FIRST: We have some amazing and moving well wishes Viewer Mail from JOSH ARCHER, SEAN NELSON, ANDY LUNN and The Lovely JOANNE, JEREMY ZOSS, DAN NORDQUIST, and RAFE GUTTMAN. We follow this up with UNO HITTRES such as Matt’s take on ROBOCOP 4, a discussion of the mutally beloved TRUE DETECTIVE, and much more!
AND THEN: Matt plays the WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR MOVIE GAME! Did you win? You’ll have to listen to find out!
FINALLY: It’s time for Matt to say goodbye to the podcast for a little while. Somehow Danno, the internet’s biggest emotional mark, doesn’t cry (SPOILER ALERT!). Good luck to Matt, his wife, and their new son! Hurry back, buddy, we’ll all miss you!
The WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR ep 42: The Spring Movie Preview and The Gentlemen’s Agreement Oscars 2014 Predictions
FIRST: Some UNO HITTRES, including a SPRING MOVIE PREVIEW!!!
AND: The OSCARS are this weekend! So Jeremy and Danno have made a Gentlemen’s Agreement Oscar Predictions wager: a sixer of beer! So Danno(who watched ALL the trailers for the films you haven’t heard of, and then describes them) and Jeremy go through the list of 2014 Oscar Nominees and pick who THEY THINK should win, not just who has won every damn award since last November. WHO WILL COME OUT ON TOP AND 6 BEERS RICHER?!?!?!
FIRST: Some UNO HITTRES including a **SPOILERIFFIC** review of the new film, ROBOCOP 4!
NEXT: Kyle goes toe-to-toe against…questions!…in an attempt to win a listener a film in the WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR MOVIE GAME.
FINALLY: Danno and Kyle, both lovers of documentaries, list off and discuss many of their favorites.
On the 40th episode of THE WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR, DANNO KLONOWSKI is joined once again from all the way from across the pond by long-time listener, viewer mail author, and “4th Host” of the show ANDY LUNN!
FIRST: Some UNO HITTRES including a VIEWER MAIL intro into HER by beloved 3rd Host of the Show RAFE GUTTMAN.
NEXT: With great decorum and British Stiff-Upper-Lipidness Andy is subjected to the first, and not very well thought-out, prototype of the WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR MOVIE GAME.
FINALLY: Danno and The Lunn delve into their Top 10 films/tv/etc fictional love stories…cause it’s Valentines…and the WGVH is for the lovers!!!
FIRST: Ryan and Danno play some catch up and then discuss the film I, FRANKENSTEIN (which they saw just before recording) as well as a few other recent Frankenstein stinkers and…DANCES WITH WOLVES, cause why not?
NEXT: The ***debut!!!*** of The WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR MOVIE GAME!!! In which guest co-host Ryan answers questions about a film he’s never seen in an attempt to win ONE OF YOU–THE LISTENER!!!–a prize!!! Did he? Did he win it for you? You’ll have to listen to find out!!!
FINALLY: Danno and Ryan have an in-depth discussion about the five STAR TREK television series’ and then rank them in their humble opinions!
ACT I: We have Viewer Mail from AXL of PROFONDO CINEMA and new friend of the show JOSH ARCHER, followed by some UNO HITTRES: I, FRANKENSTEIN, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, a discussion about the “lesser” Coen Bros films, and we go INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.
ACT II: We once again look back at… THE WAY WE WERE: 1987
ACT III: A career spanning look at the the man who nowadays makes TRANSFORMERS films happen, but once upon a time made some fantastico films: Senor Steven Spielberg!!!!
ACT IV: In honor this episodes subject–Senor Spielbergo–we offer a Superfluous Spielbergian Fourth Act. …Enjoy…?
FIRST: Danno and Nels play some catch up, discuss Nels growing comedy career, the world of comedy (stand-up vs. improv) and Nels’ band NATIONAL BIRD.
NEXT: Some UNO HITTRES including IN A WORLD…, KROLL SHOW, THE STORIES WE TELL, ARROW, and some podcast/audio book recommendations.
FINALLY: THE SAM ROCKWELL EXPERIENCE!!! Nels and Danno discuss their favorite actors career and go off on lots of interesting tangents about our boy SAM and the film he’s made.
FIRST: Danno and Andy play a decades worth of catch-up and discuss the wild and wacky world of behind the scenes production of a HOME SHOPPING NETWORK, where the boys met.
NEXT: Danno and Andy have some UNO HITTRES including SAVING MR BANKS, UPSTREAM COLOR, PRISONERS, THE WIRE, and AMERICAN HUSTLE.
