TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Lance Mungia

Season 04 | Episode 19

Lance Mungia

Writer / Director / Producer

Six String Samurai writer/director Lance Mungia discusses the movies that made an impact on him with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Six-String Samurai (1998)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
Seven Samurai (1954)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Frankenstein (1931)
King Kong (1933)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Little Fugitive (1953)
The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966)
The Searchers (1956)
She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Once Upon A Time In The West (1969)
Wrath Of Man (2021)
Yojimbo (1961)
Last Man Standing (1996)
Ikiru (1952)
Oldboy (2003)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Gremlins (1984)
Jaws (1975)
Psycho (1960)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
The Postman (1997)
Waterworld (1995)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
The Day After (1983)
Fail Safe (1964)
Behind The Green Door (1972)
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
The Irishman (2019)

Other Notable Items

The Vinegar Syndrome 4K Blu-ray of Six-String Samurai
Flicker Alley
Elijah Drenner
Kristian Bernier
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Martin Scorsese
Frank Capra
Billy Wilder
Clark Gable
Claudette Colbert
The Hays Code
Academy Awards
Ray Ashley 
Morris Engel 
Ruth Orkin
Richie Andrusco
The French New Wave
Ansel Adams
Peter O’Toole
David Lean
T.E. Lawrence
Omar Sharif
Alec Guinness
Anthony Quinn
Sergio Leone
John Wayne
Clint Eastwood
Eli Wallach
Ennio Morricone
TCL Chinese Theatres
Guy Ritchie
Scott Eastwood
Akira Kurosawa
Toshiro Mifune
Wong Kar-wai
Walter Hill
Bruce Willis
Steven Spielberg
Kevin Costner
Stanley Kubrick
Ronald Reagan
Monty Python
Red Alert novel by Peter George (1958)
The Twilight Zone TV series (1959-1964)
“Try A Little Tenderness” song by Ray Noble
Robert De Niro
Al Pacino
Joe Pesci
The Irishman deepfake
The Tom Cruise deepfake
The Barack Obama deepfake
Humphrey Bogart
Marilyn Monroe

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.