109 – The Great Escape (1963)

I just soiled myself.Get it?Soiled myself.

I just soiled myself.Get it?Soiled myself.

Since I’ve started this list I’ve noticed that people like watching films where people escape.For example Papillion,this one and The Shawshank Redemption,I’m sure there’s a few more but i can’t remember at this moment in time,but then sure what is film if not a bit of escapism for an hour or two?The Great Escape is a true story about an escape from a German controlled P.O.W. camp during WWII or WWI(I’m not sure).There’s some good casting with Coburn,Mc Queen and Attenborough.The plot’s simple;some 250 prisoners try and escape from the camp via tunnel.They dig 3 tunnels in case 1 gets busted.2 get busted and they’re left with one.McQueens character tries to escape every chance he can get,he tries his first night out of solitary confinement.There’s a few interesting characters in the mix like the ‘gay'(in my opinion) Scottish guy who digs called “the mole” and then there’s the Italian tunnel digger who has dug 16 tunnels before and who has claustrophobia. The ending is a bit rubbish,no wait it doesn’t really have an ending.No closure.

IMDB RATING      –     8.3
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD FILM TO WATCH ON A LAZY SUNDAY.I READ SOMEWHERE THAT MC QUEEN DID HIS OWN BIKE STUNTS.

240 – Papillon (1983)

Indy ?

Indy ?

Well this was a long ‘un at two and a half hours but a good one for sure.On the whole the films about the human spirit and mans will to be free.But hey is it depressing watching a bunch of guys constantly get fucked over while trying to escape.A lot of the charters get killed after you’ve invested a lot in them and it doesn’t seem to bother the main characters too much, I guess you can’t get bogged down too much because you gotta look out for number one.Notable good scenes: the marching of the prisoners at the beginning with the cattle audio track overlay,the man collapsing and squashing a chicken and a few other ones i can’t think of at the moment.
First film with tits in it since I started the list.Illegal tits if you ask me too.Watch the film and you’ll see what I mean.

IMDB RATING      –     8
MY RATING     –     7.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES,OVER 10 YEARS AGO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –    DESCENT,AUDIO LEVELS FLUCTUATE