TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Jonah Ray

Season 01 | Episode 13

Jonah Ray

Actor / Writer / Producer

Comedian Jonah Ray (Mystery Science Theater 3000) discusses 5 movies you must never talk through, and 5 movies you HAVE to talk through with Josh and Joe.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

This Island Earth (1955)
Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie (1996)
Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)
The Room (2003)
Titanic II (2010)
Titanic (1997)
Transmorphers (2007)
Transformers (2007)
The Terminators (2009)
The Terminator (1984)
Superman (1978)
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
Ed Wood (1994)
Mitchell (1975)
Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1983)
The Apple (1980)
On The Border (1998) 
Ready Player One (2018)
Wonder Woman (2017)
Robot Monster (1953)
Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)
Beginners (2010)
The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t (1966)
Blockers (2018)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Majestic (2001)
The Postman (1997)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
28 Days Later (2002)
28 Weeks Later (2007)
28 Days (2000)
Up (2009)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Dead Alive (1993)
Masque of the Red Death (1964)
It (2017)
Brain Damage (1988)
Basket Case (1982)
Frankenhooker (1990)
Matinee (1993)
The Tingler (1959)
Get Even, a.k.a. Road to Revenge (1993)
Rat Pfink a Boo Boo (1966)
Fateful Findings (2012)
I Am Here… Now (2009)
Ghosts Can’t Do It (1989)
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)
Carnival Magic (1981)
Blood of Ghastly Horror (1971)
The Fiend with the Electronic Brain (1969)
Cry Wilderness (1987)
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
Mac and Me (1988)
Sharktopus (2010)
Aquaman (2018)
The Movie Orgy (1968)
Airplane! (1980)
The Naked Gun: From The Files of Police Squad! (1988)
Commando (1985)
Twins (1988)

Other Notable Items

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 TV show (1988-1999, 2017- )
Keith Gordon’s podcast episode
Hampton Fancher
The Dollop’s podcast episode
The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail TV show (2014-2016)
The Nerdist podcast and TV show
Chris Hardwicke
Joel Hodgson
Severin Films
The Asylum
William Eggleston
Ed Wood
The Fifty Worst Films of All Time by Michael Medved (1978)
Joe Don Baker
Philip K. Dick
Patty Jenkins
Dana Gould’s annual Plan 9 live reading
Ron Lynch
Phil Tucker
Christopher Plummer
Ewan McGregor
The Marx Brothers
South By Southwest Film Festival
The Internet Movie Database
Jim Carrey
Frank Darabont
James Gunn
Peter Jackson
The New Beverly Cinema
Beyond Fest
William Castle
The Cuban Missile Crisis
John Goodman
John De Hart 
Rob Schrab
Bo Derek
Al Adamson
Regina Carrol
Gary Graver
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
The “Alan Smithee” director alias
Andrew Sarris
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV show (1964-1968)
Tommy Wiseau
The Neighbors TV show (2015)
Police Squad! TV show (1982)
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
Elliott Kalan
Saturday Night Live TV show (1975- )
Abbott and Costello

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. 

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