The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
In our very first episode, Josh and Joe sit down with filmmaker Miguel Arteta (Beatriz at Dinner, Duck Butter, Chuck and Buck) to discuss the long, boisterous, well-rounded career of the great Russ Meyer.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
Taxi Driver (1976)
Star Maps (1997)
Chuck and Buck (1999)
Youth in Revolt (2009)
Cedar Rapids (2011)
The Good Girl (2002)
Beatriz at Dinner (2016)
Duck Butter (2018)
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970)
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965)
The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle (1980)
The Immoral Mr. Teas (1959)
Desire in the Dust (1960)
The Howling (1981)
Carnival of Souls (1962)
Myra Breckinridge (1970)
The Seven Minutes (1971)
Black Snake (1973)
Cherry, Harry & Raquel! (1970)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Other Notable Items
At The Movies TV show, a.k.a. Siskel and Ebert (1986-2010)
Who Killed Bambi? – unfinished Sex Pistols feature film written by Roger Ebert
Cow Palace, San Francisco
American Film Institute
20th Century Fox
The Arrow Films Blu-ray of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
The band Mudhoney
A Clean Breast : The Life and Loves of Russ Meyer autobiography by Russ Meer
Our current (but hopefully not for long) president
University of the Arts (Philadelphia)
AMC Sunset 5
TFH Guru Allison Anders
This list is also available on Letterboxd.
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.