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.

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)

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#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 #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 #237 – Badlands (1973)

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#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 #233 – Body Heat (1981)

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#233 – Body Heat (1981)
Dir. Lawrence Kasdan
Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson, Mickey Rourke

The two hundred and thirty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Lawrence Kasdan’s smouldering directorial debut, Body Heat.

Recorded in July 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s the best film noir I’ve seen that was made way past the prime of the film noir heyday.

EFC II #230 – Pickup on South Street (1953)

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#230 – Pickup on South Street (1953)
Dir. Samuel Fuller
Starring: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye, Richard Kiley

The two hundred and thirtieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Samuel Fuller’s smouldering film noir spy movie, Pickup on South Street.

Recorded in March 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: I think it is, for an eighty minute movie, it packs in a lot of great moments in an intriguing film noir arena.