TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Jello Biafra

Season 04 | Episode 22

Jello Biafra

Dead Kennedys

The legendary punk god joins us to talk about movies he finds unforgettable. Special appearance by his cat, Moon Unit.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Tapeheads (1988)
Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979) – Eli Roth’s trailer commentary
A Face In The Crowd (1957) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Meet John Doe (1941)
Bob Roberts (1992)
Bachelor Party (1984)
Dangerously Close (1986)
Videodrome (1983) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary
F/X (1986)
Hot Rods To Hell (1967)
Riot On Sunset Strip (1967)
While The City Sleeps (1956) – Glenn Erickson’s trailer commentary
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Spider-Man (2002)
The Killing (1956) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary
Serpent’s Egg (1977)
The Thin Man (1934)
Meet Nero Wolfe (1936)
The Hidden Eye (1945)
Eyes In The Night (1942)
Sudden Impact (1983) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
Red Dawn (1984)
Warlock (1989)
The Dead Zone (1983) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary
Secret Honor (1984)
The Player (1992) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray commentary 
Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
The Phenix City Story (1955)
I Want To Live! (1958) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Thin Blue Line (1988)
West of Memphis (2012)
No Way Out (1950)
Patton (1970) – Rod Lurie trailer commentary
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) – Glenn Erickson’s trailer commentary
The Well (1951)
Violent Saturday (1955)
Shock Corridor (1963) – Katt Shea’s trailer commentary
Terminal City Ricochet (1990)
Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
The Big Red One (1980)
The Crimson Kimono (1959) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Naked Kiss (1964)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The Night of the Hunter (1955) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Sunset Boulevard (1950) – John Landis’s trailer commentary

Other Notable Items

Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
The Dead Kennedys
Donna Karan
Warner Brothers
The Jonas Brothers
“California über alles” song by The Dead Kennedys (1979)
Bill Graham
Jerry Garcia
MTV TV network
“MTV Get Off The Air” song by The Dead Kennedys (1985)
Beavis and Butt-Head TV series (1993-1997, 2011, 2021)
In Concert TV series (1972-1975)
Don Kirshner
The Midnight Special (1973-1981)
Hullabaloo TV series (1965-1966)
Boy George
Culture Club
Michael Jackson
Columbia Records
Mike Judge
Mike Nesmith
The Monkees
Jimmy Rogers
Hank Williams
Tim Robbins
John Cusack
Clu Gulager
Mötley Crüe
Stiv Bators
“Baby Doll” song by Devo (1988)
The Joker
Frankenchrist album by the Dead Kennedys (1985)
Bill Fishman
Sam Moore
Junior Walker
The Tapeheads soundtrack album (1988)
London Calling album by The Clash (1979)
Dianne Feinstein
The Dickies
The Ramones
The Rock ‘n’ Roll High School soundtrack (1979)
TFH Guru Allan Arkush
Andy Griffith
President Joe Biden
President Barack Obama
The Occupy Wall Street movement
Oliver Stone
Jonathan Winters
Charles Laughton
Mae Whittman
Baby Huey
What Would Jello Do? YouTube series
Bradford Bancroft
Tom Hanks
UC Berkeley
Barry Gifford
The Academy Awards
Dana Andrews
Mimsy Farmer
Eddie Mueller
Noir Alley Show on TCM
Fritz Lang
Jack Lemmon
Ray Milland
Broderick Crawford
Highway Patrol TV series (1955-1959)
Peter Gunn TV series (1958-1961)
Ed Nelson
Stewart Whitman
Hawaii Five-O TV series (1968-1980)
Ziv Company
Science Fiction Theatre TV series (1955-1957)
I Led Three Lives TV series (1953-1956)
MeTV TV network
Decades TV network
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971)
James Brown
The Blue Comets
The Doors
Xavier Cugat
Ray Barretto
Cuchi-Cuchi album by Charo and the South Soul Orchestra (1977)
“House of the Rising Sun” cover song by Santa Esmeralda (1977)
The Ethel Merman Disco Album album by Ethel Merman (1979)
Batman TV series (1966-1968)
William Shatner
The Beatles
The Riddler
The Penguin
The Ramones
Jonny Quest
Lex Luthor
Spider-Man TV series (1967-1970)
“Spider-Man” theme song (1967)
The Green Goblin
Wide World of Sports TV series (1968-1991)
JG Thirlwell
Al Jourgensen
Sam Raimi
Tobey Maguire
Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995)
Stanley Kubrick
Russ Meyer
Nero Wolfe
Edward Arnold
James Franciscus
Longstreet TV series (1971-1975)
Raymond Burr
Movies! TV network
ScreenPix TV network (part of Epix)
The Big Ten Network
John Milius
Ernest Hemingway
Lionsgate Films
Soldier of Fortune Magazine
The Denver Broncos
Tim Tebow
Tea Party Revenge Porn album by Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine (2020)
“No More Selfies” song by Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
“The Ghost of Vince Lombardi” song by Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
Christopher Walken
Martin Sheen
Robert Altman
Philip Baker Hall
MGM Records
Chris Rock
Pacific Film Archive
Allied Artists
Susan Heyward
The West Memphis Three
Peter Jackson
Sidney Poitier
James Edwards
John Cassavetes
Robert Ryan
Ed Begley Sr.
Harry Belafonte
Ernest Borgnine
Twilight Time
Walt Disney
Mickey Rat
The Realist magazine (1958-2001)
The William Stout podcast episode 
Peter Breck
The Big Valley TV series (1965-1969)
Boris Karloff
Samuel Fuller
John Conti
Zale Dalen
Cineplex Odeon
Last Scream of the Missing Neighbors album by Jello Biafra and D.O.A. (1990)
The Terminal City Ricochet soundtrack (1990)
President Lyndon B. Johnson
The Sky Is Falling and I Want My Mommy album by Jello Biafra and Nomeansno (1991)
“Bruce’s Diary” song by Jello Biafra and Nomeansno (1991)
Rob Zombie
Hank Williams III
“Cop Killer” song by Body Count (1991)
J.D. Wilkes and the Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers
Astro-Creep: 2000: Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head album by White Zombie
Robert Mitchum
Richard Benjamin 

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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.