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!

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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.

EFC II #229 – The French Connection (1971)

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#229 – The French Connection (1971)
Dir. William Friedkin
Starring: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco, Eddie Egan

The two hundred and twenty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, William Friedkin’s gritty 70s cop thriller, The French Connection.

Recorded in March 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a top notch, gritty cop film with one of the best chase sequences of all time.

EFC II #211 – Rashomon (1950)

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#211 – Rashomon (1950)
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Kichijiro Ueda, Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyō, Masayuki Mori, Noriko Honma, Daisuke Katō

The two hundred and eleventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the Japanese master Akira Kurosawa’s first masterpiece, a tale of perception and lies, Rashomon.

Recorded in October 2017.

Oscar Wins: Outstanding Foreign Language Film

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: I’m ok. It’s a good film, if you’re a Kurosawa fan.

Luke: Yes definitely, an excellent film, Kurosawa’s first masterpiece.

EFC II #179 – The Big Heat (1953)

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#179 – The Big Heat (1953)
Dir. Fritz Lang
Starring: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin, Jeanette Nolan, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby

The one hundred and seventy-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Fritz Lang’s film noir tale of revenge, The Big Heat.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Probably not, it was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed it, though.

EFC II #205 – The Wicker Man (1973)

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#205 – The Wicker Man (1973)
Dir. Robin Hardy
Starring: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Russell Waters, Irene Sunter

The two hundred and fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the classic British mystery horror, The Wicker Man.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, absolutely, a fantastic horror film that really makes you feel as uncomfortable and unsettled as the main character, incredibly effective.

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 #196 – The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

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#196 – The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
Dir. Dario Argento
Starring: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi, Umberto Raho, Reggie Nalder

The one hundred and ninety-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Dario Argento’s debut film, the tightly constructed giallo thriller, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes I think so, it’s a top class murder mystery thriller, one of the more enjoyable examples of the genre I’ve seen.