EFC II #210 – The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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#210 – The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dir. Victor Fleming
Starring: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin, Pat Walshe, Clara Blandick, Terry the dog, The Singer Midgets

The two hundred and tenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, one of the greatest family films of all time, The Wizard of Oz.

Recorded in May 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Original Song (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg), Best Original Score (Herbert Stothart)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s a film you should see before you’re ten!

Luke: Yeah, it’s an absolute classic, such a delightful film, everyone should see it at least once.

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EFC II #175 – The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

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#175 – The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Dir. Michael Curtiz & William Keighley
Starring: Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette, Alan Hale, Sr., Herbert Mundin, Melville Cooper, Una O’Connor, Ian Hunter

The one hundred and seventy-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the Errol Flynn technicolor classic, The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Recorded in August 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Art Direction (Carl Jules Weyl), Best Film Editing (Ralph Dawson), Best Original Score (Erich Wolfgang Korngold)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, without a doubt, an incredible production and an immense joy to watch.

 

EFC II #160 – Star Wars (1977)

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#160 – Star Wars (1977)
Dir. George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, Peter Cushing, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones

The one hundred and sixtieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, one of the all time greats, the film that changed the landscape of cinema, from the mind of George Lucas, Star Wars.

Recorded in May 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Visual Effects (John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Grant McCune, Robert Blalack), Best Art Direction (John Barry, Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley, Roger Christian), Best Original Score (John Williams), Best Film Editing (Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew), Best Costume Design (John Mollo), Best Sound (Don MacDougall, Ray West, Bob Minkler, Derek Ball)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a classic.

Luke: Yep, no brainer, one of the all time great films, it changed everything.

EFC II #156 – Toy Story (1995)

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#156 – Toy Story (1995)
Dir. John Lasseter
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, John Morris, Erik von Detten, Laurie Metcalf

The one hundred and fifty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, John Lasseter’s groundbreaking computer animated classic, Toy Story.

Recorded in August 2015 & May 2017.

Oscar Wins: Special Achievement (John Lasseter)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s great and the first of its kind.

Luke: Yes, it started a whole new form of storytelling, and still holds up twenty years on as not just a great animated film, but a great film, period.

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 #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 #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 #71 – The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

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#71 – The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Dir. Raoul Walsh
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Julanne Johnston, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher, Brandon Hurst, Sojin Kamiyama, Mathilde Comont, Noble Johnson

The seventy first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a swashbuckling fantasy adventure featuring one of the biggest stars of the silent era in the title role, The Thief of Bagdad.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, without a doubt, one of the best fantasy/adventure films ever made.

EFC II #63 – The Jungle Book (1967)

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#63 – The Jungle Book (1967)
Dir. Wolfgang Reitherman
Starring: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, George Sanders, Sterling Holloway, J. Pat O’Malley, Bruce Reitherman, Verna Felton, Clint Howard, Chad Stuart, Lord Tim Hudson, John Abbott, Ben Wright, Darleen Carr

The sixty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the last Disney animated classic produced under Walt Disney himself before his passing, The Jungle Book.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a Disney classic so I have to say yes.

Luke: No, I really enjoy it, maybe even a little part of me loves it, but it’s not a must watch film.