Adam Rifkin

Movies Unlimited
Season 01 | Episode 05

Adam Rifkin

Writer / Director / Actor

Writer/Director Adam Rifkin (The Last Movie Star, The Dark Backward, Director’s Cut) sits with Josh and Joe to go behind the scenes, break the fourth wall, and take an altogether deep dive into his favorite movies about making movies. Consider this episode The Movies-About-Movies That Made Me.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The Last Movie Star (2018)
Director’s Cut (2015)
Jaws (1975)
The Blues Brothers (1980)
A Soldier’s Story (1984)
The Dark Backward (1991)
Shooting the Warwicks (2015)
Giuseppe Makes a Movie (2014)
American Movie (1999)
Seven (1995)
Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)
The Day of the Locust (1975)
Shampoo (1975)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Miracle Mile (1989)
Barton Fink (1991)
Hail Caesar! (2016)
Miller’s Crossing (1990)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Stardust Memories (1980)
8 ½ (1963)
All That Jazz (1979)
Alex In Wonderland (1970)
Amarcord (1973)
Persona (1966)
Star 80 (1983)
Sorcerer (1977)
The Seven Ups (1973)
The French Connection (1971)
Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)
September (1987)
Interiors (1978)
Another Woman (1988)
What’s Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
Hooper (1978)
W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings (1975)
Navajo Joe (1966)
The Stunt Man (1980)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Cat People (1942)
The Big Carnival/Ace In The Hole (1951)
A Face In The Crowd (1957)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
The Player (1992)
Heat (1986)
City Heat (1984)
Heat (1995)
The Long Goodbye (1973)
The Big Sleep (1978)
Farewell My Lovely (1975)
Popeye (1980)
O.C. and Stiggs (1987)
Streamers (1983)
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
Vincent & Theo (1990)
Short Cuts (1993)
Fade To Black (1980)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
After The Fox (1966)
Hollywood Boulevard (1976)
Matinee (1993)
The Death Kiss (1932)
Ed Wood (1994)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Nickelodeon (1976)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Cinema Paradiso (1991)
Singin’ In The Rain (1953)
Mulholland Drive (2001)
The Cameraman (1928)
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Movie Crazy (1932)
The Party (1968)
The Road To Hong Kong (1962)
Gunga Din (1939)
Argo (2012)
King Kong (1933)
Living In Oblivion (1995)
Contempt (1963)
Man Bites Dog (1992)
Looney Tunes: Back In Action (2003)
Peeping Tom (1960)
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
The Big Picture (1989)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Baadasssss! (2003)
Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
Gods and Monsters (1998)
Adaptation (2002)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
A Star Is Born (1937)
A Star Is Born (1954)
A Star Is Born (1976)
A Star Is Born (2018)
S.O.B. (1981)
10 (1979)
Mary Poppins (1964)
Swimming With Sharks (1995)
Bombshell (1933)
Chaplin (1992)
The Trip (1967)
Day For Night (1973)

Other Notable Items

Adolph Caesar (FYI: Percy Rodriguez was the actual Jaws trailer narrator)
R. Lee Ermey
Mike Plante
David Nordstrom
Mark Borchardt
Penn Jillette
David Fincher
Andrew Kevin Walker
Film Comment
Rif Coogan
Preston Sturges
Joel McCrea
The Day of the Locust novel by Nathaniel West
Jackie Earle Haley
Donald Sutherland
Homer Simpson and Homer Simpson
William Castle
The Varsity Theatre, Chicago
The Parkway Theatre, Chicago
Robert Altman
William Atherton
Karen Black
Napoleon Bonaparte
The Coen Brothers
John Turturro
John Goodman
Woody Allen
Mia Farrow
Jeff Daniels
Van Johnson
Federico Fellini
Bob Fosse
Paul Mazursky
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Akira Kurosawa
Francois Truffaut
Ingmar Bergman
Roy Scheider
Charles Bronson
Richard Dreyfuss
Gene Hackman
Larry Edmunds Bookshop
Charlie Chaplin 
Bruce Dern
Gena Rowlands
Burt Reynolds
Hal Needham
Brian Keith
Robert Klein
Peter Bogdanovich
Clint Eastwood
Sergio Corbucci
Richard Rush
Peter O’Toole
Steve Railsback
Charles Manson
Hotel del Coronado, San Diego
Kirk Douglas
Val Lewton
Barry Sullivan
Lana Turner
Dick Powell
William Faulkner
Burt Lancaster
Louis B. Mayer
Billy Wilder
Robert Aldridge
William Holden
Gloria Swanson
Greta Garbo
Pola Negri
Michael Tolkin
Elliott Kastner
Robert Mitchum
New Line Cinema
Dennis Christopher
Kevin McCarthy
Victor Mature
TFH Guru Allan Arkush
TFH Guru Jon Davison
Robby The Robot
Cuban Missile Crisis
Charlie Haas
Jerico Stone
Cathy Moriarty
William Schallert
Robert Cornthwaite
Mark McCracken
John Hora
Bert I. Gordon
Turner Classic Movies
Harold Lloyd
Peter Sellers
Peter Dinklage
Daniel Waters
Fritz Lang
Brigitte Bardot
Jack Palance
Michael Powell
Hammer Film Productions
John Cleese
Christopher Guest 
Kevin Bacon
Jean Harlowe
The Red Door in Burbank
Mario Van Peebles
Melvin Van Peebles
James Whale
Bill Hader

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