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 #242 – La Jetée (1962)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#242 – La Jetée (1962)
Dir. Chris Marker
Starring: Jean Négroni, Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux, Ligia Branice, Janine Kleina, William Klein

The two hundred and forty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Chris Marker’s experimental sci-fi short, La Jetée

Recorded in October 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, unless you’re overly interested in films like Luke is.

Luke: Yes absolutely, a unique and fascinating sci-fi short!

EFC II #241 – Black Sunday (1960)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#241 – Black Sunday (1960)
Dir. Mario Bava
Starring: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani, Arturo Dominici

The two hundred and forty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Mario Bava’s gorgeously shot gothic horror, Black Sunday.

Recorded in October 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely, it’s one of the best shot gothic horror films I’ve ever seen!

EFC II #240 – Audition (1999)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#240 – Audition (1999)
Dir. Takashi Miike
Starring: Eihi Shiina, Ryo Ishibashi, Jun Kunimura, Tetsu Sawaki, Miyuki Matsuda

The two hundred and fortieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Takashi Miike’s startling and unsettling slow-burning thriller, Audition.

Recorded in August 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No. It didn’t work for me.

Luke: Yes, it’s a very well made film with quite a unique shift in tone that really makes it stand out.