TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Karyn Kusama

Season 02 | Episode 02

Karyn Kusama

Director / Writer / Producer

The exceptionally talented Director/Writer/Producer Karyn Kusama (Destroyer, The Invitation, Girlfight) drops by the Crossroads of the World to discuss the movies of Michael Ritchie with Josh and Joe.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
Prime Cut (1972)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Point Break (1991)
Blue Steel (1989)
Near Dark (1987)
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Girlfight (2000)
The Invitation (2015)
Destroyer (2018)
Downhill Racer (1969)
Semi-Tough (1977)
The Bad News Bears (1976)
Wildcats (1986)
Diggstown (1992)
Smile (1975)
The Candidate (1972)
Student Bodies (1981)
Fletch (1986)
The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)
Rocky (1976)
Face in the Crowd (1957)
Sorry Wrong Number (1948)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Se7en (1995)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
The Nun (1966)
The House That Jack Built (2018)
The Island (1980)
The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)
Divine Madness (1982)
Stop Making Sense (1984)
The Last Waltz (1978)
The Wanderers (1979)
Jinxed! (1982)
Point Blank (1967)
Payback (1999)
Taken (2008)
Deliverance (1972)
Straw Dogs (1971)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Chinatown (1974)
Macbeth (1971)

Other Notable Items

Exorcist II vs. Forrest Gump (you may be surprised at how all sides opine).
Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment.
The 1950s Western that predicted a border Wall from a con man named Trump.
The similarities between the work of Ritchie, Robert AltmanHal AshbyBob Rafelson and now Lisa Cholodenko.
The under-appreciated work of John Farrow and Alexander Mackendrick.
The Criterion Collection of every Bergman film.
The complicated legacies of Roman Polanski and Richard Wagner (specifically The Ring of the Nibelung).
All the BBC Shakespeare plays on DVD.

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.