TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Greg Barker

Season 03 | Episode 38

Greg Barker

Director / Producer

The director of Sergio and many docs talks about docs and movies taken from true stories.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Sergio (2009)
Sergio (2020)
Reds (1981)
The Two Popes (2019)
Rules Don’t Apply (2016)
Bulworth (1998)
Dick Tracy (1990)
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
Innerspace (1987)
Ishtar (1987)
The Thin Blue Line (1988)
Man On Wire (2008)
The Fog of War (2003)
American Dharma (2018)
Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (2016)
The Killing Fields (1984)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1983)
Under Fire (1983)
Salvador (1986)
The Quiet American (2002)
The Quiet American (1958)
A Private War (2018)
The War Room (1993)
The Final Year (2017)
Independence Day (1996)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Bloodsport (1988)
Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite (1996)
When We Were Kings (1996)
Soul Power (2008)
High School (1968)
Hospital (1970)
Titicut Follies (1967)
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (2007)
Before Night Falls (2000)
At Eternity’s Gate (2018)
American Factory (2019)
Dina (2017)
Honeyland (2019)
The Act of Killing (2012)
The English Patient (1996)
Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Purple Noon (1960)

Other Notable Items

Sergio Aragonés
Wagner Moura
Narcos TV series (2015-2018)
Errol Morris
Warren Beatty
Ronald Reagan
Mikhail Gorbachev
Reagan at Reykjavik book by Ken Adelman (2014)
Howard Hughes
Robert McNamara
Steve Bannon
Tony Robbins
Joe Berlinger
Wormwood TV miniseries (2017)
Peter Sarsgaard 
Sydney Schanberg
Linda Hunt
Haing S. Ngor
Gene Hackman
Nick Nolte
Joanna Cassidy
Roger Spottiswoode
Jerry Goldsmith
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Ed Harris
Phillip Noyce
Joseph Mankiewicz
The Quiet American novel by Graham Greene (1955)
Matthew Heineman
John Reed
Bill Clinton
Barack Obama
George Stephanopoulos
James Carville
Bill Pullman
The Apprentice TV series (2004-2017)
Mark Burnett
Muhammad Ali
Leon Gast
The Criterion Collection
“The Rumble in the Jungle”
George Foreman
Norman Mailer
Tyson Fury
Game 6 of the 1977 World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Yankees
Howard Cossell
Reggie Jackson
Frederick Wiseman
Kenneth Anger
Julian Schnabel
Javier Bardem
Mathieu Amalric
Julia Reichert
Steven Bognar
Larry Wilmore on Pandemic Parade 4: The Crackdown 
Greg’s documentary Ghosts of Rwanda for Frontline (2004)
Anthony Minghella
Juliet Stevenson
John Malkovich
Burn This play by Lanford Wilson (1987)
Sergio Vieira de Mello
This list is also available on 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.