TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Robert Weide

Season 04 | Episode 49

Robert Weide

Writer / Producer / Director

Our first episode back in the studio! Robert Weide discusses a few of his favorite movies with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008)
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010)
Mother Night (1996)
Woody Allen: A Documentary (2011)
Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition (1989)
Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (1998)
Marx Brothers in a Nutshell (1982)
W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986)
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time (2021)
It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Mary Poppins (1964)
The French Connection (1971) – Dennis Lehane’s trailer commentary, Mark Pellington’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
The Magnificent Seven (1960) – Jesus Treviño’s trailer commentary
The Godfather (1972) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
The Exorcist (1973) – Oren Peli’s trailer commentary
Patton (1970) – Rod Lurie’s trailer commentary
MASH (1970)
Short Cuts (1993) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Lenny (1974) – Bob Weide’s trailer commentary
Slaughterhouse Five (1972) – Marshall Harvey’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Valerie (2019)
The Sting (1973)
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The World Of Henry Orient (1964) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Duck Soup (1933) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Love Happy (1949)
The Cocoanuts (1929)
A Night At The Opera (1935) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
A Day At The Races (1937) – Bob Weide’s trailer commentary
Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
Freaks (1932)
Harold And Maude (1971) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary
Horse Feathers (1932)
Take The Money And Run (1969)
Bananas (1971)
Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid To Ask) (1972)
Sleeper (1973)
Love And Death (1975)
Annie Hall (1977) – Bob Weide’s trailer commentary, TFH’s Woody Allen quiz
Star Wars (1977)
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Close Encounters piece
Interiors (1978)
War And Peace (1966) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Scenes From A Marriage (1973) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
That’s Entertainment! (1974)
Cabaret (1972) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Dance Hall Racket (1953)
The Leather Jacket (1955)
Dr. Strangelove (1964) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review 
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) – Bob Weide’s trailer commentary
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Man on the Flying Trapeze (1935) 
It’s A Gift (1934) – Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
The Bank Dick (1940) – Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review

Other Notable Items

George Roy Hill
Curb Your Enthusiasm TV series (1999- )
TFH Guru Edgar Wright
Simon Peg
The “Palestinian Chicken” episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm (2011)
The “Beloved Aunt” episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)
The DGA Awards
The Keith Gordon podcast episode
Nick Nolte
Alan Arkin
Woody Allen
Mort Sahl
Lenny Bruce
The Marx Brothers
W.C. Fields
Kurt Vonnegut
TFH Guru Illeana Douglas’s podcast The Film Scene
The Cinerama Dome
TFH Guru Michael Schlesinger
Jimmy Durante 
Stanley Kramer
Buddy Hacket
The Egyptian Theatre American Cinematheque
The Fox Theatre in Fullerton, CA
Alexander Payne
Sally Kellerman
The Criterion Collection
Lyle Lovett
Valerie Perrine’s GoFundMe
Alfred Hitchcock
Arthur Hiller
Robert Wise
Dario Argento
Brian De Palma
Peter Sellers
You Bet Your Life TV series (1947-1961) 
Irving Thalberg 
Louis B. Mayer
Groucho Marx
Harpo Marx
The Wilshire Theatre in Fullerton
Tod Browning
Lewis J. Stadlen
Minnie’s Boys musical play (1970)
TV Guide
Laurel and Hardy
Buster Keaton
Charlie Chaplin
Alice Cooper
George Kaufman
Robert Benchley
Algonquin Round Table
George S. Kaufman
Why a Duck? book by Richard Anobile (1980)
Son Of Groucho book by Arthur Marx (1972)
Grouch, Harpo, Chico and Sometimes Zeppo book by Joe Adamson (1983)
Woody Allen
Marshall McLuen
Steven Spielberg
George Lucas
Ingmar Bergman
Bob Hope
Tony Roberts
Scenes From A Marriage miniseries (1973)
Liv Ullman
Orange Coast College
University of Southern California
François Truffaut
French New Wave
Laura Truffaut
Eva Truffaut
Ingrid Bergman
The Criterion Channel
The Fullerton Public Library
The Beverly Hills Public Library
Harold Lloyd
Jack Haley Jr.
RKO Pictures 
George Gershwin
Cole Porter
Rodgers and Hart 
Irving Berlin
Judy Garland
Bob Fosse
Dustin Hoffman
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel TV series (2017- )
Luke Kirby
Jane Russell
Marilyn Monroe
Bing Crosby
Larry David
Phil Silvers
The Abbott And Costello Show TV series (1952-1954)

This list is also available on Movies Unlimited and 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.