The WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR ep 21: Our Top 5 Coen Films


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!


  1. john smallberries says:

    Sorry Danno, as much as I wished I was I was not in Prince of Darkness. And as far as I know the blu ray release of that fine flick will contain only 2 extras. A commentary track with Carpwnter and mouth trumpet guy, which ia old, and a commentary with Alice Cooper. Been great shows so far fellas. And thumbs up on the hudsucker proxy love , side not, I used to live in muncie where robbins charachter is from. And it is still where i go to see flicks in the theater. Unless someone commits suicide there that week. Which has happened twice this summer and once last summer. Bad movies kill.
    Voyage of the mimi for ever folks. GO Muncie!
    John smallberries

    | Reply Posted June 26, 2013, 3:14 pm
  2. Captain Ringfinger says:

    Referring to the number of witnesses:

    “You don’t count … you’re the vitcim” sets the tone for another hilarious episode.

    The CB’s were well before the scanner, based off something found in Jed’s garage.

    Swaps was the one who convinced me, offered to buy my ticket, to go see Ace Ventura after seeeing it with you guys. He can describe anything to make it appealing or hilarious. One time he decribed and entire Adam Sandler CD in great detail (Stan and Judy’s Kid) did all the voices, all the bits inbetween burst of laughter. He can make anything sound great, you should invite him to be on the show sometime.

    Quick clarification, I thought 28 Days Later was interesting because the Rage Virus made the Zombies more plausable than Romero zombies. I still love the Romero films and do like them better than 28 Dyas Later. I am a scientist so while most people may not care about the why or how aspects, I really do. I also care how Warp Drives work, hence the many purchases of Star Trek Technical Manuals through childhood. I was just putting it out there as a counter-point to Matt’s hatered of the film in that it did bring new things into the genre which arguably helped refresh it.

    Loved your reviews, but the Fargo one takes the cake. Just like in a previous episode where you decribe Minnesota’s “nihlistic Liberalism”, you guys sum up nebulous concepts into coherent sentences. Bravo, keep up the wonderful work.

    As an aside: the houses in A Serious Man were identical to the houses we grew up in, in the old neighborhood of Thompson Heights. The Coen brothers do an excellent job of keeping anachronisms out of there films with their great attention to detail and people like me really appriciate that.

    | Reply Posted June 28, 2013, 4:15 pm
  3. Captain Ringfinger says:

    Oh, one more thing, I guess that storm on Friday was a “cloud with a silver lining” in that it prevented us from seeing WWZ. Looking forward to the litertal “rain check”.

    Captain Ringfinger

    | Reply Posted June 28, 2013, 4:16 pm
  4. Jason says:

    Looking forward to this one guys!

    | Reply Posted July 4, 2013, 4:41 am
  5. Andy Lunn says:

    Another excellent episode fellas. I only own one Coen film – That one is Fargo and I watched it shortly afetr listening to your thoughts on it. I think it’s a wonderful movie. I also saught out ‘Barton Fink’ as I hadn’t seen it for what must have been over 20 years. I enjoyed it , but for me, Fargo is still the one I’ll go to on a regular basis.

    Interesting to hear that you didn’t like ‘Old Country’ to begin with. I only saw it once and didn’t really get on with it. Okay, so I did see it in the cinema the day after watching the Superbowl, so I probably wasn’t on the best form- This mainly due to the time difference- Superbowls generally finish in the 4am over here!

    Perhaps I need to give it another go.

    Have you guys got French Drama ‘The Returned’ on TV over there? It’s brilliant.

    That’s all I’ve got this week. The Lovely Joanne says Hi.


    | Reply Posted July 8, 2013, 2:07 pm

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