EFC II #79 – Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#79 – Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
Dir. Monte Hellman
Starring: James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Laurie Bird, Warren Oates

The seventy-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a minimalistic 70s road movie with a unique cast, Two-Lane Blacktop.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a film that seems to perfectly a capture a feeling; in this case, living life on the road.

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EFC II #78 – The Bank Dick (1940)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#78 – The Bank Dick (1940)
Dir. Edward F. Cline
Starring: W.C. Fields, Cora Witherspoon, Una Markel, Evelyn Del Rio, Jessie Ralph, Franklin Pangborn, Shemp Howard, Dick Purcell, Grady Sutton

The seventy-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a slapstick comedy starring W.C. Fields about a bumbling alcoholic who gets made a bank detective, The Bank Dick.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, it was a fine comedy, but unless you love W.C. Fields and his brand of humour, it’s not a must watch.

EFC II #77 – The Seventh Seal {Det Sjunde Inseglet} (1957)

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#77 – The Seventh Seal {Det Sjunde Inseglet} (1957)
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Starring:  Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Bibi Andersson, Inga Landgré, Åke Fridell

The seventy-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Ingmar Berman’s dreamy tale of mortality, centered around a game of chess between a knight and the personification of Death itself, The Seventh Seal.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, definitely, an amazing film all across the board. A true classic.

EFC II #76 – The Birth of a Nation (1915)

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#76 – The Birth of a Nation (1915)
Dir. D.W. Griffith
Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Ralph Lewis, George Siegmann, Walter Long

The seventy-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, D.W. Griffith’s towering American Civil War epic that is in one part a masterpiece, and in another, a horrifying example at the inherent racism running rampant when the film was made, The Birth of a Nation.

Recorded in September 2016 & September 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, though it is, to paraphrase others, a schizophrenic masterpiece. Impeccably made for 1915, but some very questionable and offensive content.

EFC II #75 – Dumbo (1941)

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#75 – Dumbo (1941)
Dir. Ben Sharpsteen
Starring: Edward Brophy, Herman Bing, Margaret Wright, Sterling Holloway, Verna Felton, Cliff Edwards

The seventy-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the film that turned everything around for Walt Disney in the 40s, the simple yet spirited tale of a young circus elephant outcast by his abnormally large ears, Dumbo.

Recorded in September 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Musical Score (Frank Churchill, Oliver Wallace)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, because it’s a Disney film.

Luke: Yes, it’s really grown on me, and is a wonderful film full of heart and spirit.

EFC II #74 – Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#74 – Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)
Dir. Harry Smith

The seventy-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, an avant-garde stop motion cutout animated film, Heaven and Earth Magic.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, it really, really isn’t.

EFC II #73 – Glory (1989)

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#73 – Glory (1989)
Dir. Edward Zwick
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes, Jihmi Kennedy, Andre Braugher, John Finn, Donovan Leitch, J.D. Cullum, Alan North, Bob Gunton, Cliff De Young, Christian Baskous

The seventy-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the true story of a Union soldier in the American Civil War who lead the first all black regiment, Glory.

Recorded in September 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Supporting Actor (Denzel Washington), Best Cinematography (Freddie Francis), Best Sound (Donald O. Mitchell, Gregg Rudloff, Elliot Tyson, Russell Williams)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s an impressive production with an important true story that needs to be heard.

EFC II #72 – The Blue Angel {Der Blaue Engel} (1930)

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#72 – The Blue Angel {Der Blaue Engel} (1930)
Dir. Josef von Sternberg
Starring: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti, Hans Albers, Rolf Müller, Charles Puffy, Reinhold Bernt

The seventy-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Josef von Sternberg’s stark tale of the dangers of ill fated romance, in one of Germany’s first sound films, The Blue Angel.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it can be quite bleak and slow paced at times, but it’s still an impeccably performed and staged film.

EFC II #71 – The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

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#71 – The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Dir. Raoul Walsh
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Julanne Johnston, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher, Brandon Hurst, Sojin Kamiyama, Mathilde Comont, Noble Johnson

The seventy first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a swashbuckling fantasy adventure featuring one of the biggest stars of the silent era in the title role, The Thief of Bagdad.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, without a doubt, one of the best fantasy/adventure films ever made.

EFC II #70 – Animal Farm (1954)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#70 – Animal Farm (1954)
Dir. John Halas & Joy Batchelor
Starring: Maurice Denham

The seventieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the Halas & Batchelor stark animated adaptation of George Orwell’s novel, Animal Farm.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, though I didn’t enjoy it and never want to see it again, it has a message.

Luke: Yes, it is undeniably grim, but a very adult and effective animated film.