A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Who was that lady I saw you outwit last night? That was no lady...That was 'Mum' Wilberforce, ...
Meet "The Unholy Five"...The Most Befuddled Set of Assorted Thugs That Ever Fouled Up a Million Dollar Bank Robbery!! A gang of five diverse oddball criminal types rent a two room apartment in an isolated house on a London cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow with three pet parrots. The group's mastermind, Professor Marcus, tells her a cover story that they are members of an amateur string quintet and would like to use the rooms to hone their musical skills. In reality, they are plotting to rob a bank and plan to use Mrs. Wilberforce's naiveté and her Victorian sensibilities to their advantage
The Ladykillers is a brilliant crime comedy from the 50s. The ladykillers, a band of criminals, all with distinct appearances and personalities, and an old lady make this movie much more fun than I expected. The plot is amazing, the writing is great. In every single scene, everything that can go wrong-goes wrong. I actually meant to see the Coens version, but after I started the movie and realized it was the original, I said what the hell and watched this. Boy, am I glad that I did! Strongly recommended.
Part of my Double Feature Challenge
In his last project for Ealing Studios, director Alexander Mackendrick created what many critics have called "a masterpiece of British comedy." Alec Guinness stars as Professor Marcus, a scoundrel who leads a gang of bank robbers. He secures a safe house for them by renting rooms on a run-down London cul-de-sac by pretending they are members of a string quintet who need a place to practice their music.
The hooligans include Cecil Parker as a con man named Claude (aka 'Major Courtney'), Herbert Lom as the ruthless gangster Louis (aka 'Mr. Harvey') and Danny Green as a dopey heavyweight called One-Round (aka 'Mr. Lawson'). The last member of this crew is an awkward teddy…
Professor Marcus: "What's that? Who's talking?"
Mrs. Wilberforce: "Well, it's only General Gordon. He belonged to my late husband. I had four."
Professor Marcus: "Husbands?"
Mrs. Wilberforce: "No, parrots. And now I've only three."
Professor Marcus: "Parrots!"
Boasting a killer cast of some of the finest names in British film history, this classic Ealing Studios caper is well worth your time. It is delightfully dark, macabre even as a gang of thieves headed by Alec Guinness's Professor Marcus make a base of sweet little old lady Mrs Wilberforce (Katie Johnson), making her complicit in their criminal plan at the same time. What Marcus and his gang don't account for though is the 'human element', their greatest adversary just so happens…
Who knew that a movie about exploiting an old lady could be this much fun?
The Ladykillers is nothing more than a calamity of errors. Five oddball characters lead by Alec Guinness decide to rent a room from an oblivious old lady and fool her into helping them steal £60,000. From the first minute I laid eyes on Guinness' appearance I knew this movie was going to be good - oh god that smile, he looks so hilariously deranged I couldn't help but laugh. In fact I liked all the characters in this movie, the five criminals are all completely different - you've got the big and dumb henchmen, the dark and mysterious rogue, the shifty and nervous right hand…
Why I watched this one? When I watched the Tom Hanks version of this movie....I was not even aware that the Hanks' movie was a remake. So ever since then I have been on the lookout for the original.
What is this one about? Five diverse oddball criminal types planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.
My thoughts on this one? I think if you took both movies and put them together you might have a good movie. I thought this one and the remake were both slightly better than average movies. For the perfect Ladykillers movie I would have Tom Hanks(remake), Peter Sellers (original), J.K.…
"I'm not chasing any parrot! I don't care if he's a field marshall!"
Remember those iconic Looney Toon where Yosemite Sam tries to woo the Grandma...this one reminded of that! featuring a buck toothed Alec Guiness who looks like a thinner version of Elmer Fudd! a brilliant supporting including an early role for the legendary Peter Sellers..Great one liners whilst short and sweet...far superior to the listless remake!
