TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Robert D. Krzykowski

Season 02 | Episode 10

Robert D. Krzykowski

Writer / Director

Robert D. Krzykowski (writer/director of The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot) talks about movies that tap into American myth-making.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

A History of Violence (2005)
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot (2018)
Mandy (2018)
The Beaver Trilogy (available for purchase on director Trent Harris’ website) (2001 — a compilation of shorts filmed in 1979, 1981, and 1985)
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939)
Captain Phillips (2013)
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Vertigo (1958)
Winchester ’73 (1950)
The Man From Laramie (1955)
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
High Noon (1952)
Die Hard (1988)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
No Country For Old Men (2007)
The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
8 ½ (1963)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
The Brother From Another Planet (1984)
Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Southside With You (2016)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
Matewan (1987)
Superman (1978)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Superman II (1980)
Superman III (1983)
Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987)
The Godfather (1972)
Easy Rider (1969)
Rocky (1976)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
American Graffiti (1973)
Lincoln (2012)
Nashville (1975)
Taxi Driver (1976)
The Natural (1984)
Being There (1979)
The Conversation (1974)
Forrest Gump (1994)

Other Notable Items

Ilhan Omar’s courageous stand against Elliott Abrams during a House hearing.  
The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot star Sam Elliott’s acting heroes are Gary Cooper and James Stewart.
High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic (2017) by Glenn Frankel
“The Tin Star” short story by John W. Cunningham (1947), later adapted into High Noon
Malicious former Philadelphia mayor Frank Rizzo
The origins of Public Enemy’s “Fight The Power” (1989)
The writer/director John Sayles
The Superman Blu-ray containing Robert’s preferred television version of the film
The Natural (1952) book by Bernard Malamud, replete with a downer ending
Being There (1970) novel by Jerzy Kosinski

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.