EFC II #50 – Spirited Away {Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi 千と千尋の神隠し} (2001)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#50 – Spirited Away (2001)
Dir. Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Rumi Hiiragi, Mari Natsuki, Takashi Naito, Yasuko Swaguchi, Tatsuya Gashuin, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Daveigh Chase, Jason Marsden, Michael Chiklis, Lauren Holly, John Ratzenberger, Tara Strong, Susan Egan

The fiftieth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Hayao Miyzaki’s acclaimed animated fantasy, Spirited Away.

Recorded in July 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Animated Feature (Hayao Miyazaki)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Yes, absolutely, though I would pick other Miyazaki movies that fit the bill more than this as a must see movie.

Tommi: Yes, because it’s weird, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

EFC II #7 – The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#7 – The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003)
Dir. Peter Jackson
Starring: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Sean Bean, John Rhys-Davies, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom

The seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Peter Jackson’s epic trilogy covering JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novels.

Recorded in March 2015.

Oscar Wins: The Fellowship of the Ring – Best Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook, Richard Taylor, Mark Stetson), Best Cinematography (Andrew Lesnie), Best Original Score (Howard Shore), Best Makeup (Peter Owen, Richard Taylor)

The Two Towers – Best Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke), Best Sound Editing (Ethan Van der Ryn, Mike Hopkins)

The Return of the King – Best Picture (Peter Jackson, Barrie Osborne, Fran Walsh), Best Director (Peter Jackson), Best Adapted Screenplay (Phillipa Boyens, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson), Best Costume Design (Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor), Best Art Direction (Dan Hennah, Alan Lee, Grant Major), Best Film Editing (Jamie Selkirk), Best Makeup (Peter King, Richard Taylor), Best Original Score (Howard Shore), Best Original Song (Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox), Best Sound Mixing (Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, Hammond Peek), Best Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke)

Are they films you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes. And if you don’t you should be ashamed.

Luke: Yes. One of the greatest epic films/trilogies ever made, with an attention to detail that may never be matched.