TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Dan Attias

Season 04 | Episode 36

Dan Attias


TV director Dan Attias discusses his favorite cinematic moments with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Sweet Smell of Success (1957) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
White Dog (1982)
Silver Bullet (1985)
Witness (1985)
The Verdict (1982)
Scent Of A Woman (1992)
The Piano (1993)
The Pawnbroker (1965)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
True Romance (1993)
Infested (2002)
A History Of Violence (2005)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Gremlins (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s review, TFH’s 30th anniversary links
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – Bill Duke’s trailer commentary, John Landis’s trailer commentary
Jaws (1975) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion review
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion review
12 Angry Men (1957)
Dodes’ka-den (1970)
Memento (2000)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Other Notable Items

Phillips Club in NYC
TFH Guru Alan Spencer
Sledge Hammer! TV series (1986-1988)
The Garland in Los Angeles
Mary Carey
Samuel Fuller
Miami Vice TV series (1984-1989)
Northern Exposure TV series (1990-1995)
Picket Fences TV series (1992-1996)
Six Feet Under TV series (2001-2005)
The Killing TV series (2011-2014)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel TV series (2017- )
The Americans TV series (2013-2018)
Deadwood TV series (2004-2006)
The Sopranos TV series (1999-2007)
The Wire TV series (2002-2008)
The Practice TV series (1997-2004)
Dan’s new book Directing Great Television: Inside TV’s New Golden Age
George Miller
Steven Spielberg
David Chase
David Milch
Peter Weir
Harrison Ford
Kelly McGillis
Lukas Haas
Danny Glover
Jan Rubeš
“What A Wonderful World” song by Louis Armstrong (1967)
Sidney Lumet
Al Pacino
Chris O’Donnell
Holly Hunter
Rod Steiger
The Total Film-Maker memoir by Jerry Lewis (1971)
Paul Newman
Jack Warden
James Mason
Charlotte Rampling
Lindsay Crouse
Dennis Hopper
Christopher Walken
Mark Margolis
Viggo Mortensen
Ed Harris
Julianne Moore
Alfred Hitchcock
Henry V play by William Shakespeare (1599)
Frank Capra
James Stewart
Phoebe Cates
Jeffrey Katzenberg 
Warren Beatty
Buck Henry
The LA Rams
Julie Christie
Charles Grodin
Robert Montgomery
Claude Rains
James Gleason
The Twilight Zone TV series (1959-1964)
Lee J. Cobb
Akira Kurosawa
Theater of Living Arts in Philadelphia
Christopher Nolan
Guy Pearce
Joe Pantoliano
Mare of Easttown miniseries (2021)
Kate Winslet

This list is also available on Movies Unlimited and 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.