TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Florian Zeller

Season 04 | Episode 09

Florian Zeller

Writer / Director / Producer

Florian Zeller, writer/director of The Father (which has been nominated for six Oscars this year!), joins Josh and Joe to discuss a few of his favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Father (2020)
Rain Man (1988)
Slipstream (2007)
The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Interstellar (2014)
Memento (2000)
Primer (2004)
Birdman (2014)
The Hours (2002)
Shame (2011)
Manchester By The Sea (2016)
Hamilton (2020)

Other Notable Items

The 93rd Academy Awards
Anthony Hopkins
Olivia Coleman
Le Père play by Florian Zeller (2012)
Christopher Hampton
Tom Cruise
Hans Zimmer
Krzysztof Kieślowski
David Lynch
Twin Peaks TV series (1990-1991, 2017)
Roman Polanski
Christopher Nolan
Shane Carruth 
Michael Keaton
Alejandro González Iñárritu
The Lieutenant Of Inishmore play by Martin McDonagh (2007)
Philip Glass 
Stephen Daldry
Julianne Moore
Steve McQueen 
Small Axe anthology film series (2020)
Kenneth Lonergan 

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.