TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Jim Gavin

Season 03 | Episode 02

Jim Gavin

Writer / Producer

Jim Gavin, the creator of Lodge 49 walks us through some of the movies that reduce him to tears.

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Spartacus (1960)
Breaking Away (1979)
Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man (1943)
Withnail and I (1987)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
The Powerpuff Girls Movie (2002)
Pierrot le Fou (1965)
Nights of Cabiria (1957)
La Dolce Vita (1960)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Rudy (1993)
Hoop Dreams (1994)
Kes (1969)
I, Daniel Blake (2016)
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
Joe Versus The Volcano (1990)
Cast Away (2000)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
Remember The Night (1940)
Grindhouse (2007)
The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)
Leolo (1992)
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
Breaker Morant (1980)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Casablanca (1942)

Other Notable Items

Kurt Russell
Barbara Barrie
Jim’s TV series Lodge 49 (2018-19)
Wyatt Russell
Sonya Cassidy
Long Beach, CA
Barry TV series (2018- )
Pose TV series (2018- )
Our Bill Hader podcast episodes
Our Steven Canals podcast episode
Brent Jennings
Deadwood TV series (2004-06)
Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)
Paul Giamatti
Alexander Payne
Dennis Christopher
Marianne Faithfull’s cover of “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan”, by Shel Silverstein
Richard E. Grant
Paul McGann
Marielle Heller
Nicole Holofcener
Jean-Luc Godard
Samuel Fuller
Federico Fellini
Giulietta Masina
Steven Spielberg
J.G. Ballard
Tom Stoppard
Christian Bale
Robert Louis Stevenson
John Malkovich
James Stewart
Our Gurinder Chadha podcast episode
Jim’s short story collection Middle Men
Isiah Thomas
Ken Loach
Dai Bradley
Pete Postlethwaite
Dave Johns
Jeremy Corbyn
John Cassavetes
TFH Guru John Sayles
Tom Hanks
Peter Ocko
John Patrick Shanley
William Peter Blatty
Steve Martin
John Hughes
John Candy
Johnny LaRue, Candy’s recurring SCTV character
Thanksgiving, Grindhouse trailer
Don’t!, Grindhouse trailer
TFH Guru Eli Roth
TFH Guru Edgar Wright
TFH Guru Guillermo Del Toro
The Spanish Civil War
Jean-Claude Lauzon
Martin Landau
Jeff Bridges
Bryan Brown
The Equalizer TV series (1985-1989)
Edward Woodward
Kirk Douglas
Christiane Kubrick
He Who Must Not Be Named
Stanley Kubrick
Doonesbury comic strip (1970- )
Family Guy TV series (1999-2002, 2005- )

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.