Counterfeit Letterboxd Season Challenge 2016-17 - Week 3: Ealing Studios Week
A light and fun caper movie with some pacing issues, which likely reflects on the time period more than the movie itself. It doesn't get too sinister or slapstick, even though the movie has both components in it. I understand the "classic" designation associated with this movie (strong screenplay, comedic moments and dialogue, all star cast), even though I may not place it at that level.
Week 3 task for The Counterfeit Letterboxd Season Challenge 2016-17 -- Ealing Studios Week
I enjoyed this film, though I will say it dragged a bit. Definitely better than the Coen Brothers remake, from what I remember... but that's not really saying much, as I don't recall liking that one. The concept is funny enough... and it was very cute how reluctant all the "hardened criminals" are to kill this sweet old lady.
The real surprise here for me was Alec Guiness and Peter Sellers. I expected Peter Sellers to be over-the-top and Guiness to play it rather straight. But instead the roles were switched. It was honestly really strange to see Sellers play a relatively straight role. And Alec Guiness was very cartoonish with the teeth and Igor-like look and mannerisms.
Alec Guinness strikes again with his fantastic acting prowess in another Ealing comedy, The Ladykillers. The 1955 film directed by Alexander Mackendrick pins Guinness along with Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers, and Danny Green as a group of criminals posing as a quintet to attain board that is to become their headquarters while staying under the radar. In what the quintet believe will be an easy match in the elder woman they have chosen to rent the room from, they quickly realize they are the ones being played for fools.
In desperate need of a hideout and headquarters for a heist, he is planning, Professor Marcus (Alec Guinness) thinks he has struck gold when he sees an elderly woman…
Week 03 of the Letterboxd Season Challenge 2016-2017
Ealing Studios Week
I think I'm starting to remember why I gave up the challenge last year - sometimes I'm going to have to watch movies I have no interest in.
It's a nice movie, yes, but I'm just not excited by it. I'm rather bored. I just wanted to turn it off and listen to some music instead, but I've promised myself that I won't give up.
Anyway, if you like British comedies from the 50's, you'll like this. I'm too much of a millennial for this I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Week 03 of The Counterfeit Letterboxd Season Challenge 2016-17 "Ealing Studios Week"
When you make a plan
To "take care" of the "problem":
Respect the matchstick
This is a disappointment - I was fully expecting to sit back and, if not outright laugh, at least bask in some chortles, some mirth, some sly chuckles... but frankly I was very disengaged and, dare I say, bored for a good chunk of this movie. I was mostly shocked by Alec Guiness's performance: this is just plain bad. The silly dentures, the odd gestures and burlesque expressions are not the things I expect in an Alec Guiness performance. All five of the gang seemed to be in different movies but…
What a nice lady. <3
Counterfeit Letterboxd Season Challenge 2016-17 - Week 3: Ealing Studios Week
Didn't see the Coen remake and there doesn't seem to be any reason to. This is a perfectly serviceable comedy caper that is pretty unremarkable, aside from the pretty notable cast.
p.s. It was a great career move for Alec Guinness to get his teeth fixed
This was an absolute joy to watch from start to finish. Grotesque, bizarre, hilarious, silly, and not a little dark, it is a perfectly executed gem. The dialogue never flags for a second and there are some little physical gestures in there that made me snort my tea out of my nose. Alec Guinness is wonderful, never overdoing the grotesquery of his character - in fact all the characters are beautifully played, and the whole thing is seamlessly put together.
Ealing comedy at its best.
Letterboxd Season 2016-17
Week 3: Ealing Studios Week
One of the biggest weaknesses of the Coen Brother's adaptation of this film was that they didn't allow the criminals to actually be criminals. They wanted the characters to be comic leads that happen to come up with this half-baked plan. But here, the comedy is not because of who the characters are but the situations that they find themselves in, mostly by their own accord. The fact that they are mostly hardened, horrible people make their interactions with these situations even more hilarious. It makes the character arcs and turns towards the end of the film surprising and delightful. Alec Guinness is absolutely brilliant as the slimy mastermind that tries to…
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