EFC II #19 – Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

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#19 – Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Dir. Mike Newell
Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Kristin Scott Thomas, James Fleet

The nineteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the Richard Curtis penned British rom-com that made Hugh Grant a star in the 90s, Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Recorded in June 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, but it’s still a good film.

Luke: No, I enjoyed it a lot but it’s not must see.

EFC II #18 – Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

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#18 – Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)
Dir. Nick Broomfield
Starring: Nick Broomfield, Arlene Pralle, Aileen Wuornos

The eighteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Nick Broomfield’s gripping documentary on the profiteering that went on surrounding America’s first female serial killer, in Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer.

Recorded in June 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, without a doubt. It’s crazy viewing, a gripping look into greed, violence and insanity.

EFC II #17 – Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

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#17 – Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
Dir. Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Martha Raye, William Frawley, Marilyn Nash, Isobel Elsom

The seventeenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Charlie Chaplin’s black comedy about a bigamist wife killer set in France, a departure from his usual films, Monsieur Verdoux.

Recorded in May 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes. It’s an underrated Chaplin film, unlike anything I’ve seen and impeccably made.

EFC II #16 – Shanghai Express (1932)

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#16 – Shanghai Express (1932)
Dir. Josef von Sternbeg
Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Warner Oland, Lawrence Grant, Eugene Pallette

The sixteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Josef von Sternberg’s exotic, train set romantic melodrama: Shanghai Express.

Recorded in May 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Cinematography (Lee Garmes)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, definitely. Great atmosphere and moody, melodramatic love story.

EFC II #15 – Videodrome (1983)

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#15 – Videodrome (1983)
Dir. David Cronenberg
Starring: James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Les Carlson, Jack Creley, Lynne Gorman

The fifteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, David Cronenberg’s visceral sci-fi body horror, Videodrome.

Recorded in October 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, I did not enjoy it at all, DEATH to Videodrome.

Luke: Yes, I don’t think it’s great, but it’s something you should give a go, it’s very original.

EFC #14 – Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)

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#14 – Kramer Vs. Kramer (1979)
Dir. Robert Benton
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Justin Henry, Jane Alexander

The fourteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a powerful yet simple, multiple Oscar winning drama, Kramer Vs. Kramer.

Recorded in May 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Stanley R. Jaffe), Best Director (Robert Benton), Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Benton), Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman), Best Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, you have to see it.

Luke: Yes, absolutely, an 11/10 film.

EFC II #13 – Top Gun (1986)

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#13 – Top Gun (1986)
Dir. Tony Scott
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Adwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, Meg Ryan

The thirteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Tony Scott’s adrenaline fuelled Top Gun, an iconic film of the 80s.

Recorded in May 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Original Song (Giorgio Moroder, Tom Whitlock)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s an iconic 80s movie that everyone needs to see.

Luke: No, it’s very enjoyable but not a must watch.

EFC #12 – The Descendants (2011)

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#12 – The Descendants (2011)
Dir. Alexander Payne
Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Robert Forster, Nick Krause, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer

The twelfth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Alexander Payne’s comedy drama.

Recorded in May 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Adapted Screenplay (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rush)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, but it’s still a great film.

Luke: No, but still a highly enjoyable, very good film that’s worth a look, but not essential by any means.

EFC II #11 – Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966)

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#11 – Hold Me While I’m Naked (1966)
Dir. George Kuchar
Starring: George Kuchar, Donna Kerness, Andrea Lunin, Hope Morris, Steve Packard

The eleventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, George Kuchar’s bizarre underground film, Hold Me While I’m Naked.

Recorded in May 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No. While it’s not completely without merit, and Kuchar is an interesting dude, you’re not missing out on this one.

EFC II #10 – Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

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#10 – Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
Dir. Woody Allen
Starring: Michael Caine, Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Barbare Hershey, Woody Allen, Carrie Fisher, Max von Sydow

The tenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Woody Allen’s expert comedy about three sisters and their intersecting love lives.

Oscar Wins: Best Original Screenplay (Woody Allen), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Caine), Best Supporting Actress (Dianne Wiest)

Recorded in May 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, not a classic, but a top tier romantic comedy drama. Excellent all round.