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!


  1. Speaking of improv ruining comedy movies, Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg talk about the difference between written and improvised movies.

    | Reply Posted July 20, 2013, 11:11 am
  2. Rafe Guttman says:

    Danno, sorry about your Barry Lyndon experience. I will admit that my first viewing left me cold: a stroll through museum-quality landscape paintings does not ensure an enthralling cinematic experience. But upon repeat viewings, as I stopped to ponder each painting, I found a deeper meaning that transcended the pretty pictures.

    Barry Lyndon relates the transitional story of how Westerners removed the shackles of Feudalism only to find new obstacles. Lyndon is constantly moving. His is a story of social mobility, both ascending and descending. He changes identities as easily as we are expected to change careers. Man was no longer tethered to his land, to his family and to his Lord. Lyndon’s era destroyed those bonds in the name of liberty, fraternity and equality. Even almighty God was supplanted on the throne by Providence; God became a clock maker.

    Yet, freedom came with a price: misfortune. People had huddled behind castle walls for protection and only ventured forth after centuries to find less visible enemies. Great fortunes, even the very term hinges on good luck, were amassed and lost through outright theft and insider graft. Lyndon, a man with limited scruples, climbed the social ladder only to become maimed near the highest rung.

    Eventually, however, those perched at the top wised up and constructed castles of contracts to keep their riches. A wealthy man dies and his children often squander his fortune, but a corporation lives forever. Fortune’s wheel became a pyramid and most of us are shackled again to maintain its perpetual construction.

    | Reply Posted July 26, 2013, 12:32 pm
  3. Andy Lunn says:

    Hi fellas,

    I’m surprised and a bit disappointed that Danno hasn’t seen the Kubrick films in question before. But, if he had, then perhaps you wouldn’t be dedicating a podcast to his work.

    I’m a big Kubrick fan. Him and Lynch are my two favourite directors. It’s impossible to choose between them. That said, if Lynch continues to make movies like ‘Inland Empire’ then the crown will firmly rest with Kubrick.

    Spartacus is probably one of my least favourite Kubrick movies. However that doesn’t mean that I don’t like it. As a result of him taking over from the previous director (at Kirk’s request I understand) it doesn’t give you that feel that most of his other work does. Plus, I’m not realy into the swords and sandals genre. But, it is a movie I watch probably every few years and it has some great performances in it – Douglas, Olivier, Curtis, Stroud etc. It’s sweeping and majestic. A Sunday afternoon treat.

    Lolita is worth seeing just for James Mason’s performance alone. His scenes with Shelley Winters are brilliant and his roving eye where Lolita is concerned is played subtly but leaves you feeling uncomfortable. I can do without Peter Sellers in this one though. I know a lot of people think he’s great, but his performance comes across to me as all caricature and silly voices, which don’t fit with the rest of the movie. It’s what stops me watching this more often, which is a shame.

    Paths of Glory is phenomenal. I’m sure there are other films about WW1, but apart from Blackadder goes fourth, I can’t think of any other recreations of this period of time. It’s a very stylish movie and it’s images stay with you long after the movie is over. The scenes in the trenches particularly. There are also some great scenes of dialogue and a powerhouse performance from Kirk Douglas. It’s so good. Perhaps overlooked a bit these days. But one of his best.

    Which brings me to Barry Lyndon. This may be my favourite Kubrick film. When I first getting in to Kubrick back in the early nineties, it wasn’t avialable on VHS. It was only following his death that it was reissued. I was lucky enough therefore, that my first viewing of it was on the big screen as part of a Kubrick retrospective. It totally blew me away. I just loved the story; the journey to the top through various acts of deception, then the awful descent back to nothing. A strong narrative taken on by Kubrick, and through his use of camerwork, lighting, thumping score and great perfomances, turns it into this complete masterpiece of a movie.

    I have to watch it every year. Outstanding



    | Reply Posted July 29, 2013, 5:50 am

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