TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Sean Durkin

Season 03 | Episode 58

Sean Durkin

Director / Writer / Producer

The writer/director of Martha Marcy May Marlene and The Nest takes hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante on an exploration of his favorite cinematic endings.

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Movies Referenced In This Episode

Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)
The Nest (2020)
Citizen Kane (1941)
The Cowboys (1972)
The Parallax View (1974)
Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Limbo (1999)
Nashville (1975)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
3 Women (1977)
Chinatown (1974)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
The Third Man (1949)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Our Idiot Brother (2011)
Shoot The Moon (1982)
Parasite (2019)
The Wild Bunch (1969)
The Ice Storm (1997)
Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)
The Brood (1979)
The Graduate (1967)
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
The Candidate (1972)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Birds (1963)
The Firm (1989)
Scum (1979)
The Firm (2009)
The Vanishing (1988)
The Vanishing (1993)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Repulsion (1965)
Pirates (1986)
What? (1972)
Blowup (1966)
Blow Out (1981)
The Long Good Friday (1980)

Other Notable Items

Jude Law
Carrie Coon 
Quentin Tarantino
John Wayne
The Pure Cinema Podcast
The Film Forum
Warren Beatty
TFH Guru Howard Rodman
TFH Guru John Sayles
The Sopranos TV series (1999-2007)
Gwen Welles
Barbara Harris
Robert Altman
John Huston
Orson Welles
Paul Rudd
Willie Nelson
Dolly Parton
Alan Parker
David Cronenberg
Buck Henry
The Graduate novel (1963)
Spike Lee
Tippi Hedrin
Alfred Hitchcock
Lew Wasserman
Gary Oldman
Alan Clarke
Nick Love
Michael Bay
Jeff Bridges
Kiefer Sutherland
Roman Polanski
Elliot Gould
Sydne Rome 
Bob Hoskins
Ann Beattie 

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.