TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Alex Winter

Season 05 | Episode 39

Alex Winter

Actor / Filmmaker

Actor / Filmmaker Alex Winter joins Josh Olson and Joe Dante to discuss movies featuring a cog in the machine – the individual struggling to exist within the system.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s Bill and Ted character power rankings
Bill And Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Bill And Ted Face The Music (2020)
The Game (1997)
Showbiz Kids (2020)
The Panama Papers (2018)
Zappa (2020)
200 Motels (1971)
Modern Times (1936)
Metropolis (1927) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Avatar (2009)
Things To Come (1936) – Jesus Trevino’s trailer commentary
M (1931)
M (1951)
The Last Laugh (1924) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Brazil (1985)
Gremlins (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review, TFH’s Mogwai Madness
City Lights (1931)
Goin’ Down The Road (1970)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Young And The Damned (1950)
Shock Corridor (1963) – Katt Shea’s trailer commentary
The Naked Kiss (1964)
Stroszek (1977)
Even Dwarves Started Small (1970)
Ikiru (1952) – Glenn Erickson’s trailer commentary
Living (2022)
Up (2009)
L’idiot (1951)
The Life of Oharu (1952)
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) – Mike Mendez’s trailer commentary
Alphaville (1965) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Contempt (1963) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
La Jetée (1962)
12 Monkeys (1995) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray and 4K Blu-ray reviews
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Goodbye to Language (2014)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
If… (1968)
The Hospital (1971) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary,  Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Dr. Strangelove (1964) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickon’s Blu-ray review
Lolita (1962) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Seven Beauties (1975)
Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Swept Away (1974)
Swept Away (2002)
Network (1976) – Chris Wilkinson’s trailer commentary
Kate Plays Christine (2016)
Christine (2016)
S.O.B. (1981) 
A Face In The Crowd (1957) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
The Parallax View (1974) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
The Social Network (2010)
Three Days Of The Condor (1975) – Don Coscarelli’s trailer commentary
Deliverance (1972) – Neil LaBute’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review
Monty Python’s Life Of Brian (1979) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life (1983)
Crimes Of The Future (2022)
Confess, Fletch (2022)
Dead For A Dollar (2022)
RRR (2022)
The ’Burbs (1989) – Ti West’s trailer commentary, TFH’s ‘Burbs Mania!
A Day At The Races (1937) – Robert Weide’s trailer commentary
The YouTube Effect (2023)

Other Notable Items

Our new home at the Airwave Media podcast network!
TFH Guru Allan Arkush’s My Favorite Movie Year: 1975 podcast episode
TFH Guru Larry Karaszewski
Abbott and Costello
Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon 
John Brancato
Diana Serra Cary
Frank Zappa
Fritz Lang
Charlie Chaplin
F.W. Murnau
Tod Browning
Paramount Pictures
The Shape Of Things To Come novel by H.G. Welles (1933)
Sight and Sound magazine
Alfred Hitchcock 
Fred Astaire
Akira Kurosawa
Francois Truffaut
Joseph Losey 
Giorgio Moroder
Alloy Orchestra 
Telluride Film Festival
Monty Python
Mel Brooks
Luis Bunuel
Jean Cocteau
Oliver Twist novel by Charles Dickens (1839)
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Samuel Fuller
Werner Herzog
The Idiot novel by Fyodor Dostoyesvky (1869)
Crime And Punishment novel by Fyodor Dostoyesvky (1866)
Notes From The Underground novel by Fyodor Dostoyesvky (1864)
Bill Nighy
Kenji Mizoguchi 
Eddie Constantine 
Andrei Tarkosvky
Matt Helm
Chris Marker 
Terry Gilliam
David Lynch
James Bond
A Clockwork Orange novel by Anthony Burgess (1962)
Stanley Kubrick
Malcolm McDowell
Lindsay Anderson
Washington University
Patrick Magee
Peter Sellers
Lina Wertmüller
Erich von Stroheim
Federico Fellini
Sidney Lumet
Paddy Chayefsky
George C. Scott
Robert Greene
The Watergate scandal
William Holden
Champagne Sharks podcast
Matt Christman
Aaron Sorkin
Warren Beatty
Robert Duvall
Faye Dunaway
Ned Beatty
Sid Sheinberg
Jonathan Pryce 
Robert De Niro
Brave New World novel by Aldous Huxley (1931)
1984 novel by George Orwell (1949)
Terry Jones
David Cronenberg
J.G. Ballard
Walter Hill
The L.A. Times
Kristen Stewart
Beyond Fest
The American Cinematheque in Hollywood
The Marx Brothers
The Ed Solomon podcast episode

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.