The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
Stuntman J.J. Perry, director of Day Shift, joins hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante to discuss his favorite action flicks.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
You Only Live Twice (1967) – Dana Gould’s trailer commentary
From Russia With Love (1963) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Day Shift (2022)
Big Trouble In Little China (1986) – Mike Mendez’s trailer commentary
The Lost Boys (1987) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
Fright Night (1986) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
The Evil Dead (1983) – Fede Alvarez’s trailer commentary
The Exorcist (1973) – Oren Peli’s trailer commentary
Enter The Dragon (1973) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
The Way of the Dragon a.k.a. Return of the Dragon (1972) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
Rocky II (1979)
Rocky III (1982)
Rocky IV (1985)
Rocky V (1990)
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006)
The Tournament (2009)
The Shepherd: Border Patrol (2008)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
F9: The Fast Saga (2021)
Police Story (1985) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Project A (1983)
Armour of God (1986)
Tango And Cash (1989)
Rapid Fire (1992)
The Killer (1989)
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
Hard Boiled (1992)
John Wick (2014)
The Matrix (1999)
Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior (2003)
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
The Warriors (1979)
Bullet To The Head (2012)
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016)
Die Hard (1988)
Star Wars (1977)
The Terminator (1984) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
The Dead Pool (1988) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
State of Grace (1990)
Black Rain (1989)
The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)
O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)
Point Break (1991) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary
John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023)
Thrilla In Manilla (TBD)
Other Notable Items
The Village Theater in Westwood
Jean-Claude Van Damme
Walker, Texas Ranger TV series (1993-2001)
The Scott Adkins podcast episode
The Boaz Yakin podcast episode
The Laemmle Monica FIlm Center in Santa Monica
Joe Frazier vs. Muhammad Ali
The Fox Tower (a.k.a. Nakatomi Plaza)
Jan de Bont
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.