TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Illeana Douglas

Season 1 | Episode 3

Illeana Douglas

Actress / Producer / Writer / Director

Actress/Producer/Writer/Director Illeana Douglas (Cape Fear, Ghost World, Grace of My Heart) sits with Josh and Joe to talk about her 10 all time favorite movie scenes.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Cape Fear (1991)
The Narrow Margin (1952)
To Die For (1995)
Grace of My Heart (1996)
Ghost World (2001)
Charade (1963)
The Limey (1999)
The Graduate (1967)
Catch-22 (1970)
One False Move (1992)
Casablanca (1942)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
Peeping Tom (1960)
Blood Simple (1984)
A Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)
City Lights (1931)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Psycho (1960)
Vertigo (1958)
78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene (2017)
Heathers (1988)
East of Eden (1955)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
The Godfather (1972)
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
Lost In America (1987)
Tootsie (1982)
Network (1976)
Shane (1953)
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1967)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
Ben-Hur (1959)
The Band Wagon (1953)
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
My Fair Lady (1964)
A Place In The Sun (1951)
Limelight (1952)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Lady Eve (1941)
The Matrix (1999)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Brute Force (1947)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Unforgiven (1992)
Ransom (1996)
The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
The Guest (2014)
Bell, Book and Candle (1958)
Strangers When We Meet (1960)

Other Notable Items

Marie Windsor
Action TV show (1999-2000)
TCM’s Trailblazing Women programming, hosted by Illeana (2015)
Illeana’s memoir I Blame Dennis Hooper (2015)
Illeana’s podcast The Film Scene, formerly called “I Blame Dennis Hopper”
The Charade audio commentary featuring Peter Stone arguing with Stanley Donen
The Limey audio commentary featuring Lem Dobbs bickering with Steven Soderbergh
Mike Nichols
John Carpenter and Kurt Russell’s Big Trouble In Little China commentary
Joe’s excellent commentaries
John Frankenheimer
Carl Franklin’s One False Move commentary
Humphrey Bogart
Paul Henreid
Martin Scorsese’s Michael Powell film commentaries
The Coen Brothers
The Coen Brothers’ fake Mortimer Young Blood Simple commentary
M. Emmet Walsh
John Sturges’s A Bad Day At Black Rock LaserDisc commentary
Walter Huston
Joel McCrea
The Grace of My Heart soundtrack
Daniel Waters
James Dean
Elia Kazan
Charles Grodin
Jeannie Berlin
Garry Marshall
Albert Brooks
Sydney Pollack
Dustin Hoffman
Ned Beatty
Sidney Lumet
Sergio Leone
Jack Palance
Elisha Cook Jr.
Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Jack Buchanan
Mickey Spillane 
Donald O’Connor
George Stevens
Elizabeth Taylor
Montgomery Clift
Joseph Cotten
Henry Fonda
Jane Darewell 
Joe Pantoliano
Ron Howard
Timothy Carey
Otto Preminger
Dan Stevens
Downton Abbey TV show (2010-2015)
Bela Lugosi
Hilary Swank
Matt Damon
Richard Quine
Kirk Douglas
Kim Novak
Nicholas Ray

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.