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 #126 – Ariel (1988)

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#126 – Ariel (1988)
Dir.  Aki Kaurismäki
Starring: Turo Pajala, Susanna Haavisto, Matti Pellonpää, Eetu Hilkamo, Erkki Pajala, Matti Jaaranen

The one hundred and twenty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, an offbeat drama about a man moving on from his father’s death, from Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, Ariel.

Recorded in December 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: No, it’s very good and has a unique feeling to it, but didn’t crack the surface of being great for me.

EFC II #118 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

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#118 – Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Dir. Robert Zemeckis
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Charles Fleischer, Christopher Lloyd, Stubby Kaye, Joanna Cassidy, Kathleen Turner, Alan Tilvern, Lou Hirsch, Mel Blanc, Mae Questel

The one hundred and eighteenth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, the wacky tale set in 1940s Hollywood where animated cartoon characters are real, living actors, Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Recorded in November 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Visual Effects (Ken Ralston, Richard Williams, Ed Jones, George Gibbs), Best Editing (Arthur Schmidt), Best Sound Effects Editing (Charles L. Campbell, Louis Edemann)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yeah, it’s great and probably the best live action/animation hybrid film.

Luke: Yeah, it’s incredibly fun, historic for the characters it brings into one film, and really works as a film alongside its (at the time) pioneering effects.

EFC II #44 – Alice {Něco z Alenky} (1988)

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#44 – Alice (1988)
Dir. Jan Švankmajer
Starring: Kristýna Kohoutová

The forty-forth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a surreal, bizarre blend of stop motion animation, live action, and the classic Lewis Carroll tale Alice in Wonderland, from Jan Švankmajer: Alice.

Recorded in July 2016.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, it’s another one of those “unlike anything I’ve ever seen” kind of films, and whether or not I completely loved it, it deserves to be seen by any film buff.

EFC II #6 – Grave of the Fireflies {Hotaru No Haka 火垂るの墓} (1988)

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#6 – Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Dir. Isao Takahata
Starring: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Yoshiko Shinohara, Akemi Yamaguchi

The sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Isao Takahata’s moving animated tale set at the end of World War II.

Recorded in March 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes. An absolute must see, and one of the greatest animated films ever made.