EFC II #160 – Star Wars (1977)

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#160 – Star Wars (1977)
Dir. George Lucas
Starring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, Peter Cushing, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, James Earl Jones

The one hundred and sixtieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, one of the all time greats, the film that changed the landscape of cinema, from the mind of George Lucas, Star Wars.

Recorded in May 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Visual Effects (John Stears, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Grant McCune, Robert Blalack), Best Art Direction (John Barry, Norman Reynolds, Leslie Dilley, Roger Christian), Best Original Score (John Williams), Best Film Editing (Paul Hirsch, Marcia Lucas, Richard Chew), Best Costume Design (John Mollo), Best Sound (Don MacDougall, Ray West, Bob Minkler, Derek Ball)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a classic.

Luke: Yep, no brainer, one of the all time great films, it changed everything.

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EFC II #124 – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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#124 – It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Dir. Frank Capra
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Henry Travers, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Ward Bond, Gloria Grahame, H. B. Warner

The one hundred and twenty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Frank Capra’s eternal classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely.

Luke: Yes, without a doubt, a true classic.

EFC II #120 – The Princess Bride (1987)

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#120 – The Princess Bride (1987)
Dir. Rob Reiner
Starring: Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Andre the Giant, Wallace Shawn, Peter Falk, Fred Savage, Chris Sarandon

The one hundred and twentieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Rob Reiner’s hilarious and inconceivable adaptation of the romantic fantasy romance novel, The Princess Bride

Recorded in November 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: It’s kind of a maybe for me, you can’t watch it after you die so… it’s a strange kind of humour, but maybe.

Luke: Yes, there’s no other film quite like it, a fantastic comedy.

EFC II #99 – A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

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#99 – A Chinese Ghost Story {倩女幽魂 Sinnui Yauman} (1987)
Dir. Ching Siu-Tung
Starring: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wong, Wu Ma, Wang Zuxian, Liu Zhaoming

The ninety-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, an off the wall, genre mixing blend of action, romance, horror, fantasy and the surreal, A Chinese Ghost Story.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: I don’t know…

Luke: YES, it’s pure entertainment, I loved it, and I love that it is in the book.

EFC II #77 – The Seventh Seal {Det Sjunde Inseglet} (1957)

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#77 – The Seventh Seal {Det Sjunde Inseglet} (1957)
Dir. Ingmar Bergman
Starring:  Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe, Bibi Andersson, Inga Landgré, Åke Fridell

The seventy-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Ingmar Berman’s dreamy tale of mortality, centered around a game of chess between a knight and the personification of Death itself, The Seventh Seal.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, definitely, an amazing film all across the board. A true classic.

EFC II #71 – The Thief of Bagdad (1924)

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#71 – The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
Dir. Raoul Walsh
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Julanne Johnston, Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher, Brandon Hurst, Sojin Kamiyama, Mathilde Comont, Noble Johnson

The seventy first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a swashbuckling fantasy adventure featuring one of the biggest stars of the silent era in the title role, The Thief of Bagdad.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, without a doubt, one of the best fantasy/adventure films ever made.

EFC II #60 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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#60 – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Dir. David Hand
Starring: Roy Atwell, Stuart Buchanan, Adriana Caselotti, Eddie Collins, Pinto Colvig, Marion Darlington, Billy Gilbert, Otis Harlan, Lucille La Verne, James MacDonald, Scotty Mattraw, Moroni Olsen, Harry Stockwell

The sixtieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the first ever feature length animated film from the legendary Walt Disney, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Recorded in August 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, of course.

Luke: Yes, it’s an all time animated classic.

EFC II #50 – Spirited Away {Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi 千と千尋の神隠し} (2001)

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#50 – Spirited Away (2001)
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Rumi Hiiragi, Mari Natsuki, Takashi Naito, Yasuko Swaguchi, Tatsuya Gashuin, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Daveigh Chase, Jason Marsden, Michael Chiklis, Lauren Holly, John Ratzenberger, Tara Strong, Susan Egan

The fiftieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Hayao Miyzaki’s acclaimed animated fantasy, Spirited Away.

Recorded in July 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Animated Feature (Hayao Miyazaki)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, absolutely, though I would pick other Miyazaki movies that fit the bill more than this as a must see movie.

Tommi: Yes, because it’s weird, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

EFC II #44 – Alice {Něco z Alenky} (1988)

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#44 – Alice (1988)
Dir. Jan Švankmajer
Starring: Kristýna Kohoutová

The forty-forth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a surreal, bizarre blend of stop motion animation, live action, and the classic Lewis Carroll tale Alice in Wonderland, from Jan Švankmajer: Alice.

Recorded in July 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s another one of those “unlike anything I’ve ever seen” kind of films, and whether or not I completely loved it, it deserves to be seen by any film buff.

EFC II #7 – The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003)

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#7 – The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003)
Dir. Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom

The seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy covering JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novels.

Recorded in March 2015.

Oscar Wins: The Fellowship of the Ring – Best Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook, Richard Taylor, Mark Stetson), Best Cinematography (Andrew Lesnie), Best Original Score (Howard Shore), Best Makeup (Peter Owen, Richard Taylor)

The Two Towers – Best Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke), Best Sound Editing (Ethan Van der Ryn, Mike Hopkins)

The Return of the King – Best Picture (Peter Jackson, Barrie Osborne, Fran Walsh), Best Director (Peter Jackson), Best Adapted Screenplay (Phillipa Boyens, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson), Best Costume Design (Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor), Best Art Direction (Dan Hennah, Alan Lee, Grant Major), Best Film Editing (Jamie Selkirk), Best Makeup (Peter King, Richard Taylor), Best Original Score (Howard Shore), Best Original Song (Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox), Best Sound Mixing (Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, Hammond Peek), Best Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke)

Are they films you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes. And if you don’t you should be ashamed.

Luke: Yes. One of the greatest epic films/trilogies ever made, with an attention to detail that may never be matched.