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.

EFC II #166 – Unforgiven (1992)

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#166 – Unforgiven (1992)
Dir. Clint Eastwood
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Richard Harris, Jaimz Woolvett, Anna Levine, Frances Fisher

The one hundred and sixty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Clint Eastwood’s western swan song, Unforgiven.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Without a doubt, a classic western with a refreshing twist.

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 #164 – L’Atalante (1934)

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#164 – L’Atalante (1934)
Dir. Jean Vigo
Starring: Jean Dasté, Dita Parlo, Michel Simon

The one hundred and sixty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Jean Vigo’s first and final feature film about two newly wed lovers living on a barge, L’Atalante.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I feel like it could’ve been even better if I had connected more with the central relationship, but a stunning film regardless.

EFC II #163 – Zero for Conduct (1933)

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#163 – Zero for Conduct (1933)
Dir. Jean Vigo
Starring: Gérard de Bédarieux, Louis Lefebvre, Gilbert Pruchon, Coco Golstein, Jean Dasté, Léon Larive

The one hundred and sixty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Jean Vigo’s initially banned short film about a boys boarding school, Zero for Conduct.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Not for me, there wasn’t enough to it, though it showed the spark of Vigo’s potential.

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.

 

EFC II #161 – Chungking Express (1994)

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#161 – Chungking Express (1994)
Dir. Wong Kar-wai
Starring: Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Valerie Chow, Thom Baker, Chan Kam-Chuen

The one hundred and sixty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Wong Kar-wai’s stylish drama about two Hong Kong cops getting over break ups, Chungking Express.

July 2017

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes I think so, like many I’ve seen from the book so far, it’s unlike anything else I’ve seen and has stuck in my head very strongly.

 

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.