TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Bear McCreary

Season 05 | Episode 46

Bear McCreary


Composer Bear McCreary discusses a few of his favorite movies with Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Wolf Man (1941) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s Wolf Man movie power rankings
Host (2020)
Gremlins (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review, TFH’s 30th anniversary celebration
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Total Recall (1990)
Robot Monster (1953) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
Cat-Women Of The Moon (1953)
The Man With The Golden Arm (1955) – Katt Shea’s trailer commentary
The Ten Commandments (1956) – Larry Cohen’s trailer commentary
The Swarm (1978) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
The Howling (1981) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Batman (1989)
Dick Tracy (1990)
Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003) – Mike Schlesinger’s trailer commentary
Chinatown (1974) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary
The Professor And The Madman (2019)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976) – Jon Davison’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Do The Right Thing (1989) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1966) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray and 4K reviews
Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Robocop (1987) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray and 4K reviews
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock (1985)
Battle Beyond The Stars (1980) – Neil Marshall’s trailer commentary
The Name Of The Rose (1986)
Glory (1989)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
The Magnificent Seven (1960) – Jesus Treviño’s trailer commentary
The Great Escape (1963) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review and 4K Blu-ray review
Bridge On The River Kwai (1957) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary
Torn Curtain (1966)
Animal House (1978) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s retrospective reviews
Funny Farm (1988)
Spies Like Us (1985)
Leonard Part 6 (1987)
The ’Burbs (1989) – Ti West’s trailer commentary, TFH’s ’Burbs Mania
My Son Hunter (2022)
Back To The Future (1985)
Gandhi (1982)
The Natural (1984)
Star Wars (1977)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Blues Brothers (1980) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s essay
Jaws (1975) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, TFH’s Shark Attack At The Hero Complex Gallery
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) – Ti West’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Psycho (1960) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Omen (1976) – Larry Cohen’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
The Godfather (1972) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
The Godfather Part II (1974) – Katt Shea’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review
The Godfather Part III (1990) – Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review
Frankenstein (1931) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s review
The Bride Of Frankenstein (1935)
A History Of Violence (2005)

Other Notable Items

Our new home at the Airwave Media podcast network!
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power TV series (2022- )
Amazon Studios
Zack Stentz
Fred Allen
TFH Guru Guillermo del Toro
The Try Guys
The Rob Savage podcast episode
Jerry Goldsmith
The Internet Movie Database
Elmer Bernstein
John Williams
Aaron Copland
Bernard Hermann
Thriller TV series (1973-1976)
Arthur Morton
Shirley Walker
John Carpenter
Danny Elfman
Batman: The Animated Series TV series (1992-1995)
Orson Welles
Outlander TV series (2014- )
What We Do In The Shadows TV series (2019- )
Robby The Robot
Carol Heather Goldsmith
Gremlins: Secrets Of The Mogwai TV series (TBD)
Star Wars franchise
Andy Kaufman
Richard Donner
Mel Gibson
Sean Penn
Bronzeville series (2017- )
Laurence Fishburne
Larenz Tate
Alan Silvestri
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Joe Lynch
Peter Jackson
The Lord Of The Rings trilogy (2001-2003)
Howard Shore
Battlestar Galactica TV series (2004-2009)
Spike Lee
Chuck D.
“Fight The Power” song by Public Enemy (1989)
“The Ecstasy of Gold” theme by Ennio Morricone (1967)
Basil Poledouris
USC Cinema School
John Milius
Star Trek: The Original Series TV series (1966-1969)
“Ilia’s Theme” by Jerry Goldsmith (1979)
Robert Wise
James Horner
Our pals at Movies Unlimited!
Nicholas Brietel
Jodie Foster
John Sturgess
Nicholas Britell
Alfred Hitchcock
TFH Guru John Landis
Peter Bernstein
Universal Pictures
The Academy Awards
Charlie Chaplin
Carl W. Stalling
Robert Davi
Robert Zemeckis
Bob Gale
The Indiana Jones franchise
Steven Spielberg
“Barry’s Kidnapping” theme by John Williams (1977)
Sergio Leone
Tim Burton
Federico Fellini
Nino Rota
Hayao Miyazaki
Joe Hisaishi
Pino Donaggio
Bob Dylan
Francis Ford Coppola
Carmine Coppola
The Godfather Saga miniseries (1977)
David Cronenberg

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.