EFC II #159 – American Graffiti (1973)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#159 – American Graffiti (1973)
Dir. George Lucas
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Charles Martin Smith, Mackenzie Phillips, Harrison Ford, Wolfman Jack

The one hundred and fifty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, George Lucas’ love letter to the cruising teen culture of the early 1960s, American Graffiti.

Recorded in May 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: I honestly don’t know, but I’m glad I watched it.

Luke: Yeah, for its time it feels quite unique and is a highly charming snapshot of a certain era of teen culture.

EFC II #110 – The Exorcist (1973)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#110 – The Exorcist (1973)
Dir. William Friedkin
Starring: Ellen Burnstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, Rudolf Schündler

The one hundred and tenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, William Friedkin’s big screen version of the disturbing novel about a young girl who is supposedly possessed by a demon, one of the most acclaimed horror movies of all time, The Exorcist.

Recorded in October 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Adapted Screenplay (William Peter Blatty), Best Sound Mixing (Robert Knudson, Chris Newman)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, one of the best horror films I’ve ever seen, incredibly strong performances from the cast.

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.

EFC II #30 – The Sting (1973)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#30 – The Sting (1973)
Dir. George Roy Hill
Starring: Robert Redford, Paul Newman, Robert Shaw, Charles Durning, Ray Walston, Eileen Brennan, Harold Gould

The thirtieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, George Roy Hill’s incredibly fun, 30s set caper, The Sting.

Recorded in July 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (Tony Bill, Michael Phillips, Julia Phillips), Best Director (George Roy Hill), Best Screenplay (David S. Ward), Best Art Direction (Henry Bumstead, James Payne), Best Costume Design (Edith Head), Best Film Editing (William Reynolds), Best Score (Marvin Hamisch)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s great.

Luke: Yes, it’s unbelievably fun, and so well done.