All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
Who was that lady I saw you outwit last night? That was no lady...That was 'Mum' Wilberforce, a lovely old doll, well known to the police, and landlady to the shadiest bunch of characters in London!
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
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…
How Mackendrick's hilarious dark comedy managed to fade into relative obscurity over the years is baffling to me. The Ladykillers is a true gem in the genre and easily one of the funniest films of all time with its unique table of characters, pitch-perfect comic timing, and a moody setting. Katie Johnson as the polite old lady, oblivious to the fact that she is renting a room to the mastermind behind a heist, is brilliantly funny and perfectly cast. It's impossible to think of anyone else playing that part, although weirdly enough she wasn't initially meant to be cast and only got the role after the woman given the role first died before filming. As tragic as that is, the…
The Ladykillers was another of many other classics that are sitting on my watch-list but that changed today. I had more than one reason for being exited to see The Ladykillers a movie that was directed by the same guy who did Sweet Smell of Successes which is fantastic and on it's cast we could see actors like Alec Guiness and Peter Sellers and to add to that the movie has the reputation of being on the finest British movie ever.
The Ladykillers is Directed by Alexander Mackendrick and it stars Katie Johnson, Alec Guinness, Cecil Parker, Herbert Lom, Peter Sellers Danny Green and Jack Warner.
"A gang of five diverse oddball criminal types rent a two room apartment in…
I saw the Coen brothers remake after it received a lot of press that this film was being remade. I hadnt seen the original but I love the dark brand of comedy the Coen brothers produce. However, when I watched the Coen brothers version of this film I was not overly enamoured. So when I came to watch the original I did so with bated breath. I couldn't imagine the Coen brothers doing a bad remake so I assumed the original material was bad. Oh how wrong I was...
This film is incredibly dark and exceptionally well put together. There are some superb camera shots and the director knows what he is doing. The way characters are introduced and the…
The Ladykillers conjours up a magical London, a little old lady living in a lopsided old house, rents a room to a gang of bank robbers, who use her in their latest scheme. But as usual nothing goes to plan.
I did enjoy the film and it really kicks in halfway through, the use of shadows and smoke is great, but I was expecting more laughs.
Oh, this movie is... just okay. I only finished watching it a few moments ago and I'm already having trouble remembering much of anything about it. I will admit that I actually really enjoy the Coen remake of this movie (though I seem to be the only one in the world who does). This original version, however, is *so* subdued that it doesn't really bring out much of the comedy at all. Katie Johnson is charming as Mrs. Wilberforce, and all my laughs came from her performance. The gang of criminals, however, are uninteresting and bland and not at all fun to watch. I had high hopes for this movie, so I was sad to have been so disappointed by…
While this film is no masterpiece, it certainly is jolly, jolly good.
The Ladykillers, or: Avoid old people at all costs.
The Ladykillers is funny, clever, beautifully constructed and has a brilliant cast on top form. An absolute delight.
It’s probably quite blasphemous to admit the only version of The Ladykillers I’d seen was the Coen brothers remake. A lot of people hate that movie and it’s definitely a low point of their career but I have a soft spot for it and even after seeing the brilliant original I have even more affection for it. This is an Ealing studios classic and it’s quite brilliant. I love the ensemble they brought together, a merry band of misfits anchored by Alec Guinness’ scheming Professor. I often forget that Guinness was a brilliant comedic actor due to his iconic roles in films like Star Wars, Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia but I certainly won’t forget as…
'The Ladykillers' is an amusing heist comedy that focuses a little more on the latter than the former. Five men rent a couple of rooms in an old woman's house while they plan a heist and complications involving the widow ensue. The film has many clever scenes, the cast is great and even with the five personalities that take refuge in the house, it's Katie Johnson who stands out as the good-hearted, almost aggressively sweet woman. The story's turns are easy to see coming, but it's engrossing enough for that not to matter much. It comes apart a little towards the end, as the humor becomes more physical and the events, less interesting, but the film left a solid impression on me in the end. It's very funny, well-acted and worth a look.
Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery moonlight as classical musicians in an eighty-year old's room-for-rent. A truly uproarious film. A pre-fame Peter Sellers is funny in a small role, but it's Alec Guinness and Kate Johnson in their leading roles that really shine. Guinness, with his terrifying smile, baggy eyes, and haircut, is hilarious as the leader of the gang, and Johnson is the shining star of the cast as the octogenarian landlord who accidentally stumbles into their scheme. An excellent British comedy.
It seems obnoxiously quaint until you realize that Guinness has already jumped on your eye-rolls, smug predictions, and any other thoughts you might have about these old-busybody jokes. Everyone delivers on the proper exasperation, but it's Professor Marcus who sees the plan (and the film) as an opportunity to grift and lie past old-world morality. Unfortunately, there are still a few sentimentalities that won't let anyone abandon the system completely. A flower for a corpse in a barrow is somehow the least of it all.
I grew up watching Miss Marple - not the new, politically correct, sexed-up series - but what we call the authorized version starring Joan Hickson. Hickson was a truly amazing actress, exceedingly subtle and very convincing. It's even more impressive since she really was in her nineties while filming the series. Of course, she was Dame Agatha's pick, and the queen's, but if you want to disagree, please go elsewhere.
Like Joan Hickson, Katie Johnson is one of those great little old ladies that completely disappears into her character and never needs to do something vulgar to be interesting. She had been acting since 1894, if that tells you anything, and won a BAFTA for this role. Her dainty, pink-clad…
I had no idea a climax that involved dropping bodies onto oncoming trains (accompanied by a single hit on a timpani drum for each drop) would ever sell me on a film. Granted, with Mrs. Wilberforce pulling the strings, I should've known I was done for.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Don't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!