TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Anders Thomas Jensen

Season 04 | Episode 20

Anders Thomas Jensen

Writer / Director

Anders Thomas Jensen takes us through some of his most formative cinematic experiences.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Election Night (1998)
Mifune (1999)
Riders of Justice (2020)
Star Wars (1977)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Reptilicus (1961)
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
Innerspace (1987)
Amazon Women On The Moon (1987)
Airplane! (1980)
The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
Das Boot (1982)
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Ryan’s Daughter (1970)
The Apartment (1960)
The Producers (1967)
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother (1975)
Key Largo (1948)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Blood Simple (1984)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Boss Level (2021?)
Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Palm Springs (2020)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Amadeus (1984)
Ed Wood (1994)
The Buddy Holly Story (1978)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
A Prophet (2009)
The Sisters Brothers (2018)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Unforgiven (1992)
Joe Kidd (1972)
Dirty Harry (1971)

Other Notable Items

Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
Dogme 95
The Paprika Steen podcast episode
Mads Mikkelson
Stranger Things TV series (2016- )
Steven Spielberg
George Lucas
Carl Theodor Dreyer
Bent Mejding
Ed Wood
“Tivoli Nights” song by Birthe Wilke (1961)
The Monarch Books novelization of Reptilicus by Dean Owen (1961)
Monty Python
David Lean
T.E. Lawrence
Indiana Jones
Billy Wilder
I.A.L. Diamond
The Coen Brothers
Frank Capra
Howard Hawks
Bruce Campbell
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Rosalind Russell
Bill Murray
“I Got You Babe” song by Sonny & Cher (1965)
Mel Gibson
Frank Grillo
Stanley Kubrick
Ryan O’Neal
The Cinerama Dome
Miloš Forman
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Antonio Salieri
Tom Hulce
Frank Oz
Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
Jack Nicholson
Rick Moranis
Jacques Audiard
Clint Eastwood

This list is also available on 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.