May 18, 2012
It's an odd coincidence that shortly after watching Babylon 5's "Believers", an episode with a good basic premise let down by poor execution, I found myself watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's "Melora", an episode produced with the best of intentions but let down terribly by very similar pitfalls.
May 17, 2012
"Believers" presents me with a dilemma, because of all the episodes of Babylon 5 reviewed so far it is easily the most frustrating. It provides a strong, confrontational story, but it brings with it a horrible inconsistency with the rest of the series as well as (a standard failing of the series) some pretty ripe dialogue. In the end my overall opinion could go either way. This is also an episode I can't review without completely spoiling, so if you haven't seen "Believers" you might want to skip the rest of this entry.
May 5, 2012
Sadly this old-school Bollywood method of film-making - a sort of "stick everything to the wall and see what happens" approach - is in decline, replaced by new films that increasingly attempt to ape the conventions and appearance of American cinema. This is a shame; I think India is losing something very distinctive and rather wonderful in the process. Blue is a case in point.
May 2, 2012
Running Out of Time (1999)
I'm pretty sure that Running Out of Time is the first film in which I noticed Lau. He started off as a television actor before shifting to motion pictures, where he's been one of the key actors for director Johnnie To. I make no apologies for the fact that three of my five picks are Johnnie To films - no director working in the world today is as consistently good at what they do as To, and Lau is one of the best actors he uses. Here Lau plays Inspector To, a police detective caught in a cat and mouse game with a terminally ill master criminal (Andy Lau). Lau returned the role in a sequel.