TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Reza Sixo Safai

Season 04 | Episode 46

Reza Sixo Safai

Writer / Producer / Actor

Prisoners of the Ghostland screenwriter/producer Reza Sixo Safai joins hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante to discuss his wildest cinematic experiences.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Infested (2002)
The Howling (1981) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Hollywood Boulevard (1976) – Jon Davison’s trailer commentary
Bela Lugosi Meets A Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary
Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021)
Mandy (2018)
Candy (1968) – Glenn Erickson’s trailer commentary
S.O.B. (1981)
The Shining (1980) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
Robin Hood (1973)
The Story of Robin Hood (1952)
Modern Times (1936)
The Kid (1921)
The Deer (1974)
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
Qeysar (1969)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
The Warriors (1979)
New Jack City (1991)
Colors (1988)
The Whip And The Body (1963)
Blow Out (1981) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Porky’s (1981)
Cinema Paradiso (1988) – Glenn Erickson’s Region B Blu-ray review, Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review
Circumstance (2011)
Ninja 3: The Domination (1984)
Flashdance (1983)
Debbie Does Dallas (1978)
The Prince And The Nature Girl (1965)
Nude On The Moon (1961)
Koyaanisqatsi (1982)
Powaqqatsi (1988)
Naqoyqatsi (2002)
Dracula (1931) – Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
Rumble Fish (1983) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Napoléon (1927)
Faces of Death (1978)
Snuff (1976)
Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989)
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962)
Meshes Of The Afternoon (1943)
Computer Music (1966)
Sex Show 1 & 2 (1969)
Watermelon Man (1970)
The Story of A Three-Day Pass (1968)
Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)
Don’t Play Us Cheap (1973)
Baadasssss! (2003)
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
Henry V (1989)
King Lear (1987)
Breathless (1960) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary
Contempt (1963) – Larry Karaszewski’s trailer commentary
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Allan Arkush’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review, Glenn Erickson’s 4K Blu-ray review
Man Bites Dog (1992)
The Wild, Wild Planet (1966)
Captive Wild Woman (1943) – Joe Dante’s trailer commentary, Charlie Largent’s Blu-ray review
The Wild Bunch (1969) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Joe Dante’s review
The Wild Angels (1966) – Roger Corman’s trailer commentary
Wild At Heart (1990) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
Eraserhead (1977) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary,
Barry Lyndon (1975) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Straw Dogs (1971) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary, Rod Lurie’s trailer commentary,Charlie Largent’s Criterion Blu-ray review, Joe Dante’s review
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Cannibal Holocaust (1980) – Stuart Gordon’s trailer commentary
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Other Notable Items

Eddie Money
“Our House” song by Madness
Mick Jagger
Keith Richards
“Roxanne” song by The Police (1978)
Saturday Night Live TV series (1975- )
The Bobcat Goldthwait and Dana Gould podcast episode
The other Reza Safai
Reza Badiyi
The Incredible Hulk TV series (1978-1982)
Our friends at Movies Unlimited
Nicolas Cage
Marlon Brando
Richard Burton
Blake Edwards
Peter Sellers
Robert Prescott
Larry Storch
Walt Disney Pictures
Richard Todd
Humphrey Bogart
John Wayne
Charlie Chaplin
Abbas Kiarostami
Asghar Farhadi
Masoud Kimiai
Behrouz Vossoughi
Brad Pitt
Christopher Lee
Mario Bava
Daliah Lavi
The Family Theatre in Philadelphia
John Travolta
The Goldman Theatre in Philadelphia
The Sundance Film Festival
The Cannon Group
The Ninja franchise
Sam Firstenberg
Doris Wishman
The Benny Hill Show TV series (1955-1989)
Incredibly Strange Films book (1986) by Jim Morton, Boyd Rice, V. Vale and Andrea Juno
Doris Wishman and Roger Ebert’s appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien TV series (1993-2009)
Chesty Morgan
Incredibly Strange Music book by V. Vale and Andrea Juno (1994)
A recent California ninja attack
Ron Fricke
The Koyaanisqatsi score by Philip Glass
Ms. Pac-Man
The Philip Glass Dracula score (1999)
Francis Ford Coppola
Martin Scorsese
Terry Gilliam
Abel Gance
Bahram Beyzai
Susan Taslimi
“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” short story by Ambrose Bierce (1890)
Maya Deren
Ana Lily Amirpour
Polly Platt
Peter Bogdanovich
Bertolt Brecht
Computer World album by Kraftwerk (1981)
Erkki Kurenniemi
Melvin Van Peebles
The Criterion Collection
Mario Van Peebles
The Civil War miniseries (1990)
Ken Burns
William Shakespeare
Franco Zeffirelli
Kenneth Branagh
Emma Thompson
Jean-Luc Godard
Norman Mailer
Molly Ringwald
Julie Delpy
Burgess Meredith
Peter Sellars
Mathis der Maler opera by Paul Hindemith (1935)
The Cannes Film Festival
Dexter TV series (2006-2013)
David Lynch
Sam Peckinpah
Brian De Palma
Bart De Palma
Robert De Niro
Al Pacino

This list is also available on Movies Unlimited and 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.