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Little Shit (2018)

A quite sad short with some nicely filmed scenes. Badger Skelton (who calls a boy Badger?) is very good in his part as a disadvantaged boy with sick mother and bullying brother.

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The Little Vampire (2000)

A kiddie vampire movie with a difference - this time the vampires are the goodies. Rollo Weeks is good as the posh voiced boy vampire. Slightly stilted acting however takes the edge off the film. Some good comedy moments but nothing outstanding.

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The Littlest Angel (1969)

One of those films with just about plausible props but easily forgettable song numbers. However, a cute performance from Johnny Whitaker in his natty shepherd outfit.

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Local Boys (2002)

Anything with Jeremy Sumpter in it is worth watching - mainly for Jeremy - the best looking boy actor to date! Here, his acting abilities come to the fore as he plays Skeet, a child with a nervous disorder. The film is pure Americana but rises above the usual teen effort. Nice to see his mom didn't mind him making friends with a strange man! Plenty of sand, sun and surfing.

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Lockie Leonard (2007)

An absolute hoot with all the embarrassment and pains of growing up performed marvellously by Sean Keenan who is excellent as Lockie Leonard. Corey McKernan as his younger brother, Philip, offers great support, too. Nicely filmed and wonderfully showing off the great Australian outdoors of sea and surf. Good series that keeps to a high standard.

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The Long Days of Summer (1980)

Surprised this movie has not received any reviews to date. To me, this film is most notable for its boxing scene between Ronnie Scribner and David Baron. One of the best choreographed boxing matches I've seen on screen with both boy actors looking quite attractive, in their own way, in their neat shorts.

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Lord of the Flies (1963)

One of the classic boy films made with a bunch of ordinary British schoolboys who, apparently, had a great time making it. Tom Chapin as Jack is and looks good as the leader of the hunters. A proper little fascist against whom Ralph (James Aubrey)is a well meaning wimp.

It is a matter of debate whether schoolboys, left to their own devices, would deteriorate to the level shown in the film. Golding has been criticised for painting too gloomy a picture of what would happen to children in those circumstances.

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Lord of the Flies (1990)

A reasonable attempt at this story but not as good as the 60s original. Having the boys as military cadets was okay BUT the plot is greatly weakened by having an adult, albeit injured, among their party. Also the 'monster' is unnecessarily altered from the original dead airman whose parachute flaps in the wind and frightens the boys. Chris Furrh is, and indeed looks, great in the part of Jack, leader of the violent hunters. Interesting, though sad to note, is the absence of any nudity which was present in the original.

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Lost in Space (1965-1968)

This was one of the few memorable boy TV shows featuring as it did the wonderful talent of young Billy Mumy. Coupled with the over-the-top performance from Jonathan Harris as Dr Smith and not forgetting the robot, they almost carried the show between the three of them. The rest of the characters were pretty staid by comparison and reduced to little more than cyphers. It would seem Will's parents shouldn't have let their son anywhere near Dr Smith being the cowardly, selfish character he represented. But this unusual combination only proved to be the essence of the series without which it would have got nowhere.

The imaginative props look dated now but that takes nothing away from the high standard of entertainment provided. A real TV classic.

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Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

I am unable to give this film a high rating as it isn't really a BOY film more an adult action movie. The action is good and the first time I viewed this film I wasn't sure of Emil Minty's actual gender. He did marvellous as the little kid but, unfortunately, there were no extras or interviews with the DVD. Therefore, as the film is mainly adult material I have given five stars for Emil's performance.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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Magic Kid (1993)

I am surprised two of my compatriots only gave this film 4 and 5 stars. I found my DVD of it (the cover of mine not being quite so eye-catching as the one illustrated) on a market stall for a pound. I thought this was one of those boy film gems you come across only rarely. Ted Jan Roberts is outstanding as Kevin, the Ninja boy and someone who obviously got the part through his knowledge of the martial arts. I am also surprised it took until August 27th 2011 for this film to be added to the BA list.

It is competently directed by Joseph Merhi. Stephen Furst is good in his part as Kevin's bumbling uncle. Ted Roberts is an attractive boy (in the dark haired Italian fashion) and has a marvellous American boy accent. The plot is pretty standard but is well acted throughout with plenty of comical characters. An uncle who owes money to the local Mafia who, in turn, are portrayed as bungling gangsters.

Members might be interested to know that there was a sequel 'Magic Kid 2' directed by Stephen Furst but, I would agree, it wasn't anywhere near as good.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 6 / 10
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The Magnet (1950)

One of those rare British boy films that came out in the fifties and is typical of the time. A pleasant boyhood adventure even showing scenes of the now long gone famous Liverpool elevated railway.

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Mail to the Chief (2000)

Another of those boy meets President movies though nowhere nearly as good as 'First Kid' with Brock Pierce.

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The Man Without a Face (1993)

Obviously a film that is a must on any boy film collector's shelf. The subject matter dealing with love between a man and a boy is controversial enough for a start. I wonder what made the book's author, Isabelle Holland, actually decide to write on such a subject. Apparently, in the book, the teacher does have sex with the boy but, of course, such 'shocking' things could not appear in a nice Hollywood movie.

Great acting from Nick Stahl who possibly was worthy of a BA Oscar nomination for his performance. The build up of the relationship is well handled by Mel Gibson, the director.

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Manny's Orphans (1978)

Just watched the football match on YouTube so cannot really score this film so I've given it a neutral 5. Interesting to see the boys in 1978, nearly all of them far better looking than today's boys, wearing neat shorts and, of course, the usual script where the winning goal comes in the last second.

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Martian Child (2007)

A good film with wonderful acting from a very young Bobby Coleman. Although improbable, you always have the sneaking question whether David is a Martian child or not? Some interesting extras on the DVD, too.

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

All swashbuckling and lots of action but amongst all the cannon fire and somewhat overdone British sailors comradeship, Max Pirkis as Midshipman Blakeney stood out. Blond and outstandingly good looking he was every captain's cabin boy dream though, in his case, of higher rank. There were a few other boys who made brief appearances in this film including a quick shot of a boy on the French ship.

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Matching Jack (2010)

A heart rending movie of two boys suffering from leukaemia so it's a case of out with the paper hankies. Kodi Smit-McPhee gives a great performance as the dying boy, Finn, and with obvious help from the make-up department, looks ghastly ill. Tom Russell plays Jack where he meets Finn when they share a room in the hospital. Kodi is marvellous in his part which requires some quite emotional acting. At only 83 minutes long the film is rather short on character development but all the tragedy is there of having to watch your child dying slowly from a terrible disease. There are funny moments in the film that lighten the sombre plot somewhat. One or two inconsistences occur like the father being allowed to make his son's hospital bed into a pirate ship. Also taking his son out of hospital into the freezing cabin he has by the bay. I got the sneaking feeling there was a little too much about finding a cure for Jack while poor Finn was simply allowed to fade away.

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Meatballs (1979)

Lots of American brash humour which didn't always come off and slightly disjointed scenes. Chris Makepeace was good not so much with his acting but how he looked in those white socks and shorts. Boys knew how to dress in the 70s. I like Bill Murray but he's been in better films.

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Mercury Rising (1998)

Lots of action but then you would expect that with Bruce Willis in the film. Miko played his part as the autistic boy very well.

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