FINALLY: Swart and Danno look back at the entire decade of the 90′s and pick out their favorite forgotten gems, including: COBB, DEFENDING YOUR LIFE, SHORT TIME, LA STORY, A PERFECT WORLD, THE KISS OF DEATH, WAYNE’S WORLD 2, DEMON KNIGHT, and many, MANY more!
Thank you sooo much to Andy for wasting the nicest Sunday in months to do this little program.
We cover what the year meant to us personally and what happened as we aged another 365 days, some of the news stories that tickled our fancies, and if course our TOP 5 lists of THE WORST FILMS OF 2013 and TOP 10 lists of THE BEST FILMS OF 2013. We also have the usual UNO HITTRES and some great VIEWER MAIL from ANDY SWART, JOHN SMALLBERRIES, ANDY LUNN and RAFE GUTTMAN! Thanks as always!!!
NOTE: Due to ARCTIC VORTEX-inspired Cabin Fever Matt had his Cantankerous Levels set all the way to 11, so please take all his broad generalizations with a 50 pound bag of Ice Melt.
AND IT’S THE WAYNE GALE HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!!!
JEREMY and DANNO open with some festive holiday UNO HITTRES, such as Jeremy’s take on CATCHING FIRE and 12 YEARS A SLAVE, the horrifying transformation of the AMC THEATER branding, a DAILY SHOW/COLBERT REPORT discussion and MERRY much more!
NEXT ON THE YULE LOG: As is Kwanzaa tradition, DANNO and JEREMY discuss the continuing evolution (and entropy) of the SUPER HERO COMIC MOVIE MADNESS! Whether it’s MARVEL/DISNEY, DC/WARNER, FOX, NETFLIX or SONY they can’t stop throwing super hero films and TV shows eing at us. But it’s become too much! And they are just making more and more and more and more and MERRY HO HO HO!!!
FINALLY: a VERY HOLIDAY THEMED THEY WAY WE WERE! This Holiday Season gather the family around the flatscreen and toss in one, more, or all of JEREMY and DANNO’s suggestions: DIE HARD, GREMLINS, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, KISS KISS BANG BANG, SCROOGED, BAD SANTA, ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS, THE REF, George c. Scott’s version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, 4th Host of show ANDY LUNN‘s suggestion RARE EXPORTS, the essential holiday classis A CHRISTMAS STORY, or, of course, A CHRISTMAS STORY 2: THE OFFICIAL SEQUEL. Seriously. It’s a real thing.
DANNO KLONOWSKI and MATT RISNES have been friends for 20 years and enjoy talking about things at length and in-depth, and in this episode they discuss the career of one of the WGVH Patron Saints: OLIVER STONE.
BUT FIRST: We open with some VIEWER MAIL from DALE ROY. Then we bust into UNO HITTRES starting with a mind-blowing analysis of HOT FUZZ by 3rd Host RAFE GUTTMAN. Matt and Danno then UNO HIT the passing of PAUL WALKER, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, STARSHIP TROOPERS 2, HOMEFRONT, FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM, LETTERBOXD, HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE and much more.
THEN: THE WAY WE WERE–1986!!!
FINALLY: As you may have guessed by this podcasts title, Danno and Matt have a very special affinity for NATURAL BORN KILLERS and the films of OLIVER STONE, so we do a comprehensive retrospecticus of one of our shows Patron Saints career–his highest highs to his lowest lows and where he’s going as a filmmaker. Special thanks to ANDY LUNN for his Viewer Mail contribution to the conversation.
They like talking about stuff at length and in-depth and this time they are discussing the long gone movie theaters–THE CATHEDRALS, if you will!–of their youth.
BUT FIRST: We open with some UNO HITTRES including: NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2/NEVER SLEEP AGAIN (with a special NMOES2 dissertation by 3rd Host of the show RAFE GUTTMAN), THOR 2, AGENTS OF SHIELD, PRISONERS, ONLY GOD FORGIVES, Matt’s amazing story about attending a screening of 12 YEARS A SLAVE followed by a Q&A session with the director STEVE McQUEEN and much, much more.
THEN: THE WAY WE WERE–1985!!!
FINALLY: A look back at our cinematic youth and the theaters we loved–ALL OF WHICH ARE GONE NOW!!! Our favorite theaters in the Northern Minneapolis Metro area. Memories both good and bad, what we saw where, and lots of teenaged dating fumbles.
DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist, writer for THE DAILY ROTATION, and podcaster. MATT RISNES is once again absent, so professional writer, game reviewer, and film lover JEREMY ZOSS does a stand-up job filling in.
FIRST: We open with some UNO HITTRES including: GRAVITY, LORDS OF SALEM, THIS IS THE END, THE ABC’S OF DEATH, and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!
