TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Jonah Ray

Season 06 | Episode 02

Jonah Ray

My Favorite Year: 1994

Comedian Jonah Ray discusses his favorite year in cinema (1994) with Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Airport (1970)
Airport 1975 (1975)
Airport ’77 (1977)
Airplane! (1980)
Basket Case (1982)
Destroy All Neighbors (TBD)
Satanic Hispanics (2022)
Christmas Bloody Christmas (2022)
Black Christmas (1974) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s franchise power rankings
Tales From The Crypt (1972)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Pooka! (2018)
Pooka Lives! (2020)
Harvey (1950) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
Ed Wood (1994)
Black Dynamite (2009)
Bride Of The Monster (1955) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
Glen Or Glenda (1953)
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1957)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Frankenweenie (2012)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Dumb And Dumber (1994)
Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
The Mask (1994)
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)
Scream (1996)
Evil Laugh (1986)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Clerks (1994)
The Search For One-Eye Jimmy (1994)
Cabin Boy (1994)
Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
A History Of Violence (2005)
Léon: The Professional (1994)
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Lion King (1994)
In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)
Misery (1990) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
Silence Of The Lambs (1991) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion and 4K Blu-ray reviews
They Live (1988)
Prince Of Darkness (1987) – Ti West’s trailer commentary
Village Of The Damned (1960) – Mary Lambert’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Children Of The Damned (1964) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
Village Of The Damned (1995)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016)
Possession (1981)
Vampires (1998)
The Raid (2011)
28 Weeks Later (2007)
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
Quiz Show (1994)
I.Q. (1994)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
Fierce Creatures (1997)
Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (2022)

Other Notable Items

The American Cinematheque
TFH Guru Adam Rifkin
Grant Moninger
Universal Pictures
Slamdance Film Festival
Shudder
The Alex Winter podcast episode
Marc Maron
Gabriel Bartalos
Bill Corso
Alejandro Brugués
Joe Begos
Monte Hellman
Tales From The Crypt TV series (1989-1996)
Joan Collins
Into The Dark Hulu anthology series (2018-2021)
Blumhouse
Jon Lovitz’s “Hanukkah Harry” Saturday Night Live sketch (1990)
Josh’s Favorite Movie Year: 1992 podcast episode
Jonah’s first TMTMM podcast appearance
Mystery Science Theater 3000 TV series (1988-99, 2017-18)
Tim Burton
TFH Guru Dana Gould
Felicia Day
Gold Diggers Studios
Gold-Diggers
Bela Lugosi
The second Scott Adkins podcast episode
Woody Allen
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Sylvester Stallone
Danny DeVito
Just For Laughs
Pete Davidson
Skankfest
Jeff Daniels
Jim Carrey
The Beatles
Wes Craven
Robert Shaye
Jason Voorhees
Kevin Williamson
Joel Silver
The Coen Brothers
Tim Robbins
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Rosalind Russell
The Academy Awards
Amazon Prime Video
Kanopy
Justin Theroux
Steve Buscemi
The Sopranos TV series (1999-2006)
Holt McCallany
Michael Badalucco 
Nicholas Turturro
Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini
Anne Meara 
John Turturro 
Samuel L. Jackson 
Tony Sirico
Jennifer Beals
Aida Turturro 
Sam Rockwell
The Sex Pistols
The Buzzcocks
The Smiths
Factory Records
Chris Elliott
Late Show With David Letterman TV series (1993-2015)
Bill Murray
Schitt’s Creek TV series (2015-2020)
Walker Texas Ranger TV series (1993-2001)
Eagleheart (2011-2014)
Adult Swim
Jason Woliner
Get A Life TV series (1990-1992)
Gulliver’s Travels novel by Jonathan Swift (1726)
Gary Oldman
John Malkovich
John Carpenter
Sam Neill
Dookie album by Green Day (1994)
Limp Bizkit
Walter Matthau
Albert Einstein
TFH Guru Mick Garris’s The Stand miniseries (1994)
Peter Jackson
Interview With The Vampire TV series (2022- )

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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.