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La Llorona [2019] Lake Bodom [2016] Lake of Death [2019]
Land of the Dead [2005] Last Action Hero [1993]
The Last Man on Earth [1964] The Last Stand [2013] Last Woman on Earth [1960]
The Lathe of Heaven [1980] Leatherface [2017] The Lego Movie [2014]
Level 16 [2018] Leviathan [1989] The Librarian 1: Quest for the Spear [2004]
The Librarian 2: King Solomon's Mines [2006] The Librarian 3: Curse of the Chalice [2008]
The Lincoln Lawyer [2011]
Lion of the Desert [1980] Little Evil [2017] The Little Shop of Horrors [1960]
Living in the Future's Past [2018] Locker 13 [2014] The Lodgers [2017]
Logan [2017] Lone Survivor [2013] The Long Good Friday [1980]
Look Away [2018] Looper [2012] Lost Souls [1998]
The Lovebirds [2020]
Lovers and Liars [1998] Lumberjack Man [2015] The Lure [2015]

La Llorona [2019]


         

This is not the Conjuring universe version but rather a Spanish production based 'very' loosely on the La Llorona legend. An aging General is absolved of war crimes and genocide in Guatemala. With his family home under siege by protesters, a mysterious woman is hired as a maid and things begin to fall apart. The acting and overall production quality is fantastic and it's far more a destructive personal family-in-crisis drama then horror. My only problem was the necessity to drag out every single scene way beyond its worth. It does lack needed energy.

Lake of Death [2019]

aka De dodes tjern

         

No synopsis needed as this is a pretty typical "haunted cabin in the woods" story with an initial setup, a climax, and (to keep the viewer's attention) the rest consisting of scene after scene of creepy activity with no rhyme, reason, or explanation. The climax comes right out of a romantic tragedy which, in this film, came off as rather lame ...and the final scene left me going, "Huh?". The characters held my attention as they were genuine, smart and likable. Too bad they weren't placed in a more compelling story. Mildly entertaining if you have no expectations.

The Lovebirds [2020]


         

Pretty much a slapstick comedy centered around a couple, dangling over the cliff edge of their relationship and ready to let go, suddenly find themselves the central focus of a murder. Trying to avoid the cops and the crooks, they're thrust into one bizarre situation after another making the whole thing rather humorous. Add to that the comfortable nature of banter you'd expect between two very likable people, who know each other well, and some colorful characters and LOL moments and you have one very entertaining film. My wife and I really enjoyed it.

The Lure [2015]

aka Corki Dancingu

         

An incredibly bad, Polish horror?, comedy??, musical, about 2 mermaids who sing and dance at a nightclub. We have naked girls with no genitals. We have mermaids eating people. Tail amputation? Mermaid vaginas? Sea foam, what? Sea foam!! ...all done to some absolutely terrible music and dance. Since it got good ratings, I'm assuming this is a cultural thing but as for me?.. I would rather slit my wrists before sitting through this again. Geez, this was awful!

The Last Stand [2013]


         


There's a manhunt going on for a high profile drug lord who is expected to pass through a little town just north of the Mexican border and the sheriff is not about to let that happen. Maybe it's just because I like Arnold Schwarzenegger but I found this film to be just plain fun. Lots of action, a few good jokes, sociopathic villains, good shoot outs and more. What's not to like?

The Lathe of Heaven [1980]


   

The first made-for-TV film by PBS is probably still the best film they ever produced ...and on practically no budget. Bruce Davidson gives an incredible performance as a man who dreams and everything changes, and how a dream specialist tries to manipulate him with dire consequences. Fantastic dialogue and a mind twisting storyline makes up for the nearly laughable special effects. Don't be misled by the 2002 remake ...which was just awful. Watch this one and watch it now!

Lone Survivor [2013]


         


Excellent real-life biopic of Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, the sole survivor of a reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan. The strong personal and emotional interaction between friends and comrades is punctuated by gripping and intensely realistic scenes of warfare as the group struggles to survive against overwhelming odds. Very well made, heartfelt movie.

Last Action Hero [1993]


         

By the use of a magic ticket, a boy is able to enter a film featuring his favorite action hero. This is one of those films that most everyone has seen but I never have. I didn't like the kid much, I hated Lt. Dekker, and the film was way too long. However, I liked that half the time was spent with the characters in the movie and the other half spent in the real world ...and the problems that developed. They even had the action as over-the-top in the movie world and somewhat more realistic in the real world ...like busting a car window with your fist really hurts! Quite fun.

Looper [2012]


         

In 2044, men known as loopers would assassinate victims sent to them from 30 years in the future. This film focuses on one such looper who hesitates to kill his older self causing quite a bit of turmoil and chaos. This is quite an elaborate and complex story of time travel, conflicting goals, paradoxes and trying to figure out what's the right thing to do. Great action, super characters ...even in the slow parts, the dialogue and interaction between subjects kept my attention firmly glued to the screen. May take multiple viewings to fully grasp everything.

