EFC II #156 – Toy Story (1995)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#156 – Toy Story (1995)
Dir. John Lasseter
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Annie Potts, John Morris, Erik von Detten, Laurie Metcalf

The one hundred and fifty-sixth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, John Lasseter’s groundbreaking computer animated classic, Toy Story.

Recorded in August 2015 & May 2017.

Oscar Wins: Special Achievement (John Lasseter)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s great and the first of its kind.

Luke: Yes, it started a whole new form of storytelling, and still holds up twenty years on as not just a great animated film, but a great film, period.

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EFC II #155 – The Usual Suspects (1995)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#155 – The Usual Suspects (1995)
Dir. Bryan Singer
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Benecio Del Toro, Stephen Baldwin, Pete Postlethwaite, Kevin Pollak, Chazz Palminteri, Suzy Amis, Giancarlo Esposito

The one hundred and fifty-fifth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Bryan Singer’s acclaimed crime mystery film, The Usual Suspects.

Recorded in May 2017.

Oscar Wins: Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Original Screenplay (Christopher McQuarrie)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, it’s a really good mystery film.

Luke: Yeah, it’s not a surefire, incredible must see movie for me, but you definitely should see it if you haven’t, it’s very well put together and highly entertaining.

EFC II #140 – Clueless (1995)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#140 – Clueless (1995)
Dir. Amy Heckerling
Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash, Dan Hedaya, Elisa Donovan, Justin Walker, Wallace Shawn, Breckin Meyer

The one hundred and fortieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Amy Heckerling’s 90s teen movie, Clueless.

Recorded in February 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, I don’t know why it’s in the book, it was enjoyable though.

Luke: No, I really enjoyed it, and it quite took me aback as I preemptively wrote it off, very likeable but not essential.

EFC II #9 – Se7en (1995)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#9 – Se7en (1995)
Dir. David Fincher
Starring: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow

The ninth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, David Fincher’s dark murder mystery thriller, Se7en.

Recorded in February 2015.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes.

Luke: Yes, one of the best murder mystery thrillers I’ve seen.

EFC II #3 – Heat (1995)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#3 – Heat (1995)
Dir. Michael Mann
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Danny Trejo

The third installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Michael Mann’s L.A crime epic, 1995’s Heat. Besides being a benchmark for crime/action films, Heat also boasts the first time screen legends Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro have appeared together in a film, sharing the same scenes.

Recorded in August 2013.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes, I’m kind of ashamed I hadn’t seen it before.

Luke: Yes. A modern classic.