TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Jim Cummings

Season 04 | Episode 40

Jim Cummings

Writer / Director / Actor

Writer/director/actor Jim Cummings (Thunder Road, Wolf of Snow Hollow, and The Beta Test) joins hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante to discuss a few of his favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Thunder Road short film (2016)
Thunder Road (2018)
The Wolf Of Snow Hollow (2020)
The Beta Test (2021)
Jack Reacher (2012)
The ’Burbs (1989) – Ti West’s trailer commentary, Burbs-Mania from TFH 
Big (1988)
War Of The Worlds (2005) – Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review
Psycho (1960) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Children Of Men (2006)
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002)
Russian Ark (2002) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary 
The Beach (2000)
Titanic (1997)
28 Days Later (2003)
Victoria (2015) – Eduardo Rodriguez’s trailer commentary
Krisha (2015)
Dogtooth (2009)
Inside Out (2015)
Toy Story (1995)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Wall-E (2008)
Up (2009)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Mark Pellington’s trailer commentary, Oren Peli’s trailer commentary 
False Positive (2021)
Repulsion (1965) – Michael Lehman’s trailer commentary
Seduced And Abandoned (1964)
Divorce Italian Style (1961)
La Dolce Vita (1960) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary
My Beautiful Girl, Mari (2002)
Speed Racer (2008) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Matrix (1999)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
The Matrix Resurrections (2021)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Fight Club (1999)
Amy (2015)
Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry (2021)
Rear Window (1954) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s 4K review
Jamaica Inn (1939)
Parasite (2019) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Doctor X (1932) – Michael Schlesinger’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review 

Other Notable Items

Wrecking Ball album by Bruce Springsteen (2012)
Jerry Lewis
Werner Herzog
Tom Cruise
Tom Hanks
Rick Ducommun
Alfred Hitchcock
The Universal Studios Backlot
Amblin
Dana Olsen
Andrei Tarkovsky
Buster Keaton
Jackie Chan
Alfonso Cuarón
Steven Spielberg
David Fincher
Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong Podcast
Leonardo DiCaprio
Alex Garland
The Miguel Arteta podcast episode
Laia Costa
Trey Edward Shults
Daniel Waters 
SXSW
Pixar
John Cassavetes
Imagine Entertainment
The Dakota Hotel
John Lennon
Pietro Germi 
The Criterion Collection
Federico Fellini 
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
Cannes Film Fest
The Wachowskis
Danny Madden
Amy Winehouse
A24
Billie Eilish
Grace Kelly
James Stewart
Charles Laughton
Parasite VFX Reel
George Miller
IFC Films

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.