Cinema: Short Takes: Love and Death on Long Island

The Dim, Discreet Charm of Jason Priestley

We think ourselves ladies and gentlemen of taste, connoisseurs of finer books and deeper thoughts. Then we see some ravishing creature on the street or the screen, and we are starstruck kids, our brains shut off, hearts turned to mush.

Giles De'Ath (John Hurt), a reclusive English novelist, has had so little contact with the late 20th century that he can't tell a microwave from a VCR. One day, by mistake, he watches a trashy teenpic called Hotpants College 2 and finds, he thinks, a reason for loving. In an actor named Ronnie Bostock (Jason Priestley), Giles sees all the beauty...

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