TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Scott Adkins

Season 03 | Episode 30

Scott Adkins


The martial arts icon talks about some of his favorite action movies. Josh challenges him to a fight.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Armaggeddon (1998)
Innerspace (1987)
The ’Burbs (1989)
Matinee (1993)
The Debt Collector (2018)
Triple Threat (2019)
Avengement (2019)
Ip Man 4: The Finale (2020)
Masters of the Universe (1987)
Debt Collectors (2020)
The Three Musketeers (1973)
Rocky II (1979)
Rocky (1976)
Rocky IV (1985)
Paradise Alley (1978)
First Blood (1982)
Rambo — First Blood Part II (1985)
Enter The Dragon (1973)
Giant (1956)
Game Of Death (1978)
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)
Marlowe (1969)
Road House (1989)
Grosse Point Blank (1997)
Hard Boiled (1992)
The Killer (1989)
Death Wish (1974)
Seconds (1966)
Face/Off (1997)
Heat (1995)
Under Fire (1983)
True Lies (1994)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Raid (2011)
The Raid 2 (2014)
Die Hard (1988)
A History Of Violence (2005)
Munich (2005)
Point Break (1991)
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Armour of God (1986)
The Protector (1985)
Under Siege (1992)
Hard To Kill (1990)
Billy Jack (1971)
John Wick (2014)

Other Notable Items

Michael Bay
Our Jesse V. Johnson podcast episode
The Ip Man franchise
Donnie Yen
Dolph Lundgren
Anthony De Longis
Basil Rathbone
Errol Flynn
Oliver Reed
The Rocky franchise
Sylvester Stallone
Bill Conti’s score for the Rocky films
Brian Dennehy
Kirk Douglas
Richard Crenna
David Caruso
Bruce Lee
The Green Hornet TV series (1966-1967)
James Dean
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Batman TV series (1966-1968)
Burt Ward
Marvel Comics
Elvis Presley
The Ultimate Fighting Championship
John Saxon
Jim Kelly
Quentin Tarantino
Uma Thurman
James Garner
Ben Gazzara
Benny “The Jet” Urquidez
Jackie Chan
John Cusack
Sam Elliott
Kelly Lynch
John Woo
Rock Hudson
Chow Yun-fat
John Travolta
Nicolas Cage
Nick Nolte
James Cameron
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Sam Peckinpah
Gareth Evans
The 180-degree rule, crucial to fight scenes
Steven Spielberg
Kathryn Bigelow
Patrick Swayze
Tom Cruise
Clint Eastwood
Steven Seagal
Warner Brothers
Charles Bronson

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.