TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Caelum Vatnsdal & Kier-la Janisse

Season 03 | Episode 09

Caelum Vatnsdal & Kier-la Janisse

Filmmakers / Authors

Filmmakers/authors discuss the movies they wish more people were familiar with.

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the ’70s (2012)
Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man (1976)
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau (2014)
Top Gun (1986)
Water Power (1977)
Taxi Driver (1976)
In Fabric (2018)
A Climax of Blue Power (1974)
Forced Entry (1975)
Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Nashville Girl (1976)
Ms .45 (1981)
Act of Vengeance a.k.a. Rape Squad (1974)
High Plains Drifter (1973)
Design For Living (1933)
Trouble In Paradise (1932)
Melody (1971)
Oliver! (1968)
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
That’ll Be The Day (1973)
Stardust (1974)
The Errand Boy (1961)
Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)
The Bellboy (1960)
Which Way To The Front? (1970)
Hardly Working (1980)
A Night In Casablanca (1946)
The Cocoanuts (1929)
Duck Soup (1933)
Boeing Boeing (1965)
Confessions of a Young American Housewife (1974)
Cockfighter (1974)
The Second Civil War (1997)
I, A Woman (1965)
The Devil At Your Heels (1981)
The Devil Dared Me To (2007)
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
American Movie (1999)
Rituals (1977)
Shivers (1975)
Deliverance (1972)
Welcome to Woop Woop (1997)
The Thing (1982)
The Out-of-Towners (1970)
The Driver’s Seat (1974)
Return To Waterloo (1984)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Night of Terror (1933)
Apache Drums (1951)
The Lighthouse (2019)
Harriet (2019)
1917 (2019)
Rope (1948)
Lifeforce (1985)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
The Howling (1981)
Gremlins (1984)
True Crime (1999)
Breezy (1973)
Twinky (1969)
Little Darlings (1980)
Honkytonk Man (1982)
The Boys (1998)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Snowtown (2011)
Wake In Fright (1971)
Careful (1992)
Adventureland (2009)
Crime Wave (1985)
Crimewave (1985)
Crime Wave (1954)
Barton Fink (1991)

Other Notable Items

WKRP In Cincinnati TV series (1978-1982)
Hold My Order, Terrible Dresser: The WKRP in Cincinnati Podcast
Shout! Factory
Wiseguy TV series (1987-1990)
“A Whiter Shade Of Pale” by Procol Harum
“Tiny Dancer” by Elton John
Spectacular Optical
The Miskatonic Institute For Horror Studies
Mike Malloy
House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films by Kier-la
Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s by Kier-la
A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi by Kier-la
Richard Stanley
They Came From Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema by Caelum
David Cronenberg
Kino Delirium: The Films of Guy Maddin by Caelum
You Don’t Know Me, But You Love Me: The Lives of Dick Miller by Caelum
The Roger and Julie Corman Podcast Episode
Meg Ryan
Kelly McGillis
Shawn Costello
Bernard Herrmann
The Mark Ebner Podcast Episode
Michael H. Kenyon, the “Enema Bandit”
“The Illinois Enema Bandit” by Frank Zappa
Gloria Leonard
Jeanne Silver
Sharon Mitchell
Long Dong Silver
Eric Edwards
Jamie Gillis
Peter Strickland
Harry Reems
Tuesday Weld
Ernst Lubitsch
The Criterion Collection
Preston Sturges
Criterion’s Godzilla: The Showa Era Films box set
Edward Everett Horton
Franklin Pangborn
Charles Durning
Brian Dennehy
Lee Marvin
James Coburn
The Bee Gees
Waris Hussein
Alan Parker
Jack Wild
Mark Lester
Tracy Hyde
The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin
Roman Coppola
Robert Stigwood
Peter Suschitzky
“Melody Fair” by the Bee Gees
David Puttnam
John Boorman
Kathleen Freeman
Jerry Lewis
The Sammy Maudlin character on SCTV
Brian Donlevy
Stanley Adams
Bob Dylan
The Marx Brothers
Zeppo Marx
Gummo Marx
Why A Duck? by Richard Anobile (1980)
W.C. Fields
Flask of Fields by Richard Anobile (1973)
Chris Jordan
Joseph Salerno
Don Walters
Gary Graver
Orson Welles
Mac Ahlberg
TFH Guru John Landis
Ant Timpson
Ken Carter
Gordon Pinsent
National Film Board of Canada
Evel Knievel
Hal Holbrook
Mark Twain
TFH Guru David DeCoteau
Rod Taylor
Johnathon Schaech
Stephen King
Elizabeth Taylor
Andy Warhol
Richard Burton
Ray Davies
The Kinks
Kenneth Colley
Ken Russell
Tim Roth
Amazon Prime
Come Dancing TV series (1949-1998)
Bela Lugosi
Rare Filmm: Cave of Forgotten Films site
Val Lewton
Ken Russell
John Toll
Michael Gothard
Tobe Hooper
Cannon Films
The James Bond franchise
Henry Mancini
Steve Railsback
Halley’s Comet
Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)
Peter Firth
Frank Finlay
Sir Patrick Stewart
Aubrey Morris
John Dykstra
The Quatermass franchise
John Carpenter
Nigel Kneale
Dan O’Herlihy
Tommy Lee Wallace
Tom Atkins
Stacey Nelkin
Woody Allen
Clint Eastwood
Charles Bronson
Susan George
Alexa Kenin
David Wenham
Rowan Woods
The Boys by Gordon Graham
The Lord of the Rings film series
Toni Collette
The murder of Anita Cobby
Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Ned Kelly
“The Wild Colonial Boy” song
Martin Scorsese
Ted Kotcheff
Guy Maddin
The Minnesota Twins
The 6 Million Dollar Man TV series (1973-1978)
Georges Méliès
The Coen Brothers
Sam Raimi
Andre De Toth
John Paizs

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.