TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Robert Picardo

Season 03 | Episode 60

Robert Picardo


The great actor Robert Picardo, a frequent Joe Dante collaborator and long time Star Trek hologram, joins Josh and Joe to discuss movies that compel him to sit and watch all the way through any time they just happen to be on.

Also… Josh and Bob discuss the best cheesesteak joints in Philly.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Howling (1981)
A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
The Running Jumping and Standing Still Film (1959)
Swing Time (1936)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
Cabaret (1972)
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
On The Waterfront (1954)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Innerspace (1987)
Ordinary People (1980)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
Rock ‘N’ Roll High School (1978)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
Jaws (1975)
The Wiz (1978)
The Godfather Part III (1990)
Alien (1979)
Star Wars (1977)
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
I Knew It Was You (2009)
Touch Of Evil (1958)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
Father Goose (1964)
The Apartment (1960)
The Second Civil War (1997)
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
The Great White Hope (1970)

Other Notable Items

Dalessandro’s Steaks
Tony Luke’s
Steve’s Prince Of Steaks 
Jimmy G’s Steaks
The Goldman Theatre in Philadelphia
Star Trek franchise
Freddy Krueger
Robert Englund
LA Law TV series (1986-1994)
The Beatles
“Twist and Shout” by the Beatles (1963)
“Twist and Shout” by The Isley Brothers (1962)
“I Saw Her Standing There” by The Beatles (1963)
Zorro TV series (1957-1959)
The Dave Clark Five
Richard Lester
Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers
Eric Blore
Edward Everett Horton
“The Way You Look Tonight” musical number from Swing Time (1936)
Jack Lemmon
Tribute play by Bernard Slade (1978)
Walter Matthau
Jane Fonda
Danny Kaye
Gregory Peck
Frank Sinatra
Barbara Sinatra
Neil Simon
Michael York
Perfectly Frank musical by Frank Loesser (1980)
Starring Fred Astaire album (1989)
Marlon Brando
Elia Kazan
Tony Curtis
Billy Wilder
Joe E. Brown 
Timothy Hutton
Donald Sutherland
Mary Tyler Moore
The Dick Van Dyke Show TV series (1961-1966)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show TV series (1970-1977)
Judd Hirsch
Robert De Niro
Al Pacino
Joe Pantoliano
Eli Wallach
Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part III re-cut
Sofia Coppola
Andy Garcia
George Hamilton
Donal Donnelly
The Film Scene with Illeana Douglas
Illeana Douglas’s first TMTMM podcast episode
Yaphet Kotto
Harry Dean Stanton
Sigourney Weaver
Yale University
The Frogs musical by Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove (1974)
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum musical (1962)
Sidney Pollack
Bruce Willis
Meryl Streep
A Midsummer Night’s Dream play by William Shakespeare
The Idiots Karamazov play by Christopher Durang and Albert Innaurato
Goldie Hawn
Angels In America TV miniseries (2003)
John Cazale 
Jack Kerouac
Lane Smith
John Spencer
Allen Ginsberg
The Indian Wants The Bronx play by Israel Horovitz (1966)
Chadwick Boseman
Orson Welles
Greg Tolland
Robert Wise
Leslie Caron
Cary Grant
James Earl Jones
The Great White Hope Broadway play by Howard Sackler 
The Tony Awards

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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.