TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Adam Rifkin

Season 01 | Episode 05

Adam Rifkin

Writer / Director / Actor

Writer/Director Adam Rifkin (The Last Movie Star, The Dark Backward, Director’s Cut) sits with Josh and Joe to go behind the scenes, break the fourth wall, and take an altogether deep dive into his favorite movies about making movies. Consider this episode The Movies-About-Movies That Made Me.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Last Movie Star (2018)
Director’s Cut (2015)
Jaws (1975)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
A Soldier’s Story (1984)
The Dark Backward (1991)
Shooting the Warwicks (2015)
Giuseppe Makes a Movie (2014)
American Movie (1999)
Seven (1995)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)
The Day of the Locust (1975)
Shampoo (1975)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Miracle Mile (1989)
Barton Fink (1991)
Hail Caesar! (2016)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Stardust Memories (1980)
8 ½ (1963)
All That Jazz (1979)
Alex In Wonderland (1970)
Amarcord (1973)
Persona (1966)
Star 80 (1983)
Sorcerer (1977)
The Seven Ups (1973)
The French Connection (1971)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
September (1987)
Interiors (1978)
Another Woman (1988)
What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
Hooper (1978)
W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings (1975)
Navajo Joe (1966)
The Stunt Man (1980)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Cat People (1942)
The Big Carnival/Ace In The Hole (1951)
A Face In The Crowd (1957)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
The Player (1992)
Heat (1986)
City Heat (1984)
Heat (1995)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
The Big Sleep (1978)
Farewell My Lovely (1975)
Popeye (1980)
O.C. and Stiggs (1987)
Streamers (1983)
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
Vincent & Theo (1990)
Short Cuts (1993)
Fade To Black (1980)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
After The Fox (1966)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
Matinee (1993)
The Death Kiss (1932)
Ed Wood (1994)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Nickelodeon (1976)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Cinema Paradiso (1991)
Singin’ In The Rain (1953)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
The Cameraman (1928)
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Movie Crazy (1932)
The Party (1968)
The Road To Hong Kong (1962)
Gunga Din (1939)
Argo (2012)
King Kong (1933)
Living In Oblivion (1995)
Contempt (1963)
Man Bites Dog (1992)
Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)
Peeping Tom (1960)
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
The Big Picture (1989)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Baadasssss! (2003)
Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Gods and Monsters (1998)
Adaptation (2002)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
A Star Is Born (1937)
A Star Is Born (1954)
A Star Is Born (1976)
A Star Is Born (2018)
S.O.B. (1981)
10 (1979)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Swimming With Sharks (1995)
Bombshell (1933)
Chaplin (1992)
The Trip (1967)
Day For Night (1973)

Other Notable Items

Adolph Caesar (FYI: Percy Rodriguez was the actual Jaws trailer narrator)
R. Lee Ermey
Mike Plante
David Nordstrom
Mark Borchardt
Penn Jillette
David Fincher
Andrew Kevin Walker
Film Comment
Rif Coogan
Preston Sturges
Joel McCrea
The Day of the Locust novel by Nathaniel West
Jackie Earle Haley
Donald Sutherland
Homer Simpson and Homer Simpson
William Castle
The Varsity Theatre, Chicago
The Parkway Theatre, Chicago
Robert Altman
William Atherton
Karen Black
Napoleon Bonaparte
The Coen Brothers
John Turturro
John Goodman
Woody Allen
Mia Farrow
Jeff Daniels
Van Johnson
Federico Fellini
Bob Fosse
Paul Mazursky
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Akira Kurosawa
Francois Truffaut
Ingmar Bergman
Roy Scheider
Charles Bronson
Richard Dreyfuss
Gene Hackman
Larry Edmunds Bookshop
Charlie Chaplin 
Bruce Dern
Gena Rowlands
Burt Reynolds
Hal Needham
Brian Keith
Robert Klein
Peter Bogdanovich
Clint Eastwood
Sergio Corbucci
Richard Rush
Peter O’Toole
Steve Railsback
Charles Manson
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego
Kirk Douglas
Val Lewton
Barry Sullivan
Lana Turner
Dick Powell
William Faulkner
Burt Lancaster
Louis B. Mayer
Billy Wilder
Robert Aldridge
William Holden
Gloria Swanson
Greta Garbo
Pola Negri
Michael Tolkin
Elliott Kastner
Robert Mitchum
New Line Cinema
Dennis Christopher
Kevin McCarthy
Victor Mature
TFH Guru Allan Arkush
TFH Guru Jon Davison
Robby The Robot
Cuban Missile Crisis
Charlie Haas
Jerico Stone
Cathy Moriarty
William Schallert
Robert Cornthwaite
Mark McCracken
John Hora
Bert I. Gordon
Turner Classic Movies
Harold Lloyd
Peter Sellers
Peter Dinklage
Daniel Waters
Fritz Lang
Brigitte Bardot
Jack Palance
Michael Powell
Hammer Film Productions
John Cleese
Christopher Guest 
Kevin Bacon
Jean Harlowe
The Red Door in Burbank
Mario Van Peebles
Melvin Van Peebles
James Whale
Bill Hader

This list is also available on Letterboxd.

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About the Podcast

Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.

The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.

About The Hosts

Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.

He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.

The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.

Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.

Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.

Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.