TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

S.S. Rajamouli

Season 05 | Episode 31

S.S. Rajamouli

Writer / Director

S.S. Rajamouli, the writer/director of the HUGELY successful RRR (on Netflix), joins hosts Josh Olson and Joe Dante to discuss some of his favorite films.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

RRR (2022)
City Lights (1931)
Ben-Hur (1959) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
Braveheart (1995)
Apocalypto (2006)
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
A Fistful of Dollars (1964) – John Badham’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review and 4K Blu-ray review
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly (1966) – Ernest Dickerson’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review and 4K Blu-ray review
Once Upon The Time In The West (1968) – John Landis’s trailer commentary
The Terminator (1984) – Adam Rifkin’s trailer commentary
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Commando (1985) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Predator (1987) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
The Abyss (1989)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
The Lion King (1994)
Aladdin (1992)
Star Wars (1977)
Mad Max (1979) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Pinocchio (1940)
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Snatch (2000)
Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Django Unchained (2012) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
Django (1966) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary
Kill Bill Volume 1 (2003)
Kill Bill Volume 2 (2004)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Inglourious Basterds (2009) – Brian Trenchard-Smith’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
Jaws (1975) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
Duel (1971) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) – Ti West’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review 
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom (1984) – Ti West’s trailer commentary
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989) – Ti West’s trailer commentary
Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008)
Bustin’ Loose (1981)

Other Notable Items

Daniel Waters
Anurag Kashyap
Charlie Chaplin
Charlton Heston
Mel Gibson
Mahabharata epic poem by Vyasa  (3rd century BCE through 3rd century CE)
Clint Eastwood
Eli Wallach
Lee Van Cleef
Our pals at Movies Unlimited!
Arnold Schwarzenegger
James Cameron
Michael Biehn
United Artists
James Bond
Rawhide TV series (1959-1966)
Walt Disney Pictures
Robin Williams
George Lucas
The Hero’s Journey concept researched by mythologist Joseph Campbell
George Miller
The Mad Max series (1979- )
The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003)
Robert Downey Jr.
Guy Ritchie
Sherlock Holmes
Quentin Tarantino
Leonardo DiCaprio
Christoph Waltz
Jamie Foxx
Samuel L. Jackson
Franco Nero
Indiana Jones
Steven Spielberg
Richard Pryor

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.