Category Archives: Robin’s Underrated Gems

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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Robin’s Underrated Gems: The Fury (1978)

If you want a prime example of a director doing multiple films about a strangely specific subject, just look at the early career of Brian De Palma, who did consecutive movies which featured teenage girls with telekinesis. In 1976, De … Continue reading

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Robin’s Underrated Gems: RKO 281 (1999)

There are few cinematic subjects which inspire more debate than whether or not Citizen Kane is truly the greatest film ever made. Even though the movie has held that title for several decades, it’s not uncommon for younger viewers to … Continue reading

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Robin’s Underrated Gems: Street Smart (1987)

It’s always fun to study the filmography of an iconic actor and discover that the role which originally put them on the map is a complete 180 from the roles they normally play. Case in point: in the long and … Continue reading

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Robin’s Underrated Gems: Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. (1999)

Few documentary filmmakers have had a more interesting career than Errol Morris. In 1978, Morris directed Gates of Heaven, a documentary about pet cemeteries. It was such an offbeat subject for a documentary that legendary director Werner Herzog stated that … Continue reading

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Robin’s Underrated Gems: A Perfect World (1993)

It goes without saying that Clint Eastwood has built himself one of the most unparalleled film careers of all time. After becoming one of the world’s most famous movie stars, Eastwood was not content to spend the rest of his … Continue reading

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