TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

James Lee Hernandez & Brian Lazarte

Season 05 | Episode 18

James Lee Hernandez & Brian Lazarte


Directors James Lee Hernandez and Brian Lazarte discuss the movies that inspired them while making The Big Conn.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Big Lebowski (1998)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Happiness (1998)
World’s Greatest Dad (2009)
Windy City Heat (2003)
Ocean’s 11 (1960)
Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Bad Boys (1995)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Munich (2005)
Fargo (1996)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
Delicatessen (1991)
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)
The Hole (2009) – Joe Dante’s U.S. trailer commentary, Joe Dante’s Italian trailer commentary, Joe Dante’s British trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review  
Dial M For Murder (1954) – Mark Pellington’s trailer commentary
Jaws 3D (1983)
Cave Of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
Katy Perry: Part of Me (2012)
U2 3D (2008)
The Pink Panther (1963) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary
Goodfellas (1990) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
Children of Men (2006)
The Imposter (2012)

Other Notable Items

The Big Conn podcast (2022)
The Big Conn docuseries (2022)
Bronzeville podcast (2017-2021)
Laurence Fishburne
Larenz Tate
Eric C. Conn
McMillions docuseries (2020)
The Coen Brothers
Apple TV+ 
Elmore Leonard
James Bond
Robert Elswitt
Mark Wahlberg
William H. Macy
Nina Hartley
Bobcat Goldthwait
Robin Williams
Steven Soderbergh
The “Rat Pack”
“Ee O Eleven” song by Sammy Davis Jr. (1960)
Quentin Tarantino
Lloyd Holbrook
I’ll Be Gone In The Dark docuseries (2020)
Michelle McNamara
Damian Paletta
Arielle Ness-Cohn 
Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Wallace and Gromit
Erik Nelson
Werner Herzog 
Katy Perry
The Pink Panther series
Blake Edwards
Martin Scorsese
Henry Hill
Henny Youngman 

This list is also available on Movies Unlimited and 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.