EFC II #190 – The Deer Hunter (1978)

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#190 – The Deer Hunter (1978)
Dir. Michael Cimino
Starring: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, Meryl Streep, John Cazale, George Dzundza

The one hundred and ninetieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Michael Cimino’s gripping drama about the effects of war on a small town group of friends, The Deer Hunter.

Recorded in September 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino & John Peverall), Best Director (Michael Cimino), Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), Best Editing (Peter Zinner), Best Sound (Richard Portman, William McCaughey, Aaron Rochin & Darin Knight)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, no doubt at all, and I hate war movies, but I loved this and I feel like that says a lot.

Luke: Yeah, it’s one of the easiest yeses so far, a knockout classic.

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EFC II #189 – Duck Soup (1933)

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#189 – Duck Soup (1933)
Dir. Leo McCarey
Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx, Margaret Dumont, Louis Calhern, Raquel Torres, Edgar Kennedy

The one hundred and eighty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a madcap comedy from the four Marx Brothers, Duck Soup.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s considered a comedy classic, and while it took me a while and more than one viewing to really “get into it,” I think it holds its place as such quite handily.

 

EFC II #188 – Sons of the Desert (1933)

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#188 – Sons of the Desert (1933)
Dir. William A. Seiter
Starring: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase, Mae Busch, Dorothy Christy

The one hundred and eighty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a Laurel and Hardy comedy, Sons of the Desert.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Nah. But it didn’t put me off seeing more of their films.

Luke: No, it didn’t feel as good as the Laurel and Hardy films I grew up, even though it was a very enjoyable film at times.

EFC II #187 – It’s a Gift (1934)

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#187 – It’s a Gift (1934)
Dir. Norman Z. McLeod
Starring: W.C. Fields, Jean Rouverol, Julian Madison, Kathleen Howard, Tom Bupp, Tammany Young

The one hundred and eighty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the W.C. Fields comedy vehicle, It’s a Gift.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, but I enjoyed it very much, a good comedy.

 

EFC II #186 – The Gold Rush (1925)

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#186 – The Gold Rush (1925)
Dir. Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Malcolm Waite, Henry Bergman

The one hundred and eighty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Charlie Chaplin’s acclaimed comedy drama, The Gold Rush.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s a Chaplin movie, you’ve gotta see it.

Luke: Yes, it’s a wonderful film.

EFC II #185 – Seven Chances (1925)

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#185 – Seven Chances (1925)
Dir. Buster Keaton
Starring: Buster Keaton, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards, Ruth Dwyer, Frances Raymond

The one hundred and eighty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Buster Keaton’s madcap comedy about a man trying to find a bride in one day, Seven Chances.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great and Buster Keaton is always worth watching.

Luke: Yes, it’s a fantastic comedy.

 

EFC II #184 – She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

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#184 – She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
Dir. Spike Lee
Starring: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee, Raye Dowell, Joie Lee

The one hundred and eighty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Spike Lee’s comedy drama about a woman juggling three lovers, She’s Gotta Have It.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, while it was impressively directed, some poor acting still drags it down a notch. Worth a watch, and very good, but not must see.

EFC II #183 – Wavelength (1967)

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#183 – Wavelength (1967)
Dir. Michael Snow
Starring: Hollis Frampton, Roswell Rudd, Amy Taubin, Joyce Wieland, Amy Yadrin

The one hundred and eighty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, an experimental film comprised of a single tracking shot, Wavelength.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Nope.

EFC II #182 – I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

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#182 – I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Dir. Jacques Tourneur
Starring: Frances Dee, Tom Conway, James Ellison, Edith Barrett, James Bell, Christine Gordon, Theresa Harris

The one hundred and eighty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, another creepy horror flick from Jacques Tourneur, I Walked with a Zombie.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Not quite. Almost, but it’s a very atmospheric and well executed film that I enjoyed quite a lot.

EFC II #181 – The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

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#181 – The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski
Starring: Irène Jacob, Philippe Volter, Claude Duneton, Jerzy Gudejko

The one hundred and eighty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s mysterious and visually striking drama, The Double Life of Veronique.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I found a special quality in it that’s rare, and so it’s well worth experiencing in case you find that special quality too.