TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Leonard Maltin

Season 02 | Episode 23

Leonard Maltin

Film Critic

World-renowned critic Leonard Maltin picks one movie he wishes more people knew from every decade of the past century. Recorded live at MaltinFest 5/12/19.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Songcatcher (2000)
The Kill-Off (1990)
The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
Sing Street (2016)
Once (2007)
The Last Command (1928)
The Last Laugh (1924)
Lady for a Day (1933)
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Employees’ Entrance (1933)
Skyscraper Souls (1932)
The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947)
The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)
And Then There Were None (1945)
And Then There Were None (1974)
The Delicate Delinquent (1957)
Hellzapopppin’ (1941)
Island in the Sky (1953)
The High and the Mighty (1954)
Hondo (1953)
McLintock! (1963)
Seven Men from Now (1956)
The Graduate (1967)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Easy Rider (1969)
The Loved One (1965)
The Highwaymen (2019)
Pollyanna (1960)
The Parent Trap (1961)
How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (1967)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Avanti! (1972)
House of Games (1987)
The Dinner Game (1998)
La Cage aux Folles (1978)
Dinner For Schmucks (2010)
The Birdcage (1996)
Brothers (2004)
Brothers (2009)
The Lookout (2007)
Get Shorty (1995)
Out of Sight (1998)
Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil (2010)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
Mandy (2018)
Abbott and Costello Go To Mars (1953)

Other Notable Items

Writer/director Maggie Greenwald
3 Silent Classics by Josef Von Sternberg Criterion set
The Criterion Channel
Actor Warren William, an excellent Pre-Code cinematic cad
Director Frank Capra
Director Preston Sturges
Director Rene Clair
Martin and Lewis
Comic book artist Bob Oksner
William A. Wellman book by Frank Thomas
Mario Bava: All The Colors of the Dark book by Tim Lucas
Yellowstone television series on The Paramount Network (2018- )
Star Hayley Mills
Dogme 95
Writer/director Susanne Bier
Writer/director Scott Frank
3rd Rock From The Sun television series
Castle of Frankenstein magazine
Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide
Howard Thompson

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.