EFC #157 – Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)

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#157 – Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)
Dir. Sacha Gervasi
Starring: Steve “Lips” Kudlow, Robb Reiner, Chris “CT” Tsangarides, Slash, Tom Araya, Lemmy, Scott Ian, Lars Ulrich

The one hundred and fifty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Sacha Gervasi’s intimate documentary of an ageing rock band still trying to make the big time, Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Recorded in May 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s one of the best documentaries I’ve seen, that is both a compelling story of ageing underdogs and a heartwaming look at creative passion.

EFC II #149 – Hoop Dreams (1994)

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#149 – Hoop Dreams (1994)
Dir. Steve James
Starring: William Gates, Arthur Agee

The one hundred and forty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the acclaimed documentary about two young teenagers trying to make it as basketball players in the 90s, Hoop Dreams.

Recorded in April 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, one of the best documentaries I’ve seen, such a compelling, human story.

EFC II #146 – Report (1967)

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#146 – Report (1967)
Dir. Bruce Conner

The one hundred and forty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Bruce Conner’s avant-garde short documentary centered around the media coverage of the JFK assassination, Report.

Recorded in March 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s only ten minutes long and presents some interesting editing concepts to convey something in an unconventional yet powerful way. More than worth a look.

EFC II #136 – This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

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#136 – This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Dir. Rob Reiner
Starring: Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Tony Hendra, Rob Reiner, June Chadwick

The one hundred and thirty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the classic “mockumentary” from Rob Reiner, This Is Spinal Tap.

Recorded in January 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, but I really enjoyed it.

Luke: Yeah, I think so, it’s probably one of the funniest/most loved comedies ever made, and based on that alone, you should probably check it out.

EFC II #61 – Nanook of the North (1922)

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#61 – Nanook of the North (1922)
Dir. Robert J. Flaherty
Starring: Nanook, Nyla, Cunayou, Allee, Allegoo

The sixty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Robert J. Flaherty’s legendary documentary film focusing on a family of Inuits in the Canadian arctic, Nanook of the North.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s an incredible piece of early documentary fimmaking that’s a little rough around the edges, but captures something special. Not for animal lovers though.

EFC II #54 – Triumph of the Will {Triumph des Willens} (1935)

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#54 – Triumph of the Will (1935)
Dir. Leni Riefenstahl
Starring: Adolf Hitler, Max Amann, Martin Bormann, Walter Buch, Walter Darre, Otto Dietrich, Sepp Dietrich, Hans Frank, Josef Goebbels

The fifty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, one of the most infamous propaganda films of all time, Leni Riefenstahl’s controversial documentary covering a week of Nazi party rallying in Nuremberg, with Adolf Hitler at the forefront, Triumph of the Will.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s an important historical document, a superbly directed film by a female director, and something that should be seen by everyone, as it’s been a catalyst for me to learn more about this part of human history.

EFC II #18 – Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

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#18 – Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)
Dir. Nick Broomfield
Starring: Nick Broomfield, Arlene Pralle, Aileen Wuornos

The eighteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Nick Broomfield’s gripping documentary on the profiteering that went on surrounding America’s first female serial killer, in Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer.

Recorded in June 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, without a doubt. It’s crazy viewing, a gripping look into greed, violence and insanity.