TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Emily Deschanel

Season 04 | Episode 27

Emily Deschanel


Bones star Emily Deschanel discusses a few of her favorite films with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Shining (1980) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
Dumb And Dumber (1994)
Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Crusoe (1988)
Watership Down (1978)
Gandhi (1982)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Waiting For Guffman (1996)
Best In Show (2000) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
Vertigo (1958) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review,
Marnie (1964) – Dan Irleand’s trailer commentary, Larry Cohen’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing recommendation
La Femme Nikita (1991)
Psycho (1960) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing recommendation
Psycho (1998) – Ti West’s trailer commentary
Citizen Kane (1941) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Rear Window (1954) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Topaz (1969)
Foreign Correspondent (1940) – Larry Cohen’s trailer commentary
North By Northwest (1959)
Notorious (1946) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review 
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review
Heathers (1989) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary
Mean Girls (2004)
Running On Empty (1988) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Terminator: Dark Fate (2019)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Manhunter (1986) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Father (2020)
When Eight Bells Toll (1971) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Truly, Madly. Deeply (1990)
Blithe Spirit (1945)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) – Axelle Carolyn’s trailer commentary
The Producers (1967)  – Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
The Producers (2005)
Moby Dick (1956) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Boyz N The Hood (1991) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986)
Jules And Jim (1962) – Michael Peyser’s trailer commentary
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Other Notable Items

Bones TV series (2005-2017)
24 TV series (2001-2010, 2014)
The Caleb Deschanel podcast episode
Zooey Deschanel
Martin Sheen
Joe Estevez
James Hosney
The American Film Institute
The Bowery Boys
The Three Stooges
Christopher Guest
Jackass TV series (2000-2002)
Aidan Quinn
Fran Drescher 
Harry Shearer
Michael McKean
WTF with Marc Maron
The WTF episode with Gallagher
Alfred Hitchcock
Homeland TV series (2011-2020)
Janet Leigh
Gus Van Sant
The Sight & Sound List of the 100 Greatest Films Of All Time
Cary Grant
John Vernon
Fidel Castro
Luc Besson
Anne Parillaud
Jeanne Moreau
Bruce Lee
The Geena Davis Institute On Gender In Media
John Rambo
Clint Eastwood
Sylvester Stallone
The Bechdel Test
Christian Slater
The Daniel Waters podcast episode
Mark Waters
TFH Guru Michael Lehmann
Sidney Lumet
River Phoenix
Judd Hirsch
Christine Lahti
The Julliard School
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
Linda Hamilton
Jodie Foster
Ted Levine
Jonathan Demme
Anthony Hopkins
The Florian Zeller podcast episode
When Eight Bells Toll novel by Alistair MacLean (1965)
James Bond
Hannibal Lecter
Brian Cox
Michael Mann
Anthony Minghella
Juliet Stevenson
Alan Rickman
The French New Wave
Jean-Luc Godard
François Truffaut
Rex Harrison
Blithe Spirit play by Noël Coward (1941)
David Lean
Margaret Rutherford
Fred Willard
Richard Harris
Peter O’Toole
Zero Mostel
Gene Wilder
The Producers play by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan (2001)
Steven Spielberg
John Singleton
Mary Jo Deschanel
Universal Studios Hollywood
The Eli Roth podcast episode
German Expressionism

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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.