EFC II #153 – Mad Max (1979)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#153 – Mad Max (1979)
Dir. George Miller
Starring: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley, Tim Burns, Roger Ward

The one hundred and fifty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, George Miller’s dystopian cult classic, Mad Max.

Recorded in May 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s not a great film, but it’s quite a unique one and has some real flashes of something special, it’s worth the time.

EFC II #150 – Avatar (2009)

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#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 #123 – Run Lola Run (1998)

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#123 – Run Lola Run {Lola Rennt} (1998)
Dir. Tom Tykwer
Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petr, Armin Rohde, Joachim Król

The one hundred and twenty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Tom Tykwer’s heart pounding thrill ride, Run Lola Run.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely, I loved this, a very unique and adrenaline fuelled film that reaches a level far beyond its experimental gimmick.

EFC II #120 – The Princess Bride (1987)

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#120 – The Princess Bride (1987)
Dir. Rob Reiner
Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Andre the Giant, Wallace Shawn, Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Chris Sarandon

The one hundred and twentieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Rob Reiner’s hilarious and inconceivable adaptation of the romantic fantasy romance novel, The Princess Bride

Recorded in November 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: It’s kind of a maybe for me, you can’t watch it after you die so… it’s a strange kind of humour, but maybe.

Luke: Yes, there’s no other film quite like it, a fantastic comedy.

EFC II #118 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

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#118 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Dir. Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Charles Fleischer, Christopher Lloyd, Stubby Kaye, Joanna Cassidy, Kathleen Turner, Alan Tilvern, Lou Hirsch, Mel Blanc, Mae Questel

The one hundred and eighteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the wacky tale set in 1940s Hollywood where animated cartoon characters are real, living actors, Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Recorded in November 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Visual Effects (Ken Ralston, Richard Williams, Ed Jones, George Gibbs), Best Editing (Arthur Schmidt), Best Sound Effects Editing (Charles L. Campbell, Louis Edemann)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great and probably the best live action/animation hybrid film.

Luke: Yeah, it’s incredibly fun, historic for the characters it brings into one film, and really works as a film alongside its (at the time) pioneering effects.

EFC II #101 – Aliens (1986)

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#101 – Aliens (1986)
Dir. James Cameron
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Paul Reiser, Al Matthews, William Hope

The one hundred and first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, James Cameron’s rip roaring and explosive sequel to the 1979 original, Aliens.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely.

Luke: Yes, without question.

EFC II #99 – A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

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#99 – A Chinese Ghost Story {倩女幽魂 Sinnui Yauman} (1987)
Dir. Ching Siu-Tung
Starring: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wong, Wu Ma, Wang Zuxian, Liu Zhaoming

The ninety-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, an off the wall, genre mixing blend of action, romance, horror, fantasy and the surreal, A Chinese Ghost Story.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: I don’t know…

Luke: YES, it’s pure entertainment, I loved it, and I love that it is in the book.

EFC II #89 – The Terminator (1984)

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#89 – The Terminator (1984)
Dir. James Cameron
Starring: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Paun Winfield, Lance Henriksen, Earl Boen

The eighty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, James Cameron’s dark science fiction thriller, The Terminator.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely.

Luke: Yes, it’s a no brainer.

EFC II #87 – King Kong (1933)

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#87 – King Kong (1933)
Dir. Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
Starring: Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cadot, Frank Reicher, Sam Hardy, Noble Johnson, Steve Clemente, James Flavin

The eighty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, perhaps the most iconic monster movie ever made, with pioneering special effects for its time, King Kong.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes.

Luke: Yes, it’s a technical marvel for its time, but a great ride too.

EFC II #73 – Glory (1989)

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#73 – Glory (1989)
Dir. Edward Zwick
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Cary Elwes, Jihmi Kennedy, Andre Braugher, John Finn, Donovan Leitch, J.D. Cullum, Alan North, Bob Gunton, Cliff De Young, Christian Baskous

The seventy-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the true story of a Union soldier in the American Civil War who lead the first all black regiment, Glory.

Recorded in September 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Supporting Actor (Denzel Washington), Best Cinematography (Freddie Francis), Best Sound (Donald O. Mitchell, Gregg Rudloff, Elliot Tyson, Russell Williams)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s an impressive production with an important true story that needs to be heard.