TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet

Season 01 | Episode 19

Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet

Director / Writers / Producers

Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, creators of the new Showtime series The Man Who Fell to Earth, talk to hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante about the movies that inspired them.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary 
Dirty Pretty Things (2002)
Amistad (1997)
Love Actually (2003)
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007)
Blazing Saddles (1974) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s Blazing Saddles Thanksgiving
Kentucky Fried Movie (1977) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Bad News Bears (1976) – Jessica Bendinger’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
Airplane! (1980) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Bambi (1942)
Singin’ In The Rain (1952) – John Landis trailer commentary
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
The Boy Friend (1971) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Yellow Submarine (1968) – George Hickenlooper’s trailer commentary
Captain Blood (1935)
The Thin Man (1934)
Network (1976) – Chris Wilkinson’s trailer commentary
Murder On The Orient Express (1974)
Murder By Death (1976)
Death On The Nile (2022)
Birth (2004) – Ti West’s trailer commentary
The Insider (1999)
Heat (1995)
Manhunter (1986) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Young Frankenstein (1974) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
The Goddess (1958)
Cinema Paradiso (1988) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review and 4K Blu-ray review 
The Wizard of Oz (1939) – John Badham’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s capsule review
Broadcast News (1987)
Terms of Endearment (1983)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing 
Warlock (1989)
Honey Boy (2019)

Other Notable Items

The Man Who Fell To Earth TV series (2022- )
David Bowie
Bill Nighy
Tilda Swinton
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Sophie Okonedo
Sidney Lumet
Uma Thurman
The Regal UA East Hampton Movie Theater in East Hampton, NY
Gabby Hayes 
Robert Stack
Lloyd Bridges
Leslie Nielsen
Warner Brothers
Looney Tunes
Bugs Bunny
Mickey Mouse
Mel Brooks
The Cinerama Dome in Hollywood
The E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial score by John Williams
Steven Spielberg
Henry Thomas
Drew Barrymore
Robert MacNaughton
Joe’s “It’s A Good Life” segment of The Twilight Zone: The Movie
Mike Nichols
Buster Keaton
Betty Comden
Adolph Green
Phyllis Newman 
Amanda Green
Mr. Saturday Night Broadway play (2021- )
The Tony Awards
Gene Kelly
Adam Green
Cyd Charisse
Randall Duell 
Cedric Gibbons
Jean Hagen
Judy Holliday
Donald O’Connor
The Thin Man franchise 
Paddy Chayefsky
William Holden
Ned Beatty
Robert Duvall
Peter Finch
Faye Dunaway
Freddie Mercury
Tony Walton
Lauren Bacall 
Albert Finney
James Coco 
Hercule Poirot
Wendy Hiller
The Orient Express
Humphrey Bogart
The Sopranos TV series (1999-2007)
Jonathan Glazer
Michael Mann
Al Pacino
Miami Vice TV series (1984-1989)
Russell Crowe
Eric Roth
Kim Stanley
Salvatore Cascio 
Judy Garland
Gena Rowlands
Our friends at Movies Unlimited, the movie collector’s website!
James L. Brooks
Shirley MacLaine
Errol Flynn
Roy Forge Smith 
Terry Gilliam
Candy Clark
The Man Who Fell To Earth novel by Walter Tevis (1963)
Alma Har’el

This list is also available on Movies Unlimited and 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.