The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
The former head of the ACLU discusses some of the movies – and sports legends – that made him.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
Mighty Ira (2020)
The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
Panic In The Streets (1950)
Last Year At Marienbad (1962)
The Seventh Seal (1957)
La Strada (1954)
Wild Strawberries (1957) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
The Virgin Spring (1960) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Last House On The Left (1972) – Darren Bousman’s trailer commentary
A Walk In The Sun (1945) – Glenn Erickson’s review
Paths Of Glory (1957) – George Hickenlooper’s trailer commentary, John Landis’s trailer commentary
All Quiet On The Western Front (1930) – Ed Neumeier’s trailer commentary
Lonely Are The Brave (1962)
Casablanca (1942) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
On The Waterfront (1954) – John Badham’s trailer commentary
12 Angry Men (1957)
Inherit The Wind (1960)
Judgment At Nuremberg (1961)
Witness For The Prosecution (1957)
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
The Verdict (1982)
Twelve Angry Men teleplay (1954)
The Front (1976)
Judgment At Nuremberg teleplay (1959)
My Favorite Year (1982) – Charlie Largent’s CineSavant review
A Little Romance (1979)
Before Sunrise (1995) – Glenn Erickson’s Before Trilogy review
Before Sunset (2004)
Before Midnight (2013)
Let Him Go (2020)
Other Notable Items
The mighty ACLU
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Great Depression
World War II
The Los Angeles (née Brooklyn) Dodgers
The New York Yankees
The San Francisco (née New York) Giants
The Passion Play
The American Cinematheque
The Skokie, Illinois marches
Sarah Lawrence College
The Haunted Halloween seasonal sale from our friends at Movies Unlimited!
We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Film book by Noah Isenberg (2017)
William F. Buckley
Lee J. Cobb
The New York Mets
The Man Who Brought The Dodgers Back To Brooklyn novel by David Ritz (1981)
Your Show Of Shows TV show (1950-1954)
Ten From Your Show Of Shows compilation (1973)
This Is Your Life TV show (1948-1961)
Candid Camera TV show (1948-2014)
The Honeymooners TV show (1955-1956)
I Love Lucy TV show (1951-1957)
All In The Family TV show (1971-1979)
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.