EFC II #185 – Seven Chances (1925)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#185 – Seven Chances (1925)
Dir. Buster Keaton
Starring: Buster Keaton, T. Roy Barnes, Snitz Edwards, Ruth Dwyer, Frances Raymond

The one hundred and eighty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Buster Keaton’s madcap comedy about a man trying to find a bride in one day, Seven Chances.

Recorded in September 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great and Buster Keaton is always worth watching.

Luke: Yes, it’s a fantastic comedy.

 

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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 #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 #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 #151 – His Girl Friday (1940)

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#151 – His Girl Friday (1940)
Dir. Howard Hawks
Starring: Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Alma Kruger, Gene Lockhart, Clarence Kolb, Abner Biberman, John Qualen, Helen Mack

The one hundred and fifty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Howard Hawks’ rapid fire screwball comedy, His Girl Friday.

Recorded in April 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, if only on the incredible delivery of such rapid fire dialogue, which is unbelievably impressive.

EFC II #135 – It Happened One Night (1934)

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#135 – It Happened One Night (1934)
Dir. Frank Capra
Starring: Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Walter Connolly, Roscoe Karns, Jameson Thomas

The one hundred and thirty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Frank Capra’s critical and commercial smash hit, the legendary screwball comedy, It Happened One Night.

Recorded in January 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Frank Capra, Harry Cohn), Best Director (Frank Capra), Best Screenplay (Robert Riskin), Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s an incredibly entertaining and memorable romantic comedy.

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 #127 – Manhattan (1979)

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#127 – Manhattan (1979)
Dir.  Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep, Anne Byrne, Michael O’Donoghue, Wallace Shawn

The one hundred and twenty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Woody Allen’s Manhattan.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: As a film, yes. It’s shot stunningly, and has terrific dialogue/themes, but its plot hits a little too close to home when it comes to Woody Allen’s personal life, and I can’t in good conscience say it’s a film you must see, for whatever that’s worth.

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.