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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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Robin’s Underrated Gems: Horror Express (1972)

A few weeks ago, one of cinema’s greatest icons, Christopher Lee, passed away at the age of 93 after having lived a more interesting and eventful life than any of us could ever dream of. Of course, after having amassed … Continue reading

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Robin’s Underrated Gems: Canada Russia ’72 (2006)

Last week, we recorded a Shouts from the Back Row podcast on our favourite miniseries and made-for-TV movies and I took the opportunity to analyze a homegrown Canadian production called Canada Russia ’72. If you’re a hockey fan who grew … Continue reading

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Robin’s Underrated Gems: Warrior (2011)

I can think of quite a few movies which I initially had very little interest in seeing, but wound up being swayed by an overwhelmingly fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Let’s face it, while many trailers manage to make a … Continue reading

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Robin’s Underrated Gems: Brother’s Keeper (1992)

This past month saw the deaths of two prominent documentary filmmakers, Bruce Sinofsky and Albert Maysles, who happened to pass away within two weeks of each other. Sinofsky’s lifelong filmmaking partner was Joe Berlinger and the duo was best known … Continue reading

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