THEN: Jeremy and I give our top 31 recommendations for the HALLOWEEN time o’ year!
DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist, writer for THE DAILY ROTATION, and podcaster. MATT RISNES is a noted film blogger and podcast guest. They have been friends for nearly 20 years and like talking about stuff at length and in-depth and this time they are discussing the directorial work of the legendary writer/director/composer/etc JOHN CARPENTER!
BUT FIRST: We open with some UNO HITTRES including METALLICA: THRU THE NEVER, THIS IS THE END (and a discussion of JONAH HILL and FRANCO!), WALKING DEAD season 3, GRAVITY, and more! We follow this with the continuation of THE WAY WE WERE game recalling and discussing the films we saw theatrically in the year 1984!
FINALLY: An over-all discussion of the work of legendary journeyman filmmaker JOHN CARPENTER!
We start the show with discussions of The Lunn’s recent trips to THE LONDON FILM AND COMIC CON and the 5-Day LONDON HORROR FILM FEST (aka the NUMB-BUM-A-THON)! In the course of this discussion we UNO HITTRES such films as: GARBO THE SPY, BIG BAD WOLVES, FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY, the trailer for I, FRANKENSTEIN, HIGH SPIRITS, THE CONSPIRACY, R.I.P.D, what happened to LIAM NEESON, and much, much more!
After the break we return with DANNO’S “BLUE VELVET” HOMEWORK report The Lunn assigned him, then move onto THE LUNN’S TOP TEN(ish) FILMS OF ALL TIMES (as of right now)!!!
DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist, writer for THE DAILY ROTATION, and podcaster. MATT RISNES is a noted film blogger and podcast guest. They have been friends for nearly 20 years and like talking about stuff at length and in-depth and this time they are discussing the directorial work of MEL GIBSON!
BUT FIRST: Some VIEWER MAIL from J Scott, Jeremy Zoss, Andy Lunn, and Rafe Guttman!
THEN: A couple of UNO HITTRES including the “docu-films” of JAMIE BENNING, Matt’s revisiting of RIDDICK, THE ICEMAN, DREDD, and TRAILER PARK BOYS!
FINALLY: We get into Mel’s films BRAVEHEART, THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, and APOCALYPTO!
DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist, writer for THE DAILY ROTATION, and podcaster. MATT RISNES is a noted film blogger and podcast guest. They have been friends for nearly 20 years and like talking about stuff at length and in-depth and today they took in the first screening possible of RIDDICK!
BUT FIRST: Some VIEWER MAIL from our old friend SCOTT KULANDER, which we hotly retort. Then ANDY LUNN sends us some thought from across the pond, and invents a new game for us: CINEMA GOING EXPERIENCES (we “start” with 1983).
THEN: Some UNO HITTRES including, an ELYSIUM and Summer Film wrap-up, GRANDMASTER, ZERO DARK THIRTY, GUNS, GERMS, and STEEL, WHEN WE LEFT EARTH, JOURNEY TO PLANET X/AMERICAN MOVIE, MY AMITYVILLE HORROR, and THE WORLD’s END!!!
FINALLY: Matt and Danno give their thoughts, at length, about RIDDICK and the RIDDICK “trilogy”.
DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist, writer for THE DAILY ROTATION, and podcaster. MATT RISNES is once again absent, so professional writer, game reviewer, and film lover JEREMY ZOSS does a stand-up job filling in.
FIRST: We open with some UNO HITTRES including: JONAH HEX, THE CONJURING, TOUCHING THE VOID, OBLIVION, THE LAST OF US (video game), RIFFTRAX doing STARSHIP TROOPERS, and more.
AFTER THE BREAK: We break down the one-noteness of ELYSIUM (and it’s comparisons/glaring off-ness from the brilliant DISTRICT 9), and then get into our personal favorite Top 5 Sci-Fi films, including: ROBOCOP (we even touch on the upcoming remake), BRAZIL, PITCH BLACK, ALIENS/RESURRECTION (n’ some PREDATOR), THE MATRIX/RELOADED, TERMINATOR(2), CONTACT, TIME CRIMES, and STAR WARS.***
***(Childhood memories of the original, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK)
DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist, writer for THE DAILY ROTATION, and podcaster. MATT RISNES is a noted film blogger and podcast guest. They have been friends for nearly 20 years and like talking about stuff at length and in-depth AND IT’S THEIR 25th EPISODE!!!
