TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Jonathan Ross

Season 04 | Episode 39

Jonathan Ross

TV Host / Producer / Writer

The extraordinary Jonathan Ross discusses his favorite movies with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Kick-Ass (2010)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) – Dennis Cozzalio’s 2015 year-end list
The Woman in Black (2012)
Stardust (2007)
The Green Knight (2021) – Our podcast interview with director David Lowery, Dennis Cozzalio’s best-of-2021-so-far list
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
The Astro-Zombies (1968) – Dennis Cozzalio’s drive-in director list
The Corpse Grinders (1971) – Dennis Cozzalio’s drive-in director list
Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Zombies (1964) – Dennis Cozzalio’s drive-in director list
Blood Feast (1963) – Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
The Wizard of Gore (1970)
Police Story (1985) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)
Re-Animator (1985) – Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
Society (1989)
Eraserhead (1977) – Karyn Kusama’s Blu-ray review
Faster Pussycat Kill Kill (1965) – Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Citizen Kane (1941) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Gremlins (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review, TFH’s 30th anniversary links
Jumanji (1995)
Bob le Flambeur (1956)
Le Doulos a.ka. The Finger Man (1961)
Pierrot Le Fou (1965)
Breathless (1960) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video (1979)
The Good Thief (2002)
My Journey Through French Cinema (2016) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Apartment (1960) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review 
Irma La Douce (1963) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Kiss Me Stupid (1964) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary
Frenzy (1972) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Torn Curtain (1966)
Macbeth (1971)
The Final Programme (1973)
Rocky (1976)
First Blood (1982) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
Rambo III (1988)
Rambo (2008)
Rambo: Last Blood (2019)
Alien (1979) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Aliens (1986) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot! (1992)
Oscar (1991)
Paradise Alley (1978)
Streets Of Fire (1984)
Dick Tracy (1990)
Rouge (1987)
The Raid: Redemption (2011)
The Raid 2 (2014)
The Raid (1954)
Dredd (2012)
The World of Drunken Master (1979)
Drunken Master II (1994)
Miracles (1989)
As Good As It Gets (1997) – Chris Wilkinson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review 
Santo Contra los Zombies (1962)
The Batwoman (1968)
The Wild World Of Batwoman (1966)
I’ll Do Anything (1994)
One From The Heart (1981)
Showgirls (1995)
Cats (2019)
The Trip (2010)

Other Notable Items

Jane Goldman
The Masked Singer UK (2020- )
TFH Guru Adam Rifkin
The Incredibly Strange Film Show (1988-1989)
Jonathan Ross Presents For One Week Only TV series (1990)
Russ Meyer
Ray Dennis Steckler
Ted V. Mikels
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Charles Band
Herschell Gordon Lewis
Jackie Chan
Arrow Films
Jackie Chan Meets “Son of the Incredibly Strange Film Show” 
TFH Guru Stuart Gordon
Brian Yuzna
Re-Animator: The Musical play (2011)
TFH Guru John Landis
“Thriller” music video by Michael Jackson
Meltdown Comics
Turf comic miniseries by Jonathan Ross (2010-2011)
David Lynch
The Beverly Center in Los Angeles
Knott’s Berry Farm in California
Vidiots in California
The “Video Nasty” scare
Video Archives in California
Quentin Tarantino
Musso And Frank in Hollywood
Spike Lee
Dick Miller
Dennis Leary
Stan Winston
GI Joe toys
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
The Super Mario Brothers game cartridge that sold for $2 million at auction
Jean-Pierre Melville
The French New Wave 
Jean-Paul Belmondo 
Cahiers du Cinéma magazine (1951- )
Jean-Luc Godard
Roger Duchesne 
Nick Nolte
Neil Jordan
Martin Scorsese
Bertrand Taviernier
Ernst Lubitsch
Shirley MacLaine
Billy Wilder 
Alfred Hitchcock
The Roxy nightclub in the UK
Lew Wasserman
Universal Pictures
Bernard Herrman
Tom Stoppard
Harold Pinter
Anthony Shaffer 
Barry Foster
Jon Finch
Michael Moorcock
Sylvester Stallone
Bill Conti 
Bob Kerrey
John Kerry
TFH Guru Guillermo Del Toro
Alfonso Cuarón
Carrie Fisher
Frank Stallone
Tom Waits
Don Leo Jonathan
Warren Beatty
William Goldman
Stanley Kwan
Leslie Cheung
Golden Harvest 
Garreth Evans
Charlie Chaplin
Buster Keaton
New Line Cinema
Johnny Legend
Andy Kaufman
El Santo
The Blue Demon
Adam West
Coffin Joe
Jack Nicholson
James L. Brooks
Helen Hunt
Greg Kinnear
Talk Soup TV series (1991-2002)
Shirley Knight
Tom Hooper
The British Film Institute
The rumored Cats “butthole cut”
James Corden
Surrounded by Time album by Tom Jones (2021)
“Kiss” by Tom Jones (1989)
Elvis Presley
Frank Sinatra
Janis Joplin
Jimi Hendrix
Rob Bryden
Marion and Geoff TV series (2000)

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.