TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Fisher Stevens

Season 04 | Episode 01

Fisher Stevens

Actor / Director

The director of Palmer helps us kick off our new season by walking us through some of his favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Bloodhounds Of Broadway (1989)
Salvador (1986)
True Believer (1989)
Palmer (2021)
Wonder Wheel (2017)
A Face In The Crowd (1957)
On The Waterfront (1954)
No Time For Sergeants (1958)
The Confidence Man (2018)
Lolita (1962)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
The Ghost Of Peter Sellers (2018)
The Marrying Man (1991)
The Ruling Class (1972)
The Krays (1990)
Let Him Have It (1991)
The Changeling (1980)
On The Border (1998)
Murder By Decree (1979)
Bigger Than Life (1956)
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
Fat City (1972)
Angel (1984)
Animal House (1978)
My Science Project (1985)
Lucía (1968)
Paper Moon (1973)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
The Great McGinty (1940)
I Married A Witch (1942)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Raging Bull (1980)
Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
The Rider (2017)
The Mustang (2019)
Nomadland (2020)
Murmur of the Heart (1971)
Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Conversation (1974)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather Part III (1990)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Other Notable Items

Randy Quaid
President Joe Biden
Ron Silver
Jon Voight
Justin Timberlake
Juno Temple
Woody Allen
Elia Kazan
Budd Schulberg
Walter Matthau
What Makes Sammy Run novel by Budd Schulberg (1941) 
Andy Griffith
The Andy Griffith Show TV series (1960-1968)
Marlon Brando
James Dean
The Apprentice TV series (2004- )
Mark Burnett
Elvis Costello
Patrick Wilson
Don Johnson
Whoopi Goldberg
Patricia Neal
Succession TV series (2018- )
Dagmara Domińczyk 
James Mason
Shelley Winters
Sue Lyon
Peter Sellers
Stanley Kubrick
Peter Medak
Karen Medak
Amazon Prime Video
Spandau Ballet
Gabriel Byrne
Stephen Rea 
Casper Van Dien
Sherlock Holmes
Nicholas Ray 
John Ford
John Huston
Stacey Keach
Susan Tyrrell
Dick Shawn 
Steve McQueen
John Belushi
Otis Day And The Knights
Bruce McGill
Kevin Bacon
Peter Riegert
Humberto Solás 
The Criterion Channel 
Martin Scorsese 
Peter Bogdanovich
Tatum O’Neal
Ryan O’Neal
Ryder Allen
Preston Sturges
Veronica Lake
Joel McCrea
Fredric March
Alan Ladd
Spike Lee
Rosie Perez
Samuel L. Jackson
Chuck D.
“Fight The Power” by Public Enemy
Robert De Niro
Matthias Schoenaerts
Dardenne Brothers
Louis Malle
Francois Truffaut
Jean-Luc Godard
Burt Lancaster
Tony Curtis
“Ride of the Valkyries” by Richard Wagner
The Ziegfeld Theatre in New York
Frederic Forrest 
Harrison Ford
Laurence Fishburne
Martin Sheen
Dennis Hopper
Marlon Brando
Colleen Camp
Apple TV+

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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.