The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
The Danish star of The Celebration and many others discusses what seeing America only through movies when she was growing up.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Jack Reacher (2012)
The ’Burbs (1989)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
The Celebration (1998)
On The Border (1998)
The Idiots (1998)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Nutty Professor (1963)
Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
Deep Throat (1972)
American Graffiti (1972)
Sexual Freedom In Denmark (1970)
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1967)
The Godfather (1972)
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)
Taking Off (1971)
The Biggest Heroes (1996)
That Time of Year (2018)
All That Jazz (1979)
California Split (1974)
The Player (1992)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Star 80 (1983)
Over The Edge (1979)
Rumble Fish (1983)
The Outsiders (1983)
Raging Bull (1980)
Running On Empty (1988)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Superman II (1980)
On The Waterfront (1954)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Other Notable Items
Casper Van Dien
Lars von Trier
Happy Days TV series (1974-1984)
Saturday Night Live TV series (1975- )
The Laraine Newman Podcast Episodes
Soap TV series (1977-1981)
Nevermind, album by Nirvana (1991)
“I’m Easy” song by Keith Carradine
Robert De Niro
One Shot: The Making Of The Deer Hunter book by Jay Glennie
This list is also available on Letterboxd.
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.