TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Albert Hughes

Season 03 | Episode 51

Albert Hughes

Writer / Director / Producer

Albert Hughes (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, The Book of Eli, and many others) takes us on a wild journey through the movies that made him, then explains why he’s not a cinephile (Spoiler: He is). Heads up – you’re going to hear some words you’ve never heard on our show before, and only one of them is Metropolis.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Gremlins (1984)
A Christmas Story (1983)
The Candidate (1972)
Menace II Society (1993)
Die Hard (1988)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Scarface (1983)
Goodfellas (1990)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Raging Bull (1980)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Alpha (2018)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Metropolis (1927)
True Romance (1993)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
The Matrix (1999)
Man Bites Dog (1992)
Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)
A Serbian Film (2010)
Scarface (1932)
The Book of Eli (2010)
The Departed (2006)
Infernal Affairs (2002)
The Godfather (1972)
Casino (1995)
JFK (1991)
Dead Presidents (1996)
Eve’s Bayou (1997)
Basic Instinct (1992)
Psycho (1960)
The Cremator (1969)
The Firemen’s Ball (1967)
Halloween (2018)
From Hell (2001)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Hoffa (1992)
V For Vendetta (2005)
Spartacus (1960)
You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Joker (2019)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Shining (1980)
Lolita (1962)
Lolita (1997)
Platoon (1986)
Filmworker (2017)
S Is For Stanley (2015)
Killer’s Kiss (1955)
The Killing (1956)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Fail Safe (1964)
The Pink Panther (1963)
A Face In The Crowd (1957)
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
Blind Fury (1989)
Zatoichi (2003)
Ichi (2008)
Ichi The Killer (2001)
Blind Justice (1994)
Blind Man (2012)
Baraka (1992)
Blade Runner (1982)
Olympia (1938)
Triumph of the Will (1935)
The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Straw Dogs (1971)
The Getaway (1972)
Bring Me The Head of Alfred Garcia (1974)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Django Unchained (2012)
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)
Sexy Beast (2001)

Other Notable Items

Albert’s brother Allen Hughes 
Johnny Depp
Joel Silver
Larenz Tate
Tyrin Turner 
Jean-Luc Godard
Stanley Kubrick
Martin Scorsese
Midnight Cowboy novel by James Leo Herlihy (1965)
John Schlesinger
Jon Voight
Angelina Jolie
Oliver Stone
Alfred Hitchcock
The Martin Short podcast episode
Second City Television TV series (1976-1984)
“3D Firing Line: Midnight Cowboy II” skit on SCTV
“The Larry Siegel Show” skit on SCTV
Rick Moranis
The Laemmle Theaters
Luc Besson
Howard Hawks
Howard Hughes
Brian De Palma
Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert’s Scarface review
Al Pacino
Michelle Pfeiffer
Denzel Washington
Jack Nicholson
Leonardo DiCaprio
Matt Damon
Mark Wahlberg
Alec Baldwin
George Raft
Paul Muni
The Hays Production Code
Narcos TV series (2015-17)
The Eric Newman podcast episode
Joe Bob Briggs
Bob Dylan
“Layla” by Derek and the Dominoes
Eric Clapton
Joe Pesci
Robert De Niro
Robert Richardson 
James Woods
Sharon Stone
Jack Valenti
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Milos Forman
Jamie Lee Curtis
Alan Moore
Francis Ford Coppola
Danny DeVito
Lynne Ramsay
Joaquin Phoenix 
Warner Brothers
Adrian Lyne 
Georg Krause 
Lucien Ballard 
Kirk Douglas
Anthony Mann
Dalton Trumbo
Leon Vitali
Peter Sellers
Zatoichi series
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Criterion box set
Akira Kurosawa
Toshiro Mifune 
The Lone Wolf and Cub series
Rutger Hauer
Armand Assante
Kung Fu TV series (1972-1975)
The Incredible Hulk TV series (19770-1982)
David Carradine
Billy Jack
Fritz Lang
Ridley Scott
Denzel Washington
Leni Riefenstahl 
George Lucas
Sam Peckinpah
Richard Pryor
Mel Brooks
Quentin Tarantino
Samuel L. Jackson
George Carlin
Dave Chapelle
Mark Twain
Ben Kingsley
Jimi Hendrix
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Cheech and Chong
The Fox Theatre in Detroit
The Cremaster Cycle

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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.