FIRST OF ALL: Thank you, thank you, thank you to anyone and everyone who has listened to one or all of the 25 episodes of THE WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR over the last nine months or so. Matt and Danno really appreciate you listening to our thoughts and ramblings and hope you continue to enjoy for (being presumptuous here) another twenty-five! And muchos thanks to everyone who has written in to the comments section. We love your feedback! Keep it coming!
SPECIFICALLY: This episode we asked for AUDIO VIEWER MAIL and you guys did not disappoint! We did our best to dedicate this episode to you lovely listeners and thank JOHN SMALLBERRIES, RAFE GUTTMAN, and ANDY LUNN for taking their time and effort to send in some mp3 kudos, thoughts, and general viewer awesomeness. Also, first-time Viewer Mailer ANDY SWART keeps it soapy and clean with some classic written script. Seriously, he sent it written on parchment with a feather-ended quill-dip pen, the Mook.
AFTER THE BREAK: We have a few UNO HITTRES (this is how we’ve outsmarted PROFONDO CINEMA by stealing their ONE HITTERS bit), and then it’s into the PARANORMAL ANNIVERSARY!!! Since we don’t care about 9/11 or the several wars we are fighting anymore, horror has lost it’s perspective and just resorted to jump-scare trickery–specifically and repeatedly with Possession and Ghost films. Matt and Danno examine this paranormal phenomenon, decide what they like and what they despise, and even share a few paranormal tales of their own!!!
Thanks for listening!!!
DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist, writer for THE DAILY ROTATION, and podcaster. MATT RISNES is a noted film blogger and podcast guest. They have been friends for nearly 20 years and like talking about stuff at length and in-depth. In the 24th episode of the WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR we break down the works of four specific STANLEY KUBRICK films.
BUT FIRST: We open with some viewer mail, including an AUDIO Viewer Mail by J SCOTT of PROFONDO CINEMA (and we’d love more AUDIO Viewer Mail for ep 25 in two weeks), a quick thought/link on the the difference between scripted and improv films by DAVID STEINLICHT (see the comments for ep 24 for the great Peter Jackson/Simon Pegg/Edgar Wright link he mentions), and some thoughts on ep 24 by first-time listener JEREMY ZOSS.
THEN: Some ONE HITTERS including: the passing of DENNIS FARINA, Danno and Matt taking on PACIFIC RIM: round 2, ONLY GOD FORGIVES (and Matt’s general distaste for high-def V.O.D.), the British comedy series PEEP SHOW, Ken Burns “PROHIBITION”, the announced SUPERMAN follow-up featuring BATMAN, Matt’s theory on when the death of big-budget cinema will occur (sooner than you might think), the VERONICA MARS vs SPIKE LEE Kickstarters, and Matt takes on THE WOLVERINE.
FINALLY: We get into DANNO’s KUBRICK HOMEWORK: Paths of Glory, Spartacus, Barry Lyndon, and Lolita, as well a general overview of Kubrick’s career. Many thanks to ANDY LUNN and RAFE GAUTTMAN for their thoughts on Danno’s Kubrick Homework!
DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist, writer for THE DAILY ROTATION, and podcaster. MATT RISNES is a noted film blogger and podcast guest. They have been friends for nearly 20 years and like talking about stuff at length and in-depth. In the 23rd episode of the WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR we discuss THE SUMMER OF 9/11, 2013! Every major blockbuster has had 9/11 overtones and America’s response seems to be they are SOOO over it. Are they? Should they be? Matt and Danno tie this all into their SPOILER-IFFIC review of PACIFIC RIM!
BUT FIRST: We open with some COLLER CATCHES UP Viewer Mail, followed by new business from JOHN SMALLBERRIES about Disney, and ANDY LUNN about football, The Lovely Joanne, Silence of the Lambs, and much more! Once again thanks to everyone who writes in!
THEN: Matt has some eye opening revelations (courtesy of Danno, no less) about how to deal with the internet and how to use the Library! We also our love of the recent minted THEDISSOLVE.COM (seriously, go check it out!) Danno then tells tales of seeing films with family: First, Danno’s father travels back and time at THE LONE RANGER, and then Danno gives a short review of THIS IS THE END, which he saw with his nigh-on 17 year old daughter, who is a sarcasmo and loved the film. Did Danno?!?! Find out!
FINALLY: The summer of films 2013 aka THE SUMMER OF 9/11 and PACIFIC RIM reviewed!
DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist, reviewer for THE DAILY ROTATION, and podcaster. MATT RISNES is a noted film blogger and podcast guest. They have been friends for nearly 20 years and like talking about stuff at length and in-depth. In the 22nd episode of the WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR we discuss our favorite WAR FILMS, as well as have a SPOILER-IFFIC chat about THE LONE RANGER (TLR discussion goes from roughly 46:00-1:10:00 if you want to avoid said spoilers).
