TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Michael Sarnoski & Vanessa Block

Season 04 | Episode 26

Michael Sarnoski & Vanessa Block

Writer/Director & Producer

From Pig starring Nicolas Cage, Writer/Director Michael Sarnoski and Writer/Producer Vanessa Block join Josh and Joe to discuss the movies that inspired them during the creation of their film.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Nobody (2021)
Infested (2002)
The Big Chill (1983)
A History of Violence (2005)
Pig (2021)
Mandy (2018)
John Wick (2014)
The Testimony (2015)
No Country For Old Men (2007) [Both] – John Badham’s trailer commentary
The Maltese Falcon (1941) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Blood Simple (1984) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review, Dennis Cozzaliio’s review
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Moonstruck (1987) – Glenn Erickson’s trailer commentary
Joe (2013)
Witness For The Prosecution (1957) [Vanessa Block] – Larry Cohen’s trailer commentary
Easter Parade (1948)
Titanic (1997)
Never Been Kissed (1999)
Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
The Crow (1994)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Midnight Cowboy (1969) [Michael Sarnoski] – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
A Serious Man (2009) [VB]
Dead Man (1995) [MS]
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
The Limits of Control (2009)
Powwow Highway (1989)
Heathers (1989) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary
Sex, Lies and Videotape (1989) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) [VB] – Ti West’s trailer commentary
Star Wars (1977)
The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
Alien (1979) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing recommendation
Revanche (2008) [MS]
You Were Never Really Here (2017) [VB]
Morvern Callar (2002)
Cockfighter (1974) – Jon Davison’s trailer commentary
Logan (2017) [MS]
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickon’s Blu-ray review, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing recommendation
Dr. Strangelove (1964) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review
Gremlins (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review
Night of the Living Dead (1968) – George Hickenlooper’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Amadeus (1984) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary

Other Notable Items

The Ilya Naishuller podcast episode
Joe Bob Briggs
David Cronenberg
William Hurt
Nicolas Cage
The Panos Cosmatos podcast episode
The Coen Brothers
The Maltese Falcon novel by Dashiell Hammett (1930)
No Country For Old Men novel by Cormac McCarthy (2005)
The Road novel by Cormac McCarthy (2006)
Humphrey Bogart
John Huston
The Academy Awards
David Gordon Green
Billy Wilder
Charles Laughton
Marlene Dietrich
The Witness for the Prosecution novel by Agatha Christie
Robert Altman
Julie Christie
Warren Beatty
Samuel L. Jackson
Alex Wolff
Dustin Hoffman
Jon Voight
Adam Arkin
Alan Arkin
Jim Jarmusch
Dead Man soundtrack by Neil Young (1995)
Alexis Grapsas
Philip Klein
Gary Farmer
Sundance Film Festival
Steven Spielberg
Paul Thomas Anderson
Patrick Scola
Lynne Ramsay
Joaquin Phoenix
Monte Hellman
Warren Oates
Sam Raimi
Stanley Kubrick
F. Murray Abraham
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!

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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.