The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
The writer/director of Spontaneous discusses some of his favorite off the beaten path films. Plus grooming tips!
Movies Referenced In This Episode
The Babysitter (2017)
Jane Got A Gun (2015)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Bad Hair (2020)
Little Murders (1971)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
My Boyfriend’s Back (1993)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Sexy Beast (2000)
Under The Skin (2013)
Swiss Army Man (2016)
Paddington 2 (2017)
The Brood (1979)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
The Fly (1986)
A History of Violence (2005)
Knives Out (2019)
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Dead Alive (1993)
Meet The Feebles (1989)
The Addams Family (1991)
Addams Family Values (1993)
Other Notable Items
Tales From The Crypt TV series (1989-1996)
Theatre of Living Arts
University of the Arts
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Diary memoir by Bob Balaban (1978)
Godzilla film franchise
The Criterion Collection
Angels In America miniseries (2003)
New World Pictures
Gremlins: Gizmo’s 12 Days Of Christmas book (2020)
Gremlins: Secret of the Mogwai upcoming HBO Max TV series (2021)
The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)
AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies List
The John Wyatt podcast episode
The New Beverly Cinema
Paul Thomas Anderson
Kill My Mother graphic novel by Jules Feiffer (2014)
This list is also available on Letterboxd.
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.