Author Archive: Jerry Roberts

Jerry Roberts is a film critic and operator of two websites, Armchair Cinema and Armchair Oscars.

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The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #105: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #105: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

This episode, Jerry and Doug return to Spielbergville once again to discuss his 1977 masterpiece, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Join them as they drive around Indiana looking for lights. Put on your sunglasses and load your plate with mashed potatoes, it’s time to look for aliens.

| July 8, 2019
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‘Stranger Things 3’ is all about growing up and moving on

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‘Stranger Things 3’ is all about growing up and moving on

If you know modern movie lore, then you are no doubt aware of The Curse of the Second Sequel.  For any successful series, Part III is normally the point where the creative juices run out; where inspiration loses its edge.  When it works, you can say that at least it was made with some care.  […]

| July 5, 2019
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Blog: It’s the Fourth of July, I’m goin’ down to ‘Nashville’

Blog: It’s the Fourth of July, I’m goin’ down to ‘Nashville’

So, it’s the Fourth of July and I have been on a sort of mental binge, trying to figure out which films appeal to the holiday spirit.  In the case of this most colorful of holidays, my mental compass points inexorably toward Steven Spielberg’s Jaws while the patriot in my aims toward Michael Curtiz classic Yankee Doodle Dandy.  […]

| July 4, 2019
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Random Revies from Jerry’s DVD Shelf: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

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Random Revies from Jerry’s DVD Shelf: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

I have a lot of DVDs . . . a LOT of DVDs and once in a while I need a random excuse to pull one out and watch it. So, here is a re-evaluation of a completely random movie that has been collecting dust on my shelf.  The Texas Chain Saw Massacre creates and atmosphere that is […]

| July 2, 2019
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The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #104: All About My Mother (1999)

The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #104: All About My Mother (1999)

This episode, Doug and Jerry close out Pride Month with Pedro Almodovar’s All About My Mother, a film that prominently features trans characters in pivitol roles. As sad as the movie can get, it all has a very positive tone and the trans characters aren’t used as props or comedic relief, they’re real people and […]

| July 1, 2019
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The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #103: Design for Living (1933)

The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #103: Design for Living (1933)

This week, Jerry and Doug keep celebrating Pride Month with Ernst Lubitsch’s 1933 classic Design for Living, which deals with a poly-amorous trio and even implies some possible bisexuality. The picture is incredibly funny and still holds up, rarely if ever feeling dated. Pop the champagne and get ready for a lethal dose to ‘middle-class […]

| June 24, 2019
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Random reviews from Jerry’s DVD shelf: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981)

Random reviews from Jerry’s DVD shelf: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981)

I have a lot of DVDs . . . a LOT of DVDs and once in a while I need a random excuse to pull one out and watch it. So, here is a re-evaluation of a completely random movie that has been collecting dust on my shelf. by Jerry Dean Roberts I guess my […]

| June 18, 2019
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The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #102: Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #102: Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)

This week, Doug and Jerry continue to celebrate Pride Month with director Alfonso Cuaron’s first great film: Y Tu Mama Tambien (And Your Mother Too). Not only is it a great film, but it raises the topic of bisexual men, which is very rare, and the role of toxic masculinity that has kept many people […]

| June 17, 2019
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