THE WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR ep 13: Twitter and Ebert At the Movies


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.  In thirteenth episode, the boys are back…with an agenda this time: Twitter and Ebert!

We open with some quick Viewer Mail, then Matt opens the Ebert discussion–both Twitters reaction to his death, and the fact, oh yeah– he was kinda a dick when it came to horror movies. This leads to a talk about criticism, a CRITIQUE OF CRITICISM, if you will. Including a lot of love for RED LETTER MEDIA’s “Half In The Bag” and “Best of the Worst” This is eventually followed by a talk of Matt’s fascination with WEIRD TWITTER.  We also mention JEREMY LEBENS of THE DAILY ROTATION a lot in this episode–so you should really follow his film website. Like right now.

As for the movies (and some tv)… We discuss the EVIL DEAD remake and Matt’s recent interview with ROB ZOMBIE (so look for that transcribed text of that probably next week) on Matt’s ROPES OF SILICON feature ”FORAGING FOR SUBTEXT! We discuss how the trailer for ELYSIUM blows the trailers for OBLIVION and AFTER EARTH outta the water. We vehemently defend THE HOBBIT and give our theories as to why we think it didn’t click with the masses, as well as short discussions of two of other Matt’s favorite films of 2012: THE MASTER and KILLING THEM SOFTLY. Not to mention some gab about CHAMPAGNE SAFARI, THE LAST MOGUL, DINOTASIA, CHILDREN’s HOSPITAL, THE WALKING DEAD, JURASSIC PARK and ROCKY 4. And skeletons.  …SKELETONS!!!

Finally: Episode 15 is going to be DANNO’s HORROR HOMEWORK in which Danno watches 5 horror films he’s never seen, then Matt (who knows all the film intimately) and Danno will discuss the films at length–AND WE’D LOVE YOU THE VIEWER TO PLAY ALONG! So if you are a fan of, or have never seen but will watch in time, any of the 5 following films, please write in and leave us your thoughts about them and we will read your commentary on the show: GRAVEYARD SHIFT, FROM BEYOND, PHANTASM II, and Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN and HALLOWEEN II. We hope to hear from lots of you on WGVH ep 15: DANNO’s HORROR HOMEWORK.

This episodes break music “Total Recall” was performed by CEESICK, the solo side-project of CASEY ‘THE NELS’ NELSON who you may know best from his band NATIONAL BIRD, his painfully hilarious webcomic SEE BEAUTIFUL INDIANA, or that one time he was on this podcast.


  1. Captain Ringfinger says:

    I skipped the last episode because I haven’t watched any Game of Thrones or Mad Men yet, spoilers and such. At this rate I listen to that one in about 4 years when I get around to it.

    I can back Matt up about how S&E were always dismissive of horror in the 80’s. I remember seeing the episode where they dismiss entirely (coincidentally) Evil Dead 2 and show the scene with the dancing skeleton and Ebert quips something like “and if that makes any sense to you. . .” and remembering how awesome that looked and how much these guys were asses.

    As far as doing something because a “professional critic” recommended it, I guess the only thing that comes to mind would be buying a Corolla in ’02 based off Consumer Reports Most Reliable Car second only to the Camry. Otherwise, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m 99% dependent on friends and family for all my exposure to new material.

    I agree with Danno about Cabin in the Woods. I saw Evil Dead remake in the theatre with a big group of guys who are all fans of the past Evil Dead movies and every one of us afterwards commented on how Cabin in the Woods has pretty much ruined these type of movies for us and how we’d rather be watching that.

    I’m not on Twitter but found your conversation informative and interesting. The Weird Twitter reminded me of 80’s era SNL Jack Handy skits. Short, odd, funny.

    And I agree with Danno about JP. I remember having that magical feeling I had watching movies like I did when I was a kid even though I was a cynical 16 year old when I saw JP 5 times in the theatre. I bought the soundtrack. I bought the movie poster, the only one I ever owned. I saw all the sequels on opening day, including my birthday for JP3 (and dragged everyone along and apologized for years afterwards for that). I also saw most of the movies Matt listed (many thanks to him of course and Andy Peterson too!) but still love large release movies as well (although I didn’t see Hardware until last year thanks to Netflix). You can like both. The best film ever made also happened to win Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress. Something can be wildly popular and still be really good.

    Of course you’ll still get oddities like No Country For Old Men beats out There Will Be Blood for Best Picture? I’ll never let that one rest!

    And I agree with Danno again on the annoying limited release of Netflix TV shows, my example being Regular Show. They are possibly shooting themselves in the foot since many shows get wayyyy better after the first couple seasons, (TNG, DS9, Regular Show) and viewers may get turned off if only the first season is offered. So when they can release more seasons, potential new fans won’t watch. I don’t know. Don’t listen to me.

    Good show. I also liked Matt’s story about interviewing RZ.

    Captain RF

    | Reply Posted August 5, 2013, 4:38 pm

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