The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
Actor/Producer Neal McDonough discusses a few of his favorite movies with Josh Olson and Joe Dante.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
Masters of the Universe (1987) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Warrant (2020)
The Warrant: Breaker’s Law (2022)
The Cowboys (1972) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Shootist (1976) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
The French Connection (1971) – Mark Pellington’s trailer commentary, Dennis Lehane’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
The Sting (1973)
Jaws (1975) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Minority Report (2002)
Red Stone (2021)
A History Of Violence (2005)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
The Mule (2018) – Dennis Cozzalio’s 2018 year-end review
Gran Torino (2008)
War And Peace (1966) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Duel (1971) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Caddyshack (1980) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Caddyshack II (1988)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Back To School (1986)
Bullitt (1968) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
True Grit (1969) – Stuart Gordon’s trailer commentary
True Grit (2010)
Miller’s Crossing (1990) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Barton Fink (1991)
Tune In Tomorrow (1990)
The ’Burbs (1989) – Ti West’s trailer commentary, TFH’s ’Burbs-Mania
The Graduate (1967) – Nei LaBute’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Other Notable Items
Boom Town TV series (2002-2003)
Legends of Tomorrow TV series (2016- )
Masters of Horror TV series (2005-2007)
Band of Brothers miniseries (2001)
The Burden of Proof miniseries (1992)
Robert De Niro
Justified TV series (2010-2015)
Roscoe Lee Brown
Daniel Day Lewis
Paul Thomas Anderson
Ilya Naishuller podcast episode
The Mary Tyler Moore Show TV series (1970-1977)
Dirty Harry film series (1971-1988)
True Grit novel by Charles Portis (1968)
The Coen Brothers
Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter novel by Mario Vargas Llosa (1977)
Columbo TV series (1971-1978)
Cannon TV series (1971-1976)
The Rockford Files TV series (1974-1980)
Yellowstone TV series (2018- )
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.