TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Josh Ruben & Mishna Wolff

Season 04 | Episode 23

Josh Ruben & Mishna Wolff

Director & Writer

A special two-part episode. From the movie Werewolves Within, director Josh Ruben discusses a few of his favorite movies. THEN, Werewolves Within writer Mishna Wolff plays a game of “find the woman” in some of her favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Josh Ruben:

Werewolves Within (2021)
Werewolves On Wheels (1971) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
Wrath of Man (2021)
Trapped Ashes (2006)
The ’Burbs (1989) – Ti West’s trailer commentary
The Fly (1986)
To My Great Chagrin: The Unbelievable Story of Brother Theodore (2007)
Road To Perdition (2002)
Stephen King’s Cat’s Eye (1985)
Nightmare On Elm Street Part III: Dream Warriors (1987)
Flight of the Navigator (1986)
Grease (1978)
Honey I Blew Up The Kid (1992)
Big Top Pee-Wee (1988)
A History of Violence (2005)
The Dead (1987)
The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
Irreversible (2002)
Hunter Hunter (2020)
Man Bites Dog (1992)
The Human Centipede: The First Sequence (2009)
A Serbian Film (2010)
Planes Trains And Automobiles (1987)
Lost In Translation (2003)
JFK (1991)
Home Alone (1990)
The Second Civil War (1997) – Glenn Erickson’s DVD review
Small Soldiers (1998)
The Monster Squad (1987) – Ti West’s trailer commentary
Defending Your Life (1991) – Marshall Harvey’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Breathless (1960) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Jaws (1975) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Drive (2011) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Modern Romance (1981) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Broadcast News (1987)
Arachnophobia (1990)
Scare Me (2020)

Mishna Wolff:

Infested (2002)
Halloween (1978) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary
Clueless (1995)
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) – Mark Pellington’s trailer commentary, Oren Peli’s trailer commentary
Midnight Run (1988)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Apocalypse Now (1979) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Hateful Eight (2015) – Dennis Cozzalio’s roadshow version review, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray/DVD review
Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Shogun Assassin (1980) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Riders of Justice (2020)
Thelma and Louise (1991)
Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia (1974) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glen Erickson’s KL Studio Classics Blu-ray review, Glenn Erickson’s Twilight Time Blu-ray review
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
Forrest Gump (1994)
The Sting (1973)
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979)

Other Notable Items

Guy Ritchie
George Basil
Harvey Guillén
Corey Feldman
Bruce Dern
Rick Ducommun
Henry Gibson
Tom Hanks
Brother Theodore
Dr. Ruth
Hart To Hart TV series (1979-1984)
Harlan Ellison
Bob Clampett
Robert Englund
Freddy Krueger
Monsters TV series (1988-1991)
Randal Kleiser
Paul Reubens
“Wipeout” song by The Surfaris
The Larry Fessenden podcast episode
John Huston
Gasper Noé
John Hughes
Steve Martin
John Candy
Edie McClurg
Dylan Baker
Henri Matisse
Bill Murray
Phil Hartman
The Fred Dekker podcast episode
Matt Rose
John Rosengrant
Bradford May
Christopher Lee
James Whale
Universal Classic Monsters
Albert Brooks
Rip Torn
Marc Maron
Barbra Streisand
Frank Marshall
TFH Guru Edgar Wright
The Coen Brothers
Jeff Daniels
Tribeca Film Fest
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
The Ubisoft Women’s Film & TV Fellowship
Sam Richardson
Milana Vayntrub
Sam and Dave
Martin and Lewis
Abbott and Costello
The Bourgeois Pig
Mishna’s memoir I’m Down (2009)
TFH Guru Mick Garris
Bruce Lee
Fred Williamson
Debra Hill
John Carpenter
Kurt Russell
Tom Wolfe
Amy Heckerling
Cameron Crowe
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Fast Times At Ridgemont High book by Cameron Crowe (1981)
Nancy Wilson
Ben Stiller
Charles Grodin
Elaine May
Nichols and May
The Woodstock Playhouse
Abe Lincoln In Illinois play by Robert E. Sherwood (1938)
Death of a Salesman play by Arthur Miller (1949)
Ben Gazzara 
John Cassavetes
Gary Oldman
Tim Roth
Harvey Keitel
Sally Menke
The Lone Wolf and Cub Criterion Collection set
Michi Azuma
Miami Vice TV series (1984-1989)
James Bond
Mads Mikkelson
Hanzo the Razor
Callie Khouri
You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages memoir by Carina Chocano (2017)
Ridley Scott
“Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” song by Burt Bacharach
Katharine Ross
William Katt

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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.