TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Larry Karaszewski

Season 01 | Episode 21

Larry Karaszewski


Writer and producer Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, American Crime Story) brings in some old movie ads from his local newspaper to discuss the movies that made him.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Cobra (1986)
Deep Throat (1972)
Ed Wood (1994)
Sorcerer (1977)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Money Talks (1972)
Let It Be (1970)
Burn (1970)
Mame (1974)
McQ (1974)
The Silence (1963)
Patton (1970)
M*A*S*H (1970)
Billy Jack (1971)
Walking Tall (1973)
Last Summer (1969)
Joe (1970)
Skullduggery (1970)
The Devils (1971)
The Exorcist (1973)
Big Jake (1971)
Cold Turkey (1971)
Deep End (1971)
Catch-22 (1970)
Medium Cool (1969)
Hail, Hero! (1969)
Blow-up (1966)
Frightmare (1974)
Red Desert (1964)
Paddy (1970)

Other Notable Items

The just-reopened New Beverly Cinema, where Josh curated a Karaszewski/Scott Alexander double bill, comprising Ed Wood and Problem Child.
Mannix (1967-1975), television series.
The Waltons (1972-1981), television series.
The films of Frank Perry.
The films of W.C. Fields.
The films of Zalman King.
The films of Michael Winner, for better and for worse.
The films of Otto Preminger, for better and for worse.
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.