLY: DANNO and MATT break down their TOP 10 WORST and BEST FILMS of 2015!
Thanks to MATT for helping to kick off 2016, the CO-HOSTS and GUESTS who helped to make a great 2015, and thanks, as always, to YOU for listening!
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