EFC II #198 – The Birds (1963)

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#198 – The Birds (1963)
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Veronica Cartwright, Ethel Griffies

The one hundred and ninety-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Alfred Hitchcock’s version of a monster movie, The Birds.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great.

Luke: Yeah, it really surprised me, great film!

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EFC II #196 – The Sixth Sense (1999)

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#197 – The Sixth Sense (1999)
Dir. M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collete, Olivia Williams, Donnie Whalberg

The one hundred and ninety-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, M. Night Shyamalan’s acclaimed supernatural drama, The Sixth Sense.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Definitely, a moving drama told through a supernatural story, it just works so well.

EFC II #196 – The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

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#196 – The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
Dir. Dario Argento
Starring: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi, Umberto Raho, Reggie Nalder

The one hundred and ninety-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Dario Argento’s debut film, the tightly constructed giallo thriller, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes I think so, it’s a top class murder mystery thriller, one of the more enjoyable examples of the genre I’ve seen.

EFC II #193 – Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

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#193 – Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Dir. John McNaughton
Starring: Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold

The one hundred and ninety-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a brutal and uncomfortable thriller based on a real murderer, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

Recorded in October 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Not for me, it was too cold, heartless and impenetrable to be of worth, though I know that’s the point. Just uncomfortable despite a very impressive performance from Michael Rooker. I wouldn’t recommend it.

EFC II #170 – The Vanishing {Spoorloos} (1988)

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#170 – The Vanishing {Spoorloos} (1988)
Dir. George Sluizer
Starring: Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Gene Bervoets, Johanna ter Steege, Gwen Eckhaus

The one hundred and seventieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, George Sluizer’s uniquely gripping thriller about a missing woman, The Vanishing.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, definitely, it’s great.

Luke: Yes, absolutely, a stand out, gripping thriller.

EFC II #154 – Les Vampires (1915)

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#154 – Les Vampires (1915)
Dir. Louis Feuillade
Starring: Musidora, Édouard Mathé, Marcel Lévesque, Jean Aymé, Frederik Moriss, Fernand Herrmann, Louis Leubas, Delphine Renot, Delphine Renot, Germaine Rouer

The one hundred and fifty-fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Louis Feuillade epic, crime thriller serial, Les Vampires.

Recorded in May 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it has plenty of minor flaws, but is a seminal piece of work in the crime thriller genre of film, and holds up incredibly well for the epic seven hour film serial that it is.

EFC II #148 – No Country for Old Men (2007)

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#148 – No Country for Old Men (2007)
Dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Kelly MacDonald, Woody Harrelson

The one hundred and forty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the highly lauded thriller based on the Cormac McCarthey novel, adapted to the screen by the Coen brothers, No Country for Old Men.

Recorded in April 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen), Best Director (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen), Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem), Best Adapted Screenplay (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a brilliant movie.

Luke: Yes, it’s great, one of the best films of the 2000s.

EFC II #147 – JFK (1991)

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#147 – JFK (1991)
Dir. Oliver Stone
Starring: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Joe Pesci, Michael Rooker, Donald Sutherland, Gary Oldman, Sissy Spacek, Jack Lemmon, Walther Matthau, Brian Doyle-Murray, Wayne Knight

The one hundred and forty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Oliver Stone’s exhaustive look at lawyer Jim Garrison’s prosecution of Clay Shaw and investigation into a possible conspiracy behind the assassination of… JFK.

Recorded in April 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson), Best Editing (Pietro Scalia, Joe Hutshing)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes absolutely, it’s a stellar film with a very strong message, regardless of whether it seeks to present us with a concrete truth about the JFK assassination.

EFC II #133 – The Conversation (1974)

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#133 – The Conversation (1974)
Dir. Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Cindy Williams, Harrison Ford

The one hundred and thirty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Francis Ford Coppola’s compelling character study, The Conversation.

Recorded in January 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I think so, it’s a brilliant character piece with an excellent central performance from Gene Hackman.

EFC II #123 – Run Lola Run (1998)

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#123 – Run Lola Run {Lola Rennt} (1998)
Dir. Tom Tykwer
Starring: Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petr, Armin Rohde, Joachim Król

The one hundred and twenty-third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Tom Tykwer’s heart pounding thrill ride, Run Lola Run.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Absolutely, I loved this, a very unique and adrenaline fuelled film that reaches a level far beyond its experimental gimmick.