TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Steven Van Zandt

Season 04 | Episode 38

Steven Van Zandt

Actor / Musician / Producer

Celebrating the release of his new memoir, multi-hyphenate Steven Van Zandt joins hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante to discuss a few of his favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Elevator To The Gallows (1958) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Breathless (1960) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
The Fisher King (1991)
Tony Rome (1967)
Lady In Cement (1968)
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
The Killer (1989)
True Romance (1993)
True Lies (1994)
Get Shorty (1995) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
Point Blank (1967) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Catch Us If You Can a.k.a. Sweet Memories (1965)
Double Trouble (1967)
Performance (1970) – Mark Goldblatt’s trailer commentary
The Driver (1978)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, TFH’s Don’t Knock The Rock  piece
Help! (1965) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s review
Blue Collar (1978) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
The Hot Spot (1990) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Wild Side (1995) 
White of the Eye (1987)
Top Secret! (1984)
Airplane! (1980) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Nutty Professor (1963) – Sam Hamm’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
The Irishman (2019) – Charlie Largent’s Criterion Blu-ray review, Dennis Cozzalio’s 2019 year-end and decade-end review
The Buddy Holly Story (1978) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Once Upon A Time In America (1984)
The Good The Bad And The Ugly (1966) – Ernest Dickeron’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray  review and Blu-ray review
Tarzan The Ape Man (1932)
South Pacific (1958)
The Godfather Part III (1990)
Heat (1995)
Thief (1981) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Rififi (1955)
The Wild Angels (1966) – Roger Corman’s trailer commentary
The Wild One (1953)
Gremlins (1984) – Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review, TFH’s 30th anniversary links
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)
The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Vanishing Point (1971) – George Hickenlooper’s trailer commentary 
Bound (1996)
The Limey (1999)
What’s New Pussycat? (1965)
My Favorite Year (1982) – Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
The Blob (1958) – George Hickenlooper’s trailer commentary
The Man Who Would Be King (1975) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Maltese Falcon (1941) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
West Side Story (1957) – John Badham’s trailer commentary
West Side Story (2021)
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)
Ben-Hur (1959) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Ben-Hur (2016)
In The Heights (2021)
On The Waterfront (1954) – John Badham’s trailer commentary
The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie (1976) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Saint Jack (1979)
Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)
Ocean’s 11 (1960)
Sergeants 3 (1962)
4 For Texas (1963)
Mad Max (1979) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Kiss Me Deadly (1955) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
My Gun Is Quick (1957) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Abbott And Costello Meet Captain Kidd (1952)
Shadows (1959)
Faces (1968)

