EFC II #249 – Fargo (1996)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#249 – Fargo (1996)
Dir. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Frances McDormand, Willam H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

The two hundred and forty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a darkly murderous tale from the Coen brothers, Fargo.

Recorded in December 2018.

Oscar Wins: Best Screenplay (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen), Best Actress (Frances McDormand)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah!

Luke: Yeah, I’m glad we watched it twice, the second viewing really made me see how great it is.

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EFC II #248 – Inglourious Basterds (2009)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#248 – Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Dir. Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Christoph Waltz, Melanie Laurent, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl

The two hundred and forty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Quentin Tarantino’s violent, WWII history rewrite, Inglourious Basterds.

Recorded in February 2019.

Oscar Wins: Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely, I loved it.

Luke: Absolutely, it’s a one of a kind film, and rewatching it was a revelation. Brilliant.

EFC II #247 – Pulp Fiction (1994)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#247 – Pulp Fiction (1994)
Dir. Quentin Tarantino
Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames

The two hundred and forty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, perhaps the most emblematic movie of the 1990s, Quentin Tarantino’s iconic, Pulp Fiction.

Recorded in December 2018.

Oscar Wins: Best Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Definitely a film you must see before you die, it’s great.

Luke: Absolutely, it’s a phenomenal film.

EFC II #246 – Reservoir Dogs (1992)

 

The Epic Film Challenge II
#246 – Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Dir. Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn

The two hundred and forty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Quentin Tarantino’s explosive debut film, Reservoir Dogs.

Recorded in December 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Definitely, it’s a classic.

Luke: Yeah, for what it is, it’s a must see, but it’s still on the lower end of Tarantino’s films for me.

EFC II #245 – Strangers on a Train (1951)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#245 – Strangers on a Train (1951)
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Farley Granger, Robert Walker, Ruth Roman, Patricia Hitchcock, Laura Elliott

The two hundred and forty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Alfred Hitchcock’s murderous thriller, Strangers on a Train.

Recorded in December 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Nah, not in my opinion.

Luke: I’ll say yes, but it’s one of my weakest yeses, a damn good film that more people should see when compared to Hitchcock’s other great films.

EFC II #244 – Thelma & Louise (1991)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#244 – Thelma & Louise (1991)
Dir. Ridley Scott
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keital, Michael Madsen

The two hundred and forty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Ridley Scott’s on-the-run road movie, Thelma & Louise.

Recorded in December 2018.

Oscar Wins: Best Screenplay (Callie Khouri)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s a classic.

Luke: Yeah, it’s a great film, with two outstanding lead performances.

EFC II #243 – The Ice Storm (1997)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#243 – The Ice Storm (1997)
Dir. Ang Lee
Starring: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Tobey Maguire

The two hundred and forty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Ang Lee’s quietly destructive drama, The Ice Storm.

Recorded in December 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a really effective drama that gets under your skin in an unexpected way.

EFC II #239 – Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#239 – Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Dir. Steven Spielberg
Starring: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, John Rhys-Davies, Denholm Elliott, Wolf Kahler

The two hundred and thirty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg’s classic action adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Recorded in August 2018.

Oscar Wins: Best Film Editing (Michael Kahn), Best Visual Effects (Richard Edlund, Kit West, Bruce Nicholson, Joe Johnston), Best Art Direction (Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley, Michael D. Ford), Best Sound (Bill Varney, Steve Maslow, Gregg Landaker, Roy Charman), Best Sound Effects Editing (Ben Burtt, Richard L. Anderson)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a classic.

Luke: Yes, it’s one of the all time great adventure movies, maybe even the greatest.

EFC II #237 – Badlands (1973)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#237 – Badlands (1973)
Dir. Terrence Malick
Starring: Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates, Ramon Bieri

The two hundred and thirty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the debut feature from director Terrence Malick, Badlands.

Recorded in July 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I think so. While I had a few issues with it, Badlands is undeniably special and worth seeing for anyone who enjoys good movies.

EFC II #236 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

 

The Epic Film Challenge II
#236 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Dir. Steven Spielberg
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey

The two hundred and thirty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Steven Spielberg’s timeless science fiction classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Recorded in July 2018.

Oscars Wins: Best Cinematography (Vilmos Zsigmond)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Ummmmmmmmm, if you want to see where that music came from… yes.

Luke: Definitely, as an adult I enjoyed and appreciated this film on a much bigger scale, a wonderful film!