TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Larry Wilmore

Season 03 | Episode 10

Larry Wilmore

Writer / Producer / Actor

The great Larry Wilmore joins us to share some very personal double features.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

1917 (2019)
Animal Crackers (1930)
Duck Soup (1933)
My Little Chickadee (1940)
A Night At The Opera (1935)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
The Parallax View (1974)
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Jaws (1975)
The Stepford Wives (1975)
The Party (1968)
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
Richard Pryor: Live In Concert (1979)
Richard Pryor: Live And Smokin’ (1971)
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Lenny (1974)
The Human Centipede (First Sequence) (2009)
Lolita (1962)
Caligula (1979)
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
The Elephant Man (1980)
What Would Jack Do? (2020)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The Apartment (1960)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Double Indemnity (1944)
The Sting (1973)
Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969)
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
The General (1926)
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Radio Days (1987)
The Graduate (1967)
Cooley High (1975)
American Graffiti (1973)
Dazed And Confused (1993)
Crooklyn (1994)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016)
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)

Other Notable Items

The Daily Show TV series (1996- )
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore TV series (2015-16)
The Bernie Mac Show TV series (2001-2006)
Insecure TV series (2016- )
Larry Wilmore: Black On The Air podcast
Sledge Hammer! TV series (1986-1988)
The Facts Of Life TV series (1979-1988)
TFH Guru Alan Spencer
Universal Studios Theme Park
The Marx Brothers
W.C. Fields
George S. Kaufman
Groucho Marx
Chico Marx
Harpo Marx
Margaret Dumont
Bill Marx
Harpo Speaks! memoir by Harpo (1961)
Son of Groucho by Arthur Marx (1972)
Irving Thalberg
Bob Iger
The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl (1977)
The Beatles
John Lennon
Richard Lester
John Frankenheimer
Jonathan Demme
Angela Lansbury
Lawrence Harvey
Frank Sinatra
Janet Leigh
John F. Kennedy
Warren Beatty
Paula Prentiss
Gene Kelly
Malcolm McDowell
“Singin’ In The Rain” song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown (1929)
Debbie Reynolds 
A Clockwork Orange novel by Anthony Burgess (1962)
Stanley Kubrick
The Sopranos TV series (1999-2007)
Steven Spielberg
Richard Dreyfuss
Peter Sellers
Blake Edwards
Get Smart TV series (1965-1970)
Richard Pryor
Bob Hope
George Carlin
Rudy Ray Moore
Lenny Bruce
Jerry Lewis
Dean Martin
Jim Carrey
James Mason
Hugh Hefner
Bob Guccione
Sue Lyon
Shelley Winters
David Lynch
Mel Brooks
John Morris
Jack Lemmon
Shirley MacLaine
Billy Wilder
Mad Men TV series (2007-2015)
Fred MacMurray
I.A.L. Diamond
Robert Redford
Paul Newman
George Roy Hill
Robert Shaw
Marvin Hamlisch
Scott Joplin
The Magic Castle
Albert Whitlock
Monty Python
Terry Jones
Eric Idle
Graham Chapman
John Cleese
Christoph Waltz
Brad Pitt
Quentin Tarantino
The Coen Brothers
Buster Keaton
Woody Allen
Mia Farrow
Jeff Daniels
Michael Keaton
Mike Nichols
Dustin Hoffman
Katharine Ross
Simon and Garfunkel
“The Sound of Silence” song by Simon and Garfunkel
The Catcher In The Rye novel by J.D. Salinger (1951)
Ryan O’Neal
Buck Henry
Glynn Turman
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs
What’s Happening!! TV series (1976-1979)
Happy Days TV series (1974-1984)
Michelle Yeoh
Jerry West
Bill Morrison
Issa Rae

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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.