TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Joe Cornish

Season 06 | Episode 03

Joe Cornish

Writer / Director

Writer/Director Joe Cornish (Attack the Block, Lockwood & Co) discusses a few of his favorite movies with Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Attack The Block (2011)
Rocks (2019)
Poltergeist (1982)
Gremlins (1984)
Avanti! (1972)
Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
The Last Wave (1977)
Witness (1985)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Fearless (1993)
Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003)
Gallipoli (1981)
The Year Of Living Dangerously (1982)
The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)
The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai (1984)
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)
The Rescuers (1977)
Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979)
The Adventures Of Tintin (2011)
Bambi (1942)
Dumbo (1941)
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
Forbidden Planet (1956)
This Island Earth (1955)
Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers (1956)
The Thing From Another World (1951)
Matinee (1993)
The Lord Of The Rings (1978)
The Omen (1976)
Damien: Omen II (1978)
Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exterminator (1980)
Friday The 13th (1980)
Final Destination (2000)
The Black Stallion (1979)
The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
The Jungle Book (2016)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Flash Gordon (1980)
Ted (2012)
Batman (1966)
Barbarella (1968)
Caligula (1979)
Superman (1978)
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
Star Wars (1977)
Tarzan, The Ape Man (1981)
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
Danger: Diabolik (1968)
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
Venom (1981)
8 ½ (1963)
Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975)

Other Notable Items

The Luca Guadagnino podcast episode
TFH Guru Edgar Wright
Lockwood & Co. TV series (2023- )
Ruby Stokes
Bridgerton TV series (2020- )
Billy Wilder
Juliet Mills 
Peter Weir
Spare by Prince Harry (2023)
The Rescuers novel by Margery Sharp (1959) 
James Bond
Sean Connery
“Nobody Does It Better” song by Carly Simon (1977)
Roger Moore
Steven Spielberg
Peter Jackson
Steven Moffat
Top Of The Pops TV show (1964-2006)
British UFO Research Association 
The Cinerama Dome
Ralph Bakshi
Our friends at Movies Unlimited
Sam Neill
Friday The 13th film series
Don Taylor
Mike Hodges
Final Destination film series
Shudder’s The 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments of All Time 
Carroll Ballard 
Bill Pope 
The Caleb Deschanel podcast episode
Mickey Rooney
John Gilbert 
Wallace Beery
John Hallam 
Brian Blessed
Sam J. Jones
Dino De Laurentiis
Bo Derek
John Derek
Miles O’Keeffe
Richard Harris
John Phillip Law
Hugh Hudson
Piers Haggard
Klaus Kinski
Oliver Reed
Nicol Williamson
Sarah Miles
The Sight And Sound Top 100
Tobe Hooper
H. Rider Haggard
John Boyega 

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.