EFC II #167 – Shame (2011)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#167 – Shame (2011)
Dir. Steve McQueen
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie

The one hundred and sixty-seventh installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, British director Steve McQueen’s raw look at sex addiction, Shame.

Recorded in July 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Luke: Not really, it has a lot of strengths, particularly the acting, but the story didn’t feel complete enough for my liking.

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EFC II #138 – The Kid with a Bike (2011)

he Epic Film Challenge II
#138 – The Kid with a Bike {Le Gamin Au Vélo} (2011)
Dir. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
Starring: Thomas Doret, Cécile de France, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione, Egon Di Mateo, Olivier Gourmet

The one hundred and thirty-eighth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, a simple yet powerful drama from the Dardenne brothers, The Kid with a Bike.

Recorded in February 2017.

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No for general movie watchers, yes for movie lovers.

Luke: Definitely, an incredible drama, holds up on repeat viewings too.

EFC #12 – The Descendants (2011)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#12 – The Descendants (2011)
Dir. Alexander Payne
Starring: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Robert Forster, Nick Krause, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer

The twelfth installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, Alexander Payne’s comedy drama.

Recorded in May 2016.

Oscar Wins: Best Adapted Screenplay (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rush)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: No, but it’s still a great film.

Luke: No, but still a highly enjoyable, very good film that’s worth a look, but not essential by any means.

EFC II #2 – Hugo (2011)

The Epic Film Challenge II
#2 – Hugo (2011)
Dir. Martin Scorcese
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law, Ray Winstone, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer

The second installment of the Epic Film Challenge II, tying in with the first review, 2011’s Hugo, from acclaimed director Martin Scorcese. He blends both the 3D format with history, adventure and drama in a movie that could very well be interpreted as a two hour love letter to George Méliès, and the imagination of silent cinema.

Recorded in August 2013.

Oscar Wins: Best Cinematography (Robert Richardson), Best Art Direction (Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo), Best Visual Effects (Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning), Best Sound Editing (Phillip Stockton, Eugene Gearty), Best Sound Mixing (Tom Fleischman, John Midgley)

Is it a film you must see before you die?

Connie: Yes.

Luke: Yes. I believe it will be seen as a classic in decades to come.