TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Amber A’Lee Frost

Season 04 | Episode 51

Amber A’Lee Frost

Journalist / Podcaster

The journalist and podcaster talks about some of her favorite cinematic grifters and losers with Josh and Joe.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Nightmare Alley (1947) – Stuart Gordon’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
The Third Man (1949) – George Hickenlooper’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
All About Eve (1950)
The Hot Rock (1972) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Die Hard (1988)
Sunset Boulevard (1950) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
The Producers (1967) – Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
Panic In The Streets (1950) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
The Music Man (1962)
My Fair Lady (1964)
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s review
The Band Wagon (1953) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
The Wizard Of Oz (1939) – John Badham’s trailer commentary
A Night At The Opera (1935) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review 
The Cocoanuts (1929)
Animal Crackers (1930) – Robert Weide’s trailer commentary
Clueless (1995)
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)
Little Women (1994)
Army of the Dead (2021)
Paper Moon (1973) – George Hickenlooper’s trailer commentary
There Will Be Blood (2007)
O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)
The Night Of The Hunter (1955) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
The Long Goodbye (1973) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Cowboys (1972) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
On Golden Pond (1981)
Pumping Iron (1977)
Chato’s Land (1972) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
Ready Player One (2018) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Chinatown (1974) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary
Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003) – Mike Schlesinger’s trailer commentary
Dick Tracy (1990)
Hoffa (1992)
Uncut Gems (2019) – Dennis Cozzalio’s praise for the Sandman’s performance, Dennis Cozzalio’s year-end 2019 list
California Split (1974)
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1966) – Ernest Dickeron’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray  review and Blu-ray review
Spartacus (1960) – Larry Cohen’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Ghostbusters (1984) – Axelle Carolyn’s trailer commentary
Stripes (1981)
Groundhog Day (1993) – Chris Wilkinson’s trailer commentary
Network (1976) – Chris Wilkinson’s trailer commentary
Fritz The Cat (1972) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing 
Cool World (1992)
I Drink Your Blood (1970)
I Eat Your Skin (1971)
The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here! (1972)
Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)

Other Notable Items

The New York Times Bestseller List
Anne Baxter
Bette Davis
Marilyn Monroe
Celeste Holm
Gene Wilder
The Daily Worker
Zero Mostel
Elia Kazan
Mel Brooks
TFH Guru Illeana Douglas
The Marx Brothers
Irving G. Thalberg
“Lydia the Tattooed Lady” song by Groucho Marx (1939)
“Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho” song (1800s)
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Zack Snyder
John Goodman
Robert Mitchum
Charles Laughton
Lillian Gish
Magnum, P.I. TV series (1980-1988)
The Rockford Files TV series (1974-1980)
Columbo TV series (1968-1978)
Robert Altman
Elliott Gould
Vilmos Zsigmond
Humphrey Bogart
Philip Marlowe
Mark Rydell
Henry Fonda
Katharine Hepburn
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Charles Bronson
Jack Black
Jonah Hill
Robert De Niro
Patton Oswalt
Brian Dennehy
Amber’s forthcoming book Dirtbag: Essays
The Coen Brothers
Steven Spielberg
Robert Zemeckis
Bob Hoskins
Who Censored Roger Rabbit? novel (1981)
Warren Beatty
Christopher Lloyd
John Amos
Eric Bogosian 
George Segal
Churchill Downs race track
Clint Eastwood
Eli Wallach
Lee Van Cleef
Anthony Hopkins
Laurence Olivier
Tony Curtis
Rich Little
Harold Ramis
Bill Murray
Faye Dunaway
Peter Finch
Ned Beatty
Amber’s Columbia Journalism Review article “Why The Left Can’t Stand The New York Times 
Ralph Bakshi
Robert Crumb
Bo Diddley
Hunter S. Thompson
Jerry Gross
Zap Comix
Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures TV series (1987–89)

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.