TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Stephen Chbosky

Season 04 | Episode 37

Stephen Chbosky

Writer / Director

Writer/director Stephen Chbosky discusses his favorite films with host Josh Olson.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Rent (2005)
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
Dear Evan Hansen (2021)
Mean Girls (2004)
Footloose (1984)
Grease (1978)
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
Wonder (2017)
Trainspotting (1996)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
The Shop Around The Corner (1940)
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Can’t Buy Me Love (1987)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Live Like A Cop Die Like A Man (1976)
The Wizard Of Oz (1939) – John Badham’s trailer commentary
Once (2007)
Mean Streets (1973)
Invaders From Mars (1986)
Cabaret (1972) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Heathers (1989) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary
Sing Street (2016)
Star 80 (1983)
All That Jazz (1979) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
The Sound Of Music (1965)
Fiddler On The Roof (1971)
Blow-Up (1966) – Charlie Largent’s Criterion Blu-ray review
The Graduate (1967) – Neil LaBute’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Vertigo (1958) – Dan Ireland’s trailer commentary, Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Sixteen Candles (1984) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review 
The Year Of Living Dangerously (1982)
Fearless (1993)
The Truman Show (1998)
Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World (2003)
Witness (1985)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) – Katt Shea’s trailer commentary
Network (1976) – Chris Wilkinson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Murder On The Orient Express (1974)
The Exorcist (1973) – Oren Peli’s trailer commentary
The French Connection (1971) – Mark Pellington’s trailer commentary, Dennis Lehane’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Sorcerer (1977) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Stand By Me (1986)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
The Sure Thing (1985)
The Princess Bride (1987) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Misery (1990) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
A Few Good Men (1992)
My Life As A Dog (1985)
The Unbelievable Truth (1989)
Trust (1990)
Surviving Desire (1991)
Simple Men (1992)
Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Dawn Of The Dead (1979) – Lee Broughton’s Blu-ray review
Day Of The Dead (1985) – Edgar Wright’s trailer commentary
Star Wars (1977)
The Matrix (1999)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary
The Shining (1980) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
Halloween (1978) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing, Alex Kirschenbaum’s film power rankings, Alex Kirschenbaum’s timeline power rankings
Duck Soup (1933) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Gremlins (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review, TFH’s movie links
Poltergeist (1982) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary
Dumbo (1941)
Eddie Murphy Raw (1987)

Other Notable Items

Rent play (1993)
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower novel (1999)
Dear Evan Hansen musical (2015-2017)
Ben Platt
Julianne Moore
Amy Adams
Kaitlyn Dever
The Toronto Film Festival
Starsky And Hutch TV series (1975-1979)
“Somewhere Over The Rainbow” song by Judy Garland (1939)
Paris Hilton
L. Frank Baum’s Oz novel series (1900-1920)
Warner Brothers
James Bond
Tobe Hooper
Jericho TV series (2006-2008)
“Falling Slowly” song by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (2007)
“Lies” song by Glen Hansard (2007)
John Carney
Bob Fosse
Roy Scheider
Nevermind album by Nirvana (1991)
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” song by Nirvana (1991)
Axl Rose
“If You Could See Her” song from Cabaret (1972)
Jay Presson Allen
Emma Watson
Mae Whitman 
“Jungleland” song by Bruce Springsteen (1975)
“She’s The One” song by Bruce Springsteen (1975)
“Born In The USA” song by Bruce Springsteen (1984)
Bob Dylan
Humphrey Bogart
Dustin Hoffman
Anne Bancroft
Katharine Ross
USC School of Cinematic Arts
University of California Berkeley
John Hughes
Anthony Michael Hall
Emilio Estevez
Peter Weir
Maurice Jarre 
Sidney Lumet
William Friedkin
Alfred Hitchcock
Paddy Chayefsky
Rob Reiner
Bob Marley
Aaron Sorkin
The Princess Bride novel by William Goldman (1973)
Christopher Guest
Misery novel by Stephen King (1987)
The Beatles Anthology albums by The Beatles (1995-1996)
“Real Love” song by The Beatles (1996)
John Lennon
Jeff Lynne
The Velvet Underground
Kevin Smith
Hal Hartley’s new fundraiser for Where To Land
Martin Donovan
Edie Falco
Adrienne Shelly
Sylvester Stallone
George Romero
Fulton Theatre in Pittsburgh
Tom Savini
The Complete Night Of The Living Dead Film Book by John Russo (1985)
“The Making Of Thriller documentary (1983)
“Thriller” music video directed by TFH Guru John Landis
George Lucas
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
The Criterion Collection
Stephen’s novel Imaginary Friend (2019)
Stranger Things TV series (2016- )
Amblin Entertainment
Our Brendan Sexton podcast episode

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.