This week, James and Yaw adapt the hit 1987 video game Contra!
A loose re-imagining of Thomas Hardy’s Tess Of The D’Urbervilles shoved into modern day India, highly prolific director Michael Winterbottom's Trishna has individual moments and images that showcase the filmmaker at his best, but overall it has the rushed and half baked qualities of his most tossed off efforts.
Director Tarsem Singh previously made two visually stunning, but incredibly boring and boneheaded films (The Cell, The Fall) before taking on his latest film Immortals. Undoubtedly talented when it comes to visuals, his latest film somehow manages to rank as the least of his efforts, but not for lack of trying. Whereas his past efforts have been ambitious failures, there simply isn’t anything in this sword and sandals epic that hasn’t been done before, or better, hundreds of times before.
I'll admit, I've never been a great fan of the Planet of the Apes series, beyond the original film. And certainly it's getting quite tiresome to see remakes, reboots and the like coming out of Hollywood rather than more original material. But the first trailer for Rise of the Planet of the Apes looks rather promising.