TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante


Season 03 | Episode 40


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Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)
The Beguiled (1971)
Tenet (2021? Maybe?)
Smokey Is The Bandit (1983)
Robin Hood (2010)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
The Devils (1971)
Song of the South (1946)
Gremlins (1984)
Dillinger (1973)
Marcello I’m So Bored (1966)
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
Big Wednesday (1978)
Swamp Thing (1982)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Payback (1999)
Bell, Book And Candle (1958)
Blowup (1966)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Medium Cool (1969)
25th Hour (2002)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Palm Springs (2020)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Mandy (2018)
The Sadist (1963)
Spider Baby (1968)
Night Tide (1960)
Stark Fear 
Carnival of Souls (1962)
The Devil’s Messenger (1961)
Ms. 45 (1981)
Léolo (1992)
The Howling (1981)
Showgirls (1995)
Green Book (2018)
The Last Hurrah (1958)
The Best Man (1964)
Advise and Consent (1962)
The Candidate (1972)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Seven Days In May (1964)
The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979)
The Man (1972)
Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
Four Lions (2010)
Pump Up The Volume (1990)
Nightmare In The Sun (1965)
The Wild Angels (1966)
The Omega Man (1971)
The Nanny (1965)
Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
Live Like A Cop, Die Like A Man (1976)
The Italian Connection (1972) 
The Master Touch (1972)
Pinocchio (1940)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Bambi (1942)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
The Movie Orgy (1968)
The Band Wagon (1953)
The Apple (1980)
The Room (2003)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Other Notable Items

Christopher Nolan
Sam Peckinpah
Jeffrey Hunter
TFH Guru Adam Rifkin
Jackie Gleason
Ridley Scott
TFH Guru Larry Karaszewski
TFH Guru Jonathan Kaplan
Jack Warner
Maverick TV series (1957-1962)
Warner Archive
Nicolas Winding Refn’s 
Something Weird
John Milius
Corey Feldman
Hooded Menace comic book (1951)
American International Pictures
Federico Fellini
New World Pictures
Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles
American Cinematheque
William Katt
Barbara Hale
TFH Guru John Landis
The Hollywood Pacific Theatre
High Fidelity novel by Nick Hornby
About A Boy novel by Nick Hornby
Led Zeppelin
The Liveliest Art by Arthur Knight (1959)
The Rise of the American Film by Lewis Jacobs (1939)
Pauline Kael
Manny Farber
The Grove Book Of Hollywood (2002)
Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking by Rocky Lang (2019)
Inside Warner Brothers by Rudy Belhmer (1985)
Errol Flynn
On Directing Film book by David Mamet (1992)
Backstory book series by Patrick McGilligan (1988)
Charles B. Griffith
Forrest Gump novel by Winston Groom (1986)
Richard Quine
Mel Gibson
Maria Bello
Ernie Kovacs
The Coen Brothers
Paramount Pictures
The Walt Disney Company
Chris Morris
Nicolas Cage
The Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah Podcast Episodes
TFH Guru Edgar Wright
Vilmos Zsigmond
Jean-Claude Lauzon 
Joe’s upcoming film The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes (TBD)
Gore Vidal
Alan Alda
James Earl Jones
Christian Slater
Allan Moyle
The AMC Palace Theatre in Philadelphia
The Family Theater in Philadelphia
The Fox Theatre in Philadelphia
The Milgram Theater in Philadelphia
Anthony Zerbe
Lincoln Kilpatrick
The Center Theater in Philadelphia
The World Theater in Philadelphia
Batman serial (1943)
Fernando Di Leo
Woody Strode
Henry Silva
Mario Adorf
Quentin Tarantino
Ruggero Deodato
Kirk Douglas
Ennio Morricone
Jeff Wells
The Hollywood Bowl
Robert Mitchum
TFH Guru John Sayles
The New Beverly Cinema
Siskel and Ebert

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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.