TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

John Wyatt

Season 01 | Episode 14

John Wyatt

Cinespia Founder

Cinespia founder John Wyatt runs us through a list of movies that should be better known than they are.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Purple Rain (1984)
Burying The Ex (2015)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Graduate (1967)
Taking Off (1971)
Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970)
Gremlins (1984)
Shock Corridor (1963)
White Dog (1982)
The Hired Hand (1971)
The Last Movie (1971)
Easy Rider (1969)
Idaho Transfer (1973)
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
The Stunt Man (1980)
Helter Skelter (1976)
Psych-Out (1968)
Freebie and the Bean (1974)
Day For Night (1973)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox (1976)
Ride The High Country (1962)
The Deadly Companions (1961)
Unforgiven (1992)
Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
Get Rollin’ (1980)
Wild Style (1983)
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979)
Roller Boogie (1979)
A Movie (1958)
The Movie Orgy (1968)
Cosmic Ray (1962)
The Trip (1967)
A Poem Is A Naked Person (2015)
Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
The Limey (1999)
Gotti (2018)
Friday (1995)
The Craft (1996)
Footloose (1984)

Other Notable Items

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Judy Garland
Rudolph Valentino
John Huston
Johnny Ramone
Chris Cornell
Douglas Fairbanks
Anton Yelchin
Buck Henry
Katharine Ross
Miloš Forman
“Melancholy Baby” 
Kathy Bates
Carly Simon
Film Forum
Alice Cooper
Samuel Fuller
The White Dog Criterion disc
TFH Guru Jon Davison
Universal Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Vilmos Zsigmond
Dennis Hopper
Bruce Langhorne’s The Hired Hand soundtrack (1971)
“Mr. Tambourine Man,” Bob Dylan (1965)
Peter Fonda
Warren Oates
Francis Ford Coppola
Frank Mazzola
Richard Rush
Sidney J. Furie
Peter O’Toole
Steve Railsback
Barbara Hershey
Hotel del Coronado
Francois Truffaut
Sam Peckinpah
Sergio Leone
Frank Capra
Terrance Mitchell
Sidney Poitier
Quincy Jones
Michael Jackson
The Jackson 5
TFH Guru Larry Karaszewski
Linda Blair
Bruce Conner
Maya Deren
Hollywood Babylon book by Kenneth Anger
Ray Charles
FilmStruck (RIP)
Les Blank
Leon Russell
The Criterion Collection
Museum of Modern Art
Steven Soderbergh
Lem Dobbs
The Fox Venice Theatre
The New Beverly Cinema
The Encore Theatre
The State Theatre
Ingmar Bergman
Chris Tucker

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.