EFC II #127 – Manhattan (1979)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#127 – Manhattan (1979)
Dir.  Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Anne Byrne, Michael O’Donoghue, Wallace Shawn

The one hundred and twenty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Woody Allen’s Manhattan.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: As a film, yes. It’s shot stunningly, and has terrific dialogue/themes, but its plot hits a little too close to home when it comes to Woody Allen’s personal life, and I can’t in good conscience say it’s a film you must see, for whatever that’s worth.

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EFC II #126 – Ariel (1988)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#126 – Ariel (1988)
Dir.  Aki Kaurismäki
Starring: Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto, Matti Pellonpää, Eetu Hilkamo, Erkki Pajala, Matti Jaaranen

The one hundred and twenty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, an offbeat drama about a man moving on from his father’s death, from Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, Ariel.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, it’s very good and has a unique feeling to it, but didn’t crack the surface of being great for me.

EFC II #125 – The Man from Laramie (1955)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#125 – The Man from Laramie (1955)
Dir. Anthony Mann
Starring: James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Donald Crisp, Cathy O’Donnell, Alex Nicol, Aline MacMahon, Wallace Ford

The one hundred and twenty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, an Anthony Mann western starring James Stewart, The Man from Laramie.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, it was good but not must see.

Luke: No, I really enjoyed it, and a very good film, but not essential.

EFC II #124 – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#124 – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Dir. Frank Capra
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Henry Travers, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H. B. Warner

The one hundred and twenty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Frank Capra’s eternal classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely.

Luke: Yes, without a doubt, a true classic.

EFC II #123 – Run Lola Run (1998)

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#123 – Run Lola Run {Lola Rennt} (1998)
Dir. Tom Tykwer
Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petr, Armin Rohde, Joachim Król

The one hundred and twenty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Tom Tykwer’s heart pounding thrill ride, Run Lola Run.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely, I loved this, a very unique and adrenaline fuelled film that reaches a level far beyond its experimental gimmick.

EFC II #122 – Gilda (1946)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#122 – Gilda (1946)
Dir. Charles Vidor
Starring: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray, Joe Sawyer, Gerald Mohr

The one hundred and twenty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the classic film noir starring Rita Hayworth, Gilda.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a classic film noir, with an incredibly compelling set of main characters and a razor sharp script.

EFC II #121 – The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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#121 – The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Dir. Frank Darabont
Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, William Sadler, Clancy Brown, James Whitmore, Mark Rolston, Gil Bellows

The one hundred and twenty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Frank Darabont’s adaptation of the Stephen King prison story novella, frequently cited as one of the greatest films ever made, The Shawshank Redemption.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great.

Luke: Yes, there’s a reason it’s so well loved.

EFC II #120 – The Princess Bride (1987)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#120 – The Princess Bride (1987)
Dir. Rob Reiner
Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Andre the Giant, Wallace Shawn, Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Chris Sarandon

The one hundred and twentieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Rob Reiner’s hilarious and inconceivable adaptation of the romantic fantasy romance novel, The Princess Bride

Recorded in November 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: It’s kind of a maybe for me, you can’t watch it after you die so… it’s a strange kind of humour, but maybe.

Luke: Yes, there’s no other film quite like it, a fantastic comedy.

EFC II #119 – Floating Weeds {浮草 Ukigusa} (1959)

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#119 – Floating Weeds {浮草 Ukigusa} (1959)
Dir. Yasujiro Ozu
Starring: Ganjirō Nakamura, Machiko Kyō, Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Haruko Sugimura, Ayako Wakao

The one hundred and nineteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu’s contemplative film about a travelling theatre group, Floating Weeds.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I think so, though I could see a lot of people not getting on with it. It’s more than worth the shot to give a look.