TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Jesse V. Johnson
Season 03 | Episode 12

Jesse V. Johnson

Stuntman / Director / Writer

Acclaimed stuntman and action director extraordinaire Jesse V. Johnson (Avengement, Triple Threat, Accident Man) joins us to discuss the U.S. based action films and filmmakers that have influenced him the most.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

On The Waterfront (1954)
Fultah Fisher’s Boarding House (1922)
Undisputed (2002)
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006)
Undisputed III: Redemption (2010)
Boyka: Undisputed (2016)
The Killer Elite (1975)
Convoy (1978)
The Osterman Weekend (1983)
Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Straw Dogs (1971)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Birdcage (1996)
Cross of Iron (1977)
Electra Glide in Blue (1973)
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974)
Easy Rider (1969)
Fail Safe (1964)
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Ride The High Country (1962)
Major Dundee (1965)
Jinxed! (1982)
Beowulf (2007)
Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)
The Girl Hunters (1963)
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
Point Blank (1967)
Falling Down (1993)
M (1951)
M (1931)
The Black Vampire (1953)
The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Scum (1979)
Elephant (1989)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), possibly Joe’s favorite John Ford film
The Last Hurrah (1958)
The Searchers (1956)
Charley Varrick (1973)
3 Godfathers (1948)
Rififi (1955)
Dirty Harry (1971)
The Getaway (1972)
Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
The Killers (1964)
The Beguiled (1971)
The Beguiled (2017)
Casablanca (1942)
Riot in Cell Block 11 (1954)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Flaming Star (1960)
King Creole (1958)
The Shootist (1976)
Rough Cut (1980)
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
Seven Angry Men (1955)
The World In His Arms (1952)
Avengement (2019)
This Is England (2006)
Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986)
Bustin’ Loose (1981)

Other Notable Items

Orson Welles
The Richard Stanley Podcast Episode
The Thomas Jane Podcast Episode
Five Tall Tales: Budd Boetticher & Randolph Scott At Columbia, 1957-1960 Blu-ray set
Jean-Pierre Melville
Robert Aldrich
Richard Brooks
Elia Kazan
Frank Capra
Frankly: Unmasking Frank Capra by Joseph McBride
Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success by Joseph McBride
The Name Above The Title memoir by Frank Capra
Scott Adkins
Masaki Kobayashi
The Human Condition film trilogy
Sam Peckinpah
The Criterion Collection
Kirk Douglas
James Coburn
Mitch Miller
Robert Zemeckis
Ralph Meeker
Brad Pitt
Travis McGee
Film noir character Doc Savage
Mickey Spillane
Raymond Chandler
A.I. Bezzerides
The Bradbury Building
Walter Hill
Joseph Losey
Raoul Walsh
Humphrey Bogart
James Cagney
Priscilla Lane
Gladys George
Alan Clarke
Scum TV play (1977)
Danny Boyle
John Ford
John Wayne
Martin Scorsese
Who The Devil Made It book by Peter Bogdanovich
Lee Marvin
James Stewart
Woody Strode
“(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance” song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
Don Siegel
Lindsay Anderson
Amoeba Records
Clint Eastwood
Walter Matthau
A Siegel Film: An Autobiography memoir by Don Siegel (1996)
Lucien Ballard
Michael Curtiz
Sam Wood
Michael Curtiz: A Life In Film by Alan K. Rhode (2017)
Erroll Flynn
Olivia de Havilland
Bring on the Empty Horses memoir by David Niven
Lauren Bacall
John Brown
Jeffrey Hunter
Colonel George Armstrong Custer
J.E.B. Stuart
The Hays Code
Pat O’Brien
Gregory Peck
Thomas Turgoose
EastEnders soap opera (1985- )
The Eli Roth Podcast Episode
Richard Pryor

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. 

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