The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
The director of Spencer, Pablo Larraín, discusses a few of his favorite movies with host Josh Olson.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
Tony Manero (2008)
Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) – David DeCoteau’s trailer commentary
Back To The Future (1985) – TFH’s time-traveling quiz
Fitzcarraldo (1982) – Dennis Cozzalio’s Herzog guide
Burden of Dreams (1982)
Aguirre: The Wrath Of God (1972)
Paris, Texas (1984) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary
Eyes Wide Shut (1999) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary
Barry Lyndon (1975) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
The Shining (1980) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
Dr. Strangelove (1964) – Michael Lehman’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
A Woman Under The Influence (1974)
Salò, Or The 120 Days of Sodom (1975) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Secrets And Lies (1996) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Vera Drake (2004)
A History Of Violence (2005)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
The Master (2012)
Phantom Thread (2017) – Dennis Cozzalio’s review
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Dennis Cozzalio’s review
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Exorcist (1973) – Oren Peli’s trailer commentary
Riders of Justice (2020)
The Proposition (2005)
Becoming Mike Nichols (2016)
The Graduate (1967) – Neil LaBute’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
The Hangover (2009)
Star Wars (1977)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Return of the Jedi (1983)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Other Notable Items
Lisey’s Story miniseries (2021)
The Academy Awards
Cannes Film Festival
Guy Hendrix Dyas
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
Paul Thomas Anderson
Eyes Wide Open: A Memoir of Stanley Kubrick book by Frederic Raphael (1999)
Ludwig Van Beethoven
The Anders Thomas Jensen podcast episode
“Mrs. Robinson” song by Simon and Garfunkel (1968)
Star Wars franchise
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.