TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Season 03 | Episode 04

Charles Randolph

Writer / Producer

The Academy Award-winning writer of The Big Short and Bombshell discusses some of his favorite movies that deal with social issues.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Citizen Kane (1941)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
Touch of Evil (1958)
The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)
Bombshell (2019)
The Big Short (2015)
North By Northwest (1959)
Psycho (1960)
Psycho (1998)
The Life of David Gale (2003)
Loves of a Blonde (1965)
Daisies (1966)
Booksmart (2019)
Dead Man (1995)
A Report on the Party and the Guests (1966)
Taking Off (1971)
Deep Impact (1998)
The Second Civil War (1997)
Idiocracy (2006)
24 Hour Party People (2002)
Man Bites Dog (1992)
Ed Wood (1994)
Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)
Juggernaut (1974)
Freebie and the Bean (1974)
Tales From The Crypt (1972)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Dunkirk (2017)
Dunkirk (1958)
Election (1999)
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)
Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Z (1969)
Matewan (1987)
All The President’s Men (1976)
Harriet (2019)
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Blow Out (1981)
Blow-Up (1966)
The Conversation (1974)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Rocky (1976)
The Movie Orgy (1968)

Other Notable Items

Our Daniel Waters podcast episode
Mark Waters
Renny Harlin
Nicole Kidman
Charlize Theron
Margot Robbie
John Lithgow
Roger Ailes
Charlie’s Angels TV series (1976-1981)
The Pink Panther film series
Alfred Hitchcock
Eva Marie Saint
Cary Grant
VistaVision
Ernest Lehman
Mount Rushmore
Reader’s Digest magazine (1922- )
Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV show (1955-1965)
James Bond
University of Southern California
The Farrelly Brothers
John Waters
Czech New Wave
Věra Chytilová
The Criterion Collection
Jim Jarmusch
Mili Avital
Our Bill Hader podcast episodes
Miloš Forman
Carly Simon
Kathy Bates
Buck Henry
Lynn Carlin
TFH Guru Larry Karaszewski
The Movies That Made Me podcast Guest Scott Alexander
24 TV series (2001-2010, 2014)
The “very stable genius” getting impeached by Congress
Jerry Springer
Morgan Freeman
Jason Blum
Jay Roach
Adam McKay
Richard Lester
The EC Comics Tales From The Crypt comic book series
Matthew Broderick
Reese Witherspoon
Alexander Payne
Quentin Tarantino
Hillary Clinton
Costa Gavras
The most hated man in Hollywood
Megyn Kelly
Gretchen Carlson
Bebe Rebozo
The Watergate scandal
Kasi Lemmons
Bass Reeves
Robert Redford
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties book
Walter Murch
Brian De Palma
Orson Welles
Paramount Pictures
RKO Pictures
Academy Awards
Vanity Fair magazine
Batman TV series (1966-1968)
Adam West
The Batman serial (1943)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV series (1964-1968)
Andy Warhol
Burt Ward
The Twilight Zone TV series (1959-1964)
The “Thriller” music video
Farah Fawcett
The Jetsons TV series (1962-1963)
Peter Thiel
German New Wave
French New Wave
Walter Cronkite

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 Host

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.