TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Ron Perlman

Season 01 | Episode 17

Ron Perlman


Actor and producer Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Sons of Anarchy) sits with Josh and Joe to discuss some of his favorite movies that couldn’t possibly get made today.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Sleepwalkers (1992)
Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)
The Second Civil War (1997)
Matinee (1993)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
Ready Player One (2018)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Charlie’s Angels (2000)
Great Expectations (1946)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Showgirls (1995)
Shane (1953)
The Graduate (1967)
The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart (1970)
Zachariah (1971)
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Son of Saul (2015)
To Dust (2018)
Asher (2018)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
The King of Marvin Gardens (1972)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
The Name of the Rose (1986)
Infested (2002)

Other Notable Items

Billy Wilder
Walter Matthau
A great Billy Wilder joke, as documented in On Sunset Boulevard
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948-1971)
The Beatles
David Paymer
Zane Gray Theater TV series (1956-1961)
“Lightning,” Joe and Ron’s episode of the Picture Windows miniseries
Wing and a Prayer Pictures
Francis Ford Coppola
Martin Scorsese
William Friedkin
The “New Hollywood” era of the 1970s
Marlon Brando
William Wyler
World War II
Robert Altman
Pauline Kael
TFH Guru Roger Corman
Charlie’s Angels TV series (1976-1981)
Great Expectations novel
The Marx Brothers
Edward G. Robinson
Robert Louis Stevenson
Scott Fitzgerald
William Faulkner
The 1988 Writers Guild of America strike
A certain someone
Seinfeld TV series (1989-1998)
Géza Röhrig
Matthew Broderick
Jack Nicholson
Bob Rafelson
Lois Smith
Jerry Lee Lewis
Ron’s memoir Easy Street (the Hard Way)
John Ford
Samuel Goldwyn
Harry Cohn
Darryl F. Zanuck
William Goldman
AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies List, of which our The Movies That Made Me team is not a fan
Charles Laughton

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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 Host

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.