The WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR ep19: Movie Scores & Soundtracks



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 nineteenth episode of the WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR we discuss our TOP 10 MOVIE SCORES & SOUNDTRACKS!

BUT FIRST: Lots of news and VIEWER MAIL!!! Big thanks to listeners RAFE GUTTMAN, SEAN TENHOFF, ANDY LUNN, BUD BURGY, and DALE ROY for all their thoughts and conversation starters! In fact the Viewer Mail sends us down many a rabbit hole talks including HENRY ROLLINS, BEOWULF, HANNIBAL, and much more. Then it’s on to some quick ONE HITTERS!



  1. Andy Lunn says:

    Hi Fellas,

    Thoroughly enjoyed your film scores and soundtracks episode. Some great tracks in there. I’d like to add a few of of my favourites to the mix. Morricone’s ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’ – It gives me chills when that music is played during the final standoff and enhances what is already an outstanding movie. I also love the Robocop music and will often have this one floating around in my head. Also would like to mention Goblin’s work on Suspiria which certainly falls into the ‘alternative’ category.

    As you may be aware from my Twitter ramblings, I made two trips to the cinema over the last couple of days. On Friday I had the day off, so spent the day in London wandering around taking in the sights. In the afternoon I went to a screening of ‘Spring Breakers’. I had quite an odd experience with it. It felt to me almost like two different movies. I would be getting along with it, thoroughly enjoyng it; then suddenly would come a bit that I thought was absolutely awful. The resulting effect was that I came out of it feeling rather stunned. On reflection now that the dust has settled, I think perhaps it was characters actions which I was having a bad reaction to rather than the movie itself. The fact that I’m still thinking about it a couple of days later, surely means that it’s done it’s job. Be interesting to see it on a second viewing.

    And then to Man Of Steel on Saturday. A hugely anticipated movie. I’d avoided as much talk about it as possible and so went in really with only the background of all that had gone before. For the most part it was a beaut. I got lost in the world and thoroughly enjoyed it. Michael Shannon didn’t disappoint. (does he ever?) Cavill was great and Costner and particularly Crowe were surprisingly solid. I felt it lost it in the last half an hour or so though. The destruction and falling buildings were shown pretty much without consequence, which I found quite distastefull. It also fell into what now appears to be the standard superhero ending of loud bashing and wiggly CGI people flinging about all over the place. It did redeem itself though, with the final part of the showdown and the scream, which I thought was perfect. Overall. enjoyed it. Still prefer the darker nature of Batman though.

    Anyhow, I must go, as I’ve received a copy of Disco Volante for Father’s Day. Many thanks to the WGVH for making me aware of the strange world of Mr Bungle.

    Best Wishes, Andy.

    P.S. we just had the Eddie Izzard and Dr Chiltern episode of Hannibal over here, which was a truly fantastic piece of television. The attention to detail wih regard to the Lecter universe is amazing (Chiltern’s gold pen for example- we know where that’ll end up!) I am also becoming obsessed with the beauty of Dr. Alana Bloom….

    | Reply Posted June 16, 2013, 2:40 am
  2. Rafe Guttman says:

    Dear Risnowksi (it’s like “Brangelina” but gayer), as per your Horror Homework request, I finally tucked into my WGVH-approved Vin Diesel rations. I found Pitch Black to be a splendid sci-fi/horror mash-up but Chronicles of Riddick was something akin to a revelation: that rare blockbuster with an intellectual reach that met or, dare I say, exceeded its budgetary grasp. I was elated to learn that critics had tossed this diamond on to the dung heap; such uninspired group-think only bolsters my confidence in this film’s worth.

    Like a brilliant gem, this flick has facets that shine from every perspective. Politically, there are post-9/11 allegories: imperialists who keep what they kill opposed by ethereal intellectuals (the Elementals) who do little more than talk? Sounds like 21st century politics to me. Philosophically, the dual nature of life symbolized by lightness and darkness is a theme carried over from Pitch Black; it’s as if Michael Mann made a sci-fi/horror film. Fittingly, the film’s star is a man who defies racial stereotyping. And his character defies categorization. Is he good? Is he evil?

    Unlike many action heroes, Vin Diesel has the body type that lends credence to his guttural utterances. This is what a futuristic warlord is supposed to look and sound like: a laconic man of action whose deeds resonate even deeper than his baritone pipes can.

    I dug it. Thanks for the recommendations.

    Yours virtually,
    Rafe Guttman

    | Reply Posted June 17, 2013, 2:10 pm
  3. Captain Ringfinger says:

    Another wonderful episode, they just keep getting better.

    I really liked your discussions on what it means to be an artist and your differing opinions on documentaries.

    Your story about seeing Beowulf at the dollar theater was great. Seinfeld-esque.

    Arrested Development erroneous spoiler = Gold!

    So many good one-liners in this episode. It’s hard to believe it’s all spontaneous. You have great chemistry.

    On to the music:

    Transformers meant so much to me growing up. I looked up to Optimus Prime. Transformers: The Movie is my biggest guilty pleasure. There’s a scene in Who Framed Roger Rabbit when Judge Doom is trying to trick roger out of hiding using Shave and a Haircut, just repeating it again and again knowing that no toon can resist. Even though it means certain death, Roger busts through the wall with a gigantic “TWO BITS!!!”. That’s how I feel whenever I hear the beginning to the Transformers Movie Theme as the guitar is getting louder right before: “TRANSFORMERS!!!”. The rest of the music can’t be defended on any artistic sense, to me it’s 100% unapologetic nostalgia and I love it all.

    Whereas at the opposite end is both The Crow and LOTR Trilogy. I never developed any type of connection to any of those movies even though everyone else I knew did. I can appreciate them as films and song individually but that’s it.

    I had a very similar experience to seeing Batman (as did millions of other kids did I’m sure). Just my brother and I, no adults, wondering what the hell the beginning of the movie was about while listening to that great music. I’ve gotten very familiar to all that great music again since they use it exclusively throughout the LEGO BATMAN video games. They’re a lot of fun for all ages as are the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Harry Potter games.

    Matt said it perfectly when he described how the music in Fargo made it serious instead of comedic. Excellent point.

    Danno, you are not alone. When I first saw Saturday Night Fever in the early 90’s I immediately recognized Donna Pescow as the Mom from Out of This World, which I watched all the time growing up. Evie was the hybrid alien/human daughter. My favorite episode was the one where it was her birthday and she got to pick on of 3 new powers as a gift. Great show for the time.

    I’m with Matt regarding musicals. Done well, they can be the best live experience. We couldn’t get tickets to The Book of Mormon last time it was here. Looking forward to seeing it at some point.

    Was barely able to sit through Swingers once but Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas have some great music from the same era. Some of the best Video Game soundtracks of all time.

    Glad you mentioned O’ Brother Where Art Thou, one of the few movies everyone can love and the music was outstanding.

    For a second I thought you guys might miss Predator but thankfully it got in there at the end. Love me some Predator tracks.

    And finally I have one word for you guys if you want to make a show about POSH/ET:


    This show could have been hours longer. Great stuff.


    | Reply Posted August 14, 2013, 4:09 pm

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