It’s hard to remember, given that we’re in the middle of the most insane election season the country has ever seen, but this isn’t the first time a presidential campaign has had its share of crazy. Eight years ago, when President Barrack Obama was first making his run at the White House, things were pretty newsworthy as well. Obama, the first African-American to lead a major party ticket, was battling Hillary Clinton, the first woman to lead a major party ticket, for the Democrat nomination. What’s more, Sen. John Edwards was fighting for that same prize — until he was politically ruined by a sex scandal.
“The Great Escape” is a great example of the sort of movie you just don’t see anymore: The lighthearted World War II movie. Set in a prisoner of war camp in Germany, the film avoids the sort of gut-wrenching violence or heart-rending drama of movies like “Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List” or even Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.”