TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Alex Essoe

Season 03 | Episode 55

Alex Essoe


Actress Alex Essoe (Death of Me, Doctor Sleep) walks is through some of her favorite dream sequences.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Starry Eyes (2014)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Beyond The Black Rainbow (2010)
Mandy (2018), as usual
Doctor Sleep (2019)
Death of Me (2020)
Life Dances On (1937)
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
I Love You, Alice B Toklas (1968)
Papillon (1973)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
The Conversation (1974)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
Nashville (1975)
The Ninth Configuration (1980)
The Exorcist (1973)
Shutter Island (2010)
The Exorcist III (1990)
A Shot In The Dark (1964)
Another Woman (1988)
Stardust Memories (1980)
8 ½ (1963)
Interiors (1978)
Dumbo (1941)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
A Woman Under The Influence (1974)
Mulholland Falls (1996)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Fletch (1985)
The ’Burbs (1989)
Dreams (1990)
Ran (1985)
Homewrecker (2019)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
The Wicker Man (1973)

Other Notable Items

Howard Hughes
Panos Cosmatos
The Haunting of Bly Manor TV series (2020)
Shelley Duvall
TFH Guru Darren Lynn Bousman
The American Cinematheque
The New Beverly Theatre
Julien Duvivier
Jean Renoir
Jean-Luc Godard
François Truffaut
John Cassavetes
Turner Classic Movies
Agnes Varda
Steve McQueen
Dalton Trumbo
Franklin J. Schaffner
Henri Charrière
Gene Hackman
Teri Garr
Harrison Ford
William Peter Blatty
Jason Miller
Ed Flanders
Patrick Ewing
Shirley McLaine
Blake Edwards
Woody Allen
Gena Rowlands
Stanley Kubrick
Charlie Chaplin
Adam Sandler
Ingmar Bergman
Ian Holm
Mia Farrow
Sandy Dennis
“What Is Fascism?” article by George Orwell
Roman Polanski
David Lynch
Naomi Watts
Laura Harring
Chazz Palminteri
Roy Orbison
Twin Peaks TV series (1990-1991, 2017)
Kenny Rogers
Busby Berkeley
Ben Gazzara
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings 
Chevy Chase
Bill Murray
The Fletch novel series by Gregory Mcdonald 
Larry Bird
Tom Hanks
Kevin McCarthy
The ’Burbs Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Shout Factory
Akira Kurosawa
Ghost of Tsushima video game (2020) 
Vincent van Gogh
Precious Chong

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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.