TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Chapo Trap House

Season 02 | Episode 20

Chapo Trap House


Will Menaker and Matt Christman of Chapo Trap House run us through their favorite movies that are great in spite of their terrible politics. [Note: Game of Thrones season 8 spoilers occur at 46:30.]

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Silent Partner (1979)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Network (1976)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Atonement (2007)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
A History of Violence (2005)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Batman Returns (1992)
Chinatown (1974)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Psycho (1960)
Kiss Me, Stupid (1994)
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Die Hard (1988)
Stripes (1981)
Heathers (1988)
The Last Movie Star (2018)
Detroit Rock City (1999)
Triumph of the Will (1935)
Death Wish (1974)
Death Wish II (1982)
Death Wish 3 (1985)
Death Wish (2018)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
The Warriors (1979)
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
The Innocents (1961)
The Nightcomers (1971)
Chato’s Land (1972)
The Mechanic (1972)
I’ll Never Forget What’s’isname (1967)
The Born Losers (1967)
Billy Jack (1971)
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
Assault on Wall Street (2013)
Postal (2007)
Red Dawn (1984)
Warlock (1989)
Taken (2008)
The Equalizer (2014)
Dirty Harry (1971)
The Expendables (2010)
3 Days To Kill (2014)
Getaway (2013)
China Salesman (2017)
Mercenary for Justice (2005)
A Good Man (2014)
Dragged Across Concrete (2018)
Bone Tomahawk (2015)
The Standoff At Sparrow Creek (2018)
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich (2018)
Puppet Master (1989)
Gran Torino (2008)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Mule (2018)
The Old Man & The Gun (2018)
The D.I. (1957)
Pete Kelly’s Blues (1955)
The Big Clock (1948)
Dark City (1950)
Red Dawn (2012)
Straw Dogs (1971)
Straw Dogs (2011)
Pay It Forward (2000)

Other Notable Items

The film screening mentioned at the top of the podcast was an Egyptian Theatre screening of Joe’s classic Gremlins 2: The New Batch.
The 45th President of the United States
Beatrice Straight’s Oscar-nominated turn in Network
Mark Rydell in The Long Goodbye
William Hurt in A History of Violence
Dean Stockwell in Blue Velvet
Ned Beatty in Network
Illeana Douglas’ Movies That Made Me episode
The insanely cruel Alabama anti-abortion law
The Christianity Today review of A History of Violence
William Atherton
Cannon Films
The incredibly right wing director Michael Winner
Sway Calloway
Mancow Muller
Uwe Boll’s Movies That Made Me episode
Conservative-minded filmmaker John Milius, whom everyone agrees is a nice guy
Game of Thrones season 8 spoilers occur at 46:30
Steven Seagal’s recent output
Vic Berger’s incredible Steven Seagal martial arts expo supercut
Conservative writer/director S. Craig Zahler
Jack Webb
Dragnet television series (1951-1959)

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.