TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Panos Cosmatos

Season 02 | Episode 05

Panos Cosmatos

Director / Writer

The writer/director of Mandy joins us to talk about his favorite futuristic fascist police state movies, and changes the way we think about strawberries.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Mandy (2018)
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
Matinee (1993)
Cobra (1986)
Z.P.G. (1972)
The Purge (2013)
The Purge II: Anarchy (2014)
Children of Men (2006)
The Hunger Games (2012)
Battle Royale (2000)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Conquest Of The Planet Of The Apes (1972)
Escape From The Planet Of The Apes (1971)
Beyond The Black Rainbow (2010)
Planet Of The Apes (1968)
Die Hard (1988)
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man (1991)
Soylent Green (1973)
Shadow On The Land (1968) TV movie
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
Ulysses (1954)
The Omega Man (1971)
Woodstock (1970)
The Parallax View (1974)
THX 1138 (1971)
Star Wars (1977)
American Graffiti (1973)
Radioland Murders (1994)
Gremlins (1984)
Rollerball (1975)
Death Race 2000 (1975)
Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (1979)
Network (1976)
Sorry To Bother You (2018)
BlacKkKlansman (2018)
Escape From New York (1981)
Escape From LA (1996)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984)
They Live (1988)
Blade Runner (1982)
Death Wish (1974)
Elysium (2013)
District 9 (2009)
Minority Report (2002)
Enemy of the State (1998)
Brazil (1985)
Total Recall (1990)
Starship Troopers (1997)
Blow-up (1966)

Other Notable Items

ZPG’s new Blu-ray release
The cool architecture of old-school Century City, a location for Die Hard, Lethal Weapon 2 and Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man
Star Trek episode, “The Cloud Minders”
Dana Gould’s podcast episode
The complicated politics of Charlton Heston
The THX-1138 special edition vs. Star Wars special editions
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas book

This list is also available on 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.