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Salem's Lot (1979)

Actually, I think this is the most genuinely scary vampire movie I've ever seen. I saw it when I was a little kid, and the vampire boy scratching at the window gave me nightmares for ages - still does.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 9 / 10
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Sam (1973-1975)

There isn't an awful lot of Sam in Season One of "Sam" - most of the scenes are of adults talking to each other in domestic settings, with young Sam just popping up every now and then. The characters spend a great deal of time whinging about how tough their general conditions of life are in their historical era. You know, I can't STAND whingers. Kevin Moreton is a personable young actor whose quiet, sensitive, understated presence in the first season is certainly a pleasure to watch in between the adults moaning about their lives and raising their voices at each other. Possibly, though, he is just a touch too reserved and doesn't leave enough of an impression, though this may also be down to the screenwriting. For me, Sam's maternal grandfather Jack (played by Michael Goodliffe) was the standout character from this first season - though he's not a particularly attractive character!

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Samostoyatelnaya zhizn (1992)

As good in its own way as its predecessor ("Freeze, Die, Come to Life"). Pavel Nazarov is a great actor and a very beautiful youth (watch the uncensored version!).

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The Sandlot (1993)

Very lightweight, and a tad formulaic - but enjoyable. One feels that the movie fancies itself a "Stand By Me" for the nineties, but lacks the emotional depth. Still, on its own terms it has a certain charm. The acting is not exactly subtle, but Thomas Guiry is a remarkably photogenic boy.

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Schatjes! (1984)

I really love it!

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Sciuscià (1946)

A masterpiece on every level.

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Scrooge (1951)

Still the best film version of "A Christmas Carol" ever made. And if that doesn't deserve ten stars, then I don't know what does!

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Scrooge (1935)

A decent adaptation, with some nice moments - though the narrative sometimes seems a little rushed and truncated, as though the writers and actors were trying to join the dots as quickly as possible. Scrooge's transformation after seeing Marley's ghost is so instantaneous that the various ghosts that follow are really quite redundant. Philip Frost is quite wonderful as Tiny Tim. Certainly worth viewing at least once.

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The Seeker: The Dark is Rising (2007)

Alexander Ludwig gives a creditable performance in what is otherwise a disappointingly lacklustre movie.

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Shadow Builder (1997)

Actually, I think it's a shade better (no pun intended!) than the other reviews on this page might lead one to expect. There really is something quite absurdly enjoyable about a priest who packs guns with laser sights, dispatches people with gay abandon, and tells law enforcement officers to f--- off. One feels it's the kind of concept one must have seen before in some other movie, and yet I don't think I have. Yes, the film's ridiculous, but in a charming B-movie sort of way. In any case, I rather enjoyed it.

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Sibir, Monamur (2011)

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Den Sidste Viking (1997)

Really superb story, with a real depth. A Nordic bleakness pervades this film. Some of the cinematagraphy is very striking. Holger Thaarup puts in a fine performance as Harald. A coming-of-age masterpiece.

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Sigurd Drakedreper (1989)

This is actually much better than the other reviewers' ratings on this page would lead one to suspect. Yes, it's historical nonsense - in fact pure New Age hokum - absurdly situated in a Viking village. But so long as one puts aside historical verisimilitude (and provided one can look past the lead's rather frightful wig), one will find that this film is a thoroughly charming story about the camaraderie of boys. Sigurd (Kristian Tonby) makes friends with a captured Frankish boy who saves him from drowning, and the two strip naked by the riverside in order to get dry (and, I expect, to give the camera an opportunity to admire their youthful physiques). There isn't even a hint of heterosexual romance in the whole thing. Gradually, by forging new alliances amongst his own generation, Sigurd gains in courage and navigates a new, less warlike path, for his people. The premise of the film is that all boys are natural comrades, and that the love and loyalty of boys for each other is capable of solving all society's conflicts. Damn it, you KNOW it's true!

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Simon and the Witch (1987-1988)

A series where all the sympathetic child characters are male, and where the boys do not spend all their time gazing at the girls in adoration (quite the contrary!)...in other words, a series made before identity politics took over the BBC and its programming output turned to crap. Elizabeth Spriggs makes a wonderful witch, all the boy actors are great, and Hugh Pollard clicks his heels beautifully in the closing credit sequence.

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Sinister 2 (2015)

The Sloan brothers are just great in this stylish, if somewhat flawed, movie.

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Skippy and the Intruders (1969)

What worked well in a 25 minute format seems terribly overlong stretched to 1 1/2 hours. Skippy herself is quite superfluous in this story. The final sequence on the sand dunes is visually quite impressive. Overall, it's a pity that they chose not to do anything more imaginative with the feature length format than just attempting to stretch a fairly humdrum 'Skippy' episode to fill the available time. A 'skipped' opportunity (sorry!).

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Slepoy dozhd (1968)

I love the little dance that the boy with the bucket of paint does! (@11:00-11:40)

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So Dear to My Heart (1949)

Excellent Disney film with lots of barefoot boys in a rural town in Indiana in 1903. Bobby Driscoll was a fine actor - as he showed in "The Window" and "Song of the South", and as he shows in this film as well. Not a very deep story, and both the songs and the blending of live action with animation are not quite on the same level as "Song of the South", but the superb acting makes up for it. Recommended.

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Sokout (1998)

A beautiful and enchanting film, but I'm knocking off a couple of points for casting a girl as a boy!

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Song of the South (1946)

Disney is good at certain things, and terrible at others. "Song of the South" exhibits Disney at its very best. The blending of live action with animation is done thrillingly well, and the signature song is gloriously memorable. Johnny (Bobby Driscoll) is upset by his parents' temporary separation, particularly as his mother insists on dressing him up as Little Lord Fauntleroy (thus proving without a shadow of a doubt that Boys Need Fathers). Fortunately, Uncle Remus is on hand with his tales of Brer Rabbit, to help Johnny face his problems in a more intelligent way. Personally, I rather liked the Favor brothers, particularly the tall freckled brother, Joe (played by Gene Holland). There is a touch of Huck Finn in the fact that the brothers go around barefoot. True, they like drowning puppies, but then everyone needs a hobby. Ignore the Politically Correct fools who think there's anything wrong with this movie. We all know the kind of people: the kind who, already determined to see this as racist, will stare and stare at it, and then STARE HARDER, until they 'see' the racism they so desperately wish to find. In fact, Uncle Remus is a superb character, a gentle and wise old man, to whom kids will readily relate. And unlike the PC brigade, kids won't think about his colour when they warm to him; they'll just like him for who he is. And why shouldn't they? The idea that a negro in the American South should always be portrayed as miserable is tantamount to saying that people should be defined by their colour. The narrative unfolds on a POST-bellum plantation, and Uncle Remus is a man who was once a slave but is now free, so why the heck shouldn't he be happy? Finally, in a very moving scene at the end of the film, Johnny, who is lying in bed having been seriously injured, reaches out as he recovers consciousness to hold Remus' hand. The scene makes clear that it is precisely his relationship with Remus which has enabled his recovery, and in doing so affirms the value of a sociability between adults and children that pays no regard whatever to racial distinctions. The movie thus constitutes a very powerful statement against racial Segregation, at a time when Segregation was very much a reality in the South. Only a snivilisation as morally corrupt as our own could find this movie objectionable.

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