TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Gerald Casale

Season 03 | Episode 64

Gerald Casale


Devo’s Gerald Casale joins us for a discussion of the movies that made Devo!

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Truth About De-Evolution (1976)
Island Of Lost Souls (1932)
Akran (1969)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Fail Safe (1964)
Valley Of The Dolls (1967)
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970)
The President’s Analyst (1967)
The Atomic Cafe (1982)
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
Village Of The Damned (1960)
Children Of The Damned (1964)
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Parallax View (1974)
Soylent Green (1973)
Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)
Rocky (1976)
A Face In The Crowd (1957)
Whisky Galore! (1949)
No Time For Sergeants (1958)
Network (1976)
JFK (1991)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Lost Highway (1997)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Expresso Bongo (1959)
Gremlins (1984)
I Was A Teenage Werewolf (1957)

Other Notable Items

Paul McCartney
Willie Nelson
Elliot Roberts
Lorne Michaels
Saturday Night Live TV series (1975- )
Michael O’Donoghue
The Muppets
Neil Young
Walter Williams 
Mr. Bill
Richard Myers
George Kuchar
Mike Kuchar
John F. Kennedy Jr.
Russ Meyer
Roger Ebert
Terry Southern
John LaZar
Marshall Berle
The Troubadour
The Starwood
Dolly Martin 
Robert Wise
The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
Rod Serling
Bob Dylan
The Rolling Stones
The Beatles
The Kinks
David Bowie
T.J. Hooker TV series (1982-1986)
The Beginning Was the End, a super racist book by Oscar Kiss Maerth 
Stanley Kubrick
“Singin’ In The Rain” song by Gene Kelly (1952)
Warren Beatty
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! album by Devo (1978)
Paul Thomas Anderson
Ernie Anderson
Bela Lugosi
Mark Mothersbaugh 
The Laraine Newman podcast episodes
Burt Lancaster
Tony Curtis
Clifford Odets 
Elia Kazan
Alexander Mackendrick
Joseph McCarthy
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Bruce Dern
John Wayne
Ned Beatty
William Holden
Faye Dunaway
The Zapruder Film
Murder of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby 
Oliver Stone
David Lynch
Robert Downey Jr.
Rodney Dangerfield
Val Guest
Cliff Richard 
Laurence Harvey
“Clock Out” song by Devo

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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.