EFC II #200 – Blade Runner (1982)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#200 – Blade Runner (1982)
Dir. Ridley Scott
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah, William Sanderson, Brion James, M. Emmet Walsh, Joanna Cassidy

The two hundredth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Ridley Scott’s dystopian sci-fi masterpiece, based on a Philip K. Dick short story, Blade Runner.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great and I seem to enjoy it more every time I see it.

Luke: Yep, it’s a sci-fi masterpiece that anyone should try at least once.

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EFC II #191 – The Seventh Victim (1943)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#191 – The Seventh Victim (1943)
Dir. Mark Robson
Starring: Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell, Evelyn Brent, Orford Gage, Ben Bard

The one hundred and ninety-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, another Val Lewton produced film noir horror tale, The Seventh Victim.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, not quite, it fell apart just a tad towards the third act, but I enjoyed it very much. The buildup was just far more interesting than the payoff.

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 #132 – In a Lonely Place (1950)

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#132 – In a Lonely Place (1950)
Dir. Nicholas Ray
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Martha Stewart, Jeff Donnell, Robert Warwick

The one hundred and thirty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a brooding film noir about a Hollywood writer, played brilliantly by Humphrey Bogart, In a Lonely Place.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s not a knockout masterpiece, but it’s a VERY good film that does a lot with its short running time.

EFC II #129 – Sunset Boulevard (1950)

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#129 – Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Dir. Billy Wilder
Starring: Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Eric von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough, Jack Webb, Cecil B. DeMille, Buster Keaton

The one hundred and twenty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Billy Wilder’s portrait of a faded silent film star trying to recapture her former glory, Sunset Boulevard.

Recorded in December 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Screenplay (Charles Brackett, D. M. Marshman Jr., Billy Wilder), Best Black-and-White Art Direction (Hans Dreier, John Meehan, Samuel M. Comer, Ray Moyer), Best Score (Franz Waxman)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Definitely, a true Hollywood classic, I loved this.

EFC II #122 – Gilda (1946)

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#122 – Gilda (1946)
Dir. Charles Vidor
Starring: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, George Macready, Joseph Calleia, Steven Geray, Joe Sawyer, Gerald Mohr

The one hundred and twenty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the classic film noir starring Rita Hayworth, Gilda.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a classic film noir, with an incredibly compelling set of main characters and a razor sharp script.

EFC II #88 – Cat People (1942)

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#88 – Cat People (1942)
Dir. Jacques Tourneur
Starring: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Jack Holt

The eighty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a mysterious story with elements of horror, fantasy and film noir, Cat People.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a subtle yet effective film, I loved it.

EFC II #65 – Touch of Evil (1958)

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#65 – Touch of Evil (1958)
Dir. Orson Welles
Starring: Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Joseph Calleia, Akim Tamiroff, Joanna Cook Moore, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver, Valentin de Vargas, Mort Mills, Victor Millan

The sixty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a deftly crafted film noir from Orson Welles, Touch of Evil.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, definitely, a stellar film noir.