TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your host Josh Olson

Season 02 | Episode 41

Sandi Tan

Director

In our second season finale, Shirkers director Sandi Tan discusses some of the great, not so great and amazing movies she grew up on in Singapore. Plus, a trip to the mailbag!

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Them! (1954)
First Blood (1982)
Rambo: First Blood, Part 2 (1985)
Shirkers (2018)
Explorers (1985)
Gremlins (1984)
Pretty in Pink (1986)
Blow Out (1981)
The Terminator (1984)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Last Starfighter (1984)
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
Sixteen Candles (1984)
The Mission (1986)
A History of Violence (2005)
Under the Skin (2013)
Birth (2004)
They Call Her Cleopatra Wong (1978) 
Dynamite Johnson a.k.a. The Return of the Bionic Boy (1979)
Mean Business a.k.a. The Devil’s Three (1979)
Master Samurai (1974)
American Commandos (1985)
Machete Maidens Unleashed! (2010)
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
For Your Height Only (1981)
Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb (1971)
Marathon Man (1976)
The Tenant (1976)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Chinatown (1974)
Bitter Moon (1992)
Dr. Strangelove (1964)
Claire’s Knee (1970)
The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Being John Malkovich (1999)
Adaptation (2002)
Red Sun (1971)
The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)
Pola X (1999)
The General (1998)
Imitation of Life (1959)
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Jingle All The Way (1996)
The Frighteners (1996)
Junior (1994)
Fargo (1996)
Con Air (1997)
The Brave (1997)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
Nightmare Cinema (2019)
Cutter’s Way (1981)
The Green Room (1978)
Green Room (2016)
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The Wild Child (1970)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Heart of Glass (1976)
Dementia 13 (1963)
Fat City (1972)
The Innocents (1961)
In Cold Blood (1967)
Manhattan (1979)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Speed Crazy (1959)
The Movie Orgy (1968)
Runaway Daughters (1994)
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
The Black Vampire (1953)
M (1931)
M (1951)
The Sound of Music (1965)
The Loved One (1965)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Freaks (1932)
The Howling (1981)
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1967)
Fail Safe (1964)
Casino Royale (1967)
Casino Royale (2006)
Scream of Fear a.k.a. Taste of Fear (1961)
My Baby Is Black! (1961)
Pink Flamingos (1972)
Peeping Tom (1960)
Bustin’ Loose (1981)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Superman (1978)
Superman II (1980)
Brute Force (1947)
The Naked City (1948)
Thieves’ Highway (1949)
Night and the City (1950)
Rififi (1955)
The Law (1959)
He Who Must Die (1957)
Uptight (1968)
The Informer (1935)

Other Notable Items

Risk board game
It miniseries (1990)
Sandra Dee
Alice Faye
Podcast guest Daniel Waters
Explorers and Gremlins novelization author George Gipe
River Phoenix
Ethan Hawke
Johnny Depp
Mad Magazine (1952- )
Pretty in Pink novelization by H.B. Gilmour
Blow Out novelization by William Harrison
John Travolta
Nancy Allen
Terminator and Terminator 2 novelization author Randall Frakes
The Last Starfighter novelization by Alan Dean Foster
John Williams’s E.T. The Extra Terrestrial soundtrack 
Sixteen Candles soundtrack
Ennio Morricone’s The Mission soundtrack
Georges Delerue’s Agnes of God soundtrack
Ennio Morricone
Jerry Goldsmith
Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
“Candy’s Room,” a very steamy song on Darkness on the Edge of Town
Mica Levi’s Under the Skin soundtrack
Alexandre Desplat’s Birth soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat
TFH Guru Roger Corman
American International Pictures
Marrie Lee’s Cleopatra Wong B-movie series
New World Pictures
Cirio Santiago
Bobby A. Suarez
Christopher Mitchum
Robert Mitchum
Tobe Hooper
Rudy Ray Moore
Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles
Wesley Snipes
D’Urville Martin
Batwoman
Linda Blair
Roman Polanski
Hugh Grant
Kristin Scott Thomas
Peter Coyote
Éric Rohmer
Georges Cardona
Charlie Kaufman
Robert Frazen
David Lynch
Toshiro Mifune
Alain Delon
Charles Bronson
TFH Guru John Landis
Ursula Andress
Leos Carax
Juliette Binoche
Denis Lavant
Metrograph Theater, New York
Pierre; or, The Ambiguities by Herman Melville
Henry Silva
John Boorman
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Planet Hollywood
Wong Kar-wai
Emma Thompson
Cannes Film Festival
The Brave by Gregory Mcdonald
Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald
The revival of VHS
Gérard Depardieu
The death of CD players
TFH Guru Larry Karaszewski
LaserDiscs
Video discs
Harlan Ellison
François Truffaut
Bruno S.
Werner Herzog
Chapo Trap House’s Podcast Episode
Chapo Trap House’s Eyes Wide Shut podcast
Bruno S.
Stanley Kubrick
Tom Cruise
Harvey Keitel leaving Eyes Wide Shut
Luana Anders
Susan Tyrrell
Anamorphic widescreen
Freddie Francis
Otto Preminger
Mario Bava
Dario Argento
Hill Street Blues TV series (1981-1987)
Brett Halsey
Paul Rudd
Justified (2010-2015)
Walton Goggins
Marlon Brando
Timothy Carey
American Cinematheque’s Film Noir Festival
The University of the Arts (formerly the Philadelphia College of Art, Joe’s alma matter)
Philadelphia movie theaters: Fox Theatre, Milgram Theatre, The Viking Theater, The Midtown, The Arcadia, Cinema 19, The Family Theater, The News Theater, The Palace Theatre, The Goldman Theater, The Studio Theatre, The Center Theater, TLA, Eric’s Place Theatre
Susan Strasberg
Richard Pryor
Jules Dassin
Raymond St. Jacques
Ruby Dee
Booker T. & the M.G.’s
Martin Luther King Jr.

This list is also available on Letterboxd.

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 Host

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.