The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
Yeardley Smith (iconic voice of Lisa Simpson and host of the podcast Small Town Dicks) joins Josh & Joe to discuss her favorite musical numbers from women.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
The Dot And The Line (1965)
West Side Story (1961)
On The Waterfront (1954)
Funny Girl (1968)
A Star Is Born (1954)
Divine Madness (1980)
8 ½ (1963)
Other Notable Items
Dino De Laurentiis
The Simpsons TV series (1989- ), quite possibly the greatest show of all time
Gunsmoke TV series (1955-1975)
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet TV series (1952-1966)
Yeardley’s podcast Small Town Dicks
Yeardley’s production company Paperclip, LTD
Zoom TV series (1972)
“Put The Blame On Mame” performance from Gilda
“Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” performance from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
“Riff Off” performance from Pitch Perfect
The Finals performance from Pitch Perfect
“I Am Changing” performance from Dreamgirls
American Idol TV series (2002-2016, 2018- )
Vincent van Gogh
Chicago stage play (1975)
A Chorus Line stage play (1975)
“Roxie” performance from Chicago
“Cell Block” performance from Chicago
Tom and Jerry
“America” performance from West Side Story
Steven Spielberg’s upcoming West Side Story remake
The Tom Waits cover of “Somewhere”
“Don’t Rain On My Parade” performance from Funny Girl
“The Man That Got Away” performance from A Star Is Born
The Steven Canals podcast episode
Pose TV series (2018- )
“Everything’s Coming Up Roses” performance from Gypsy
“Cinema Italiano” performance from Nine
This list is also available on Letterboxd.
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.