EFC II #249 – Fargo (1996)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#249 – Fargo (1996)
Dir. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Frances McDormand, Willam H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare

The two hundred and forty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a darkly murderous tale from the Coen brothers, Fargo.

Recorded in December 2018.

Oscar Wins: Best Screenplay (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen), Best Actress (Frances McDormand)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah!

Luke: Yeah, I’m glad we watched it twice, the second viewing really made me see how great it is.

EFC II #248 – Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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#248 – Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Dir. Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Christoph Waltz, Melanie Laurent, Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl

The two hundred and forty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Quentin Tarantino’s violent, WWII history rewrite, Inglourious Basterds.

Recorded in February 2019.

Oscar Wins: Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely, I loved it.

Luke: Absolutely, it’s a one of a kind film, and rewatching it was a revelation. Brilliant.

EFC II #247 – Pulp Fiction (1994)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#247 – Pulp Fiction (1994)
Dir. Quentin Tarantino
Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames

The two hundred and forty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, perhaps the most emblematic movie of the 1990s, Quentin Tarantino’s iconic, Pulp Fiction.

Recorded in December 2018.

Oscar Wins: Best Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Definitely a film you must see before you die, it’s great.

Luke: Absolutely, it’s a phenomenal film.

EFC II #246 – Reservoir Dogs (1992)

 

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#246 – Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Dir. Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn

The two hundred and forty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Quentin Tarantino’s explosive debut film, Reservoir Dogs.

Recorded in December 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Definitely, it’s a classic.

Luke: Yeah, for what it is, it’s a must see, but it’s still on the lower end of Tarantino’s films for me.

EFC II #244 – Thelma & Louise (1991)

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#244 – Thelma & Louise (1991)
Dir. Ridley Scott
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keital, Michael Madsen

The two hundred and forty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Ridley Scott’s on-the-run road movie, Thelma & Louise.

Recorded in December 2018.

Oscar Wins: Best Screenplay (Callie Khouri)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s a classic.

Luke: Yeah, it’s a great film, with two outstanding lead performances.

EFC II #243 – The Ice Storm (1997)

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#243 – The Ice Storm (1997)
Dir. Ang Lee
Starring: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Tobey Maguire

The two hundred and forty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Ang Lee’s quietly destructive drama, The Ice Storm.

Recorded in December 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a really effective drama that gets under your skin in an unexpected way.

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 #235 – All About Eve (1950)

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#235 – All About Eve (1950)
Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Starring: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Thelma Ritter, Marilyn Monroe

The two hundred and thirty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the multiple award winning Hollywood classic, All About Eve.

Recorded in July 2018.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Darryl F. Zanuck), Best Director (Joseph L. Mankiewicz), Best Screenplay (Joseph L. Mankiewicz), Best Supporting Actor (George Sanders), Best Costume Design – Black and White (Edith Head, Charles LeMaire), Best Sound Recording (Thomas T. Moulton)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely! One of the best films listed in the book so far, almost a quarter of my way through. Just an outstanding drama with wonderful performances.

EFC II #234 – To Have and Have Not (1944)

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#234 – To Have and Have Not (1944)
Dir. Howard Hawks
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran, Hoagy Carmichael

The two hundred and thirty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a classic Hollywood romance born both on and off screen, in To Have and Have Not.

Recorded in July 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Not really, I enjoyed this film so much, and the real life romantic chemistry between Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart really shines through, but overall it’s not an outstanding film per se.

EFC II #232 – A Day in the Country (1936)

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#232 – A Day in the Country (1936)
Dir. Jean Renoir
Starring: Sylvia Bataille, Georges D’Arnoux, Jane Marken, André Gabriello, Jacques B. Brunius, Paul Temps, Gabrielle Fontan

The two hundred and thirty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Jean Renoir’s abandoned and apparently unfinished short film, A Day in the Country.

Recorded in July 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: I don’t think so, it’s a very strong short, with some great writing, cinematography and performing, but it ultimately feels incomplete.