All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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
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.
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…
"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!
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…
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…
60th Anniversary edition has some nice extras.
Near as dammit perfect....but you knew that anyway
The way Guinness goes from entertainingly daffy to stone cold terrifying in the final stretch is remarkable. Also fun to see Peter Sellers before he was Peter-fucking-Sellers.
A classic example of British humor at work.
RIght off the bat, Alec Guinness is a creepy looking dude. It is alluded to in the film this character might be mentally unstable, or that he may have been in a mental institution, but his mental state is told far more in his eyes and face then in his backstory.
This film is a comedic romp about a gang of thieves that have a plan to steal a good deal of money. They decide to rent a room from a sweet little old lady, and use it to work out their scheme, and hole up after the crime.
The lady gives…
The Coen Brothers remake of this gets a lot of criticism, and rightly so, but to be honest the original isn't any better. In fact, it's actually less funny. This was supposed to be a comedy, right? I ask because I am not sure I even chuckled once in the entire film. A great cast wasted - especially Alec Guiness with his goofy fake teeth.
Superbly written and with some great performances, none better than Guinness himself. Classic Ealing comedy.
Early example of comic "heist goes wrong" film. Good performances from Peter Sellers and Katie Johnson (who died within 2 years of the film being made).
The old lady, Mrs. Wilberforce, was by far the best thing about this movie. Very interesting premise. Probably a bit of a let-down overall. I really liked the ending, but once the movie had about 30 minutes left, I knew where it was going.
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!