TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Eric Newman

Season 03 | Episode 34

Eric Newman


The producer of Narcos takes us on a walk through some of the movies that made him.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Contagion (2011)
Panic In The Streets (1950)
Rififi (1955)
Night And The City (1950)
Thieves’ Highway (1949)
Never on Sunday (1960)
The Karate Kid (1984)
The Game (1997)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
The Great Escape (1963)
Children of Men (2006)
Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory (1971)
If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969)
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Godfather (1972)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Animal House (1978)
An American Werewolf In London (1981)
Trading Places (1983)
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)
Fellini Satyricon (1969)
The Beastmaster (1982)
Sheena (1984)
High Risk (1981)
Ghostbusters (1984)
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Piranha (1978)
Gallipoli (1981)
Witness (1985)
The Killing Fields (1984)
Mad Max (1980)
Max Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
The Last Wave (1978)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
The Lord of the Rings (1978)
The Hobbit (1977)
The Return of the King (1980)
Class (1983)
The Great Santini (1979)
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Gremlins (1984)
Die Hard (1988)
Ordinary People (1980)
Shampoo (1975)
The Three Musketeers (1993)
Gettysburg (1993)
The Nutty Professor (1963)
Matinee (1993)
Alien (1979)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Tootsie (1982)
Unforgiven (1992)
A History Of Violence (2005)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Casablanca (1942)
The Brood (1979)
Apocalypto (2006)
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Tommy Boy (1995)
10 (1979)
Gorky Park (1983)
F/X (1986)
Best Seller (1987)
To Catch A Killer (1992)
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Over The Top (1987)
Midsommar (2019)
The Wicker Man (1973)

Other Notable Items

Jules Dassin
Amazon Prime
The Criterion Collection
Narcos TV series (2015-2017)
Narcos: Mexico TV series (2018- )
Pablo Escobar
James Bond
Ron Burgundy, star of the Anchorman franchise
The Bachelor TV series (2002- )
John Brancato
The New Yorker
Tom Hatten’s Family Film Festival (1978-1992)
TFH Guru John Landis
The Three Stooges
Bob Hope and Bing Crosby
Popeye and Friends TV series (1976-1988)
John Cassavettes
Telly Savalas
Nick Clooney
Robert Osborne
Mel Stuart
Tim Burton
Gene Wilder
Christopher Lee
Roald Dahl
The Cinerama Dome
The Z Channel
Jerry Harvey
Tanya Roberts
Irish McCalla
Sheena, Queen of the Jungle TV series (1955-1956)
James Brolin
Tanya Roberts
TFH Guru Roger Corman
TFH Guru Mick Garris
Peter Weir
The Khmer Rouge
Mel Gibson
Blockbuster Video
Hollywood Video
Ralph Bakshi
The Bay Theatre in Pacific Palisades, CA
Rankin/Bass Productions
Rob Lowe
Lewis John Carlino
Rob Lowe
Andrew McCarthy
Jim Kouf
TFH Guru Eli Roth
The Academy Awards
The Spanish flu
John Hughes
Hart Bochner
Mary Tyler Moore
Twisted Sister, “I Wanna Rock” music video
Paul Newman
Warren Beatty
Charlie Sheen
Harry Dean Stanton
Steven Spielberg
David Peoples
Sergio Leone
The Man With No Name trilogy
David Cronenberg
The Charlie Rose Show (1991-2017)
New World Pictures
The Egyptian Theatre
The USC School of Cinematic Arts
Willem Dafoe
Brian Dennehy
Cary Elwes
Joe’s “Quiet Please” episode of Night Visions TV series (2001-2002)
Harlan Ellison
“The Discarded” episode of Masters of Science Fiction TV series (2007)
Jonathan Frakes
John Hurt
Chris Farley
David Spade
Death of a Salesman play by Arthur Miller (1949)
Joe Don Baker
Philip Seymour Hoffman
James Gandolfini
Charles Durning
Burl Ives
Grey’s Anatomy TV series (2005- )
NCIS TV series (2003- )
Jim Carrey
Sylvester Stallone
Menahem Golan
Yoram Globus
The Cannon Group, Inc.
Andrew G. Vajna
Mario Kassar
The Power Rangers franchise

This list is also available on 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.