TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Lucky McKee

Season 05 | Episode 42

Lucky McKee

Writer / Director

Writer/Director Lucky McKee discusses a few of his favorite movies with Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Tár (2022)
Speed Racer (2008)
The Matrix (1999)
Gloria (1980) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Howling (1981) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Old Man (2022)
Don’t Breathe (2016)
Avatar (2009)
Band of the Hand (1986)
May (2002)
The Piano (1993)
The Crying Game (1992)
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return Of The Jedi (1983)
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack Of The Clones (2002)
Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge Of The Sith (2005)
The Dark Crystal (1982) – Bernard Rose’s trailer commentary
Cockfighter (1974) – Jon Davison’s trailer commentary
Days of Heaven (1978)
Sweetie (1989)
The Power of the Dog (2021)
Do The Right Thing (1989) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
A History Of Violence (2005)
Se7en (1995)
Straw Dogs (1971) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Rod Lurie’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Criterion Blu-ray review, Joe Dante’s review
Straw Dogs (2011)
The Wild Bunch (1969) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Joe Dane’s review
The Getaway (1972) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid (1973) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Joe Dante’s review
The Woman (2011)
Peeping Tom (1960) – Allison Anders’s trailer commentary
Psycho (1960) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Stairway To Heaven a.k.a. A Matter Of Life And Death (1946)
Mad Love (1935) – Rick Baker’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943)
The Red Shoes (1948) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Black Narcissus (1947) – Neil LaBute’s trailer commentary
The Tales of Hoffman (1951)
The Age of Innocence (1993) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Small Back Room (1949)
I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)
Scarface (1932) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Underworld (1927)
The Salvation Hunters (1925)
A Place In The Sun (1951) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
An American Tragedy (1931)
The Scarlet Empress (1934) – Dennis Cozzalio’s review
Shanghai Express (1932)
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)
Baby Face (1933) – Michael Schlesinger’s trailer commentary
Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
A Woman Under The Influence (1974)
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Husbands (1970) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Faces (1968)
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Electronic Labyrinth (1967)
THX 1138 (1971)
Les Mistons a.k.a. The Mischief Makers (1957)
Men (2022)
Ex Machina (2014) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Annihilation (2018)
Snatched (2017)

Other Notable Items

Our new home at the Airwave Media podcast network!
Todd Field
The Wachowskis
Stephen Lang
Salem TV series (2014-17)
Michael Mann
Cate Blanchett
Crime Story TV series (1986-88)
The AMC Sunset 5 theater in Los Angeles
The Hardy Boys
Tom Sawyer
Marcel Proust
Andrew Wyeth
President Joe Biden
The Criterion Collection
Jane Campion
Indiana Jones
Michael Nyman
Holly Hunter
Monte Hellman
Terrence Malick
Sam Neill
USC Film School
John Cassavettes
Top of the Lake TV series (2013-17)
Sam Peckinpah
Susan George
John D. MacDonald
Walter Hill
Peter Bogdanovich
Michael Powell 
Martin Scorsese
Emeric Pressburger 
The TLA theater in Philadelphia
Peter Lorre
Johannes Vermeer
Josef von Sternberg 
Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich & Josef Von Sternberg At Paramount, 1930-1935 Blu-ray box set
F.W. Murnau
Alfred Hitchcock
Charlie Chaplin
The Hayes Code
Ernst Lubitsch
Barbara Stanwyck
Kimberly Peirce
The Looney Tunes
Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee video store in North Hollywood
That’s All Folks: The Art of Warner Bros. Animation book (1990)
Buck Henry
Gena Rowlands
Masters of Horror series (2005-2007)
TFH Guru Roger Corman
TFH Guru Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro Cabinet Of Curiosities TV series (2022)
George Lucas
Francois Truffaut
Ted Turner
Alex Garland
Rory Kinnear 
Devs limited series (2020)
Jack Ketchum
Lucio Fulci
“The Mind and the Matter” episode of The Twilight Zone (1961)
Shelley Berman
Our second Scott Adkins podcast episode
Amy Schumer
Goldie Hawn

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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.