Little Evil [2017]


         


A man begins to believe his new step-son is the Antichrist. Basically a parody of The Omen (they actually mention it in the film), this was somewhat entertaining with a few colorful characters. Although there were a couple of laugh-out-load moments, most of the humor was a bit flat and I believe the dialogue could have been far wittier than it was. Still good fun, though.

Level 16 [2018]


         

A group of girls, who have never seen the outside world, have spent their entire lives in an underground school to be trained to be the perfect virtuous woman to be adopted into an elite family. Two of the girls discover there's something far more sinister going on. This was an exceptionally well presented film with great acting and a completely believable story, even with the unlikely premise. It's also exceptionally slow. Luckily, in this case, I didn't let the slow pace get the better of me as it had me pretty much hooked from the start. It's good ...just be patient.

The Lodgers [2017]


         

Twins, living in a dark, dilapidated mansion, have to lock themselves in their bedrooms at night so that undead things can come up through the floor after midnight ...I guess. Extremely dark, both visually and psychologically, exceedingly dull and depressing, contains a whole story around one character which, in the end, means absolutely nothing. No likable characters and an ending that left me shaking my head.

Land of the Dead [2005]


         
  

The world may be overrun with zombies but the class war between the elite and the unfortunate is worse than ever ...and the zombies are getting smarter. Romero continues to deliver in this non-stop action, zombie thrill ride with the usual amazing and disturbing make-up fx. Dennis Hopper's performance is manically twisted. Find the extra gruesome extended version.

Logan [2017]


         
  

What a great swan song for the old and ailing Wolverine. Far more a drama than an action picture (although it is loaded with some awesome action) the relationships between Charles (Professor X), Laura (Logan's genetic daughter) and the reluctant Logan (who would rather everyone just left him alone), is complex, heartfelt and, at times, heartbreaking. Truly excellent entertainment!

The Librarian 1: Quest for the Spear [2004]


         
  
TNT produced 3 Librarian TV movies before launching the series, which ran for 4 seasons. This first entry features a professional student - recruited to become the new "Librarian" - who's first assignment is to retrieve the Spear of Destiny and save the world. Characters are quite likable (Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin were great) and it was adventurous, entertaining, and often humorous. Good family viewing.

The Librarian 2: Return to King Solomon's Mines [2006]


         
  

Second in the TNT series of movies before The Librarians TV show. This one seemed to lack something but it's hard to say what. It just seemed sloppier than the first and felt like there was a lot of roaming around with not much to do but talk about each other. This exposition came into play later but is was still somewhat laborious. Overall, it was fun ...just not as lively.

The Lincoln Lawyer [2011]


         


I've seen few films that are not only just like the novel, but John Romano (screenplay) manages to capture the multitude of events in the book and masterly present them all in a comprehensible fashion without rushing it. Movie or book, take your pick. They're both a tense, complex, and insidious legal thriller you're not likely to forget. Matthew McConaughey "IS" the Lincoln Lawyer, heart and soul.

Leviathan [1989]


         

While mining silver 3 miles deep in the ocean, a crew runs across a shipwreck called the Leviathan ...and it's still carrying something. This is a pretty typical '80's monster movie that isn't too bad ...it's just made badly. The crew are unprofessional idiots, the constantly changing mutant creature is filmed in extreme closeups, flash cuts and bad lighting so we never really got a good look at it, and, apparently, they think the audience will buy that it takes just a couple minutes to go up 3 miles without proper decompression. But hey... it wasn't boring.

Look Away [2018]


         

A bullied and generally miserable girl finds her alter ego within mirrors. It's never quite clear whether the mirror Maria (aptly named, Airma) is a paranormal personification of Maria's stillborn identical twin or if Maria is mentally fracturing. Regardless, India Eisley (who is actually 25) does a covincing job of portraying both sides of the high school student's personalities. The film is intended to be a slow burn but I found myself waiting for something to happen quite often. Could have been faster, scarier, more dramatic but, overall, pretty good.

The Librarian 3: The Curse of the Judas Chalice [2008]


         
  

Surprisingly good third movie in the Librarians series. Stana Katic as the leading lady was fantastic and I enjoyed the connection between Vlad Dracul the Impaler and Judas Iscariot in it's theological fantasy storyline. Great special effects and a few good laugh-out-loud moments. Looks like they finally got the formula right. Great entertainment.

Lake Bodom [2016]

aka Bodom

         

Four teenagers, all with a different agenda (that aren't bright enough to figure out they're all lying to each other), go on a trip to Lake Bodom, a place where 4 teens were murdered in 1960. Revealing some of their lies fills up the first half hour. Then there's a good twist followed by a protracted half hour of dealing with car keys and more deceptions. Then the film discards all the previous events and becomes something else entirely digressing into a series of incredibly unlikely events right up to the preposterous ending. Phhhtt!

Leatherface [2017]


         

A rather simple and sad story about how Jed, the most normal and likable kid of the insane family, is turned into leatherface through the influences of his family, a sadistic operator of an asylum, a vengeful and corrupt sheriff, as well as a few other things. Thus making the efforts of this good soul surrounded by vultures rather futile. There were also moments in the film that struck me as unnecessarily gross and disgusting. It's mildly entertaining and they didn't make it campy, which definitely would not have worked so, that's a plus.

