The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
Connie Nielsen & Neasa Hardiman
The star and the writer/director of Sea Fever talk about a diverse array of influential films in a double episode.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
Sea Fever (2020)
Blade Runner (1982)
The Ice Harvest (2005)
Wonder Woman (2017)
Ditte, Child of Man (1946)
The Accused (1988)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
My American Uncle (1980)
8 ½ (1963)
Heaven’s Gate (1980)
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
The Sacrifice (1986)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
The Party (1968)
The Searchers (1956)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
The Company of Wolves (1984)
Mona Lisa (1986)
King Kong (1933)
In The Cut (2003)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Dune (2020… maybe)
Bright Star (2009)
Basic Instinct (1992)
American Gigolo (1980)
Thelma and Louise (1991)
Wild Things (1998)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
Life of Pi (2012)
Die Hard (1988)
The Hurt Locker (2009)
Other Notable Items
Lars Von Trier
Carl Theodor Dreyer
The Twilight Zone TV series (1959-1964)
The Decameron novella collection by Giovanni Boccaccio
Our friends at the Hollywood Food Coalition
Happy Valley TV series (2014- )
“The Company of Wolves” short story by Angela Carter (1977)
“Story of Your Life” short story by Ted Chiang (1998)
Kuo Jung Tsai
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.