“ Love and Death on Long Island (1997): Dir: Richard Kwietniowski / Cast: John Hurt, Jason Priestley, Fiona Loewi, Sheila Hancock, Maury Chaykin: Intriguing film that examines the longing for youth.
“ This was the first movie I ever walked out of in my life because about three-fourths of the way through I couldn't stand the suspense.
“I'm sure that any queer-friendly viewer will find this film to be entertaining, charming and totally satisfying as one of the most original situation comedies.
“ Ultimately, a slow, witty work with one outstanding feature.
“ Subtle and compelling .
“ Forster adaptation for which he bought a ticket, the lonely man becomes transfixed by the sight of a hunky actor (Jason Priestley) and begins an obsession that makes for a thoroughly satisfying and entertaining story.
“ So in the beginning (when it is a little slow for awhile - stick with it - it improves)....
“ Some thought it slow and pondering, and the characture of an English recluse stuck in the 19th century unbelivable.
“ There are some interesting interchanges - a touch of Nabokov as European high culture brushes with American pop culture, largely in mutual incomprehension, though Ronnie is pointed to a little useful American culture (Walt Whitman) by his unexpected English visitor.
“ It was dull, anything but funny, and *extremely* slow.
“ Love and Death On Long Island follows Giles (John Hurt) a semi recluse English novelist who wonders through his life with very little intense purpose, challenges or any sense of being 'alive'.
“ I highly recommend it to anyone who cares about stories based on clever scripts, great acting and real characters...
“ Hurt is excellent as he slowly gets to the point--a point that Priestley is slow to get--and once made, the look on Priestley's face is priceless as the camera stays on his inscrutable expression before he takes his leave.
“ From then on it was very funny and I really enjoyed it.....
“Giles introduces him to an idea for a movie: a deaf-mute who has never been outside in the real world, who in fantasy is surrounded only by white, empty space, has in his possession a television to look outwards.
“ "Love and Death On Long Island" has a fascinating story to tell.
“ "L & D on Long Island" is a comedy, even if it might seem a bit slow and boring in the beginning.
“ I found it fascinating, what some might call a "little" film except that it displays some large talents.
“ An unexpected treat .
“ I recommend it to anyone who believes that love can strike anywhere, and it is always a blessing, even in the most unlikely and unexpected venues.
“ However, the film is wholly enjoyable and you might take away the wondering: Could something so unexpected throw my life into such an upheaval?
“ But nevertheless it is a nice, entertaining film - with a stellar performance by John Hurt.
“ Infinitely better than the dreary "Death in Venice" and far funnier.
“ When Giles confesses his love for Ronnie, Jason strikes a perfectly engaging pose - he just looks at Giles, and the camera catches that look.
“Don't waste your time, your money, or usage of your DVD.
“ Completely obsessed with the discovery of all the modern electronic gadgetry, he purchases TV and video equipment, shuts himself away and enters a new and exciting world.
“ Fascinating, with great execution by John Hurt.
“ It had so many underlying plots: the old modernizing to the new, finding beauty in an unexpected place, seeking out that beauty, etc. If you don't want the movie spoiled, stop reading.
“"Ultimately, a slow, witty work with one outstanding feature.
“ I was also reminded of the late Sir Kingsley Amis, an angry young man and an engaging writer in his day who became a rather sorry figure in old age, bereft of his talent and full of spleen and booze.
“ He could be more clueless and more compelling as an absolute recluse.
“ His acting is superb, but what really got me is the unique and fascinating story.
“ John Hurt's performance as the older man restraining his true feelings for a handsome young man of another generation is faultless and truly absorbing.
“ However, the final third of the film, when Hurt and Priestley meet, is definitely worth watching for, as the film starts to head into some original territory.
“Similar in theme to "Death In Venice", absent the magnificent visuals and music of the 1971 classic, "Love And Death On Long Island" will appeal to viewers to the extent that they find Giles and his quest for lost love engaging.
“ But as he gets up to leave the theater, De'Ath becomes enamored/obsessed by the looks and acting talents of a young American B-movie actor, Ronnie Bostock (Priestly).
“ Unlike Gods and Monsters, which had a similar idea, but that one I didn't care for, this film has a really intriguing main character as well as a clear quest.