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.

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 #43 – Bringing Up Baby (1938)

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#43 – Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Dir. Howard Hawks
Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Charles Ruggles, Walter Catlett, Barry Fitzgerald, Mary Robson, Fritz Feld, Leona Roberts, George Irving

The forty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a rapid fire screwball comedy pairing up Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, Bringing Up Baby.

Recorded in July 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a fantastic screwball comedy, I loved it.

Sylvia: No, it’s good, but not a film you have to see before you die.

EFC II #41 – The Quiet Man (1952)

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#41 – The Quiet Man (1952)
Dir. John Ford
Starring: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen, Mildred Natwick, Francis Ford, Eileen Crowe, May Craig, Arthur Shields

The forty-first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a stunningly shot John Ford/John Wayne team up, the romantic comedy drama, The Quiet Man.

Recorded in July 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Director (John Ford), Best Photography (Winton C. Hoch, Archie Stout)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Definitely, a brilliant film, I fell in love with it.