TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your host Josh Olson

Season 02 | Episode 12

Alex Cox

Director / Writer

Writer/Director Alex Cox (Sid and Nancy, Repo Man) graciously stops by the TFH studios to discuss portrayals of nuclear war and the apocalypse on film and TV with Josh and Joe.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Sid and Nancy (1986)
Straight To Hell (1987)
Straight To Hell Returns (2010)
Searchers 2.0 (2007)
Highway Patrolman/El Patrullero (1991)
The Movie Orgy (1968)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Breaker Morant (2010)
Walker (1987)
A History of Violence (2005)
On The Beach (1959)
It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
The World, The Flesh And The Devil (1959)
Five (1951)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Repo Man (1984)
The War Game (1965)
Culloden (1964)
Bonnie Prince Charlie (1948)
The Day After (1983)
Matinee (1993)
Eighth Grade (2018)
The Sum of All Fears (2002), a deeply irresponsible Jack Ryan film
The Dark Knight Rises (2012), a deeply irresponsible Batman film
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Fail-Safe (1964)
Panic in Year Zero! (1962)
Where Have All The People Gone (1974)
The Bedford Incident (1965)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Testament (1983)
The Road (2009)
A Boy And His Dog (1975)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
White Line Fever (1975)
Vice (2018)
The Damned (1963)
The Satan Bug (1965)
I Live In Fear (1955)
Ikiru (1952)
Dark Victory (1939)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Barfly (1987)
Trainspotting (1996)
Days of Wine And Roses (1962)
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955)
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Fox and His Friends (1975)
Ali: Fear Eats The Soul (1974)
Paths of Glory (1957)
All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
Fires on the Plain (1959)
Fires on the Plain (2014)
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)
Come and See (1985)
A Few Good Men (1992)
Patton (1970)
Gremlins (1984)
Innerspace (1987)

Other Notable Items

Alex’s book on Spaghetti Westerns, 10,000 Ways To Die (2009)
The Mar Del Plata Film Festival
Jon Davison
The death of laserdiscs
Able Archer 83
The de-evolution of the US presidency
The Iran-Contra controversy
The intense work methods of Ed Harris
The War Game companion book by Peter Watkins (1967)
The War of the Worlds radio drama (1939)
The recent butterfly uptick across Los Angeles
The John F. Kennedy assassination
The Doomsday Machine book by Martin Cohen (2012)
Sam Cohen, crazed inventor of the neutron bomb
Jonathan Kaplan
Adam McKay
“Check-Up With Dr. Strangelove” article by Terry Southern
Blue Movie novel by Terry Southern (1970)
Berlin Alexanderplatz miniseries (1980)
An upcoming Gremlins animated series

This list is also available on Letterboxd.

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 Host

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.