TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Grant Moninger

Season 02 | Episode 40

Grant Moninger

American Cinematheque & Beyond Fest Programmer

Head Programmer of the American Cinematheque and Beyond Fest Grant Moninger discusses the experiences of the movies that made him.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Masters of the Universe (1987)
A History of Violence (2005)
Color Out of Space (2019)
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
Parasite (2019)
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
The Naked Gun (1988)
A Night at the Opera (1935)
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
A Day at the Races (1937)
The Master (2012)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Gremlins (1984)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Deliverance (1972)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
The Bad News Bears (1976)
The Concorde … Airport ’79 (1979)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Jaws (1975)
Airplane! (1980)
Fearless (1993)
Alive (1993)
Fight Club (1999)
The Black Hole (1979)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
Manhattan (1979)
The Jerk (1979)
Prophecy (1979)
Zorro, The Gay Blade (1981)
1941 (1979)
Bronco Billy (1980)
Easy Rider (1969)
Blood Circus (1985)
Parable (1964)
The Neverending Story (1984)
Troll (1986)
The Money Pit (1986)
Top Gun (1986)
Green Ice (1986)
The Emerald Forest (1985)
Brazil (1985)
Baxter (1989)
Daddy Nostalgia (1990)
Tatie Danielle (1990)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Bad Taste (1987)
The Dark Backward (1991)
Meet The Feebles (1995)
Bad Lieutenant (1992)
The  Death King (1990)
Swimming To Cambodia (1987)
Pigs! a.k.a. Daddy’s Deadly Darling (1973)
Dersu Uzala (1975)
The Golden Child (1985)
O Lucky Man! (1973)
Summer School (1987)
The Indian Runner (1991)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Shining (1980)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Mooch Goes To Hollywood (1971)
Valley of the Dolls (1967)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
S.L.I.P. (1970)
The Baron of Arizona (1950)
Witness (1985)
Going In Style (1979)
Going In Style (2017)
Bad News Bears (2005)
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Body Snatchers (1993)
The Other (1972)
Matilda (1978)
Matilda (1996), wholly unrelated
Zeisters a.k.a. Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid!! (1986)
Heartbreaker (1983)
Heathers (1988)
Batman Returns (1992)
Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
Holiday (1938)
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

Other Notable Items

Schrödinger’s Cat
Beyond Fest
TFH Guru Larry Karaszewski
American Cinematheque
Aero Theatre
Egyptian Theatre
Richard Stanley
Taika Waititi
Bong Joon-ho
The Joe Bob Briggs Podcast Episode
The Karyn Kusama Podcast Episode
The Scott Alexander Podcast Episodes
The Bill Hader Podcast Episodes
The Daniel Waters Podcast Episode
The Marx Brothers
Monty Python
TV Guide magazine (1948- )
Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide book series (1978-2014)
Leonard Maltin’s Taxi Driver review
Leonard Maltin’s Gremlins review
The Twilight Zone, “Nightmare At 20,000 Feet” episode
The Airport film series
Santo Gold infomercials
Omar Sharif
Anne Archer
TLA Video in Philadelphia
Theatre of the Living Arts
Andre Gregory
University of the Arts, Philadelphia
Jörg Buttgereit
American Playhouse episode, “True West” (1984)
Mondo Video A-Go-Go
Sean Penn
Paul Thomas Anderson
Cinerama Dome
The Laraine Newman Podcast Episodes
Richard Erdman
Community TV series (2009-2015)
Petticoat Junction TV series (1963-1970)
Richard Burton
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Vincent Price
Frederick’s of Hollywood
Lancelot Link TV series (1970-1971)
Green Acres TV series (1965-1971)
Frank Inn
All Barkie Dogville Comedies
Sam Fuller
Robert Mitchum
Comic Con
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Katharine Hepburn
Michael Cimino

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.