TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Shane Black

Season 04 | Episode 30

Shane Black

Writer / Director

Legendary screenwriter and director Shane Black discusses some of his favorite movies with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
High and Low (1963)
Hard Times (1975) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review, Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Beguiled (1971) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia (1974) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Kino Lorber Blu-ray review, Glenn Erickson’s Twilight Time Blu-ray review
Convoy (1978) – Dennis Cozzalio’s review
8 Heads In A Duffel Bag (1997)
Diner (1982)
The Bodyguard (1992)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
Fist of Fury a.k.a. The Chinese Connection (1972) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
13 Ghosts (1960)
Menace II Society (1993)
Goodfellas (1990) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Tom and Jerry (2021)
Fritz The Cat (1972) –  Mick Garris’s trailer commentary
The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Dirty Harry (1971) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
Bullitt (1968) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
Brute Force (1947) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Alien (1979) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Persona (1966)
Changeling (1980) – Ti West’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review 
Darby O’Gill And The Little People (1959)
Sunset Boulevard (1950) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
That’s Life! (1986)
Targets (1968) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
One Night In Miami… (2020)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
The Nice Guys (2016) – Dennis Cozzalio’s review
Lethal Weapon (1987) – Dennis Cozzalio’s Christmas movie round-up
48 Hours (1982)
Eddie And The Cruisers (1983)
Night Moves (1975) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Hidden Agenda (1999)
Commando (1985) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Raw Deal (1986)
Predator (1987)
Friday The 13th (1980) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s Friday The 13th Power Rankings and Jason Voorhees Power Rankings
The Predator (2018)
Last Action Hero (1993)
The Monster Squad (1987) – Ti West’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – John Landis’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
The Exorcist (1973) – Oren Pelli’s trailer commentary
Jaws (1975) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Showgirls (1995) – Dennis Cozzalio’s review
Do The Right Thing (1989)
A History of Violence (2005)
The Graduate (1967) – Neil LaBute’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
The Thing (1982) – Jesus Trevino’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Thing (2011) – Jesus Trevino’s trailer commentary
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003)
The Golden Compass (2007)
Back To The Future (1985)
Back To The Future Part II (1989)
Back To The Future Part III (1990)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Endgame (2019) – Dennis Cozzalio’s review
Used Cars (1980)
Manhunter (1986) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Allan Arkush’s trailer review, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Red Dragon (2002)
The Keep (1983)
S.O.B. (1981)
Minority Report (2002)
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Infested (2002)
The Big Chill (1983)

Other Notable Items

Jack Epps Jr.
Jim Cash
Dennis Shryack
Michael Butler
Bruce Willis
Akira Kurosawa
Barry Levinson
Robert Altman
John Waters
Homicide: Life On The Street TV series (1993-1999)
Quentin Tarantino
Mickey Rourke
Daniel Stern
Steve Guttenberg
Tom Hulce
Tim Daly
Tony Curtis
Burt Lancaster
Barbara Nichols
Martin Milner
John Gielgud
The Chill novel by Ross Macdonald (1964)
Bruce Lee
Lawrence Dobkin
Lurene Tuttle
Clifford Odetts
Ernest Lehman
The Egyptian Theatre
Emile Meyer
Fred Katz
Don Siegel
Tyger Williams
Joe Pesci
Daffy Duck
Chloë Grace Moretz
Ralph Bakshi
R. Crumb
Rotoscope animation
Max Fleischer’s Koko the Clown cartoons
The Fleischer Brothers
Dean Martin
Frank Sinatra
Ray Milland
Bugs Bunny
Billy Wilder
Charles Brackett
The New Beverly Cinema
Clint Eastwood
George C. Scott
Val Lewton
Gloria Swanson
The Embassy Theatre in LA
The Regency Bruin Theatre in LA
The National Theatre in LA
The Fox Theatre in LA
Diddy Riese
The Landmark Westwood in LA
Blake Edwards
Marilyn Monroe
Tribeca Drive-In at the Rose Bowl
ArcLight Cinemas
Joel Silver
Elvis Presley
Bruce Springsteen
Frankie Valli
The Fugitive TV series (1963-1967)
David Janssen
Harry O TV series (1974-1976)
The Six Million Dollar Man TV series (1973-1978)
The Twilight Zone TV series (1959-1964)
Jacques Tourneur
“In Praise of Pip” Twilight Zone episode (1963)
Jack Klugman
Rod Serling
“Walking Distance” Twilight Zone episode (1959)
Gig Young
Bernard Herrman
The Twilight Zone Companion book by Scott Zicree (1982)
Rebel Highway series on Showtime (1994)
Debra Hill
The terrifying Tom Cruise deep fake
Gene Hackman
The Coen Brothers
Philip Marlowe
J.T. Walsh
Kevin Dillon
Christopher Plummer
Mark Lester
Prior podcast guest William Friedkin
Kurt Russell
Keith David
John Carpenter
The Lord of the Rings film trilogy
The Lord of the Rings novel trilogy
Robert Shaye
The Back To The Future trilogy
Bob Gale
Red Dragon novel by Thomas Harris (1981)
The Silence of the Lambs novel by Thomas Harris (1988)
Michael Mann
Miami Vice TV series (1984-1989)
James L. Brooks
Robert Vaughn
Harrison Ford
Robert Zemeckis
David Packer

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.