TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Wyatt Cenac

Season 04 | Episode 31

Wyatt Cenac


The comedian and former The Daily Show correspondent talks about his favorite Blaxploitation movies with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Casablanca (1942) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
The Castle (1997)
The Spook Who Sat By The Door (1973) – Bill Duke’s trailer commentary
Pressure (1976)
Robinson Crusoe On Mars (1964) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary
Boss (1975)
Django Unchained (2012) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
The Thing With Two Heads (1972) – Stuart Gordon’s trailer commentary
The Incredible 2-Headed Transplant (1971)
The Liberation of L.B. Jones (1970)
Last of the Mobile Hot Shots (1970)
Black Samurai (1977)
Truck Turner (1974)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Black Caesar (1973) – Larry Cohen’s trailer commentary
Hell Up In Harlem (1973) – Larry Cohen’s trailer commentary
Judas And The Black Messiah (2021)
Friday Foster (1975)
That Man Bolt (1973)
Blacula (1972)
Foxy Brown (1974) – Jack Hill’s trailer commentary
Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976)
Willie Dynamite (1973) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Billy Jack (1971)
John Wick (2014)
The Matrix (1999)
Cleopatra Jones (1973) – Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975)
Bullitt (1968) – Alan Spencer’s trailer commentary
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The French Connection (1971) – Mark Pellington’s trailer commentary, Dennis Lehane’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairing 
The Italian Job (1969)
The Italian Job (2003)
Blood & Flesh: The Reel Life & Ghastly Death of Al Adamson (2019)
Carnival Magic (1983) – Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
The Doberman Gang (1972)
The Daring Dobermans (1973)
The Day of the Dolphin (1973) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
A History of Violence (2005)
Abar: Black Superman a.k.a. Abar, The First Black Superman (1977)
Superman (1978) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Soul Vengeance a.k.a. Welcome Home Brother Charles (1975) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Penitentiary (1979)
The House On Skull Mountain (1974)
King In The Wilderness (2018)
Uptight (1968)
The Informer (1935)
Undercover Brother (2002)
Black Dynamite (2009)
The Hit Man (1972)
Get Carter (1971) – Neil Marshall’s trailer commentary, Dennis Lehane’s trailer commentary 
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Cool Breeze (1972)
Black Shampoo (1976)
Shampoo (1975) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review 
Hit! (1973)
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970) – Michael Lehmann’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
The Candy Tangerine Man (1975)
Die Hard (1988)
The Breakfast Club (1985)
The Slams (1973)
Medicine For Melancholy (2008)
North By Northwest (1959)
Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan (1982)

Other Notable Items

The Criterion Collection
The Wil Anderson podcast episode
“House Where Nobody Lives” song by Tom Waits (1999)
Amazon Prime
Horace Ové
John Cassavettes
The Milgram Theatre in Philadelphia
Fred Williamson
TFH Guru Rick Baker
Ray Milland
Rosey Grier
Casey Kasem
Bruce Dern
Gordon Parks
Ivan Dixon
William Wyler
American International Pictures
Of Mice And Men novel by John Steinbeck (1937)
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
TFH Guru Larry Cohen
James Brown’s Black Caesar soundtrack (1973)
Hogan’s Heroes TV series (1965-1971)
Former podcast guest Lee Daniels
Star Trek franchise
Br’er Rabbit
Fred Hampton
Pam Grier
Thalmus Rasulala
Clint Eastwood
Albert Popwell
Dirty Harry franchise
Samuel L. Jackson
Morgan Freeman
Hari Rhodes
Sidney Poitier
Sidney Lumet
The Senate Theatre in Harrisburg, PA
Julius W. Harris
Jim Brown
William Marshall
What It Is… What It Was! The Black Film Explosion of the ’70s in Words and Pictures book by Gerald Martinez (1998)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
Patrick Stewart
Antonio Fargas
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde novel by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)
TFH Guru Jack Hill
Howard Hessman
Lenny and the Squigtones
Our friends at Movies Unlimited!
John Wick franchise
Keanu Reeves
James Bond franchise
Teresa Graves
Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In TV series (1968-1973)
Shelley Winters
Stella Stevens
LA River Basin
“Bad To The Bone” song by George Thorogood and the Destroyers (1982)
Jim Kelly
Al Adamson
Vilmos Zsigmond
László Kovács
Severin Films
Ed Wood
Fred Astaire
Mike Nichols
The Day of the Dolphin score by composer Georges Delerue (1973)
George C. Scott
Buck Henry
A History of Violence graphic novel by John Wagner (1997)
Truth graphic novel miniseries (2003)
Christopher McCulloch
The Venture Bros. TV series (2003-2018)
Power Man and Iron Fist comic book series (1972)
The New York Knicks
The Fantastic Four comic book series (1961- )
Plastic Man
Jim Henson
Sid and Marty Croft
Penitentiary film series
Jamaa Fanaka
Coretta Scott King
Martin Luther King Jr.
Victor French
Little House on the Prairie TV series (1974-1983)
The Jeffersons TV series (1975-1985)
D’Urville Martin
Jules Dassin
Ruby Dee
Barry Jenkins
The Criterion Channel
Booker T. And The M.G.’s
Scott Sanders
Adolph Caesar
Michael Jai White
Bernie Casey
Warren Beatty
Billy Dee Williams
Muhammad Ali
Insecure TV series (2016-2021)
John Daniels
Lou Ferrigno
The Incredible Hulk TV series (1977-1982)
Paul Gleason
George Armitage
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Gene Corman
Alfred Hitchcock
Cary Grant
Al Adamson: The Masterpiece Collection Blu-ray set

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.