TFH Presents

The Movies That Made Me

with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante

Shaka King

Season 04 | Episode 07

Shaka King

Director / Producer / Writer

Shaka King, the Oscar-nominated director, producer and co-writer of Judas And The Black Messiah, shares some of his favorite movies.

Show Notes:

Movies Referenced In This Episode

Judas And The Black Messiah (2021)
Goodfellas (1990)
Casino (1995)
Taxi Driver (1976)
The Friends Of Eddie Coyle (1973)
A Prophet (2009)
The Godfather (1972)
The Godfather Part II (1974)
The Pope Of Greenwich Village (1984)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Network (1976)
Serpico (1973)
Prince Of The City (1981)
The Battle Of Algiers (1966)
Z (1969)
Animal House (1978)
King Of New York (1990)
Oldboy (2003)
Crooklyn (1994)
Memories Of Murder (2003)
Do The Right Thing (1989)
Capernaum (2018)
Chop Shop (2007)
Gloria (1980)
Dazed And Confused (1993)
Malcolm X (1992)
The Hospital (1971)
Little Murders (1971)
Newlyweeds (2013)

Other Notable Items

Fred Hampton
The Panther 21
Jamal Joseph 
Akua Njeri, formerly Deborah Johnson
Ray Liotta
Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro
I Love Lucy TV series (1951-1957)
Robert Mitchum
Jesse Plemons
Eric Clapton
Ryan Coogler
John Cazale
Burt Young
The Rocky franchise
Sidney Lumet
Al Pacino
Making Movies memoir by Sidney Lumet
Jackie Cooper 
Jean Martin 
Ali La Pointe
Brahim Haggiag 
“Aja” by Steely Dan, one of the coolest songs of all time
Abel Ferrara 
Steve Buscemi
Wesley Snipes
Laurence Fishburne
Park Chan-wook 
Bong Joon-ho
Spike Lee
Daniel Kaluuya
Delroy Lindo
Alfre Woodard 
Michael K. Williams
Ramin Bahrani
Cinqué Lee
Joie Lee 
Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots, a vastly under-appreciated game
Ned Beatty
William Holden
Faye Dunaway
Robert Duvall
Peter Finch
Paddy Chayefsky
Charles King
Will Berson
Warner Brothers
J. Edgar Hoover

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.