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.

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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.

EFC II #193 – Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

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#193 – Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Dir. John McNaughton
Starring: Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold

The one hundred and ninety-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a brutal and uncomfortable thriller based on a real murderer, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Not for me, it was too cold, heartless and impenetrable to be of worth, though I know that’s the point. Just uncomfortable despite a very impressive performance from Michael Rooker. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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.