TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Albert Hughes

Season 04 | Episode 29

Albert Hughes

Director / Writer

The writer/director returns to talk about his favorite Blaxploitation movies with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Man Bites Dog (1992)
Trick Baby (1972)
The Exorcist (1973) – Oren Pelli’s trailer commentary
The Untouchables (1987)
Predator (1987)
Purple Rain (1984) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Loved One (1965) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Live And Let Die (1973)
Enter The Dragon (1973) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary, Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
The Green Hornet (1974)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) – Darren Bousman’s trailer commentary
The Last Dragon (1985) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Dead Presidents (1995)
Hell Up In Harlem (1973) – Larry Cohen’s trailer commentary
Black Caesar (1973) – Larry Cohen’s trailer commentary
Shaft (1971) – Bill Duke’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)
Coffy (1973) – Jack Hill’s trailer commentary
Midnight Cowboy (1969) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Taxi Driver (1976) – Rod Lurie’s trailer commentary
Boxcar Bertha (1972) – Julie Corman’s trailer commentary
The Big Doll House (1971) – Jack Hill’s trailer commentary
The Big Bird Cage (1972)
Superfly (1972)
The Mack (1973)
Trouble Man (1972)
Getting Straight (1970)
Thomasine & Bushrod (1974)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Cleopatra Jones (1973) – Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
Melinda (1972)
Three The Hard Way (1974)
Take A Hard Ride (1975)
Watermelon Man (1970)
Cooley High (1975) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Rocky (1976)
Jaws (1975) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Hollywood Shuffle (1987)
American Pimp (1999)
Dolemite (1975) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Dolemite Is My Name (2019) – Dennis Cozzalio’s yearend rundowns
Dreamgirls (2006)
Coming To America (1988)
Coming 2 America (2021)
The Blues Brothers (1980) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
Willie Dynamite (1973) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Blacula (1972)
Shock Corridor (1963) – Katt Shea’s trailer commentary
Jackie Brown (1997) – Dennis Cozzalio’s Robert Forster tribute
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s review, Dennis Cozzalio’s review, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Django Unchained (2012) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
Blazing Saddles (1974) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s Blazing Saddles Thanksgiving
100 Rifles (1969) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Fists of Fury (1972)
Truck Turner (1974) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Warrior (2011)
Game of Death (1978) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
The Book of Eli (2010)
Bruce Lee Fights Back From The Grave (1976)

Other Notable Items

Albert Hughes’s first The Movies That Made Me podcast
The Laemmle on Sunset 5 a.k.a. The AMC Sunset 5
The 1965 Watts Rebellion
The 1966 Chicago West Side Riots
The 1967 Detroit Riots
The 1968 New York City Riot
The 1992 LA Riots
The Civil Rights Act Of 1964
Joe’s tenure as a critic for Film Bulletin
The Milgram Theatre a.k.a. The Stanton Theatre in Philadelphia, PA
The Midtown Theatre a.k.a. The Philadelphia Film Center in Philadelphia, PA
The Fox Theatre in Detroit, MI
Robert De Niro
Kevin Costner
Al Capone
The Fox Theater in Pomona, CA
The Fox Theatre in Philadelphia, PA
Bruce Lee
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Gatorade
Prince
James Bond
The Arcadia Theatre in Philadelphia, PA
Gloria Henry
Star Trek TV series (1966-1969)
The Green Hornet TV series (1966-1967)
Barry Gordy
Wu-Tang Clan
“Walk On By” cover song by Isaac Hayes (1969)
“The Big Payback” song by James Brown (1973)
“The Boss” song by James Brown (1973)
TFH Guru Larry Cohen
“Theme From Shaft” song by Isaac Hayes (1971)
Isaac Hayes’s “Theme From Shaft” Oscar performance
Curtis Mayfield
Trouble Man soundtrack by Marvin Gaye (1972)
Bobby Womack
The Mack soundtrack by Willie Hutch (1973)
Rose Royce
Earth Wind And Fire
American International Pictures
Cinemation Industries
Jerry Gross
James Cagney
Humphrey Bogart
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Pam Grier
Jessica Rabbit
Max Julien 
Richard Pryor
“Underground” song by Curtis Mayfield (1970)
Ron O’Neal
Lee Van Cleef
Fred Williamson
Jim Kelly
Jim Brown
Antonio Margheriti
Jerry Goldsmith
Spike Lee
Robert Townsend
“Pursuit of the Pimp Mobile” song by Isaac Hayes (1974)
“Freddie’s Dead” song by Curtis Mayfield (1972)
“Fuck The Police” by N.W.A.
Rudy Ray Moore
Eddie Murphy
Dr. Dre
“Signifying Monkey” by Rudy Ray Moore
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
Emperor Palpatine
Ian McDiarmid
Richard Zanuck
David Brown
The Arrow Video Blu-ray of Willie Dynamite
Homicide: Life On The Street TV series (1993-1999)
Apple
Trick Baby book by Iceberg Slim (1967)
Mel Stewart
Universal Pictures
Richard Roundtree
Norman Lear
Antonio Fargas
Thalmus Rasulala
IMDb
Hari Rhodes
Quentin Tarantino
Samuel L. Jackson
Brad Pitt
Shannon Lee
Sway In The Morning radio program
Allen Hughes
Chris Tucker
Podcast guest Robert Forster
Martin Scorsese
Josh’s audio series Bronzeville
Larenz Tate
Laurence Fishburne
Raquel Welch
Sophia Loren
James Bond
Clint Eastwood
John Saxon
Shih Kien
Dionne Warwick
Burt Bacharach
The Celebrity Scientology Center
Lisa Marie Presley
John Travolta
The Rockford Files TV series (1974-1980)
Adam West
Batman TV series (1966-1968)
KTLA
University of the Arts
HBO Max
Cinemax
Warrior TV series (2019- )
The Jonathan Tropper podcast episode
James Dean
6-time NBA MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Denzel Washington
MMA
Bruce Lee: His Greatest Hits (Criterion Collection)
Getting the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible!
The American Pimp soundtrack (1999)

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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.