This week is The Ladykillers, a remake of the 1955 film of the same name, which got some pretty bad reviews and a poor audience response overall. I had never seen it until this week, and went into it expecting it to be bad. I think since my expectations were so low, I was pleasantly surprised, and ended up really enjoying it. Marlon Wayans was surprisingly entertaining, and J.K. Simmons was great as always, he can’t go wrong with that voice, so he’ll always be around, gladly. Tom Hanks did really well playing the scholarly, creepy con-man, but what can you say? It’s Tom Hanks, he’s usually good, sometimes great, almost always watchable. Anyway, this one was shot a lot better than Intolerable Cruelty, more interesting looking characters, setting, and better decisions made for each shot (more symmetry and repetition).  One thing that adds to the feel and imagery of the movie is that it’s set in a small town in Mississippi, mostly taking place in a weathered old house, more specifically in the root cellar of said house. While it takes place in the 90s at the earliest, many of the characters seem stuck a half century or more in the past, but it’s not unusual for the Coen brothers’ characters to be unusual. I would recommend it, not one of the best, but definitely worth watching. Next week is No Country For Old Men.

-Kevin
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