TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Jonathan Kaplan

Season 3 | Episode 37

Jonathan Kaplan


The director of Over The Edge and The Accused takes us on a journey through some of his favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Student Teachers (1973)
Night Call Nurses (1972)
White Line Fever (1975)
Truck Turner (1974)
Heart Like A Wheel (1983)
The Accused (1988)
Over The Edge (1979)
Modern Times (1936)
City Lights (1931)
Manhattan (1979)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Apartment (1960)
North By Northwest (1959)
Moon Pilot (1962)
Mr. Billion (1977)
White Heat (1949)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Three Musketeers (1973)
The Four Musketeers (1974)
Superman (1978)
Superman II (1980)
The Three Musketeers (1948)
Shane (1953)
The 400 Blows (1959)
8 ½ (1963)
Fellini Satyricon (1969)
Richard (1972)
Millhouse (1971)
The Projectionist (1970)
El Dorado (1966)
The Shootist (1976)
Woodstock (1970)
Payback (1999)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)
Billy Liar (1963)
Ford Vs Ferrari (2019)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
Bad Girls (1994)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
Giant (1956)
The More The Merrier (1943)
The Graduate (1967)
The Victors (1963)
…And Justice For All (1979)
Citizen Kane (1941)
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn (1997)
The Day of the Dolphin (1973)
The Call of the Wild (2020)
The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King (2019)
The Revenant (2015)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
Day For Night (1973)
Being There (1979)
Bound For Glory (1976)
Second-Hand Hearts (1981)
Requiem For A Heavyweight (1962)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
The Student Nurses (1970)
Valley of the Dolls (1967)
Charlie’s Angels (2019)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Psycho (1960)
The Oscar (1966)
Barry Lyndon (1976)
Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
Bird (1988)
The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
American Sniper (2014)
The Beguiled (1971)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Fort Apache (1948)
The Searchers (1956)
Straight Time (1978)
Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me? (1971)
True Confessions (1981)
Monster (2003)
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970)

Other Notable Items

TFH Guru Roger Corman
Isaac Hayes
ER TV series (1994-2009)
Mekhi Phifer
Walter Hill
Matt Dillon
Jane Bernstein
Sylvester Stallone
Charlie Chaplin
Unknown Chaplin BBC miniseries (1993)
Mariel Hemingway
Woody Allen
AMC Loews 84th Street Theater NY
Radio City Music Hall
The Hollywood Bowl
The Rockettes
The University of Chicago
James Cagney
Edmond O’Brien
The Sopranos TV series (1999-2006)
Alfred Hitchcock 
Humphrey Bogart
The Marx Brothers
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Turner Classic Movies
Richard Lester
Gene Kelly
Van Heflin
Alan Ladd
Francois Truffaut
The Harry Potter film series
Federico Fellini
TFH Guru Allan Arkush
NYU Tisch School of the Arts
The Dick Cavett Show TV series (1968-1975, 1977-1982, 1985-1986, 1989-1996, 2006-2007)
Harry Hurwitz
Bertrand Castelli
Lorees Yerby
Mickey Rooney
John Carradine
Emile de Antonio
Chuck McCann
Jean-Luc Godard
John Wayne’s visit to Harvard
The John Wayne Playboy interview (it ain’t great)
Howard Hawks
Batman TV serial (1943)
Martin Scorsese
Fred Weintraub
Mel Gibson
Tony Richardson
Tom Courtenay
Richard Harris
Albert Finney
Red Dead Redemption 2 videogame (2018)
Deadwood TV series (2004-2006)
Sam Peckinpah
L.Q. Jones
Drew Barrymore
Madeleine Stowe
Joan Crawford
James Russo
Walter Scott
Clint Eastwood
George Stevens
James Dean
Elizabeth Taylor
Fritz Lang
Paul Bartel
New World Pictures
The William Friedkin podcast episode
Mike Nichols
Carl Foreman
Sol Kaplan
Norman Jewison
Al Pacino
The Swingle Singers
Neil Simon
The American Cinema: Directors and Directions 1929-1968 by Andrew Sarris (1968)
David Lean
Billy Wilder
Pauline Kael
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Manny Farber
John Simon
Sylvia Miles
The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center
Alan Smithee
Joe Eszterhas
Eric Idle
Michael Bay
Stanley Kubrick
Peter Sellers
George C. Scott
Hal Ashby
Haskell Wexler
Sidney Lumet
John Frankenheimer
Arthur Penn
Charles Laughton
Hawaii Five-0 TV series (2010-2020)
Robert DeNiro
Gordon Willis
The Godfather Notebook by Francis Ford Coppola (2016)
The Great American Dream Machine TV series (1971-1972)
TFH Guru Julie Corman
Charlie’s Angels TV series (1976-1981)
Christopher Nolan
Janet Leigh
Anthony Perkins
Harlan Ellison
Stephen Boyd
Richard Burton
Elizabeth Taylor
Patton Oswalt
Ryan O’Neal
The Luck of Barry Lyndon novel by William Makepeace Thackeray (1844)
Mark Twain
Ennio Morricone
Don Siegel
John Ford
Philip Kaufman
Dustin Hoffman
Ulu Grosbard
Robert Duvall
Joan Didion
John Gregory Dunne
Roger Ebert
TFH Guru Jon Davison

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.