EFC II #171 – She Done Him Wrong (1933)

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#171 – She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Dir. Lowell Sherman
Starring: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Gilbert Roland, Noah Beery Sr.

The one hundred and seventy-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the Mae West vehicle and shortest ever Best Picture Oscar nominee, She Done Him Wrong.

Recorded in August 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, even as a Cary Grant fan there wasn’t much to be too entertained by, I think this film certainly had its time, but it hasn’t well for my tastes.

EFC II #170 – The Vanishing {Spoorloos} (1988)

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#170 – The Vanishing {Spoorloos} (1988)
Dir. George Sluizer
Starring: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus

The one hundred and seventieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, George Sluizer’s uniquely gripping thriller about a missing woman, The Vanishing.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely, it’s great.

Luke: Yes, absolutely, a stand out, gripping thriller.

EFC II #165 – Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

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#165 – Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Dir. Sidney Lumet
Starring: Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, Penelope Allen, James Broderick, Lance Henriksen

The one hundred and sixty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Sidney Lumet’s true story crime caper, Dog Day Afternoon.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s really good.

Luke: Yep, this is a new favourite, an excellent film.

EFC II #162 – King of New York (1990)

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#162 – King of New York (1990)
Dir. Abel Ferrara
Starring: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Laurence Fishburne, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, Steve Buscemi, Giancarlo Esposito, Janet Julian

The one hundred and sixty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abel Ferrara’s stylish New York crime piece, King of New York.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No.

Luke: No.

 

EFC II #161 – Chungking Express (1994)

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#161 – Chungking Express (1994)
Dir. Wong Kar-wai
Starring: Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Valerie Chow, Thom Baker, Chan Kam-Chuen

The one hundred and sixty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Wong Kar-wai’s stylish drama about two Hong Kong cops getting over break ups, Chungking Express.

July 2017

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes I think so, like many I’ve seen from the book so far, it’s unlike anything else I’ve seen and has stuck in my head very strongly.

 

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.