EFC II #160 – Star Wars (1977)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#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.

EFC II #150 – Avatar (2009)

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#150 – Avatar (2009)
Dir. James Cameron
Starring: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Laz Alonso, Michelle Rodriguez, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel David Moore

The one hundred and fiftieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, James Cameron’s divisive yet incredibly successful sci-fi epic, Avatar.

Recorded in April 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Visual Effects (Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones), Best Art Direction (Rick Carter, Rober Stromberg, Kim Sinclair), Best Cinematography (Mauro Fiore)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s great, one of my favourites.

Luke: Yes, despite the negative feeling most have towards it, I still think it’s an incredible visual experience that takes full advantage of what a film can do in taking you to another world, and I love it.

EFC II #137 – Metropolis (1927)

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#137 – Metropolis (1927)
Dir. Fritz Lang
Starring: Gustav Fröhlich, Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Heinrich George, Theodor Loos, Fritz Rasp, Erwin Biswanger

The one hundred and thirty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, on the 90th anniversary of its original release, Fritz Lang’s magnum opus, one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time, Metropolis.

Recorded in January 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s brilliant, even if the first hour dragged.

Luke: Yes, one of the greatest films of all time, everyone needs to see it!

EFC II #112 – The Thing (1982)

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#112 – The Thing (1982)
Dir. John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilfred Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon, Keith David, Richard A. Dysart, Charles Hallahan, Peter Maloney, Richard Masur, Donald Moffat, Joel Polis, Thomas G. Waites, Norbert Weisser, Larry J. Franco, Nate Irwin

The one hundred and twelfth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, John Carpenter’s incredibly atmospheric film, set in the Antarctic featuring some of the most amazing practical special effects of all time, The Thing.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s amazing.

Luke: Yes, it’s one of the best horror films ever made.

EFC II #101 – Aliens (1986)

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#101 – Aliens (1986)
Dir. James Cameron
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Paul Reiser, Al Matthews, William Hope

The one hundred and first installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, James Cameron’s rip roaring and explosive sequel to the 1979 original, Aliens.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely.

Luke: Yes, without question.

EFC II #100 – Alien (1979)

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#100 – Alien (1979)
Dir. Ridley Scott
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Yaphet Kotto

The one hundredth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, one of the most seminal science fiction films ever made, with a tension filled twist of horror, Alien.

Recorded in September 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Visual Effects (H.R. Giger, Carlo Rambaldi, Brian Johnson, Nick Allder, Dennis Ayling)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely.

Luke: There’s no question, yes. It gets better every time.

EFC II #89 – The Terminator (1984)

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#89 – The Terminator (1984)
Dir. James Cameron
Starring: Linda Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Paun Winfield, Lance Henriksen, Earl Boen

The eighty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, James Cameron’s dark science fiction thriller, The Terminator.

Recorded in September 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely.

Luke: Yes, it’s a no brainer.

EFC II #83 – The Fly (1986)

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#83 – The Fly (1986)
Dir. David Cronenberg
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Leslie Carlson, George Chuvalo

The eighty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, David Cronenberg’s graphic remake of a 50s sci-fi horror film, with an unforgettable lead performance from Jeff Goldblum, The Fly.

Recorded in September 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Makeup and Hairstyling (Chris Walas & Stephan Dupuis)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely!

Luke: Yes, it’s one of the best horror films I’ve ever seen.

EFC II #45 – Seconds (1966)

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#45 – Seconds (1966)
Dir. John Frankenheimer
Starring: Rock Hudson, John Randolph, Salome Jens, Will Geer, Jeff Corey, Murray Hamilton, Richard Anderson, Karl Swenson

The forty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, John Frankenheimer’s hypnotic and mysterious psychological sci-fi thriller, Seconds.

Recorded in July 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, without a shadow of a doubt, this film needs to be seen, such an affecting experience.

EFC II #33 – Fantastic Planet {La Planète Sauvage} (1973)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#33 – Fantastic Planet (1973)
Dir. Rène Laloux
Starring: Jean Valmont, Eric Baugin, Jennifer Drake, Jean Topart

The thirty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Rène Laloux’s surreal, psychedelic sci-fi film, told through a striking form of animation, Fantastic Planet.

Recorded in June 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s unlike any animated film I’ve ever seen, and feels strikingly original, in a good way.