EFC II #164 – L’Atalante (1934)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#164 – L’Atalante (1934)
Dir. Jean Vigo
Starring: Jean Dasté, Dita Parlo, Michel Simon

The one hundred and sixty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Jean Vigo’s first and final feature film about two newly wed lovers living on a barge, L’Atalante.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I feel like it could’ve been even better if I had connected more with the central relationship, but a stunning film regardless.

EFC II #163 – Zero for Conduct (1933)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#163 – Zero for Conduct (1933)
Dir. Jean Vigo
Starring: Gérard de Bédarieux, Louis Lefebvre, Gilbert Pruchon, Coco Golstein, Jean Dasté, Léon Larive

The one hundred and sixty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Jean Vigo’s initially banned short film about a boys boarding school, Zero for Conduct.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Not for me, there wasn’t enough to it, though it showed the spark of Vigo’s potential.

EFC II #162 – King of New York (1990)

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#162 – King of New York (1990)
Dir. Abel Ferrara
Starring: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, Steve Buscemi, Giancarlo Esposito, Janet Julian

The one hundred and sixty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abel Ferrara’s stylish New York crime piece, King of New York.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No.

Luke: No.

 

EFC II #161 – Chungking Express (1994)

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#161 – Chungking Express (1994)
Dir. Wong Kar-wai
Starring: Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Valerie Chow, Thom Baker, Chan Kam-Chuen

The one hundred and sixty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Wong Kar-wai’s stylish drama about two Hong Kong cops getting over break ups, Chungking Express.

July 2017

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes I think so, like many I’ve seen from the book so far, it’s unlike anything else I’ve seen and has stuck in my head very strongly.

 

EFC II #160 – Star Wars (1977)

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#160 – Star Wars (1977)
Dir. George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, Peter Cushing, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones

The one hundred and sixtieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, one of the all time greats, the film that changed the landscape of cinema, from the mind of George Lucas, Star Wars.

Recorded in May 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Visual Effects (John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Grant McCune, Robert Blalack), Best Art Direction (John Barry, Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley, Roger Christian), Best Original Score (John Williams), Best Film Editing (Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew), Best Costume Design (John Mollo), Best Sound (Don MacDougall, Ray West, Bob Minkler, Derek Ball)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a classic.

Luke: Yep, no brainer, one of the all time great films, it changed everything.

EFC II #159 – American Graffiti (1973)

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#159 – American Graffiti (1973)
Dir. George Lucas
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Mackenzie Phillips, Harrison Ford, Wolfman Jack

The one hundred and fifty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, George Lucas’ love letter to the cruising teen culture of the early 1960s, American Graffiti.

Recorded in May 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: I honestly don’t know, but I’m glad I watched it.

Luke: Yeah, for its time it feels quite unique and is a highly charming snapshot of a certain era of teen culture.

EFC II #158 – The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

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#158 – The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Dir. Orson Welles
Starring: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia, Erskine Sanford

The one hundred and fifty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the Orson Welles directed mystery starring himself and Rita Hayworth, The Lady from Shanghai.

Recorded in May 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yeah, it’s quite remarkable how good Orson Welles’ films turn out even after heavy studio interference. Worth a look.

EFC #157 – Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)

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#157 – Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)
Dir. Sacha Gervasi
Starring: Steve “Lips” Kudlow, Robb Reiner, Chris “CT” Tsangarides, Slash, Tom Araya, Lemmy, Scott Ian, Lars Ulrich

The one hundred and fifty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Sacha Gervasi’s intimate documentary of an ageing rock band still trying to make the big time, Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Recorded in May 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s one of the best documentaries I’ve seen, that is both a compelling story of ageing underdogs and a heartwaming look at creative passion.

EFC II #156 – Toy Story (1995)

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#156 – Toy Story (1995)
Dir. John Lasseter
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, John Morris, Erik von Detten, Laurie Metcalf

The one hundred and fifty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, John Lasseter’s groundbreaking computer animated classic, Toy Story.

Recorded in August 2015 & May 2017.

Oscar Wins: Special Achievement (John Lasseter)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s great and the first of its kind.

Luke: Yes, it started a whole new form of storytelling, and still holds up twenty years on as not just a great animated film, but a great film, period.

EFC II #155 – The Usual Suspects (1995)

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#155 – The Usual Suspects (1995)
Dir. Bryan Singer
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Benecio Del Toro, Stephen Baldwin, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Suzy Amis, Giancarlo Esposito

The one hundred and fifty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Bryan Singer’s acclaimed crime mystery film, The Usual Suspects.

Recorded in May 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Original Screenplay (Christopher McQuarrie)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a really good mystery film.

Luke: Yeah, it’s not a surefire, incredible must see movie for me, but you definitely should see it if you haven’t, it’s very well put together and highly entertaining.