Steven Canals
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Season 02 | Episode 36

Steven Canals

Writer / Producer / Director

Steven Canals, creator of the amazing show Pose, joins Josh to talk about his list of family dramas that have deeply impacted him.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)
Ninja 3: The Domination (1984)
The Color Purple (1985)
The Terminator (1984)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Wonder Woman (2017)
Captain Marvel (2019)
Black Panther (2018)
Ghostbusters (2016)
Ordinary People (1980)
District 9 (2009)
Quiz Show (1994)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Norma Rae (1979)
Places In The Heart (1984)
Once Upon A Time In The West (1969)
Blow (2001)
Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
The Late Show (1977)
The Brood (1979)
Flashdance (1983)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Memento (2000)
Transformers: The Movie (1986)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Beaches (1988)
The Entity (1982)
Tin Men (1987)
Boxcar Bertha (1972)
With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
Working Girl (1988)
Secrets & Lies (1996)
The English Patient (1996)
American Beauty (1999)
In The Bedroom (2001)
A History of Violence (2005)
Straw Dogs (1971)
Requiem For A Dream (2000)
Capturing The Friedmans (2003)
Rabbit Hole (2010)
Aliens (1986)

Other Notable Items

Welcome Back Kotter TV series (1975-1979)
The Dick Van Dyke Show TV series (1961-1966)
Steven’s excellent TV series Pose (2018- )
Ryan Murphy
Feud: Bette and Joan miniseries (2017)
Roots miniseries (1977)
William Demarest, who made three movies in 1943, let the record show
Barry TV series (2018)
Billy Porter
Steven Spielberg
The Color Purple novel by Alice Walker (1982)
Whoopi Goldberg
Ang Lee
The Academy Awards
Robert Redford
Mary Tyler Moore
Donald Sutherland
The Mary Tyler Moore Show TV series (1970-1977)
Heath Ledger’s casting as The Joker in The Dark Knight
Sally Field
Gidget (1965-1966) TV series
Sandra Bullock
The Flying Nun TV series (1967-1970) 
Henry Fonda, either America’s Dad or America’s Sweetheart before his grim turn in Once Upon A Time In The West
Paul Reubens
Pee-Wee’s Playhouse TV series (1986-1990)
Dustin Hoffman
Meryl Streep
David Cronenberg
UCLA’s MFA in Film and Television Specializing in Screenwriting Program
White Stone Cinemas in the Bronx (now closed)
John Singleton
Steven’s Hollywood Reporter Drama Showrunner Roundtable with John Singleton
Laurence Fishburne
Stanley Kubrick
Leonard Cohen’s song “The Future”
Josh’s podcast series “Bronzeville”
Barbara Hershey
Woody Allen
Dianne Wiest
Mia Farrow
The “Revelations” episode of Pose
Mike Nichols
Melanie Griffith
Brenda Blethyn
Marianne Jean-Baptiste
“Asphodel, That Greeny Flower” poem by William Carlos Williams
“Harlem” poem by Langston Hughes
Sissy Spacek
Tom Wilkinson
Chris Martin of Coldplay on the validity of misheard lyrics to his songs
Misheard lyrics to “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix
Misheard lyrics to R.E.M.
Sigourney Weaver

This list is also available on Letterboxd.