BUT FIRST: We open with some VIEWER MAIL from our old friend COLLER who continues to “Catch Up”. Coller also put his two cents in about the last episode (while Matt becomes unstuck in time reading his mail), as does ANDY LUNN, who evidently watches the Super Bowl even though he lives in England. Who knew?! Finally, 3rd host RAFE GUTTMAN sends along his thoughts on MAN OF STEEL, closing the book on that films place in cinematic history forever. FOREVER!!!
NEXT: Matt and Danno debate what has become of film criticism what with the democratization of the internet and all. Matt ponders hard on whether or not he wants to remain a part of the online film community and the generation of grown children who have weaseled their way into taste-maker status, while Danno tries to figure out what the hell the difference between a critic, reviewer, and a blogger is.
THEN: We do some One-Hitters on Kanye West’s new album, documentaries Johnny Carson, Ralph Nader, Hiroshima, and Soderbergh’s CHE, which eventually leads into the RANGER talk.
FINALLY…It’s WAR!!! Or at least films about them, including: ENEMY AT THE GATES, GONE WITH THE WIND, PLATOON, KELLY’S HEROES, APOCALYPSE NOW, STARSHIP TROOPERS, TORA! TORA! TORA!, PATHS OF GLORY and CATCH-22. Enjoy!
In the 30th episode of the Lutefisk Sushi Podcast host DANNO KLONOWSKI sits down with MN cartoonist MICHELLE SILVA about her history, growth as a young, budding artist into the messy, scattered artist she is today! We discuss her various anthology works, he blog, he book LOVE BUZZ from ONI PRESS, her characters STINKY & INKY, her work with me on ARNOLD THE SUPER CARDINAL, the MAN OF STEEL film, and much more! (Enjoy the ambient fan background noise. It’s summer!)
The Lutefisk Sushi Podcast is sponsored by the INTERNATIONAL CARTOONIST CONSPIRACY, the ALTERED ESTHETICS GALLERY, and BIG TIME ATTIC. TheLutefisk Sushi Podcast is a STAPLEGENIUS.COM(cast) production!
DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist, film reviewer for THE DAILY ROTATION, and podcaster. MATT RISNES is a noted film blogger and podcast guest. They have been friends for nearly 20 years and like talking about stuff at length and in-depth. In the 21th episode of the WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR we discuss our feelings/thoughts on each of our favorite Top 5 Coen Brothers films.
But first, we bust into some Viewer Mail (Thanks Coller and Andy Lunn…and the lovely Joanne!), followed by many a One Hitter including: This weeks Jim Carrey/KICK-ASS 2 gun violence debacle, WORLD WAR Z (the magic of GEORGE ROMERO’s contribution to Zombie Lore, as well as National Geographic’s THE TRUTH BEHIND ZOMBIES ”documentry” and WWZ author and “Zombie Expert” MAX BROOKS), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Alan Moore’s SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING (Matt actually read it!), the passing of JAMES GANDOLPHINI, AUSCHWITZ: INSIDE THE NAZI STATE, TALES FROM THE SCRIPT, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, JOHN HODGMAN: RAGNAROK, ESCAPE FROM LA and PRINCE OF DARKNESS.
After the break it’s on to our discussion of both Danno and Matt’s TOP 5 FAVORITE COEN BROTHERS films! Minnesotans film fans talking films by Minnesotans! What more could you ask for?! Enjoy!
DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist, film reviewer for THE DAILY ROTATION, and podcaster. MATT RISNES is a noted film blogger and podcast guest. They have been friends for nearly 20 years and like talking about stuff at length and in-depth. In the 20th episode of the WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR we discuss our feelings/thoughts on the MAN OF STEEL.
But first, some ONE HITTERS on: Alan Moore’s SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING. Danno’s thoughts on the first two STAR TREK FILMS, JACK REACHER, and OBLIVION. Matt pipes in about THE PURGE, AFTER EARTH, and KAYNE WEST. We wrap-up with thoughts on WORLD TRADE CENTER and OLIVER STONE, and the horrible decline of SASHA BARON COHEN. Then it’s on to some VIEWER MAIL. Thanks to RYAN COLLER, ANDY LUNN, and RAFE GUTTMAN for their thoughts.
After the (quick) break Matt and Danno get into a SPOLIER-IFFIC review over MAN OF STEEL for about an hour. Matt is pro. Danno is KHAAAAANNNNN!!! (Well, it’s not that black and white). So for an hour-filled of SPOILERS of MAN OF STEEL keep on a’listenin’!