TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Ethan Hawke

Season 05 | Episode 38

Ethan Hawke


Actor/writer/director Ethan Hawke discusses a few of his favorite films with Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Explorers (1985) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Verdict (1982)
The Color Of Money (1986) – Rod Lurie’s trailer commentary
Nobody’s Fool (1994)
Three Faces Of Eve (1957)
Mr. And Mrs. Bridge (1990)
North By Northwest (1959)
Torn Curtain (1966)
Psycho (1960) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Frenzy (1972) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
Topaz (1969)
Boyhood (2014)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Blue Collar (1978) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
First Reformed (2017) – Glenn Erickson’s trailer commentary
Taxi Driver (1976) – Rod Lurie’s trailer commentary
The Left Handed Gun (1958)
Hombre (1967)
Hud (1963)
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean (1972) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Buffalo Bill And The Indians, Or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson (1976) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Outrage (1964)
Rashomon (1950) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Sound Of Music (1965)
Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967) – Dana Gould’s trailer commentary
Annie Hall (1977) – Robert Weide’s trailer commentary
Manhattan (1979)
The Dead (1987)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Man Who Would Be King (1975) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Slap Shot (1977)
The Sting (1973)
Dead for a Dollar (2022)
The Long Riders (1980)
The Wild Bunch (1969) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Joe Dante’s review
The Godfather (1972) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Apocalypse Now (1979) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review 
Dead Poets Society (1989)
The 400 Blows (1959) – Robert Weide’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Criterion Blu-ray review
The Outsiders (1983)
Rumble Fish (1983) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
Drugstore Cowboy (1989)
Let Him Go (2020)
Dazed And Confused (1993)
American Graffiti (1973) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
The Last Picture Show (1971) – Mark Pellington’s trailer commentary
Targets (1968) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
Paper Moon (1973) – George Hickenlooper’s trailer commentary
What’s Up Doc? (1972) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
The Killing Fields (1984)
The Mission (1986)
Badlands (1973)
The Apostle (1997)
Tender Mercies (1983)
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
The Last Movie Star (2017)
Sharky’s Machine (1981)
Cannonball Run (1981)
Smokey And The Bandit (1977) – Dennis Cozzalio’s review
Hooper (1978)
Navajo Joe (1966)
Deliverance (1972) – Neil LaBute’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review
The Longest Yard (1974) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary

Other Notable Items

Paul Newman
Joanne Woodward
The Last Movie Stars docuseries (2022)
Stewart Stern 
Gore Vidal
Vincent D’Onofrio
Marlon Brando
Montgomery Clift
James Dean
Marilyn Monroe
River Phoenix
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn novel by Mark Twain (1885)
Amanda Peterson
Ethan’s novel A Bright Ray of Darkness (2021)
John Hora
Live AID concert (1985)
The Academy Awards
Lauren Bacall
Mike Leigh
The Good Lord Bird miniseries (2020)
Alfred Hitchcock
TFH Guru John Landis
Universal Pictures
Lew Wasserman
Tennessee Williams
Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor
Elvis Presley
Viggo Mortensen 
Peter Jackson
The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03)
Richard Linklater
Patricia Arquette
Debra Winger
Richard Gere
Paul Schrader
Ingmar Bergman
John Wayne
Arthur Penn
Martin Ritt
John Huston
Stacy Keach
John Milius
The Coen Brothers
Robert Altman
Lionsgate Pictures
Soldier of Fortune magazine (1975- )
“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” song by B.J. Thomas (1969)
Roy Rogers
Gene Autry 
Victoria Principal 
Audie Murphy
Randolph Scott
Warren Littlefield
Walter Hill
Elia Kazan
Star Trek: The Original Series TV series (1966-1969)
The Twilight Zone TV series (1959-1964)
Pauline Kael
S.E. Hinton
Maya Hawke
Francis Ford Coppola
Mickey Rourke
Matt Dillon
Dennis Hopper
Diane Lane
Kevin Costner
Hatfields & McCoys miniseries (2012)
Yellowstone TV series (2018- )
Three Sisters play by Anton Chekhov (1901)
Bob Dylan
Jeff Bridges
Peter Bogdanovich
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Cybill Shepherd
Ryan O’Neal
Tatum O’Neal
Polly Platt
All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers by Larry McMurtry (1972)
On The Road novel by Jack Kerouac (1957)
David Puttnam 
Roland Joffé
Columbia Pictures
Sissy Spacek
Martin Sheen
Robert Duvall
Willie Nelson
Henry Thomas
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Ben Affleck
Matthew McConaughey 
TFH Guru Adam Rifkin
Burt Reynolds
Gore Vidal

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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.