EFC II #250 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#250 – Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Dir. James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong, Joe Morton, Earl Boen

The two hundred and fiftieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, James Cameron’s adrenaline fueled sequel to his 1984 sci-fi classic, Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

Recorded in December 2018.

Oscar Wins: Best Visual Effects (Dennis Muren, Stan Winston, Gene Warren Jr., Robert Skotak), Best Makeup (Stan Winston, Jeff Dawn), Best Sound Effects Editing (Gary Rydstrom, Gloria Borders), Best Sound (Tom Johnson, Gary Rydstrom, Gary Summers, Lee Orloff)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah!

Luke: Yep, it’s an easy yes, kind of required viewing. An action, sci-fi masterpiece.

EFC II #249 – Fargo (1996)

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#249 – Fargo (1996)
Dir. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Frances McDormand, Willam H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

The two hundred and forty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a darkly murderous tale from the Coen brothers, Fargo.

Recorded in December 2018.

Oscar Wins: Best Screenplay (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen), Best Actress (Frances McDormand)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah!

Luke: Yeah, I’m glad we watched it twice, the second viewing really made me see how great it is.

EFC II #248 – Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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#248 – Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Dir. Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Christoph Waltz, Melanie Laurent, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl

The two hundred and forty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Quentin Tarantino’s violent, WWII history rewrite, Inglourious Basterds.

Recorded in February 2019.

Oscar Wins: Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely, I loved it.

Luke: Absolutely, it’s a one of a kind film, and rewatching it was a revelation. Brilliant.

EFC II #247 – Pulp Fiction (1994)

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#247 – Pulp Fiction (1994)
Dir. Quentin Tarantino
Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames

The two hundred and forty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, perhaps the most emblematic movie of the 1990s, Quentin Tarantino’s iconic, Pulp Fiction.

Recorded in December 2018.

Oscar Wins: Best Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Definitely a film you must see before you die, it’s great.

Luke: Absolutely, it’s a phenomenal film.

EFC II #246 – Reservoir Dogs (1992)

 

The Epic Film Challenge II
#246 – Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Dir. Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn

The two hundred and forty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Quentin Tarantino’s explosive debut film, Reservoir Dogs.

Recorded in December 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Definitely, it’s a classic.

Luke: Yeah, for what it is, it’s a must see, but it’s still on the lower end of Tarantino’s films for me.

EFC II #245 – Strangers on a Train (1951)

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#245 – Strangers on a Train (1951)
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Patricia Hitchcock, Laura Elliott

The two hundred and forty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Alfred Hitchcock’s murderous thriller, Strangers on a Train.

Recorded in December 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Nah, not in my opinion.

Luke: I’ll say yes, but it’s one of my weakest yeses, a damn good film that more people should see when compared to Hitchcock’s other great films.

EFC II #244 – Thelma & Louise (1991)

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#244 – Thelma & Louise (1991)
Dir. Ridley Scott
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keital, Michael Madsen

The two hundred and forty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Ridley Scott’s on-the-run road movie, Thelma & Louise.

Recorded in December 2018.

Oscar Wins: Best Screenplay (Callie Khouri)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s a classic.

Luke: Yeah, it’s a great film, with two outstanding lead performances.

EFC II #243 – The Ice Storm (1997)

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#243 – The Ice Storm (1997)
Dir. Ang Lee
Starring: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Tobey Maguire

The two hundred and forty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Ang Lee’s quietly destructive drama, The Ice Storm.

Recorded in December 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a really effective drama that gets under your skin in an unexpected way.

EFC II #242 – La Jetée (1962)

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#242 – La Jetée (1962)
Dir. Chris Marker
Starring: Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux, Ligia Branice, Janine Kleina, William Klein

The two hundred and forty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Chris Marker’s experimental sci-fi short, La Jetée

Recorded in October 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, unless you’re overly interested in films like Luke is.

Luke: Yes absolutely, a unique and fascinating sci-fi short!

EFC II #241 – Black Sunday (1960)

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#241 – Black Sunday (1960)
Dir. Mario Bava
Starring: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani, Arturo Dominici

The two hundred and forty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Mario Bava’s gorgeously shot gothic horror, Black Sunday.

Recorded in October 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely, it’s one of the best shot gothic horror films I’ve ever seen!