TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Billie Piper

Season 04 | Episode 32

Billie Piper


Billie Piper, the writer, director and star of Rare Beasts,  discusses her favorite films with Josh Olson.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Rare Beasts (2021)
Naked (1993)
Eternal Beauty (2019)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
Uncut Gems (2019) – Dennis Cozzalio’s praise for the Sandman’s performance, Dennis Cozzalio’s year-end 2019 list
Funny People (2009)
Magnolia (1999)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Inherent Vice (2014)
Phantom Thread (2017) – Dennis Cozzalio’s review
The Wizard Of Oz (1939) – John Badham’s trailer commentary
A Woman Under The Influence (1974)
Opening Night (1977)
Daddy Longlegs (2009)
Daddy Long Legs (1955)
Betty Blue (1986)
Ivans Xtc. (2000)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
The Mask (1994)
Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond (2017)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Adaptation (2002)
Capote (2005)

Other Notable Items

Doctor Who TV series (1963-1989, 2005- )
Penny Dreadful TV series (2014-2016)
Secret Diary of a Call Girl TV series (2007–2011)
I Hate Suzie TV series (2020– )
Mike Leigh
David Thewlis
Kerry Fox
Paul Thomas Anderson
Adam Sandler
John Cassavetes
Gena Rowlands
Fred Astaire
The Safdie Brothers
TFH Guru Bernard Rose
The Death Of Ivan Ilyich novella by Leo Tolstoy (1886)
Danny Huston
John Huston
Anjelica Huston
The London Trocadero
Charlie Kaufman
Mark Ruffalo
Kirsten Dunst
Jim Carrey
Kate Winslet
Andy Kaufman
Extras TV series (2005-2007)
Mare of East Town miniseries (2021)
Dick Van Dyke
Catherine Keener
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Samantha Morton
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Troubadour in LA

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.