EFC II #137 – Metropolis (1927)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#137 – Metropolis (1927)
Dir. Fritz Lang
Starring: Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Heinrich George, Theodor Loos, Fritz Rasp, Erwin Biswanger

The one hundred and thirty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, on the 90th anniversary of its original release, Fritz Lang’s magnum opus, one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time, Metropolis.

Recorded in January 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s brilliant, even if the first hour dragged.

Luke: Yes, one of the greatest films of all time, everyone needs to see it!

EFC II #136 – This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#136 – This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Dir. Rob Reiner
Starring: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Tony Hendra, Rob Reiner, June Chadwick

The one hundred and thirty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the classic “mockumentary” from Rob Reiner, This Is Spinal Tap.

Recorded in January 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, but I really enjoyed it.

Luke: Yeah, I think so, it’s probably one of the funniest/most loved comedies ever made, and based on that alone, you should probably check it out.

EFC II #135 – It Happened One Night (1934)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#135 – It Happened One Night (1934)
Dir. Frank Capra
Starring: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Jameson Thomas

The one hundred and thirty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Frank Capra’s critical and commercial smash hit, the legendary screwball comedy, It Happened One Night.

Recorded in January 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Frank Capra, Harry Cohn), Best Director (Frank Capra), Best Screenplay (Robert Riskin), Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s an incredibly entertaining and memorable romantic comedy.

EFC II #134 – The 400 Blows (1959)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#134 – The 400 Blows {Les Quatre Cents Coups} (1959)
Dir. François Truffaut
Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble, Patrick Auffay, Georges Flamant

The one hundred and thirty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, François Truffaut semi-autobiographical coming of age story, The 400 Blows.

Recorded in January 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a simple yet poignant French classic.

EFC II #133 – The Conversation (1974)

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#133 – The Conversation (1974)
Dir. Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford

The one hundred and thirty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Francis Ford Coppola’s compelling character study, The Conversation.

Recorded in January 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I think so, it’s a brilliant character piece with an excellent central performance from Gene Hackman.

EFC II #132 – In a Lonely Place (1950)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#132 – In a Lonely Place (1950)
Dir. Nicholas Ray
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Martha Stewart, Jeff Donnell, Robert Warwick

The one hundred and thirty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a brooding film noir about a Hollywood writer, played brilliantly by Humphrey Bogart, In a Lonely Place.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s not a knockout masterpiece, but it’s a VERY good film that does a lot with its short running time.

EFC II #131 – Bicycle Thieves (1948)

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#131 – Bicycle Thieves {Ladri Di Biciclette} (1948)
Dir. Vittorio De Sica
Starring: Lamberto Maggiorani, Enzo Staiola, Lianella Carell

The one hundred and thirty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a simple yet powerful Italian film, Bicycle Thieves.

Recorded in December 2016.

Oscar Wins: Honourary Award (Best Foreign Language Film)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes definitely, it’s a powerful yet simple film.

EFC II #130 – How Green Was My Valley (1941)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#130 – How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Dir. John Ford
Starring: Donald Crisp, Roddy McDowall, Maureen O’Hara, Walter Pidgeon, Sara Allgood, Anna Lee, Patric Knowles, John Loder

The one hundred and thirtieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, John Ford’s picturesque production of a small Welsh mining town story, How Green Was My Valley.

Recorded in December 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Darryl F. Zanuck), Best Director (John Ford), Best Supporting Actor (Donald Crisp), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (Arthur Charles Miller), Best Black-and-White Art Direction (Richard Day, Nathan H. Juran, Thomas Little)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I loved the timelessness of this film, it’s melodramatic but it still swept me away with the quaint story.

EFC II #129 – Sunset Boulevard (1950)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#129 – Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Starring: Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Eric von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough, Jack Webb, Cecil B. DeMille, Buster Keaton

The one hundred and twenty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Billy Wilder’s portrait of a faded silent film star trying to recapture her former glory, Sunset Boulevard.

Recorded in December 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Screenplay (Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman Jr., Billy Wilder), Best Black-and-White Art Direction (Hans Dreier, John Meehan, Samuel M. Comer, Ray Moyer), Best Score (Franz Waxman)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Definitely, a true Hollywood classic, I loved this.

EFC II #128 – Napoleon (1927)

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#128 – Napoleon (1927)
Dir. Abel Gance
Starring: Albert Dieudonné, Vladimir Roudenko, Edmond Van Daële, Alexandre Koubitzky, Antonin Artaud, Abel Gance, Gina Manès, Marguerite Gance, Yvette Dieudonné, Philippe Hériat

The one hundred and twenty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abel Gance’s hugely innovative and awe inducing silent epic, Napoleon.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely, it’s a staggering piece of cinema, a flawed masterpiece, but a definite must see.