TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Mike Finnell

Season 05 | Episode 26

Mike Finnell


Producer Mike Finnell (Joe Dante’s long time producing partner) joins Josh and Joe to discuss a few of his favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Avalanche (1978)
Airport (1970)
Earthquake (1974) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Matinee (1993) – Illeana Douglas’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Hollywood Boulevard (1976) – Jon Davison’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Deceived (1991) 
Newsies (1992)
Milk Money (1994)
Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979) – Eli Roth’s trailer commentary 
The Howling (1981) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
Gremlins (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review, TFH’s 30th anniversary celebration
Explorers (1985) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Innerspace (1987) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The ’Burbs (1989) – Ti West’s trailer commentary, TFH’s ’Burbs Mania
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Small Soldiers (1998)
A Matter of Life and Death (1946) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
The Red Shoes (1948) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Peeping Tom (1960) – Allison Anders’s Blu-ray review
The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Bambi (1942) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
King Kong (1933)
Godzilla (1954) – Don Coscarelli’s trailer commentary
Plan 9 From Outer Space (1957)
First Man Into Space (1959)
Doctor Who And The Daleks (1965)
Teenagers From Outer Space (1959) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes (1963) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary
Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Madigan (1968) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Charley Varrick (1973) – Josh Olson and Howard Rodman’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review, Dennis Cozzalio’s Blu-ray review
The Lineup (1958) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Dirty Harry (1971) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary 
The Beguiled (1971) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
The Beguiled (2017)
Riot In Cell Block 11 (1954) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
The Killers (1964) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Bullitt (1968) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
The Big Heat (1953) – Jonathan Kaplan’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review
Psycho (1960) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Godfather (1972) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
The Phantom (1996)
The Cotton Club (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Great Escape (1963) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review and 4K Blu-ray review
Ben-Hur (1959) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Horror of Dracula (1958) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Hemo The Magnificent (1957)
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – Bill Duke’s trailer commentary, John Landis’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Mole People (1956) – Eli Roth’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review

Other Notable Items

TFH Guru Roger Corman
TFH Guru Allan Arkush
Rock Hudson
Mia Farrow
Bob’s Big Boy
Paul Rapp
Lewis Teague
TFH Guru Jonathan Kaplan
Tara Strohmeier 
Goldie Hawn
Newsies stage play (2011- )
Ed Harris
Melanie Griffith
Frank Marshall
Kathleen Kennedy
Universal Pictures
Michael Powell
Emeric Pressburger
American Cinema book by Andrew Sarris (1968)
Alfred Hitchcock
Orson Welles
The Criterion Collection
Roger Livesey
Million Dollar Movie TV series (1955-1966)
Marshall Thompson
Bela Lugosi
Ed Wood
Charles B. Griffith
Don Siegel
Eli Wallach
Walter Wanger
Leo Gordon
Neville Brand
Angie Dickinson
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
Richard Widmark
Henry Fonda
Jiří Menzel 
Alexander Scourby
Fritz Lang
The Warner Cinerama Theater in New York
2001: A Space Odyssey novel by Arthur C. Clarke
David Lynch
Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece by Michael Benson
Twin Peaks TV series (1990-91, 2017)
Stanley Kubrick
Otto Preminger
Steve McQueen
Lalo Schifrin
The Offer miniseries (2022)
Matthew Goode
Robert Evans
Pope John Paul II
Sharon Stone
Roger Moore
Rod Steiger
Patrick McGoohan
Paramount Pictures
David Zaslav
Baywatch TV series (1989-1999)
Baywatch Nights TV series (1995-1997)
The Mirisch Company 
Christopher Lee
Ben Turpin
Castle Films
Abbott and Costello
Woody Woodpecker
Dino De Laurentiis
Robert Armstrong
Fay Wray
Faye Dunaway
Frank Capra
Frank Capra Jr.
AVCO Embassy
Richard Carlson
Frank C. Baxter 
Bill Nye
Kevin McCarthy
Charles Haas 
Cathy Moriarty
John Goodman
The Castro Theater in San Francisco

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.