Thursday, July 17, 2008

the worst film article ever?

The Times newspaper has had a good run of some interesting film articles of late, but it seems to have come to a very sad end!

their article today, the 20 worst film endings, is shall we say somewhat suspect in certain choices. most one would agree with, although the inclusion of Apocalypse Now and 2001 suggests that those evaluating the films had no idea whatsoever what they were watching. to include those two suggests that they simply did not understand the film itself.

the biggest disaster, however, is their inclusion of The Great Escape. now, i will try and keep this SPOILER free, but it will be tricky.

here, written by someone called "KM", is their comment on the end of this fine film :


The Great Escape
John Sturges, 1963

“The Great Escape Attempt”, more like it. After 170 minutes of digging tunnels and faking documents, nearly every one of the escapers is captured or killed. Even the hero Virgil Hilts (Steve McQueen), after a botched bike jump, is sent back to the cooler. But, hey, he’s got his baseball. So that’s OK.

did you read that with some care? let me just highlight the interesting part of this analysis for you....

Even the hero Virgil Hilts (Steve McQueen), after a botched bike jump, is sent back to the cooler.

now, all of you who have seen the film know that this is not what happens. i won't say what actually happens just in case you have not seen it, and i would not want to spoil the actual ending for this "KM" as and when they get around to watching the film!


a poor show, Times newspaper, a very poor show!


be excellent to each other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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