TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Scott Alexander Volume 1

Season 02 | Episode 13

Scott Alexander Volume 1


Scott Alexander (Ed Wood, American Crime Story) takes us on a walk through great comedies of the 1970s, and then some! Next, Josh and Joe answer some of your mailbag questions (51:45)!

Though Scott wasn’t present in-studio for the mailbag segment, he’s got a response about the first time he “saw the wires” in a movie: “I could answer that literally: Bedknobs and Broomsticks! In the climax, when the empty suits of armor are marching, you can literally see the wires holding them up.”

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Ed Wood (1994)
Problem Child (1990)
The People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Man On The Moon (1999)
Dolemite Is My Name (2019)
Gremlins (1984)
Fight Club (1999)
Full Moon High (1981)
Phone Booth (2003)
The Big Lebowski (1998)
The Stuff (1985)
Q The Winged Serpent (1982)
Special Effects (1984)
Maniac Cop (1988)
Best Seller (1987)
The Ambulance (1990)
It’s Alive (1974)
Black Caesar (1973)
Trading Places (1983)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
The 6th Day (2000)
Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee (2016)
What’s Up, Doc? (1972)
Targets (1968)
Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Love Story (1970)
The In-Laws (1979)
The Freshman (1990)
Freebie and the Bean (1974)
Catch 22 (1970)
Lethal Weapon (1987)
The Super Cops (1974)
It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
King Kong (1933)
The Gumball Rally (1976)
Death Race 2000 (1975)
Cannonball (1976)
The Cannonball Run (1981)
Cannonball Run II (1984)
The Stunt Man (1980)
War of the Worlds (1953)
Charley Varrick (1973)
The Sting (1973)
Vertigo (1958)
Grabbers (2012)
The Artist (2011)
Blade Runner (1982)
M (1951)

Other Notable Items

The late great TFH Guru Larry Cohen
Branded, Larry Cohen’s first TV show (1965-1966)
The Taft-Hartley Act
The People v. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story  (2016) television miniseries
Larry Karaszewski and Scott’s upcoming John McAfee biopic
Peyton Place (1964-1969)
The filmography of Andrew Bergman
The filmography of Alan Arkin
The Kominsky Method television series (2018- )
The filmography of Richard Rush
Hollywood’s own Cinerama Dome
TFH Guru Michael Schlesinger
The California Incline
Stop-motion animators Willis O’Brien and Linwood Dunn
Charles Bail
Manimal (1983)
Knight Rider (1982-1986)
Baywatch Nights (1995-1997)
Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrman
Spaghetti Western composer Ennio Morricone
The filmography of Quentin Tarantino
James Bond vs. Derek Flint vs. Matt Helm
Walt Disney
Alfred Hitchcock
Cecil B. DeMille
John Ford
Frank Capra
Alfred Hitchcock And The Three Investigators adventure novel series
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-1965) television series
I Spy (1965-1968) television series
“Demon with a Glass Hand” episode of The Outer Limits
The Bradbury Building
Star Trek (1966-1969) television series
Sergio Leone

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.