Lovers and Liars [1998]

aka Criminal Desire

         

An advertising agency is a front hiring models and then sending them to Europe as slaves. Also involves a kidnapping of an ultra-rich man's daughter. This is a ludicrously low budget movie filmed on video tape that comes off like a badly made episode of a soap opera. Michael York and David Carradine must have really been hurting for cash. Smart idea to gave this film two names - Lovers and Liars in '98 and then Criminal Desire in '05 - just in case you missed it the first time around. (grin)

The Lego Movie [2014]


         


In a Lego universe, a nondescript construction worker becomes the 'Special' and is tasked with saving the universe from Lord Business. This was suggested by a web site guest and I found it to be very amusing, brilliantly colorful and highly imaginative. I don't recall any laugh-out-loud moments but I had a lot of fun watching it. Great for the whole family. Thanx for the suggestion.

Lumberjack Man [2015]


         

A lumberjack monster is slaughtering folks in a bible camp. I absolutely hated everyone in this film within the first 10 minutes. The whole film was ludicrous and infantile and insulted my intelligence so completely that I was nearly shaking with anger when the credits rolled. Michael Madsen must have done this as a favor as I can't believe his career has actually sunk to this level. If you watch this, I guarantee afterwards you will say, "Should have taken Doc's advise and skipped this one". One of the worst and most insulting movies I've ever seen.

The Last Man on Earth [1964]


         

An immune survivor of a deadly virus may be the last man on earth. After seeing The Omega Man and I Am Legend, this first film adaption of the story 'I Am Legend' is nostalgic but rather lame and poorly made. What was interesting about it, though, was the creatures that walked the night were called vampires but, by modern day terms, they were clearly zombies, in a broad sense ...a monster that didn't become mainstream until Night of the Living Dead 4 years later.

Lion of the Desert [1980]


         

A historical biopic about Italy's invasion of Libya in the 20's to 30's, centered around the Italian Gen. Rodolfo Graziani and the leader of the Libyan people, Omar Mukhtar. At 173 mins, it is excessively long winded and could have easily dropped a hour. Regardless, it is a compelling film that held my interest throughout. Although dated by today's standard, the warfare was well presented and, at times, quite brutal. Oliver Reed and Anthony Quinn were excellent and the human misery of warfare was captured well.

The Little Shop of Horrors [1960]

         


What do you feed a giant plant that says, "Feed me"? Humans, of course! This Corman classic is outrageously silly with over-the-top characters and a very hungry plant. Despite the silliness of it - and Jack Nicholson's outlandish cameo - the movie has a certain charm that makes it an enjoyable watch with a few laugh-out-loud moments.

Locker 13 [2014]


         


An anthology movie with 5 stories that are sort of what you'd expect from the '80's versions of The Twilight Zone or Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The stories were good and there were a lot of recognizable faces. The endings to some of the stories were quite sudden and, as such, somewhat anti-climatic. I've seen plenty of anthology movies that were better but this was fine for an evening's entertainment.

Last Woman on Earth [1960]


         

While a gambler, his wife and his lawyer are scuba diving in Puerto Rico, the atmosphere is inexplicably robbed of it's oxygen temporarily. They discover they are the only ones alive on the island. Unlike most of Corman's films at the time, the event is the only thing about this film that is sci fi. In fact, this is a rather interesting character study of the dynamics between the last woman, an overbearing husband and a sensitive but fatalistic friend that goes pretty much as expected. Overly melodramatic but a good film.

Living in the Future's Past [2018]


         

A film talking about the past, present and future of the world with its central focus on energy, the essence of the universe. If you're looking for a philosophical discussion on the subject, this is the movie for you and on that note, it was pretty good. However, this film provides nothing in the way of hard data or, unlike Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, how to solve the problems it presents. Overall, it was just repetitive philosophy from talking heads for an hour and a half ...sort of like a big rendetion of "Come Together". Photography was beautiful, though.

The Long Good Friday [1980]


         

After 10 years of peace, London's top mob boss is on the brink of legitimization when he finds himself under attack from unknown entities. This, oh, so very British, gangster movie is not an action film but rather an extremely engrossing drama among some very engaging characters as we witness the slow destruction of an empire. Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, and Derek Thompson put in excellent performances. In fact, there's not a bad performance to be found in this film. Even an extremely young Pierce Brosnan, who has no lines, is good. Well done.

Lost Souls [1998]

aka Nightworld: Lost Souls

     

A family with an autistic daughter moves to a new town. The father finds an old machine made by Thomas Edison in the house. Upon turning it on, strange things begin to happen. This is your blatantly typical made-for-TV supernatural mystery with nothing new or special and the mystery is so cliche that it was basically no mystery at all. It wasn't bad, though. Laura Harling was excellent as the autistic girl ...she didn't overplay it and you bought it completely throughout the film. Overall, fairly good.

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