EFC II #237 – Badlands (1973)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#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.

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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.

EFC II #230 – Pickup on South Street (1953)

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#230 – Pickup on South Street (1953)
Dir. Samuel Fuller
Starring: Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, Murvyn Vye, Richard Kiley

The two hundred and thirtieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Samuel Fuller’s smouldering film noir spy movie, Pickup on South Street.

Recorded in March 2018.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: I think it is, for an eighty minute movie, it packs in a lot of great moments in an intriguing film noir arena.

EFC II #225 – Dersu Uzala (1975)

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#225 – Dersu Uzala (1975)
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Maksim Munzuk, Yuriy Solomin, Mikhail Bychkov, Vladimir Khrulev, V. Lastochkin, Svetlana Danilchenko

The two hundred and twenty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Akira Kurosawa’s Russian epic, set in the Siberian wilderness, Dersu Uzala.

Recorded in November 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Foreign Language Film (Akira Kurosawa)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: For my money, yes, I loved this film so much. A wonderful friendship forged through epic journeys through the harsh wilderness of Siberia.

EFC II #221 – In the Realm of the Senses (1976)

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#221 – In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
Dir. Nagisa Oshima
Starring: Eiko Matsuda, Tatsuya Fuji, Aoi Nakajima, Yasuko Matsui, Meika Seri, Kanae Kobayashi, Taiji Tonoyama

The two hundred and twenty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Nagisa Oshima’s highly controversial, In the Realm of the Senses.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: For me, no. It’s highly controversial because of its unsimulated sex scenes, and while I hated those, it was ultimately just a hard film to sit through with unlikeable characters.

EFC II #224 – Taste of Cherry (1997)

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#224 – Taste of Cherry (1997)
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari, Safar Ali Moradi, Mir Hossein Noori

The two hundred and twenty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abbas Kiarostami’s contemplative film about a man considering his mortality as he drives around the countryside, Taste of Cherry.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, but it’s a shaky yes, I think this film can hit a lot of people in a very powerful way, but it’s all on the viewer after all… I thought it was great and inspires profound questioning.

EFC II #223 – Through the Olive Trees (1994)

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#223 – Through the Olive Trees (1994)
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Mohamad Ali Keshavarz, Farhad Kheradmand, Zarifeh Shiva, Hossein Rezai, Tahereh Ladanian, Hocine Redai

The two hundred and twenty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abbas Kiarostami’s unique film about the shooting of a single scene in a movie and the drama surrounded its production, Through the Olive Trees.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s quite unique and I loved the concept of focusing on the shooting of one scene in a film being the back drop to a quiet romantic drama.

EFC II #222 – Close-Up (1990)

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#222 – Close-Up (1990)
Dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Starring: Hossein Sabzian, Abolfazl Ahankhah, Mehrdad Ahankhah, Monoochehr Ahankhah, Mahrokh Ahankhah, Haj Ali Reza Ahmadi, Hossain Farazmand, Hooshang Shamaei, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Abbas Kiarostami

The two hundred and twenty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Abbas Kiarostami’s documentary drama that blends the lines of truth and fiction, Close-Up.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, undoubtedly, such a unique and captivating film that challenges what a film can even be.