EFC II #196 – The Sixth Sense (1999)

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#197 – The Sixth Sense (1999)
Dir. M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collete, Olivia Williams, Donnie Whalberg

The one hundred and ninety-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, M. Night Shyamalan’s acclaimed supernatural drama, The Sixth Sense.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Definitely, a moving drama told through a supernatural story, it just works so well.

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EFC II #190 – The Deer Hunter (1978)

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#190 – The Deer Hunter (1978)
Dir. Michael Cimino
Starring: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, Meryl Streep, John Cazale, George Dzundza

The one hundred and ninetieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Michael Cimino’s gripping drama about the effects of war on a small town group of friends, The Deer Hunter.

Recorded in September 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino & John Peverall), Best Director (Michael Cimino), Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), Best Editing (Peter Zinner), Best Sound (Richard Portman, William McCaughey, Aaron Rochin & Darin Knight)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, no doubt at all, and I hate war movies, but I loved this and I feel like that says a lot.

Luke: Yeah, it’s one of the easiest yeses so far, a knockout classic.

EFC II #186 – The Gold Rush (1925)

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#186 – The Gold Rush (1925)
Dir. Charlie Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Georgia Hale, Mack Swain, Tom Murray, Malcolm Waite, Henry Bergman

The one hundred and eighty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Charlie Chaplin’s acclaimed comedy drama, The Gold Rush.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s a Chaplin movie, you’ve gotta see it.

Luke: Yes, it’s a wonderful film.

EFC II #184 – She’s Gotta Have It (1986)

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#184 – She’s Gotta Have It (1986)
Dir. Spike Lee
Starring: Tracy Camilla Johns, Tommy Redmond Hicks, John Canada Terrell, Spike Lee, Raye Dowell, Joie Lee

The one hundred and eighty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Spike Lee’s comedy drama about a woman juggling three lovers, She’s Gotta Have It.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, while it was impressively directed, some poor acting still drags it down a notch. Worth a watch, and very good, but not must see.

EFC II #181 – The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

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#181 – The Double Life of Veronique (1991)
Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski
Starring: Irène Jacob, Philippe Volter, Claude Duneton, Jerzy Gudejko

The one hundred and eighty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s mysterious and visually striking drama, The Double Life of Veronique.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I found a special quality in it that’s rare, and so it’s well worth experiencing in case you find that special quality too.

 

 

EFC II #180 – The Graduate (1967)

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#180 – The Graduate (1967)
Dir. Mike Nichols
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson

The one hundred and eightieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the acclaimed coming of age comedy drama from Mike Nichols, The Graduate.

Recorded in September 2017.

Oscar Wins: Mike Nichols (Best Director)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great.

Luke: Yeah definitely, this is an 11/10 kind of film to me, everything is so well done all across the board, excellent film.

EFC II #178 – Fires Were Started (1943)

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#178 – Fires Were Started (1943)
Dir. Humphrey Jennings
Starring: George Gravett, Phillip Wilson-Dickson, Fred Griffiths, Loris Rey, Johnny Houghton, T.P. Smith, John Barker

The one hundred and seventy-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Humphrey Jennings naturalistic portrait of London firemen during the Blitz, Fires Were Started.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Definitely, a naturalistic, documentary-esque look at London firemen during the Blitz. Almost required viewing in my eyes.

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 #168 – Shame {Skammen} (1968)

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#168 – Shame {Skammen} (1968)
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Starring: Liv Ullmann, Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Sigge Fürst

The one hundred and sixty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Ingmar Bergman’s drama about a couple living through a military invasion, Shame.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it gives a rare viewpoint for a war film, and features the eternally watchable combination of director Ingmar Bergman and stars Liv Ullmann & Max von Sydow.

EFC II #167 – Shame (2011)

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#167 – Shame (2011)
Dir. Steve McQueen
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie

The one hundred and sixty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, British director Steve McQueen’s raw look at sex addiction, Shame.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Not really, it has a lot of strengths, particularly the acting, but the story didn’t feel complete enough for my liking.