TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Peter Ramsey

Season 02 | Episode 03

Peter Ramsey


Writer/director Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) joins Josh and Joe to discuss movies he loves that he wishes more people knew.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse (2018)
Sing (2016)
The Godfather (1972)
Chinatown (1974)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Sammy Going South/A Boy Ten Feet Tall (1965)
Diner (1982)
Internal Affairs (1990)
Pacific Heights (1990)
Blow-up (1966)
Out of the Past (1947)
Against All Odds (1984)
A History of Violence (2005)
His Kind of Woman (1951)
The Duellists (1977)
Alien (1979)
Blade Runner (1982)
Barry Lyndon (1975)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Fearless (1993)
The Last Wave (1977)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
The Devils (1971)
Master And Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
New York Stories (1989)
Malcolm X (1992)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
Crooklyn (1994)
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Altered States (1980)
Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
The Ape Man (1943)
Return of the Ape Man (1944)
Brazil (1985)
Powaqqatsi (1988)
Naqoyqatsi (2002)
Rumble Fish (1983)
Tetro (2009)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)
The Outsiders (1983)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Harakiri (1962)
Mandy (2018)
Days of Heaven (1978)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Persona (1966)
The Girl On The Bridge (1999)
The Hairdresser’s Husband (1990)
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
Dobermann (1997)
Serie Noire (1979)
Mysterious Island (1961)
Jason And The Argonauts (1963)
Mona Lisa (1986)
The Long Good Friday (1980)
The Iron Giant (1999)
The Incredibles (2004)
Ratatouile (2007)
Shrek (2001)
Tank Girl (1995)
Shrek 2 (2004)
Shrek the Third (2007)

Other Notable Items

Clifford Odets
Ernest Lehman
On Film-Making: An Introduction to the Craft of the Director, helmer Alexander Mackendrick’s filmmaking book from his CalArts years
James Wong Howe
Val LewtonNicholas Musuraca collaboration
Peter Weir
Spike Lee
Paddy Chayefsky and Ken Russell beef on the set of Altered States (and whose side William Hurt took)
Akira Kurosawa
Masaki Kobayashi
The demise of Filmstruck
The Criterion Collection’s Ingmar Bergman box set
The Motion Picture Production Code
The Man In The High Castle television series
Patrice LeConte
The collaboration of Ray Harryhausen and Charles H. Schneer
Neil Jordan
Brad Bird

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.