Category Archives: Robin’s Underrated Gems

Castor’s Underrated Gems- Raising Cain (1992)

This review is based on the newly assembled director’s cut of Brian DePalma’s black sheep Raising Cain. In full disclosure, I haven’t completely seen the studio-tampered theatrical cut so my only opinion is predicated on this version. In symmetry with … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems: Vampire’s Kiss (1988)

At the witching hour in NYC, the opening title sequence for the fiendishly pell-mell, daft cult classic Vampire’s Kiss is drenched in atmospheric ghoulishness. When a bat flutters around his apartment, it’s a toss-up as to who is frothing more … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems- All That Jazz (1979)

Warts-and-all biopics are rarely given full breadth by the subject themselves but Bob Fosse defrocked himself of all aggrandizement and his gift of disclosure was All That Jazz. It’s a blazing crowning achievement from the Broadway director who channels his … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems: Long Weekend (1978)

For those of you who thought the ecological terror that was promised in The Happening is worth another whirl, gaze your eyes backwards and discover the unsettling Australian chiller Long Weekend. The score is a discordant composition that could’ve been … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems: The Stuff (1985)

As my colleague Robin has illustrated in the past, Larry Cohen is an auteur of bizarro, idiosyncratic cult cinema. The Stuff is a serrated satire on food marketing with the premise of a Roger Corman B-picture where a sentient, Fluff-like … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems: A New Leaf (1971)

Years before she would direct the notorious box office fiasco Ishtar, writer-director Elaine May was a frequent collaborator with Mike Nichols. You may have heard of him considering he was the journeyman behind classics like Carnal Knowledge, The Birdcage and … Continue reading

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Castor’s Underrated Gems: The Insider (1999)

Most people wouldn’t associate Michael Mann, the showrunner for the superficially excessive 80’s show Miami Vice, to be the most sobering and verite of filmmakers. However, in 1999, he released his most haunting film to date, The Insider, which centered … Continue reading

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Robin’s Underrated Gems: Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (1985)

In case you haven’t noticed, Star Wars fever is spreading throughout the entire world right now, so I thought it might be a good time to revisit one of the more obscure projects from the Star Wars universe. After the … Continue reading

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Robin’s Underrated Gems: The Paper (1994)

The acclaimed newspaper drama, Spotlight, is currently playing in theatres and is a favourite to get a ton of Academy Award recognition this year. The film covers the true story of a group of investigative journalists for the Boston Globe, … Continue reading

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Robin’s Underrated Gems: Terror Train (1980)

Every year around Halloween, you’ll probably come across dozens of lists on the Internet about famous Hollywood actors who started out their careers by acting in horror films. Sometimes, said actors are lucky enough to appear in some of the … Continue reading

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