Other Notable Items

Paul Simon
Jerry Vale
The E Street Band
Little Steven’s Underground Garage
Steven’s new book Unrequited Infatuations: A Memoir (2021)
The Staples Center
Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band’s 1999 Tour
The Sopranos TV series (1999-2007)
David Chase
Darkness On The Edge Of Town album by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band (1978)
Death Of Apartheid miniseries (1995)
The Beatles
Barry Goldwater
Steve Winwood
Traffic
Peter Gabriel
Steve Biko 
Jean-Luc Godard
James Cagney
The Bowery Boys
The Dead End Kids
Humphrey Bogart
Pat O’Brien 
Michael Curtiz
Terry Gilliam
Robin Williams
Central Park
Jill St. John
Simon Oakland 
“Tony Rome” theme song by Nancy Sinatra (1967)
James Bond
Frank Sinatra
Raquel Welch
John Woo
Chow Yung-fat
Quentin Tarantino
Arnold Schwarzenegger
James Cameron
Tony Scott
James Gandolfini
Robert Culp
Bill Cosby
I Spy TV series (1965-1968)
John Boorman
Lee Marvin
The Dave Clark Five
Irwin Winkler
Elvis Presley
Nicolas Roeg
Donald Cammell
Guy Ritchie
Mick Jagger
The French New Wave 
Walter Hill
Alcatraz Island 
“Memo From Turner” song by Mick Jagger (and music video!) (1970)
Phil Spector
Jack Nitzsche
“Gone Dead Train” song by Randy Newman (1970)
The Last Poets
Gil Scott-Heron
Ry Cooder 
Richard Lester
Paul Schrader
“Hard Workin’ Man (Main Title)” song by Jack Nitzsche featuring Captain Beefheart (1978)
The Hot Spot soundtrack (1990)
John Lee Hooker
Miles Davis
Taj Mahal
Don Johnson
Christopher Walken
Joan Chen 
Anne Heche
Help! album by The Beatles (1965)
A Hard Day’s Night album by The Beatles (1964)
George Harrison
Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album by The Beatles (1967)
“Within You Without You” song by The Beatles
Leo McKern
The Count Basie Theater, formerly the Carlton in New Jersey 
Paul McCartney
Martin Scorsese
I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa book by Charles Brandt (2004)
Robert De Niro
Soulfire Live! concert album/video by Steven Van Zandt (2019)
Summer of Sorcery Live! At The Beacon Theatre concert album/video by Steven Van Zandt (2021)
Al Pacino
Macca to Mecca! Live at the Cavern Club, Liverpool concert album/video by Steven Van Zandt (2021)
Little Richard
“I Saw Her Standing There” song by The Beatles (1963)
Chuck Berry
Gary Busey
Buddy Holly
Roy Orbison
Stevie Ray Vaughn
The Good The Bad And The Ugly Theme” song by Ennio Morricone
Johnny Weismuller’s Tarzan yell
Jimmy Page
“The Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin
“Bali Hai” song by Juanita Hall (1958)
“He’s So Fine” song by Ronnie Mack (1963)
“Here Comes The Sun” song by The Beatles (1969)
Michael Mann
MTV
Miami Vice TV series (1984-1989)
Tangerine Dream
Kraftwerk
Jean-Pierre Melville 
Jules Dassin 
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Peter Bogdanovich
“Blue’s Theme” by Davie Allan & The Arrows (1966)
Mike Curb
Podcast guest Bruce Dern
Robert Rodriguez
Chris Columbus
Introducing Darlene Love album by Darlene Love
“All Alone On Christmas” song by Darlene Love (1992)
“The Spirit Of Christmas” song by Kurt Russell and Darlene Love (2017)
Elvis miniseries (1979)
Luciano Pavarotti
Delaney & Bonnie 
Cleavon Little
Richard Sarafian 
The Wachowskis
Terrence Stamp
Peter Fonda
Barry Newman
Woody Allen
Warren Beatty
Peter O’Toole
Peter Sellers
What’s New Pussycat score by Burt Bacharach (1965)
“My Little Red Book” song by Love (1966)
Mike Hugg 
Manfred Mann
Ursula Andress
“The Blob” title song by Burt Bacharach (1958)
Steve McQueen
Western Stars album by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band (2019)
“Tucson Train” song by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band (2019)
“All Along The Watchtower” by Bob Dylan (1967)
“All Along The Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix (1968)
Michael Caine
Shakira Caine 
Sean Connery
John Huston
Rudyard Kipling
Cary Grant
Clark Gable
Paul Newman
Robert Redford
Rocky Marciano
Robert Wise
West Side Story score by Leonard Bernstein (1957)
Sketches of Spain album by Miles Davis (1960)
Steven Spielberg
Charlton Heston
West Side Story Broadway play (1957)
On The Waterfront score by Leonard Bernstein (1954)
John Cassavettes
Johnny Staccato TV series (1959-1960)
Ben Gazzara
Bing Crosby
Dean Martin
Sammy Davis Jr.
The Rat Pack
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
Universal Music
Lilyhammer TV series (2012-2014)
The Criterion Collection
Ralph Meeker
Robert Aldridge
François Truffaut
Sam Spade
Philip Marlowe
Travis McGee
Mike Hammer
A.I. Bezzerides
Mickey Spillane
Victor Saville 
Turner Classic Movies

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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.