EFC II #159 – American Graffiti (1973)

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#159 – American Graffiti (1973)
Dir. George Lucas
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Mackenzie Phillips, Harrison Ford, Wolfman Jack

The one hundred and fifty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, George Lucas’ love letter to the cruising teen culture of the early 1960s, American Graffiti.

Recorded in May 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: I honestly don’t know, but I’m glad I watched it.

Luke: Yeah, for its time it feels quite unique and is a highly charming snapshot of a certain era of teen culture.

EFC II #158 – The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

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#158 – The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Dir. Orson Welles
Starring: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia, Erskine Sanford

The one hundred and fifty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the Orson Welles directed mystery starring himself and Rita Hayworth, The Lady from Shanghai.

Recorded in May 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yeah, it’s quite remarkable how good Orson Welles’ films turn out even after heavy studio interference. Worth a look.

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 #152 – The King of Comedy (1983)

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#152 – The King of Comedy (1983)
Dir. Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Tony Randall, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard

The one hundred and fifty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Martin Scorsese’s black comedy, starring Robert De Niro as an aspiring comedian, The King of Comedy.

Recorded in April 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I was really surprised by this one, an excellent film.

EFC II #145 – Within Our Gates (1920)

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#145 – Within Our Gates (1920)
Dir. Oscar Micheaux
Starring: Evelyn Preer, Flo Clements, James D. Ruffin, Jack Chenault, William Smith, Charles D. Lucas, Bernice Ladd, Mrs. Evelyn, William Starks, Ralph Johnson, E. G. Tatum, Grant Edwards

The one hundred and forty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Oscar Micheaux’s bold and striking statement on racism in the late 1910s, Within Our Gates.

Recorded in March 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s important historically as a brave statement for its time, even if it’s not a very good film technically.

EFC II #142 – The Big Chill (1983)

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#142 – The Big Chill (1983)
Dir. Lawrence Kasdan
Starring: Tom Berenger, Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, JoBeth Williams, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, Don Galloway

The one hundred and forty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Lawrence Kasdan’s acclaimed comedy-drama, The Big Chill.

Recorded in February 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, it wasn’t that memorable to me.

Luke: Yes, I loved this film, a quality comedy drama with a stellar cast.

 

EFC II #141 – Modern Times (1936)

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#141 – Modern Times (1936)
Dir. Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Stanley Sandford, Chester Conklin, Al Ernest Garcia

The one hundred and forty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the legendary Charlie Chaplin’s final silent film and a farewell to his “Little Tramp” persona, Modern Times.

Recorded in February 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Maybe, it’s great, but I’m not sure. If you like Chaplin it’s an obvious yes.

Luke: A yes from me, the last silent appearance from one of the all time great movie icons, and a damn good film on top of it. Paulette Goddard steals the show.

EFC II #138 – The Kid with a Bike (2011)

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#138 – The Kid with a Bike {Le Gamin Au Vélo} (2011)
Dir. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
Starring: Thomas Doret, Cécile de France, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Egon Di Mateo, Olivier Gourmet

The one hundred and thirty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a simple yet powerful drama from the Dardenne brothers, The Kid with a Bike.

Recorded in February 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No for general movie watchers, yes for movie lovers.

Luke: Definitely, an incredible drama, holds up on repeat viewings too.

EFC II #134 – The 400 Blows (1959)

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#134 – The 400 Blows {Les Quatre Cents Coups} (1959)
Dir. François Truffaut
Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble, Patrick Auffay, Georges Flamant

The one hundred and thirty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, François Truffaut semi-autobiographical coming of age story, The 400 Blows.

Recorded in January 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a simple yet poignant French classic.

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.