TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Neal McDonough

Season 05 | Episode 14

Neal McDonough

Actor / Producer

Actor/Producer Neal McDonough discusses a few of his favorite movies with Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Masters of the Universe (1987) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Boon (2022)
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)
Greater (2016)
Unforgiven (1992)
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
Nobody (2021)
Caddyshack (1980) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Caddyshack II (1988)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Back To School (1986)
Stripes (1981)
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-  )
Ruve McDonough
Masters of Horror TV series (2005-2007)
John Wayne
Gene Hackman
Paul Newman
Robert Redford
Steven Spielberg
Band of Brothers miniseries (2001)
The Burden of Proof miniseries (1992)
Steve McQueen
Kevin Costner
Robert De Niro
Meryl Streep
Cinedyne Films
Syracuse University
Justified TV series (2010-2015)
Héctor Elizondo
Graham Yost 
Bruce Dern
Roscoe Lee Brown
James Stewart
Quentin Tarantino
Derek Presley
Christianity Today
David Cronenberg
John Cassavetes 
Clint Eastwood
Malpaso Productions 
William Shakespeare
Daniel Day Lewis
Paul Thomas Anderson
Roy Scheider
Robert Shaw
Richard Dreyfuss
Ilya Naishuller podcast episode 
Bob Odenkirk
Bill Murray
Ted Knight
The Mary Tyler Moore Show TV series (1970-1977)
Chevy Chase
Rodney Dangerfield
Brian Doyle-Murray
Sam Kinison
Dirty Harry film series (1971-1988)
Jeff Bridges
True Grit novel by Charles Portis (1968)
The Coen Brothers
Albert Finney
John Turturro 
Gabriel Byrne 
Jon Polito 
Charles Durning
Keanu Reeves
Peter Falk
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)
Bruce Willis
Dustin Hoffman
Spencer Tracy
Humphrey Bogart
Tom Hanks
Chris Pine
Paul Giamatti
Yellowstone TV series (2018- )
Taylor Sheridan 

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.