TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Michael Showalter

Season 05 | Episode 12

Michael Showalter

Director / Writer / Actor

Writer, director and actor Michael Showalter joins hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante to discuss his favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)
The Baxter (2005)
Hello, My Name Is Doris (2015)
Runaway Daughters (1994)
Clueless (1995)
Bagdad Cafe (1987)
CODA (2021)
The Long Goodbye (1973) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Jaws (1975) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Sugarbaby (1985)
City Slickers (1991)
Attack! (1956) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Paris, Texas (1984) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
Pretty In Pink (1986)
Escape From New York (1981) – Neil Marshall’s trailer commentary
Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986)
The Warriors (1979)
The Thing (1982) – Jesus Treviño’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Innerspace (1987) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Christine (1983)
Crossing Delancey (1988)
Annie Hall (1977) – Robert Weide’s trailer commentary
When Harry Met Sally… (1989)
The Fugitive (1993)
The Big Sick (2017) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Between The Lines (1977)
28 Days Later (2002)
The Beach (2000)
Shallow Grave (1994)
Blood Simple (1984) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review 
One False Move (1992) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Big Picture (1989)
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – Bill Duke’s trailer commentary, John Landis’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Swimming With Sharks (1994)
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
Nomadland (2020) – Dennis Cozzalio’s 2020 year-end list
A Fistful Of Dollars (1964) – John Badham’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
For A Few Dollars More (1965) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray reviews
How The West Was Won (1962) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
The Big Gundown (1966)
The Wild Bunch (1969) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Joe Dante’s review
The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Tombstone (1993) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
Big Bad Mama (1974)
Ride In The Whirlwind (1966)
The Shooting (1966)
Old Henry (2021)
The Harder They Fall (2021)
The Power of the Dog (2021)
Hell or High Water (2016) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Nightcrawler (2014) – Joe Dante’s top 10 films of 2014
The Three Amigos (1986)
The Lost City (2022)
Magic Mike (2012)
Romancing The Stone (1984)
Blue Collar (1978) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Spoiler Alert (TBD)

Other Notable Items

The Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers podcast episode
Search Party TV series (2016-2022)
The NYU Graduate Film Program
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp TV series (2015)
The Shrink Next Door TV miniseries (2021)
The Dropout TV miniseries (2021)
The State TV series (1993-1995)
Sally Field
Paul Rudd
The Steven Van Zandt podcast episode
Jack Palance
Percy Adlon 
“Calling You” song by Jevetta Steele (1987)
Robert Altman
“Fight The Power” song by NWA (1989)
Marianne Sägebrecht
The Angelika Film Center in New York City
Robert Aldrich
James Mason
Michael Powell
Sam Shephard
Harry Dean Stanton
Nastassja Kinski 
Paris, Texas soundtrack by Ry Cooder (1984)
Wheel Inn in Cabazon, CA
TFH Guru Allison Anders
Wim Wenders
Molly Ringwald
John Carpenter
Kurt Russell
Lee Van Cleef
Donald Pleasence
Adrienne Barbeau
Ernest Borgnine
Isaac Hayes
Avco Embassy Pictures
David Cronenberg
Steven Spielberg
Our pals at Movies Unlimited!
Spencer Tracy
The Keith Gordon podcast episode
Joan Micklin Silver
Amy Irving 
Peter Riegert
David Hyde Pierce
The Roches 
Suzzy Roche 
Jeroen Krabbé
Jim Parsons
Danny Boyle
Alex Garland
Billy Bob Thornton
Carl Franklin 
Frances McDormand
M. Emmet Walsh
The Criterion Collection
The Coen Brothers
Christopher Guest
J.T. Walsh
John Cleese
Kevin Bacon
Michael McKean
Meg Ryan
Swimming With Sharks TV series (2022- )
Denis Villeneuve
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Jessica Chastain
Clint Eastwood
Eli Wallach
James Bond
Spaghetti Westerns
Sergio Leone
Ennio Morricone
Sergio Corbucci
Sergio Sollima
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Monte Hellman
Tim Blake Nelson
Sam Elliott
Chris Pine
Ben Foster
Taylor Sheridan 
David Mackenzie
Yellowstone TV series (2018- )
1883 limited TV series (2021- )
Chevy Chase
Martin Short
Sandra Bullock
Channing Tatum
Ben Aldridge

This list is also available on Movies Unlimited and 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.