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 #247 – Pulp Fiction (1994)

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#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 #238 – A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

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#238 – A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Dir. Charles Crichton
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, John Cleese, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin

The two hundred and thirty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, John Cleese’s wacky heist movie, assembling both British and American comedy actors, A Fish Called Wanda.

Recorded in July 2018.

Oscar Wins: Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Kline)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s a really entertaining film and a film I’d want to show to people.

Luke: My initial thought was no, it’s very good but not a must see, but reflecting on it with Connie, and compared to other comedy films in the book, I changed my mind to yes!

EFC II #231 – Ghostbusters (1984)

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#231 – Ghostbusters (1984)
Dir. Ivan Reitman
Starring: Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Rick Moranis, Annie Potts

The two hundred and thirty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the classic 80s comedy, Ghostbusters.

Recorded in June 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes.

Luke: Yeah, it’s a comedy classic.

EFC II #227 – Project A Part II (1987)

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#227 – Project A Part II (1987)
Dir. Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Bill Tung, Rosamund Kwan, David Lam, Carina Lau, Ray Lui

The two hundred and twenty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Jackie Chan’s jaw dropping action classic, Project A Part II.

Recorded in December 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great.

Luke: Yeah, it’s an incredible action film, so enjoyable.

 

EFC II #219 – Tampopo (1985)

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#219 – Tampopo (1985)
Dir. Juzo Itami
Starring: Nobuko Miyamoto, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kōji Yakusho, Ken Watanabe, Rikiya Yasuoka, Kinzō Sakura, Yoshi Katō

The two hundred and nineteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Juzo Itami’s weird and wonderful “ramen Western,” Tampopo.

Recorded in November 2017.

Luke: Absolutely, it was hilarious and unique.

EFC II #204 – Man Bites Dog (1992)

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#204 – Man Bites Dog (1992)
Dir. Rémy Belvaux, André Bonzel, Benoît Poelvoorde
Starring: Benoît Poelvoorde, Rémy Belvaux, Jenny Drye, Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Malou Madou, André Bonzel

The two hundred and fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a Belgian mockumentary following a serial killer, Man Bites Dog.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Probably not, it’s quite an audacious film, and certainly an eye opener, but I don’t think it’s essential. Impressive, horrifying, but not quite something that everyone needs to see.

EFC II #203 – An American Werewolf in London (1981)

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#203 – An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Dir. John Landis
Starring: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine, Brian Glover

The two hundred and third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the horror comedy from John Landis, An American Werewolf in London.

Recorded in October 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Makeup (Rick Baker)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yeah! This film is pure entertainment, a wonderful blend horror and comedy, with likeable characters and incredible special effects.

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.