TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Brendan Sexton III

Season 04 | Episode 35

Brendan Sexton III


From Don’t Breathe 2, actor Brendan Sexton III discusses some of his favorite films with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante as viewed through that wondrous video home system format known as… VHS.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Dark (2015)
Gremlins (1984)
Infested (2002)
Don’t Breathe (2016)
Don’t Breathe 2 (2021)
Unforgiven (1992)
The Beguiled (1971)
The Beguiled (2017)
Welcome To The Dollhouse (1995)
Pecker (1998)
Hairspray (1988)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Session 9 (2001)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke (1978)
Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie (1980)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
48 Hrs. (1982)
Dumbo (1941)
Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)
Mickey And The Beanstalk (1947)
Grindhouse (2007)
Planet Terror (2007)
Death Proof (2007)
The Howling (1981)
Enter The Dragon (1973)
Game Of Death (1978)
Take A Hard Ride (1975)
Three The Hard Way (1974)
Death Promise (1977)
Piranha (1978)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
Yojimbo (1961)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Goodfellas (1990)
Hell In The Pacific (1968)
Grand Prix (1966)
The Red Balloon (1956)
Stowaway In The Sky (1960)
La Haine (1995)
Night On Earth (1991)
School Daze (1988)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Fresh (1994)
Ghostbusters (1984)
True Romance (1993)
A History Of Violence (2005)
Mandy (2018)

Other Notable Items

Zach Galligan
The Gremlins Mountain Dew commercial
Stephen Lang
Clint Eastwood
Sofia Coppola
John Waters
Martin McDonagh
Russian Doll TV series (2019-)
François Truffaut
The Shane Black podcast episode
Cheech & Chong
Omar Sharif
Peter O’Toole
Bruce Willis
Damon Wayans
Tony Scott
Quentin Tarantino
The Goldman Theatre in Philadelphia
Jim Kelly
A “Save The Cat” moment
Bruce Lee
Fred Williamson
Lee Van Cleef
Jim Brown
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
The Criterion Collection
Vinegar Syndrome
New World Pictures
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Akira Kurosawa
The Los Angeles Repertory Theater
Andrei Tarkovsky
Toshiro Mifune
Lee Marvin
Paul Frees
Albert Lamorisse
Pascal Lamorisse
Vincent Cassell
Mathieu Kassovitz
Saïd Taghmaoui
The Thomas Jane podcast episode
Jim Jarmusch
Spike Lee
Giancarlo Esposito
Armin Mueller-Stahl
Rosie Perez
Breaking Bad TV series (2008-2013)
Jordan Brand
John Savage
Tom Waits
Saturday Night Live TV series (1975- )
Bill Murray
Patricia Arquette
Christopher Walken
James Gandolfini
Gary Oldman
Michael Rapaport
Brad Pitt
Nicolas Cage

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.