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.

EFC II #107 – Jaws (1975)

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#107 – Jaws (1975)
Dir. Steven Spielberg
Starring: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Carl Gottlieb

The one hundred and seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Steven Spielberg’s thriller classic and perhaps the prototypical summer blockbuster and eternal classic, Jaws.

Recorded in October 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Score (John Williams), Best Film Editing (Verna Fields), Best Sound Mixing (John Carter, Roger Heman, Robert Hoyt, Earl Madery)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: One of the easiest ones to answer: Yes.

EFC II #106 – Psycho (1960)

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#106 – Psycho (1960)
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam, John McIntire, Simon Oakland

The one hundred and sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary thriller, Psycho.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a no brainer, one of the all time greats.

EFC II #105 – The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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#105 – The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Dir. Jonathan Demme
Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Ted Levine, Scott Glenn, Brooke Smith, Anthony Heald,

The one hundred and fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the highly acclaimed and multiple award winning thriller, The Silence of the Lambs.

Recorded in October 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Edward Saxon, Kenneth Utt, Ronald M. Bozman), Best Director (Jonathan Demme), Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, absolutely.

Luke: Yes, it’s a top notch classic.

EFC II #104 – Manhunter (1986)

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#104 – Manhunter (1986)
Dir. Michael Mann
Starring: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Dennis Farina, Stephen Lang, Tom Noonan

The one hundred and fourth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Michael Mann’s stylish thriller based on the first novel to feature Hannibal Lecter, Manhunter.

Recorded in October 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, a great thriller.

Luke: Yes, this really surprised me, I loved it. Top notch serial killer thriller film.

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.