The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
The Oscar winning co-writer and producer of Brokeback Mountain takes us on a cinematic journey through her life, and talks about the pleasures of writing with Larry McMurtry and Joe Bonnano, and what Ken Kesey’s favorite movie was.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Red River (1948)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
They Drive By Night (1940)
Kings Row (1942)
The Ox-Bow Incident (1942)
The Grapes of Wrath (1942)
Buffalo Bill (1944)
Where The Sidewalk Ends (1950)
The Day of the Triffids (1963)
Moby Dick (1956)
Village of the Damned (1960)
Written on the Wind (1956)
Magnificent Obsession (1954)
There’s Always Tomorrow (1956)
All That Heaven Allows (1955)
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Lost In La Mancha (2002)
The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys (1996)
The Fisher King (1991)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
A History of Violence (2005)
The Searchers (1956)
Fort Apache (1948)
The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Other Notable Items
The WGA Awards
The Academy Awards
“Brokeback Mountain” New Yorker short story by Annie Proulx
The Motion Picture Production Code
The Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO
TFH Guru John Sayles
The Varsity Theater in St. Louis, MO
The Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis, MO
Turner Classic Movies
Branded TV series (1965-1966)
Have Gun Will Travel TV series (1957-1963)
Maverick TV series (1957-1962)
The Night of the Triffids novel (2001)
The Day of the Triffids BBC miniseries (1981)
The Day of the Triffids novel by John Wyndham (1951)
The Avengers TV series (1961-1969)
Childhood’s End novel by Arthur C. Clarke
Rainer Werner Fassbender
Anything For Billy novel by Larry McMurtry
Billy The Kid
Don Quixote novel by Miguel de Cervantes
The Martin Cinerama Theater in St. Louis
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Godfather novel by Mario Puzo (1969)
The Sopranos TV series (1999-2007)
The Searchers novel by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Le_May
The Last Picture Show soundtrack by Hank Williams
The Making of “The Red Badge of Courage” New Yorker article by Lillian Ross
Horseman, Pass By novel by Larry McMurtry (1961)
Film Flam: Essays collection by Larry McMurty (1987)
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.