The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
The actor/comedian/writer/director joins us to talk about some of the objectively bad movies he loves.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
Suicide Squad (2016)
The Oath (2018)
The Last Movie Star (2018)
Tango and Cash (1989)
The Thing (1982)
Runaway Train (1985)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Dante’s Peak (1997)
It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Independence Day (1996)
Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Road House (1989)
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
The Greatest Showman (2017)
West Side Story (1961)
The Producers (1967)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
Bachelor Party (1984)
Con Air (1997)
Bad Boys (1995)
The Rock (1996)
Out For Justice (1991)
Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Hard To Kill (1991)
Above The Law (1988)
Under Siege (1992)
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)
The Asian Connection (2016)
Contract To Kill (2016)
The Perfect Weapon (2016)
Sniper: Special Ops (2016)
The Glimmer Man (1996)
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
Other Notable Items
The Chapo Trap House podcast episode
The Julien Nitzberg podcast episode
The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood book by Sam Wasson (2020)
TFH Guru Adam Rifkin
Evening Shade TV series (1990-1994)
David O. Selznick
The Coen Brothers
Roger Ebert hated Tango and Cash
John Carroll Lynch
Tommy Lee Jones
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
The Cinerama Dome
The Larry Sanders Show TV series (1992-1998)
Succession TV series (2018- )
Stephen Tobolowsky’s Glimmer Man anecdote
Mojo Priest album by Steven Seagal (2006)
This list is also available on Letterboxd.
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.