TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Brian Posehn

Season 02 | Episode 27

Brian Posehn

Comedian / Actor / Writer

Comedian Brian Posehn joins us to talk Walter Hill, John Woo, and a whole bunch of other movies that made him.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), a “fascinating misfire,” according to Joe
The Long Riders (1980)
The Warriors (1979)
The Jerk (1979)
The Bad News Bears (1976)
Hard Target (1993)
A Better Tomorrow III: Love & Death in Saigon (1989)
The Gauntlet (1977)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Brewster’s Millions (1985)
Hard Times (1975)
The Driver (1978)
Hickey & Boggs (1972)
The Thief Who Came To Dinner (1973)
Freebie and the Bean (1974)
Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
48 Hrs. (1982)
Streets of Fire (1984)
Southern Comfort (1981)
Gremlins (1984)
Liar Liar (1997)
Unzipped (1995)
Cape Fear (1991)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Pet Sematary (1989)
The Three Musketeers (1973)
The Getaway (1972)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
Straw Dogs (1971)
Straw Dogs (2011)
The Killer (1989)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Face/Off (1997)
Internal Affairs (1990)
Broken Arrow (1996)
Mission: Impossible II (2000)
Mandy (2018)
True Lies (1994)
The Bourne Identity (2002)
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Go (1999)
John Wick (2014)
The Isle (2000)
The Eye (2002)
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
Eraser (1996)
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

Other Notable Items

Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series (1955-1965)
Collyn McCoy and Diesel Boots 
Tomb Mold
Primitive Man
Black Sabbath
Iron Maiden
William Friedkin’s podcast episode
Patton Oswalt
Mr. Show with Bob and David TV series (1995-1998)
The Sarah Silverman Program TV series (2007-2010)
Reno 911! TV series (2003-2009)
The Big Bang Theory TV series (2007-2019)
Brian’s new book Forever Nerdy: Living My Dorky Dreams and Staying Metal
The second Dana Gould podcast episode
John Carpenter
George Lucas
Walter Hill
John Woo
The Muppet Show TV series (1976-1981)
James Remar
Second City Television and its excellent cinematic parodies
The Ben Stiller Show TV series (1992-1993)
Saturday Night Live TV series (1975- )
WTF with Marc Maron podcast
Brian’s work on the Deadpool comic book series
Bruce Campbell’s Ash Williams
Kurt Russell’s Jack Burton
Eddie Murphy
Sam Peckinpah
The “Noon Wine” episode of ABC Stage 67 TV series (1966), directed by Peckinpah and starring Jason Robards and Olivia de Havilland 
The Nuart Theatre
The New Beverly Cinema
Margaret Cho
Trailer Park Boys TV series (2001-2007, 2014-2018)
The Shield TV series (2002-2008)
The Panos Cosmatos podcast episode
The Mission: Impossible film series (1996-2018)
The John Wick film series (2014-2019)
Berlin Alexanderplatz

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.