TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Jason Reitman

Season 04 | Episode 48

Jason Reitman

Writer / Director / Producer

Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman takes hosts Joe Dante and Josh Olson on a journey through some of his favorite cinematic tonal shifts.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
Thank You For Smoking (2006)
Up In The Air (2009)
Juno (2007)
Young Adult (2011)
Citizen Kane (1941) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Seven Samurai (1954) Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Rififi (1955)
Titane (2021)
Cannibal Girls (1973)
Raw (2016)
Hellraiser (1987)
A Serbian Film (2010)
Cast Away (2000)
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Downhill Racer (1968) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Breaking Away (1979)
Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
Psycho (1960) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Psycho (1998) – Ti West’s trailer commentary
Last Night In Soho (2021)
Funny Games (1997)
Funny Games (2008)
The Piano Teacher (2001) – Charlie Largent’s Criterion Blu-ray
I, The Jury (1982)
Mother! (2017)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Tully (2018)
Gremlins (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review, TFH’s 30th anniversary links
Ghostbusters (1984) – Axelle Carolyn’s trailer commentary
The Second Civil War (1997) – Glenn Erickson’s trailer commentary, Joe Dante revisits the movie
Bound (1996)
Vanishing Point (1971) – George Hickenlooper’s trailer commentary, Joe Dante’s review
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
American Honey (2016)
Fish Tank (2009)
Red Road (2006)
Milk (1998)
Rust And Bone (2012)
Blue Collar (1978) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Klute (1971) – Katt Shea’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Criterion Blu-ray review, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Black Panther (2018)
American Psycho (2000)
Dr. Strangelove (1964) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Fail Safe (1964) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Airplane! (1980) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Zero Hour! (1957)
Top Secret! (1984)
Carnal Knowledge (1971)
Abigail’s Party (1977)
A History Of Violence (2005)
To Be Or Not To Be (1942) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
The Village (2004)
Force Majeure (2014)
Downhill (2020)
Riders of Justice (2020)
Unforgiven (1992)

Other Notable Items

Ivan Reitman
The Thomas Jane podcast episode
David Cronenberg
Beyond Fest
Robert Zemeckis
Hillary Swank
The Academy Awards
Clint Eastwood
Robert Rodriguez
George Clooney
Quentin Tarantino
TFH Guru Edgar Wright
Michael Haneke
Mickey Spillane
Darren Aronofsky
The Arclight Theater
David Lynch
The Sundance Film Festival
Diablo Cody
Josh’s Village Voice piece “I Will Not Ready Your F*%!ing Script”
TFH Guru Guillermo Del Toro
Lana Wachowski
Lily Wachowski
Richard C. Sarafian 
Alexander Payne
Andrea Arnold
Richard Pryor
The Cuban Missile Crisis
Stanley Kubrick
Terry Southern
Red Alert novel by Peter George (1958)
Jerry Zucker
David Zucker 
Dana Andrews
Arthur Hailey 
Mike Nichols
Mike Leigh
William Hurt
Ernst Lubitsch
Carole Lombard
M. Night Shyamalan
Mads Mikkelson
The Three Stooges

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.