Author Archive: Jerry Roberts

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

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Lady and the Tramp (2019)

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Lady and the Tramp (2019)

I didn’t want to see this movie.  Why, oh, why does Disney insist on repackaging their animated features as live action whether they deserve the form or not?  After the unwatchable horror show of the remake of The Lion King I didn’t even want to know about this movie.  Thus far I have been through […]

| November 15, 2019
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The Pod Bay Doors Podcast | Event Horizon (1998), Episode #123

The Pod Bay Doors Podcast | Event Horizon (1998), Episode #123

Welcome back to Turkey Month! This week, Doug and Jerry dive into sci-fi/horror with the absolute dud Event Horizon from 1997 directed by one of the kings of big-budget dumpster fires: Paul W.S. Anderson. When explosive decompression is your movie’s highlight, just throw it away. For all our sakes. So kick back, claw out your […]

| November 14, 2019
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The Mandalorian – “Chapter One”

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The Mandalorian – “Chapter One”

When Disney purchased the Star Wars properties from George Lucas in 2012 to the tune of 4.5 billion dollars, I will admit that I received the news with fear and confusion.  Absent of the mindset of having my beloved Star Wars in the hands of anyone else but The Sultan of Red Plaid himself, I […]

| November 13, 2019
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Joker (2019)

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Joker (2019)

I have every reason to suspect that 90% of people who go to see Joker this week will hate it.  I wouldn’t blame them.  This is not an audience-pleasing movie.  It is disturbing, unpleasant, violent, ugly and often difficult and therefore many will be turned off.  But I should add, I am not here to […]

| October 6, 2019
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The Lion King (2019)

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The Lion King (2019)

The live-action remake of Disney’s The Lion King is a colossal miscalculation.  Of all the Disney classics that could have been re-rendered into this format this is probably the one that needed the most re-thinking.  The greatness of the original is that it existed in the free-floating universe of animation, where the characters could move […]

| September 29, 2019
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Midsommar – The Director’s Cut (2019)

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Midsommar – The Director’s Cut (2019)

The late, great horror auteur Wes Craven once noted that there are some directors whom you can sense are dangerous.  Their work is unpredictable, off the rails and, as Craven also noted, are willing to show you anything.  It is becoming abundantly clear that this description currently falls on Ari Aster, a 33-year-old horror director […]

| August 26, 2019
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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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