TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Dennis Lehane

Season 05 | Episode 24

Dennis Lehane

Writer / Producer

Author and TFH Guru Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone) joins Josh and Joe to discuss a few of his favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Gremlins (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review, TFH’s Mogwai Madness 
Home Alone (1990)
Mystic River (2003)
Shutter Island (2010)
Live By Night (2016)
Gone Baby Gone (2007)
The Drop (2014)
The Shining (1980) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
Apocalypse Now (1979) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Apocalypse Now: Redux (2001)
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut (2019) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Crying Game (1992)
Diner (1982)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
American Graffiti (1973) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
Body Heat (1981) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary
Blue Velvet (1986) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Raging Bull (1980) – Dan Perri’s trailer commentary
Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars: The Special Edition (1997)
Manhunter (1986) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Public Enemies (2009)
Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Miller’s Crossing (1990) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Blood Simple (1984) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray, Dennis Cozzalio’s review
Aliens (1986) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Once Upon A Time InThe West (1969) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Heaven’s Gate (1980)
Midnight Run (1988)
Die Hard (1988)
Bull Durham (1988) – Dennis Lehane’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review 
The Dead Pool (1988) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
Days of Heaven (1978)
The Mission (1986)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Out of the Blue (1980)
The Wanderers (1979) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Game (1997)
The French Connection (1971) – Dennis’s trailer commentary, Mark Pellington’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings 
The Wages of Fear (1953)
Sorcerer (1977) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Bernard Rose’s trailer commentary
Ocean’s 11 (1960) 
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
The Exorcist (1973) – Oren Peli’s trailer commentary
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) – Eli Roth’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Stardust Memories (1980) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Manhattan (1979)
Annie Hall (1977) – Robert Weide’s trailer commentary
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Breezy (1973)
Absolute Power (1997)
True Crime (1999)
Young Frankenstein (1974) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
The Naked Gun (1988)
Repo Man (1984) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Sexy Beast (2000) – Dennis Lehane’s trailer commentary
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
The Others (2001)
Halloween (1978) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary, Alex Kirschenbaum’s Halloween film and timeline power rankings
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s review
Saw (2004)
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)
The Conjuring (2013)
The Night of the Hunter (1955) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
True Grit (2010)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Thief (1981) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Keep (1983)
Heat (1995)

Other Notable Items

Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai (2022)
The Annecy Film Festival
The Tasmanian Devil
Dennis’s novel A Drink Before the War (1994)
Dennis’s novel Gone Baby Gone (1998)
Dennis’s novel Mystic River (2001)
Dennis’s novel Shutter Island (2003)
Dennis’s novel The Drop (2014)
Stephen King
The Wire TV series (2002-2008)
Boardwalk Empire TV series (2010-2014)
Blackbird TV miniseries (2022)
Apple TV+
Joe Turkel
David E. Kelley 
James Keene
Steve Guttenberg
Daniel Stern
Ellen Barkin
Mickey Rourke
Homicide: Life on the Street TV series (1993-1999)
Barry Levinson
Quentin Tarantino
Laura Dern
David Lynch
Dennis Hopper
Dino De Laurentiis 
Peter Weir
Martin Sheen
Michael Mann
Miami Vice TV series (1984-1989)
Video Watchdog
Stanley Kubrick
The Coen Brothers
Mike Starr
Ennio Morricone
Warner Brothers
Sergio Leone
Alan Ladd Jr.
Todd McCarthy
Variety
James Woods
Robert De Niro
Yaphet Kotto
Charles Grodin
Martin Brest
Philip Baker Hall
George Gallo
Terrence Malick
Richard Gere
John Travolta
Harvey Keitel
Linda Manz
Raymond Burr
Moby-Dick novel by Herman Melville (1851)
Tony Lo Bianco 
Gene Hackman
William Friedkin
Henri-Georges Clouzot
The American Cinematheque
John Boorman
Jason Miller
Mick Jagger
Exile On Main Street album by The Rolling Stones (1972)
Steel Wheels album by The Rolling Stones (1989)
Woody Allen
The Old Man TV series (2022)
Jeff Bridges
Amy Brenneman
Clint Eastwood
Mary McCormack
The Nuart Theatre
Taron Egerton
Robert Mitchum
Charles Laughton
Lillian Gish
Robert Prosky
James Caan
Tuesday Weld 

This list is also available on Movies Unlimited and Letterboxd.

Note: We had two short episodes during our summer hiatus explaining said hiatus, so those are officially episodes 22-23 of Season 5.

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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.