TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Blake Masters

Season 03 | Episode 06

Blake Masters

Writer / Producer

The creator of Brotherhood and Falling Water and screenwriter of 2 Guns takes us on a journey through the movies that made him.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood (2019)
Hickey & Boggs (1972)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
The Wrecking Crew (2008)
Peeping Tom (1960)
2 Guns (2013)
Satisfaction (1988)
The Sugarland Express (1974)
E.T. The Extraterrestrial (1982)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Duel (1971)
A Perfect World (1993)
Ace In The Hole (1951)
Act of Violence (1949)
Uncut Gems (2019)
Serpico (1973)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The Warriors (1979)
The Wanderers (1979)
Hero At Large (1980)
Richard Pryor: Live On The Sunset Strip (1982)
Lords of Flatbush (1974)
Eddie and the Cruisers (1983)
Turk 182! (1985)
Porky’s (1981)
The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
Report To The Commissioner (1975)
Across 110th Street (1972)
The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
Wolfen (1981)
The Seven-Ups (1973)
Deadly Hero (1975)
Downhill Racer (1969)
Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970)
Hud (1963)
Rocky (1976)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
The Candidate (1972)
Ed Wood (1994)
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
The Fountainhead (1949)
A Face In The Crowd (1957)
Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid (1973)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Major League (1989)
The Claim (2000)
American Beauty (1999)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
My Brilliant Career (1979)
The Yards (2000)
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Down With Love (2003)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Far From Heaven (2002)
Timecop (1994)
Twilight’s Last Gleaming (1977)
The Longest Yard (1974)
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Brute Force (1947)
Alien (1979)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Persona (1966)
The Beastmaster (1982)
Local Hero (1983)
Tempest (1982)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Alligator (1980)
Star Wars (1977)
All That Jazz (1979)
Elmer Gantry (1960)
Hooper (1978)
Body Chemistry II: The Voice of a Stranger (1991)
The Liars’ Club (1993)
Foul Play (1978)
Nine to Five (1980)
Harold and Maude (1971)
A Night At The Opera (1935)
The In-Laws (1979)
Ulzana’s Raid (1972)
Fun With Dick And Jane (1977)
California Split (1974)
The Big Fix (1978)
Youngblood (1978)
6 Underground (2019)
The Muppet Movie (1979)

Other Notable Items

Brotherhood TV series (2006-2008)
The Fourteen Fists of McClusky, a fictional film from Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino
Sergio Corbucci
Sharon Tate
Michael Powell
Martin Scorsese
Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia
Falling Water TV series (2016-2018)
Sneaky Pete TV series (2015-2019)
The James Adomian Podcast Episode
The Allan Arkush Podcast Episode
Vilmos Zsigmond
Steven Spielberg
Goldie Hawn
William Atherton
Clint Eastwood
Ben Johnson
Looney Tunes
Billy Wilder
Fred Zinnemann 
UA East Theatre, New York City
John Ritter
Anne Archer
Loew’s Orpheum Theatre, New York City
Dark Hero novel by Peter Cheyney (1946)
Martin Davidson
Bob Clark
Kim Cattrall
Robert Urich
Peter Boyle
Robert Culp
The Deuce TV series (2015-2019)
Game of Thrones TV series (2011-2019)
Don Murray
Ivan Nagy
Heidi Fleiss
The Watergate scandal
Bob Dylan
Syd Field
Michael Ritchie
Gene Hackman
Robert Redford
Paul Newman
Bob Kerrey
John Kerry
Richard Nixon
The Vietnam War
Ronald Reagan
Orson Welles
Ed Wood
Martin Ritt
Richard Burton
James Wong Howe
Oswald Morris
Tony Curtis
Patricia Neal
Andy Griffith
“Knocking On Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan
Sam Peckinpah
Terrence Malick
James Coburn
Kris Kristofferson
James T. Aubrey
The Authentic Death and Contentious Afterlife of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid: The Untold Story of Peckinpah’s Last Western Film by Paul Seydor
Mark Wahlberg 
Jim Keltner
Michael Winterbottom
Wes Bentley
Milla Jovovich
Peter Mullan
The Mayor of Casterbridge novel by Thomas Hardy (1886)
Baronet & Coronet Theatre, New York City
Gillian Armstrong
Jane Campion
The Paris Theatre, New York City
Bill Maher
Generation X
Breaking Bad TV series (2008-2013)
The Sopranos TV series (1999-2007)
Mad Men TV series (2007-2015)
Harris Savides
James Gray
William Shakespeare
Harvey Weinstein
Paul Thomas Anderson
Scorsese’s thoughts on Marvel movies
Doris Day
Rock Hudson
Renee Zellweger
Ewan McGregor
Peyton Reed
Sarah Paulson
Douglas Sirk
Sam Raimi
Mark Verheiden
Robert Aldrich
The Capitol Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts
Peter Riegert
Burt Lancaster 
Peter Capaldi
Dr. Who TV series (1963- )
Mark Knopfler
The Coen Brothers
Paul Mazursky
Raul Julia
Molly Ringwald
Gena Rowlands
TFH Guru Roger Corman
84th Street 6 Theatre, New York City
Robert Forster
The Untouchables TV series (1959-1963)
Northern Exposure TV series (1990-1995)
Homicide: Life on the Street TV series (1993-1999)
Andre Braugher
Isaiah Washington
Sex and the City TV series (1998-2004)
The Larry Sanders Show TV series (1992-1998)
Chris Albrecht
Hill Street Blues TV series (1981-1987)
St. Elsewhere TV series (1982-1988)
Supertrain TV series (1979)
Burt Reynolds
Gregory Harrison
Morton Downey Jr.
Hal Needham
Smokey and the Bandit series
Robert Klein
Colin Higgins
Goldie Hawn
Chevy Chase
Saturday Night Live TV show (1975- )
Dudley Moore
James Dean
William Wellman
George Segal
Whoopi Goldberg
Richard Dreyfuss
Laurence Fishburne
Daniel Waters
Michael Bay
Ryan Reynolds

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.