The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
The Academy Award-winning writer of The Big Short and Bombshell discusses some of his favorite movies that deal with social issues.
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)
The Big Short (2015)
North By Northwest (1959)
The Life of David Gale (2003)
Loves of a Blonde (1965)
Dead Man (1995)
A Report on the Party and the Guests (1966)
Taking Off (1971)
Deep Impact (1998)
The Second Civil War (1997)
24 Hour Party People (2002)
Man Bites Dog (1992)
Ed Wood (1994)
Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)
Freebie and the Bean (1974)
Tales From The Crypt (1972)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)
Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
All The President’s Men (1976)
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Blow Out (1981)
The Conversation (1974)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Movie Orgy (1968)
Other Notable Items
Our Daniel Waters podcast episode
Charlie’s Angels TV series (1976-1981)
The Pink Panther film series
Eva Marie Saint
Reader’s Digest magazine (1922- )
Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV show (1955-1965)
University of Southern California
The Farrelly Brothers
Czech New Wave
The Criterion Collection
Our Bill Hader podcast episodes
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
The EC Comics Tales From The Crypt comic book series
The most hated man in Hollywood
The Watergate scandal
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties book
Brian De Palma
Vanity Fair magazine
Batman TV series (1966-1968)
The Batman serial (1943)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV series (1964-1968)
The Twilight Zone TV series (1959-1964)
The “Thriller” music video
The Jetsons TV series (1962-1963)
German New Wave
French New Wave
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.