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Kam doskáce ranní ptáce (1987)

Very charming comedy.

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Katok i skripka (1961)

Unutterably lovely.

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Kes (1969)

One of the greatest boy movies ever. David ('Dai') Bradley is forever immortalised as Billy Casper. (He was a fine actor, and continued to show how superb he was in films and TV series of the 70s, such as "The Jensen Code".) Brian Glover also gives a terrific performance. An absolute must-see.

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Kill the Day (1996)

Bleak yet strangely beautiful film from director Lynne Ramsay (who also wrote and directed the excellent "Ratcatcher", also in this database).

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The Kissing Place (1990)

Besides playing on contemporary anxieties concerning more than one (largely mythical) folk devil, this movie lends credence to the discredited pseudoscience of 'recovered memories'. If one can get past this, then it is actually a very dramatic rollercoaster ride of a film, and Nathaniel Moreau is undoubtedly a fine young actor.

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Knowing (2009)

This is a decent science fiction movie which confronts what, for us, must be the worst catastrophe we can imagine: the destruction of the entire world. No last minute reprieve either - no shallow, cocksure all-American hero with muscles on his muscles to save us all at the last moment. This is a very cerebral film, which seems to suggest that nothing is wholly meaningless or wasted, but that everything is connected in some great plan. Nicolas Cage is superb, and Chandler Canterbury shows his acting mettle, particularly in the very moving final scene between father and son.

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Krull (1983)

Piffle.

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Kundun (1997)

I just think this is a wonderful, epic movie with some stunning cinematography and a lovely soundtrack. I'm probably a little biased because I am fascinated by Buddhism in general and Tibetan Buddhism in particular. The last section of the movie is like an extended prayer, very beautiful, and the whole film is rich with Buddhist philosophical themes.

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The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

Brilliant. The director doesn't heroise (or demonise) anyone, but presents a portrait of people struggling in their various ways to survive and flourish under conditions made worse by constant invasion and occupation by foreign powers, of which the Americans are only the most recent example.

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Lassie (2005)

This movie, by the way, is a separate adaptation of the original novel by Eric Knight, and in no way a 'remake' of the 1943 film "Lassie Come Home". The film is hopelessly sentimental, of course. Jonathan Mason is a very special young actor. He just has something - a real personality and likeability. The girl is as dull as ditchwater, but never mind.

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The Last Boy (2019)

The characterisation is just not strong enough, and the whole thing's just too low key. The film poster (above) is a lot more exciting than the actual film! By no means a disaster, but still I can't really recommend it.

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Leave It to Beaver (1957-1963)

50s comedies about families, such as "Father Knows Best", always told the story from the point of view of the adults. What made this series unique was that it took the point of view of the boys. Furthermore, this was in many ways the last gasp of an era when boys could still be boys, shortly before the onrush of modern feminism. How people view this series will thus depend very much on how they view social developments since the early 60s. Those who subscribe to the progressivist assumption that the present is more 'enlightened' than the past (ha ha ha) will be inclined to find reasons to denigrate it. But others will see the series for what it is: a gem and an absolute classic.

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Léolo (1992)

Without a shadow of a doubt, an extraordinary masterpiece, more a kind of cinematic poem than a conventional film, but with a strong narrative and clearly delineated characters. Coming from a non-Anglophone culture (Québécois), the film evinces a frank recognition of juvenile sexuality, as the prepubescent Léolo (Maxime Collin) compulsively masturbates using various aids to stimulation. Many of the characters and events are based on director Claude Lauzon's own childhood.

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Let's Kill Uncle (1966)

This really is quite bizarre! But Pat Cardi and Mary Badham are excellent.

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The Loneliest Runner (1976)

Lance Kerwin's mother in this film is a complete ogress. She's right about one thing though: her husband really should 'man up' - not by disciplining his son but by asserting a bit of authority over his wife! Lance Kerwin gives a sensitive and moving performance in this excellent film.

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Lord of the Flies (1990)

I did enjoy this movie when I first saw it, and I particularly liked Balthazar Getty, but the Peter Brook ('63) version of Lord of the Flies really does blow this one out of the water.

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Lost In Space (1998)

Truly, this must be one of the most dire movies I've ever seen. The 'dialogue' consists of a series of wearisome clichés (so much so that at first I thought I was listening to a wicked parody of bad action-movie dialogue). The narrative framework is pure cliché as well (the Earth is dying, etc.). The interaction of the characters is based around 'relationship issues', so we get a lot of moralising at the audience (fathers should make time for their children…yawn!). The cast play shallow, nauseating characters whom one dearly wishes to be killed horribly before the end. An awesomely bad movie, like listening to fingernails scratching a blackboard for two hours.

There are two or three catchphrases from the original TV series that are segued into the film (in at least one instance very clumsily). Otherwise this film has nothing whatever in common with the High Camp of the original TV series, and certainly has none of its charm.

The only thing one can say in favour of Jack Johnson as Will Robinson is that he's marginally less nauseating than the others - whilst displaying no noticeable screen presence or charisma.

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red Star 1 / 10
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Love and Death (2018)

Not sure I entirely understood this film, but I thought it was very good, and I enjoyed it. It is quite atmospheric and creates a vivid sense of the insistent urgency of a boy's sexual desire, something that is so often concealed from adults (or from which adults prefer to avert their gaze). Sammy Trulock is superb. Well worth viewing.

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Love Does Grow On Trees (2008)

Quite amusing.

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The Magnet (1950)

I'm with nightwatcher on this one.

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