EFC II #152 – The King of Comedy (1983)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#152 – The King of Comedy (1983)
Dir. Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Tony Randall, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard

The one hundred and fifty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Martin Scorsese’s black comedy, starring Robert De Niro as an aspiring comedian, The King of Comedy.

Recorded in April 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I was really surprised by this one, an excellent film.

EFC II #151 – His Girl Friday (1940)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#151 – His Girl Friday (1940)
Dir. Howard Hawks
Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Alma Kruger, Gene Lockhart, Clarence Kolb, Abner Biberman, John Qualen, Helen Mack

The one hundred and fifty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Howard Hawks’ rapid fire screwball comedy, His Girl Friday.

Recorded in April 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, if only on the incredible delivery of such rapid fire dialogue, which is unbelievably impressive.

EFC II #150 – Avatar (2009)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#150 – Avatar (2009)
Dir. James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Laz Alonso, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore

The one hundred and fiftieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, James Cameron’s divisive yet incredibly successful sci-fi epic, Avatar.

Recorded in April 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Visual Effects (Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones), Best Art Direction (Rick Carter, Rober Stromberg, Kim Sinclair), Best Cinematography (Mauro Fiore)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s great, one of my favourites.

Luke: Yes, despite the negative feeling most have towards it, I still think it’s an incredible visual experience that takes full advantage of what a film can do in taking you to another world, and I love it.

EFC II #149 – Hoop Dreams (1994)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#149 – Hoop Dreams (1994)
Dir. Steve James
Starring: William Gates, Arthur Agee

The one hundred and forty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the acclaimed documentary about two young teenagers trying to make it as basketball players in the 90s, Hoop Dreams.

Recorded in April 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, one of the best documentaries I’ve seen, such a compelling, human story.

EFC II #148 – No Country for Old Men (2007)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#148 – No Country for Old Men (2007)
Dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Kelly MacDonald, Woody Harrelson

The one hundred and forty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the highly lauded thriller based on the Cormac McCarthey novel, adapted to the screen by the Coen brothers, No Country for Old Men.

Recorded in April 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen), Best Director (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen), Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), Best Adapted Screenplay (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a brilliant movie.

Luke: Yes, it’s great, one of the best films of the 2000s.

EFC II #147 – JFK (1991)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#147 – JFK (1991)
Dir. Oliver Stone
Starring: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pesci, Michael Rooker, Donald Sutherland, Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek, Jack Lemmon, Walther Matthau, Brian Doyle-Murray, Wayne Knight

The one hundred and forty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Oliver Stone’s exhaustive look at lawyer Jim Garrison’s prosecution of Clay Shaw and investigation into a possible conspiracy behind the assassination of… JFK.

Recorded in April 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson), Best Editing (Pietro Scalia, Joe Hutshing)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes absolutely, it’s a stellar film with a very strong message, regardless of whether it seeks to present us with a concrete truth about the JFK assassination.