TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Ed Solomon

Season 04 | Episode 24

Ed Solomon


Screenwriter Ed Solomon (No Sudden Move, Bill & Ted, Men in Black) joins hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante to discuss a few of his favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Bill And Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s Bill & Ted character power rankings
Bill And Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Bill And Ted Face The Music (2020)
Men In Black (1997)
The French Connection (1971) – Dennis Lehane’s trailer commentary, Mark Pellington’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
No Sudden Move (2021)
A Night At The Opera (1935) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
Mosaic (2018)
Take The Money And Run (1969)
Bananas (1971) – Robert Weide’s trailer commentary
Sleeper (1973)
Love And Death (1975)
Annie Hall (1977) – Robert Weide’s trailer commentary
Manhattan (1979)
And Now For Something Completely Different… (1971) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
Blazing Saddles (1974) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s Blazing Saddles Thanksgiving
Klute (1971) – Katt Shea’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Criterion Blu-ray review
The Parallax View (1974) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)
Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing (1973)
All The President’s Men (1976) – Rod Lurie’s trailer commentary
Rififi (1955)
Point Blank (1967) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Get Carter (1971) – Neil Marshall’s trailer commentary, Dennis Lehane’s trailer commentary
Black Test Car (1962) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
War and Peace (1966) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
War and Peace (1956)
Infested (2002)
Young Frankenstein (1974) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
Nashville (1976) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary, Dan Perri’s trailer commentary
Monty Python And The Holy Grail (1975) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine recommendation
The Desperate Hours (1955)
Desperate Hours (1990)
Chinatown (1974) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary
The Godfather (1972) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine recommendation
Papillon (1973)
Charley Varrick (1973) – Josh Olson and Howard Rodman’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review, Randy Fuller’s wine recommendation
The Sting (1973)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Ti West’s trailer commentary
Nobody (2021)
The Hole (2009) – Joe’s US, British and Italian trailer commentaries

Other Notable Items

Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
Barry Sonnenfeld
Steven Soderbergh
Don Cheadle
Benicio del Toro
TFH Guru Bill Duke
Bruce Springsteen
Will Rogers
The E Street Band Reunion Tour (1999-2000)
Staples Center
Don Rickles
“Because The Night” by Bruce Springsteen/Patti Smith
Tamara by John Krizanc (1981)
Woody Allen
Monty Python’s Flying Circus TV series (1969-1974)
Mel Brooks
Princeton Plaza in San Jose, CA
Alan J. Pakula
The Criterion Collection
Sergei Bondarchuk
Dino De Laurentiis
Richard Wagner
Scott Rudin
The Hollywood Reporter
Ayn Rand
Alfred Hitchcock
The Universal Frankenstein films – TFH’s Frankenstein Quiz, Parts 1 & 2
Robert Altman
Garry Shandling
It’s Garry Shandling’s Show TV series (1986-1990)
The Hollywood Bowl
John Cleese
The Goon Show radio program (1951-1960)
The Marx Brothers
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Josh’s audio series Bronzeville
Laurence Fishburne
TCL Chinese Theater
Sunset Gardner Stages
The Groundlings
Casey Silver
Robert Towne
Roman Polanski
Bob Odenkirk
Tribeca Film Festival

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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.