TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Robert Forster

Season 01 | Episode 15

Robert Forster


Actor Robert Forster (Jackie Brown, The Descendants, Mulholland Drive) talks to Josh and Joe about his career. Special added bonus – Josh reveals one of Hollywood’s biggest secrets: Where do people keep their Oscars?

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Rancho Deluxe (1975)
Jackie Brown (1997)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
Alligator (1980)
The Howling (1981)
The Lady In Red (1979)
Avalanche (1978)
Bambi (1942)
Pinocchio (1940)
Song of the South (1946)
The Thing From Another World (1951)
Swept Away (1974)
Swept Away (2002)
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
The Great Impostor (1961)
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
The Men (1950)
The Wild One (1963)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
The Stalking Moon (1968)
Miami Blues (1990)
A History of Violence (2005) 
American Yakuza (1993)
King of the Gypsies (1978)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Fantasia (1940)

Other Notable Items

Jeff Bridges
Ivan Reitman
David Lynch
TFH Guru John Sayles
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Lewis Teague
University of Rochester
Elvis Presley
Bye Bye Birdie musical (1960)
Tony Curtis
“Ya Got Trouble” in The Music Man (1957)
The Ringling Brothers Circus
Mrs. Dally Has A Lover play (1965)
Marlon Brando
Daryl Zanuck
John Huston
Ray Stark
Quentin Tarantino
Elizabeth Taylor
Julie Harris
Brian Keith
Montgomery Clift
Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression
Viggo Mortensen
Ariadna Gil
Pam Grier
Schwab’s Pharmacy
Twin Peaks: The Return TV show (2017)
Episode 8 of Twin Peaks: The Return
Peter Bonerz
The re-timed 2001: A Space Odyssey
Paramount Pictures

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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.