EFC II #220 – The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#220 – The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
Dir. Shōhei Imamura
Starring: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Aki Takejo, Shoichi Ozawa, Fujio Tokita, Sanshō Shinsui, Seiji Kurasaki

The two hundred and twentieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Shōhei Imamura’s gripping and impressive version of The Ballad of Narayama.

Recorded in November 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s a haunting film, though I definitely feel like the 1958 film is the superior one and should probably be in the book over the 1983 version.

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EFC II #152 – The King of Comedy (1983)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#152 – The King of Comedy (1983)
Dir. Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Tony Randall, Diahnne Abbott, Sandra Bernhard

The one hundred and fifty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Martin Scorsese’s black comedy, starring Robert De Niro as an aspiring comedian, The King of Comedy.

Recorded in April 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, I was really surprised by this one, an excellent film.

EFC II #142 – The Big Chill (1983)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#142 – The Big Chill (1983)
Dir. Lawrence Kasdan
Starring: Tom Berenger, Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, JoBeth Williams, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, Don Galloway

The one hundred and forty-second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Lawrence Kasdan’s acclaimed comedy-drama, The Big Chill.

Recorded in February 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, it wasn’t that memorable to me.

Luke: Yes, I loved this film, a quality comedy drama with a stellar cast.

 

EFC II #39 – Terms of Endearment (1983)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#39 – Terms of Endearment (1983)
Dir. James L. Brooks
Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Debra Winger, Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Jeff Daniels, John Lithgow, Lisa Hart Carroll, Betty King, Huckleberry Fox, Troy Bishop

The thirty-ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the multiple Academy Award winning drama, Terms of Endearment.

Recorded in June 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Picture (James L. Brooks), Best Director (James L. Brooks), Best Adapted Screenplay (James L. Brooks), Best Actress (Shirley MacLaine), Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a great journey.

Luke: Yes, great story, characters and performances, a stellar drama.

EFC II #15 – Videodrome (1983)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#15 – Videodrome (1983)
Dir. David Cronenberg
Starring: James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Les Carlson, Jack Creley, Lynne Gorman

The fifteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, David Cronenberg’s visceral sci-fi body horror, Videodrome.

Recorded in October 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, I did not enjoy it at all, DEATH to Videodrome.

Luke: Yes, I don’t think it’s great, but it’s something you should give a go, it’s very original.