EFC II #155 – The Usual Suspects (1995)

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#155 – The Usual Suspects (1995)
Dir. Bryan Singer
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Benecio Del Toro, Stephen Baldwin, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Suzy Amis, Giancarlo Esposito

The one hundred and fifty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Bryan Singer’s acclaimed crime mystery film, The Usual Suspects.

Recorded in May 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Original Screenplay (Christopher McQuarrie)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a really good mystery film.

Luke: Yeah, it’s not a surefire, incredible must see movie for me, but you definitely should see it if you haven’t, it’s very well put together and highly entertaining.

EFC II #154 – Les Vampires (1915)

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#154 – Les Vampires (1915)
Dir. Louis Feuillade
Starring: Musidora, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque, Jean Aymé, Frederik Moriss, Fernand Herrmann, Louis Leubas, Delphine Renot, Delphine Renot, Germaine Rouer

The one hundred and fifty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Louis Feuillade epic, crime thriller serial, Les Vampires.

Recorded in May 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it has plenty of minor flaws, but is a seminal piece of work in the crime thriller genre of film, and holds up incredibly well for the epic seven hour film serial that it is.

EFC II #151 – His Girl Friday (1940)

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#151 – His Girl Friday (1940)
Dir. Howard Hawks
Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Alma Kruger, Gene Lockhart, Clarence Kolb, Abner Biberman, John Qualen, Helen Mack

The one hundred and fifty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Howard Hawks’ rapid fire screwball comedy, His Girl Friday.

Recorded in April 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, if only on the incredible delivery of such rapid fire dialogue, which is unbelievably impressive.

EFC II #148 – No Country for Old Men (2007)

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#148 – No Country for Old Men (2007)
Dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Kelly MacDonald, Woody Harrelson

The one hundred and forty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the highly lauded thriller based on the Cormac McCarthey novel, adapted to the screen by the Coen brothers, No Country for Old Men.

Recorded in April 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen), Best Director (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen), Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), Best Adapted Screenplay (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a brilliant movie.

Luke: Yes, it’s great, one of the best films of the 2000s.

EFC II #147 – JFK (1991)

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#147 – JFK (1991)
Dir. Oliver Stone
Starring: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pesci, Michael Rooker, Donald Sutherland, Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek, Jack Lemmon, Walther Matthau, Brian Doyle-Murray, Wayne Knight

The one hundred and forty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Oliver Stone’s exhaustive look at lawyer Jim Garrison’s prosecution of Clay Shaw and investigation into a possible conspiracy behind the assassination of… JFK.

Recorded in April 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson), Best Editing (Pietro Scalia, Joe Hutshing)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes absolutely, it’s a stellar film with a very strong message, regardless of whether it seeks to present us with a concrete truth about the JFK assassination.

EFC II #133 – The Conversation (1974)

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#133 – The Conversation (1974)
Dir. Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford

The one hundred and thirty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Francis Ford Coppola’s compelling character study, The Conversation.

Recorded in January 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I think so, it’s a brilliant character piece with an excellent central performance from Gene Hackman.

EFC II #126 – Ariel (1988)

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#126 – Ariel (1988)
Dir.  Aki Kaurismäki
Starring: Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto, Matti Pellonpää, Eetu Hilkamo, Erkki Pajala, Matti Jaaranen

The one hundred and twenty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, an offbeat drama about a man moving on from his father’s death, from Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, Ariel.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, it’s very good and has a unique feeling to it, but didn’t crack the surface of being great for me.

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 #122 – Gilda (1946)

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#122 – Gilda (1946)
Dir. Charles Vidor
Starring: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray, Joe Sawyer, Gerald Mohr

The one hundred and twenty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the classic film noir starring Rita Hayworth, Gilda.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a classic film noir, with an incredibly compelling set of main characters and a razor sharp script.

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.