Movies – L

Let The Good Times Roll (1973)

Let The Good Times Roll is a 99-minute nostalgia wallow recorded at two of Richard Nader’s Rock & Roll Revival Concerts held in 1972 at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum and Detroit’s Cobo Hall, with footage added from a Fats Domino performance at Las Vegas. To put the film into its historic setting – when Eisenhower(…)

Let’s Make Love (1960)

When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement (Yves Montand) hears that his life is to be satirised in a show, he decides to see the production for himself at rehearsals. Thinking that Clement must be an actor auditioning for a role, the director promptly casts him as the lead. Marilyn Monroe’s penultimate film has always been underrated by(…)

Lethal Weapon (1987)

The first and best Lethal Weapon, this was Mad Mel’s Hollywood breakthrough and the start of his enduring collaboration with Richard Donner in this hard-edged franchise-spawning action thriller. Mel Gibson is Martin Riggs – a reckless, suicidal cop (traumatised by the death of his wife) – and Danny Glover is Roger Murtaugh – his cautious black(…)

Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)

Richard Donner’s sequel is only marginally less impressive than the original, but was enough to set the law of diminishing returns in motion. Mel Gibson, as Riggs, and Danny Glover, as Murtaugh, were back with the same unbeatable formula that made Lethal Weapon the most popular cop-buddy flick of all time. These guys seem like old(…)

Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)

Lethal Weapon 3 drags Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) through the pre-riot landscape of Los Angeles for a third re-tread. This time the duo have run out of ideas, material, and purpose, but in a desperate attempt to keep the tired franchise going, director Richard Donner reduces them to writing out tickets for jaywalking.(…)

Liar Liar (1997)

Lawyer Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey) is a compulsive liar. When his deceits lead to him missing his son’s birthday party, the boy makes a wish that his dad would find it impossible not to tell the truth. The wish comes magically true – with hilarious consequences. Carrey’s frenzied physical and vocal contortions provide lots of(…)

Licence to Kill (1989)

Licence to Kill, the 16th chapter in the 27th year of the Bond series, may also be the dumbest, but who cares? The formula still works. Plenty of toys, tootsies and stunts. This time 007 battles Sanchez – a sadistic South American drug czar with bad skin and an even uglier personality who feeds his(…)

Lickerish Quartet, The (1970)

A bored aristocratic couple and their son invite a circus stunt-woman back to their ostentatious château , claiming they recognise her from their favourite sex film. As she’s drawn into their world, the wealthy trio find more than they bargained for as she leads them on an oneiric journey mixing decadence and dream-logic, reality and role-play. With its(…)

Life Begins at 17 (1958)

Rich college fraternity boy Russ Lippincott (Mark Damon) tries to get small town beauty contest winner Elaine Peck (Dorothy Johnson) to fall for him by making a play for her 16-year-old sister, Carol (Luana Anders). This “family drama of adolescent love” has some of the worst acting and dialogue ever committed to celluloid. In real(…)

Life Less Ordinary, A (1997)

Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo are cast as angels on assignment to make a love connection between Robert (Ewan McGregor), a scruffy, unemployed janitor, and Celine (Cameron Diaz), the spoiled smartass daughter of the corporate bigwig (Ian Holm) who fired Robert. When janitor kidnaps heiress, it’s the perfect chance for the angels to hold them hostages for(…)

Life Of Brian, The (1979)

The Monty Python team are synonymous with a dark, subversive humour that defies comparison to anything else. Although often attempted, no-one since this legendary British comedy troupe has ever been able to be as extreme, accusatory, blatant, offensive, and off-the-wall funny, while maintaining intelligent entertainment value throughout. Asked what their follow-up to Monty Python And The(…)

Light Of Day (1987)

Joe Rasnick (Michael J Fox) scrapes together a living and plays in a band (the Barbusters) in his spare time with his sister Patti (Joan Jett), who has a young child. They find it hard to make ends meet but decide to go on the road, despite the vigorous objections of their religious mother (Gena(…)

Lighthorsemen, The (1987)

It is the end of the third year of the Great War. The Australian forces are fighting in France and the Middle East, more than two years after the landings at Gallipoli. In Egypt and Palestine, the young soldiers of the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade are anxious to prove themselves, but frustrated by inaction.(…)

Lightning Bolt (1966)

An American agent goes undercover as a rich playboy to stop a madman from destroying a NASA moon project. This Italian/Spanish co-production was originally titled Operazione Goldman. Lt. Harry Sennet Anthony Eisley Kary Wandisa Leigh Captain Patricia Flanagan (Agent 36-22-36) Diana Lorys Sylvia White Ursula Parker Prof. Rooney Francisco Sanz Archie White José María Caffarel Mills of(…)

Lilies of The Field (1963)

With nothing better to do, and hoping to get paid, travelling handyman Homer Smith helps out five German-speaking nuns on their small Arizona farm. However, they hope he can be beguiled into undertaking a much bigger task for them. Sidney Poitier won only the second Oscar for a black actor in 24 years (the first(…)

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