TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Mark Pellington

Season 03 | Episode 20

Mark Pellington

Director / Producer

The director of Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies, Pearl Jam’s Jeremy and many more reflects on his career and some of the movies that made him.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Arlington Road (1999)
The Mothman Prophecies (2002)
Firewall (2006)
The Orphanage (2007)
Nostalgia (2018)
Avatar (2009)
Titanic (1997)
Chef (2014)
The Laundromat (2019)
Honeymoon In Vegas (1992)
Demonlover (2003)
Under The Sand (2000)
Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Under The Skin (2013)
The Great Beauty (2013)
Slap Shot (1977)
Network (1976)
Straw Dogs (1971)
The Pawnbroker (1964)
Star Wars (1977)
The Exorcist (1973)
Jaws (1975)
The World’s Greatest Athlete (1973)
All The President’s Men (1976)
Liquid Sky (1982)
The Brother From Another Planet (1984)
City Of Hope (1991)
Stop Making Sense (1984)
Snowpiercer (2013)
The Flintstones (1994)
Matinee (1993)
Batman (1989)
Transformers (2007)
A History Of Violence (2005)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
Psycho (1960)
Psycho (1998)
Mandy (2018)
Phantom Thread (2017)
Magnolia (1999)
Boogie Nights (1997)
The Master (2012)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
The Mustang (2019)
Inherent Vice (2014)
The New World (2005)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
The Last Word (2017)
Cocaine Cowboys (2006)
The Burglar (1957)
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Her (2013)
Ex Machina (2015)
Jexi (2019)
Simone (2002)
Searching (2018)
Moonlight (2016)
High Flying Bird (2019)
Tangerine (2015)
The Raid (2011)
The Suspect (2013)
Mank (TBD)
Joker (2019)
One False Move (1992)
The Counselor (2013)
Unstoppable (2010)
Domino (2005)
Man On Fire (2004)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Thelma and Louise (1991)
The Oscar (1966)
The Last Thing He Wanted (2020)
Being There (1979)
Going All the Way (1997)
Pay It Forward (2000)
Under the Volcano (1984)
Joe Versus The Volcano (1990)
The Cider House Rules (1999)
The Shipping News (2001)
All the Money in the World (2017)
A Fistful Of Dollars (1967)
Ad Astra (2019)
Suicide Kings (1997)
The Player (1992)
The TV Set (2006)
The Seventh Seal (1957)

Other Notable Items

Pearl Jam “Jeremy” music video 
Bruce Springsteen, “Girls In Their Summer Clothes” music video
Blindspot TV series (2015- )
Cold Case TV series (2003-2010)
The Academy Nicholl Fellowship
Spike Jonze
TFH Guru Guillermo Del Toro
Riverdale TV series (2017- )
Rudd Simmons
The Roger and Julie Corman Podcast Episode
Alex Ross Perry
Victoria Thomas
Jon Hamm
Ellen Burstyn
Quibi
Cary Granat
David Lynch
Steven Soderbergh
Meryl Streep
James Cameron
Steve Mosko
Jon Favreau
Ingmar Bergman
Andrew Bergman
Honeymoon in Vegas musical
François Ozon
John Cassavetes
Jonathan Glazer
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Blondie TV series (1957)
Watergate scandal
Sidney Lumet
Jethro Tull
Just Say No campaign
TFH Guru John Sayles
Jonathan Demme
Ted Demme
Spalding Gray
Star Trek franchise
Michael Chabon
Alex Kurtzman
Bong Joon-ho
The Snowpiercer graphic novel (1982)
Kelly Masterson
The Flintstones TV series (1960-1966)
The Honeymooners TV series (1955-1956)
John Goodman
Ivan Reitman
Tom Mankiewicz
John Lithgow
Ehren Kruger
Warren Beatty
Buck Henry
Gus Van Sant
Jack Ryan TV series (2018- )
Jack Ryan franchise
Harrison Ford
John Krasinski
Alec Baldwin
Nicolas Cage
Paul Thomas Anderson
Jed Kurzel
Terrence Malick
CAA
Hank Corwin
Philip Baker Hall
Shirley MacLaine
Hal Ashby
Masters of Sex TV series (2013-2016)
Elmore Leonard
Quentin Tarantino
Michelle Ashford
TFH Guru Dennis Lehane
David Goodis
The Burglar by David Goodis (1953)
Michelle Pfeiffer
Edgar Allan Poe
Charles Dickens
Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series (1955-1965)
Dan Duryea
Adam DeVine
The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (1843)
Tye Sheridan
Antoine Fuqua
Mosaic TV miniseries (2017)
Sean Baker
Paul Greengrass
Peter Greenaway
David Fincher
Mindhunter TV series (2017- )
Eric Roth
Gary Oldman
Stanley Kubrick
Mark Friedberg
Larry Gross
Paul Schrader
Carl Franklin
Ridley Scott
Tony Scott
Cameron Crowe
Harlan Ellison
Kino Lorber
Patton Oswalt
Erik Nelson
The Moviegoer novel by Walker Percy (1961)
The Dice Man novel by Luke Rhinehart (1971)
Dee Rees 
Joan Didion
Going All The Way novel by Dan Wakefield (1970)
The Catcher In The Rye novel by J.D. Salinger (1951)
Jeremy Davies
Rachel Weisz
Rose McGowan
Being There novel by Jerzy Kosiński (1970)
Under the Volcano novel by Malcolm Lowry (1947)
Pay It Forward novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde (1999)
The Cider House Rules novel by John Irving (1985)
The Shipping News novel (1993)
Christopher Plummer
Kevin Spacey
Danny Boyle
Donald Sutherland
Trust TV miniseries (2018)
Alan Bates
Alfie Allen
Game of Thrones TV series (2011-2019)
Peter Bogdanovich
Clint Eastwood
Walter Hill’s The Cowboy Iliad (2019)
Musso and Frank Grill
James Cagney
Brad Pitt
James Gray
Sam Arkoff
Netflix
Jake Kasdan
Sigourney Weaver
David Duchovny
Judd Apatow
Amazon Prime

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 Host

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.