TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Ramin Bahrani

Season 04 | Episode 13

Ramin Bahrani

Writer / Director / Producer

Ramin Bahrani, Oscar-nominated writer/director of The White Tiger, discusses a few of his favorite movies with hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

The White Tiger (2021)
Man Push Cart (2005)
Chop Shop (2007)
99 Homes (2015)
The Boys From Fengkuei (1983)
The Time To Live And The Time To Die (1985)
The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie (1976)
Bicycle Thieves (1948)
La Terra Trema (1948)
Umberto D (1952)
Where Is The Friend’s Home? (1987)
Nomadland (2020)
The Runner (1984)
Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
A Moment Of Innocence a.k.a. Bread And Flower Pot (1996)
The House Is Black (1963)
The Conversation (1974)
Mean Streets (1973)
Nashville (1975)
Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (1972)
The Enigma Of Kaspar Hauser (1974)
Paris, Texas (1984)
Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962)
Vagabond (1985)
Luzzu (2021)
Bait (2019)
Sweet Sixteen (2002)
Abigail’s Party (1977)
Meantime (1983)
Fish Tank (2009)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Malcolm X (1992)
Nothing But A Man (1964)
Goodbye Solo (2008)
The Spook Who Sat By The Door (1973)
Dekalog (1989)
The Double Life Of Veronique (1991)
Three Colours: Red (1994)
Three Colours: White (1994)
Three Colours: Blue (1993)
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
Wings of Desire (1987)
The Hand (1981)
JFK (1991)
Born On The Fourth Of July (1989)
Salvador (1986)
Platoon (1986)
Pickpocket (1959)
The Trial Of Joan Of Arc (1962)
Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)
L’Argent (1983)
L’Eclisse (1962)
Life, And Nothing More… (1992)
Through The Olive Trees (1994)
Close-Up (1990)
Plastic Bag (2009)
Blood Kin (2018)
Lift You Up (2014)

Other Notable Items

The Academy Awards
The Criterion Collection
The Venice Film Festival
Hou Hsiao-hsien
John Cassavettes
Roberto Rosselini
Vittorio De Sica
Satyajit Ray
Abbas Kiarostami
Italian Neorealism
Iranian New Wave 
Mohsen Makhmalbaf
Bahram Beyzai 
Amir Naderi
Forugh Farrokhzad
Hafez
Ferdowsi
Rumi
Forugh Farrokhzad
Michael Simmonds
Francis Ford Coppola
Hermann Hesse 
Martin Scorsese
Robert Altman
Werner Herzog
Wim Wenders 
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 
New German Cinema 
Wim Wenders
George Lucas
Steven Spielberg
John Milius
Agnès Varda
Federico Fellini
Sundance Film Festival
Alex Camilleri
Mark Jenkin
Ken Loach
Paul Laverty 
Mike Leigh
Alan Clarke
Kim’s Video in New York
Andrea Arnold
David O. Russell
Robert M. Young
Irwin Young
Ivan Dixon
TFH Guru Bill Duke
McHale’s Navy TV series (1962-1966)
Hogan’s Heroes TV series (1965-1971)
Columbia University
Krzysztof Kieślowski 
The Three Colours Trilogy
Theatre 80 in New York
The Film Forum in New York
Symphony Space in New York
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (2008)
Oliver Stone
Spike Lee
Sidney Lumet
Robert Bresson
The Forged Coupon short story by Leo Tolstoy (1910)
Small Axe film anthology series (2020)
Steve McQueen
Michelangelo Antonioni
The Dardenne Brothers 
The Koker Trilogy 
Jean-Luc Godard

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.