The WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR ep 7: ‘We Need to Have a Talk About Frank’


DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist 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. The seventh episode opens with listener mail and a discussion of Matt’s recent obsession, the film BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW (which you can see streaming on Netflix). Then it’s on to the topic at hand: FRANK MILLER!!!

FRANK MILLER, for the uninitiated, is the cartoonist responsible forever changing the direction of DAREDEVIL and BATMAN. He also created a couple series you may have heard of called SIN CITY and 300, which he went onto ‘co-direct’ and produce, respectively. Frank’s also the writer of ROBOCOP 2 and 3, the writer/director of the reviled THE SPIRIT, and the creator of the equally reviled graphic novel HOLY TERROR.

Danno and Matt have a lively and philosophical talk about Frank and are even joined last minute via email by Friend of the Show @RafeGuttman, who has even posted this video review of BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW, drawing the show full-circle.



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  1. Captain Ringfinger says:

    That’s for the informative dicussion. I knew of FM, now I know a little more.


    “Did we not know that slavery was bad?”

    “Arnold killed 300 dudes who just showed up to work that day”

    “Dennis Miller’s Disease” great line and meme

    Regarding Batman, excellent sum up:
    “Now he’s an Icon, instead of a punchline”

    I also saw Robocop 2 at Brookdale and I remember feeling it felt like too many cooks spoiled the soup. It seemed to lack coherency.

    Loved the Christian Bale techno rap.

    I agree with Matt 100% that Robocop, Starship Troopers, and Total Recall are all masterpieces. And anyone who doesn’t think so, that’s fine but that’s where I’m coming from.

    Also I liked Predators on the big screen but it did lose a lot on the small screen/repeat viewing.

    “Ilsa Shewolf of the SS!” Now that was an (b)awkward birthday rental asking my mom to rent for us. She did though even with her reservations.

    The whole rhizome discusion was good, basically the Internet helps cut through the completely arbitrary boundries “they” have erected such as borders and such. “I can play Mortal Kombat with my friend in Vietnam”. If anyone really wants to “Fight Club” the system, nothing is more effective, cheaper, and widespread than the Internet. Genreal Apathy kills social change more than anything. That and getting married and raising kids in the ‘burbs.

    | Reply Posted June 23, 2013, 2:22 pm

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