TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Issa López

Season 03 | Episode 27

Issa López

Writer / Director

The writer/director of Tigers Are Not Afraid takes us through some of her most formative cinematic experiences.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
The Innocents (1961)
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)
The Goonies (1985)
Gremlins (1984)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Ravenous (1999)
Raw (2016)
T2 Trainspotting (2017)
Macario (1960)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
Lake Mungo (2008)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Happy Feet (2006)
Lorenzo’s Oil (1992)
Babe (1995)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2014)
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Blade Runner (1982)
Casablanca (1942)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
Fanny and Alexander (1982)
Terrified a.k.a. Aterrados (2017)
Terrified (1963)
Gates of the Night (1946)

Other Notable Items

Rome TV series (2005-2007)
Jack Clayton
Ray Bradbury
Jonathan Pryce
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney
Richard Donner
Steven Spielberg
The Donner Party (no relation to Richard, don’t worry)
Antonia Bird 
Guy Pearce
Robert Carlyle
Once Upon A Time TV series (2011-2018)
Julia Ducournau
Roberto Gavaldón
Gabriel Figueroa
The Criterion Channel
“The Third Guest” short story by B. Traven (1953)
The Haunting of Hill House TV series (2018- )
Mike Flanagan
Twin Peaks TV series (1990-91, 2017)
Amazon Prime
George Miller
Ingmar Bergman
Andrei Tarkovsky
Michelangelo Antonioni
Amblin Partners
Demián Rugna
Yves Montand

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.