* * * * *I'm not a big fan of Ron Howard's work, often emotionally sloppy and just good enough -- maybe he's another of those B-students -- but he delivers a sure-handed, non-manipulative work in "Frost/Nixon."
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The line, spoken by an angry young man in one of Potter's "plays for television," provides a decent enough introduction to the late British writer's worldview.
Potter dwelled in the dark places, exploring the ways in which we put up with existence.
Koch Vision brings to America a set of three mid-period Potter telefilms. They're minor works that benefit from some recycling of previous material, but anyone with an interest in the writer would do well to pick up "Dennis Potter: 3 to Remember."
Potter, best known for the BBC's "The Singing Detective" and "Pennies From Heaven," died of cancer in 1994, after suffering from a severe form of psoriasis he wrote about in "Detective."
Disc 1 includes a brilliant hourlong TV interview in which the writer discusses his imminent death, in something of a valedictory talk. A flask of morphine at the ready, Potter says he's "serene" but fearful of dying "four pages too early." The dying man's advice: Be in the now.
* * * * *Potter's interest in decay and afflictions might have made him a fan of the grim survival tale "Blindness," from director Fernando Meirelles ("City of God").
In a perfect world, Woody Allen would have made a lot of sexy-cynical movies like "Vicki Cristina Barcelona" in the past two decades -- the period that followed his great creative run from "Annie Hall" to "Crimes and Misdemeanors."
Even for locals, love comes at you at weird angles in Paris, according to the delightful import "I Do" (Prete-moi ta main), starring Alain Chabat and Charlotte Gainesbourg.