TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Brad Simpson

Season 02 | Episode 23

Brad Simpson


Our first producer! Brad Simpson (Pose, The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Crazy Rich Asians) takes us on a stroll through movies he first discovered on VHS.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)
It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
The Punisher (2004)
Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Far From Heaven (2002)
World War Z (2013)
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Song of the South (1946)
A Boy And His Dog (1975)
His Girl Friday (1940)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
Over The Edge (1979), Kurt Cobain’s favorite movie
White Line Fever (1975)
The Howling (1981)
Gremlins (1984)
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
The Purge (2013)
The Dark Crystal (1982)
Time Bandits (1981)
The Bad News Bears (1976)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
The Beastmaster (1982)
Misunderstood (1984)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Forbidden World (1982)
Galaxy of Terror (1981), featuring the first scene James Cameron ever directed
Alien (1979)
The Hunger (1983)
Subway (1985)
Diva (1981)
Zodiac (2007)
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Near Dark (1987)
Night of the Comet (1984)
Chopping Mall (1986)
Robocop (1987)
The Omega Man (1971)
It Came From Outer Space (1953)
Red Dust (1932)
Out of the Blue (1980)
Easy Rider (1969)
The Last Movie (1971)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Manhunter (1986)
The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Heat (1995)
Thief (1981)
The Jericho Mile (1979 TV film)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Dune (1984)
The Elephant Man (1980)
The Warriors (1979)
Modern Romance (1981)
The Brood (1979)
Joe (1970)
Scanners (1981)
The Dead Zone (1983)
Spider (2002)
A History of Violence (2005)
Videodrome (1983)
Blade Runner (1982)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)
Executive Suite (1954)
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Repo Man (1984)
Times Square (1980)
The Time Travelers (1964)
The ’Burbs (1989)
Explorers (1985)
Wolfen (1981)
An American Werewolf In London (1981)
Piranha (1978)
Network (1976)
They Live (1988)
The Godfather (1972)
Howling II: Your Sister Is A Werewolf (1985)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Ghoulies (1985)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
The Last Dragon (1985)
C.H.U.D. (1984)
Re-Animator (1985)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Motel Hell (1980)
Monkey Shines (1988)
Liquid Sky (1982)
My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
A Room with a View (1985)
Gumshoe (1971)
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

Other Notable Items

The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story miniseries (2016)
Jerry Lewis doppelganger Sammy Petrillo
Scott Alexander podcast episodes
Larry Karaszewski podcast episode
Willis O’Brien vs. Howard Anderson
Thomas Jane podcast episode
Illeana Douglas podcast episode
Leonard Maltin podcast episode
Alex Cox podcast episode
Grant Moninger at the American Cinematheque
Pose TV series (2018- )
Y: The Last Man comic book series (2002-2008)
Disney’s Song of the South-themed ride, Splash Mountain
Cult Movies compilation book by Danny Peary
Daft Punk
Writer/director David Gordon Green
Writer/director David Lynch
Writer/director David Cronenberg
TFH Guru Jonathan Kaplan
TFH Guru Tim Hunter
Siskel and Ebert and the Movies TV series (1975-2010)
The Hunger Games film series
The Goldman Theatre in Philadelphia
Ray Milland vs. Ray Walston vs. Raymond Burr
Interview with the Vampire novel by Anne Rice
Actress Catherine Mary Stewart
Actress Kelli Maroney
Actress Mary Woronov
Actor Dick Miller
The El Rey Theatre
My Favorite Martian TV series (1963-1966)
Neil Young’s “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” (1979)
Writer/director Michael Mann
CSI TV franchise
Miami Vice TV series (1984-1990)
The Hannibal Lecter thriller novel series by Thomas Harris
Toto, composers of Dune
Hammer Film Productions
Writer/director Kimberly Peirce
Bikini Kill, excellent punk rock band
Rosanna Arquette
Stranger Things TV series (2016- )
The Buddha of Suburbia novel by Hanif Kureishi
Nichols and May
The Pure Cinema Podcast
The Chapo Trap House Podcast
Famous Monsters of Filmland
The New Beverly Cinema

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.