TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Paul Rust

Season 02 | Episode 34

Paul Rust

Comedian / Writer / Actor

Comedian, writer (Love, Pee Wee’s Big Holiday), actor, and The Movies That Made Me podcast fan, Paul Rust, discusses The Movies That Made Me with the hosts of The Movies That Made Me. This episode is meta AF!

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Tree of Life (2011)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Breaking Away (1979)
The Thing From Another World (1951)
Heat (1995)
Star Wars (1977)
Small Soldiers (1998)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016)
Ed Wood (1994)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Body Double (1984)
Blow Out (1981)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Q The Winged Serpent (1982)
Gremlins (1984)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Matinee (1993)
The Howling (1981)
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
The Shining (1980)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
The Sting (1973)
Friday The 13th (1980)
1941 (1979)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Citizen Kane (1941)
It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Psycho II (1983)
The Poseidon Adventure (1971)
Patrick (1978)
Roadgames (1981)
Cloak & Dagger (1984)
Rear Window (1954)
Psycho (1960)
Psycho III (1986)
Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990)
Psycho (1998)
Bates Motel TV film (1987)
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
Sorcerer (1977)
Heaven’s Gate (1980)
The King of Comedy (1983)
Public Speaking (2010)
George Harrison: Living In The Material World (2011)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Raging Bull (1980)
Goodfellas (1990)
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Elf (2003)
Innerspace (1987)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Waiting For Guffman (1996)
Wayne’s World (1992)
Best In Show (2000)
A Mighty Wind (2003)
Election (1999)
Nebraska (2013)
Savannah Smiles (1982)
Shampoo (1975)
Ice Castles (1978)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Top Gun (1986)
Carnival Magic (1981)
The Day of the Locust (1975)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Grease (1978)
The Jerk (1979)
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Eyes of a Stranger (1981)
Shock Waves (1977)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Splatter Farm (1987)
Invasion of the Blood Farmers (1972)
Return to Sleepaway Camp (2008)
Problem Child (1990)
Problem Child 2 (1991)
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
Backbeat (1994)
The Bad Seed (1956)

Other Notable Items

Terrence Malick
The Daniel Waters podcast episode
The Larry Karaszewski podcast episode
Eerie, Indiana TV series (1991-1992)
Paul’s In Voorhees We Trust With Gourley and Rust podcast
Josh’s podcast with Movies That Made Me podcast guest Dave Anthony
One Heat Minute podcast
Paul’s Netflix show Love (2016-2018)
Harry Shearer, Star Wars Stormtrooper voice
Paul Reubens
Georgina Spelvin
Joe’s former neighbor Elizabeth Shue
Miguel Arteta’s podcast episode
Russ Meyer
Bob Odenkirk
Famous Monsters of Filmland
Castle Films
Blackhawk Films
Pam Grier
The great Waldo Salt, who really should have been involved in the writing of The Great Waldo Pepper
The three-hour cut of Tree of Life
Joe’s preference for the extended cut of 1941
David Fincher
The ArcLight’s Cinerama Dome
Dustin Hoffman
The Laraine Newman podcast episodes
The Blow Out novelization by William Harrison
Mad Magazine (1952- )
Mort Drucker
The X-Men comic book series (1963- )
Pete Buttigieg did not know who Alfred E. Neuman was
Noam Chomsky
Psycho II director Richard Franklin
Bates Motel TV series (2013-2017)
Clint Eastwood
Michael Cimino
The Egyptian Theatre
James Taylor
Josh’s excellent article “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script”
Steven Spielberg
The Ritz Brothers
The Honeymooners TV series (1955-1956)
Married… with Children TV series (1987-1997)
The Office BBC TV series (2001-2003)
Abigail’s Party play (1977)
The Brian Posehn podcast episode
Christopher Guest
The Office American TV series (2005-2013)
Joe Strummer
The Sarfraz Mazoor podcast episode
The Bill Hader podcast episodes
Scott Aukerman
The Peter Ramsey podcast episode
Peter Ramsey’s 2019 Oscar victory!
Bill Hader’s 17 Emmy nominations!
“Year By Year With Friday The 13th by Noel Murray, AV Club
Val Kilmer
Tom Cruise
The Jonah Ray podcast episode
Giallo Horror
Ashton Kutcher
Chris Pine
William Castle
The Dana Gould podcast episode
Ken Wiederhorn
Brian De Palma
The William Friedkin podcast episode
Rodney Whittenberg
The Friday The 13th franchise

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.