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Castor’s Underrated Gems – Schlock (1973)

It’s common wisdom that comedy writer-directors should never moonlight as the main performer in their movies. Mel Brooks could be inconsistent and Seth MacFarlane is mostly inept. However, with the application of Rick Baker’s hirsute makeup, John Landis transmogrifies himself … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems – Fierce Creatures (1997)

For years after A Fish Called Wanda (and the Oscar-garnering exhibition for Kevin Kline), the team behind the 1988 masterstroke dawdled to craft a reunion. While Fierce Creatures isn’t roborean with a heist plotline and the flatulence sound effects are … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems – Toy Soldiers (1991)

Some characters never get their due. For instance, Andrew Divoff has forged a career of being relegated to sadistic psychopaths from the snarling biker in Another 48 Hrs. to the malevolent djinn in Wishmaster. In David Koepp’s innovatively formulaic, invigorating … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems – Judgment Night (1993)

A few months ago, Emilio Estevez’s latest directorial foray The Public and I remarked how much his truancy from cinema left a void of earnest, sweat-suffused affability. Reeling back to the early 90’s, I’d macadamize that he was the best … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems – Zardoz (1974)

If John Boorman can be commended for anything, he is fiercely temerarious which might explain why ‘Exorcist II: The Heretic’ is such a fatuous departure. For ‘Zardoz‘, he isn’t foolhardy enough to be a continuation of an existing IP. This … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems – Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987)

Full disclosure: I was recently on vacation in Dallas, Texas and during my time there, I got a bit of a neo-western fever. This may have gerrymandered my choice of which film to highlight the inimitable Rutger Hauer who recently … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems – Tucker: The Man and His Dreams (1988)

Rarely has a biopic about a disgraced vehicle magnate been so chipper, uplifting and halcyon. The American Zoetrope logo is an indication of the old-fashioned approach that Francis Ford Coppola is utilizing for his hugely engrossing portrait ‘Tucker: The Man … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems – Victory (1981)

John Huston was the classic example of a tour-de-force director who, in his later years, became a gun-for-hire. With films like The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Fat City and The Man Who Would Be King, he was a burly, … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems- The Missouri Breaks (1976)

Recently, the acid westerns Slow West and The Sisters Brothers have honored and deconstructed the oater genre but they weren’t the first examples of mixing a postmodern sensibility with a frontier setting. The master behind the epic yarn Little Big … Continue reading

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Reynolds Wrap (Part 1)

With or without his trademark mustache, Burt Reynolds was a demigod on two legs and four wheels. His most crowd-pleasing sleeper was ‘Smokey & The Bandit’ but Burt was more prolific than just vehicular mayhem and Southern-fried charm. For every … Continue reading

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