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 Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes (2022)

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The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes (2022)

Netflix’s newest “tapes” documentary The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes is a disgusting bag of tabloid trash, a movie that purports to take us behind the Hollywood façade to the real-life Norma Jean heard through audio tapes made more than 60 years ago.  What it is really doing is gluing together pieces and […]

| April 27, 2022
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The Pod Bay Doors Movie Podcast: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

The Pod Bay Doors Movie Podcast: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

This episode, Doug brings his sound with the only thing that can get the slang and horrors depicted in A Clockwork Orange is the film directly referenced in it: Singin’ In the Rain from 1952. The ultimate palate cleanser for anything life throws at you, Singin’ in the Rain is also the greatest movie musical […]

| April 25, 2022
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Navalny (2022)

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Navalny (2022)

It is clear from the very beginning that we know that Alexi Navalny is a marked man.  He is certain that his time upon this mortal coil is short and so he uses the best defense that is  available to him: humor.  Stepping into Daniel Roher’s documentary Navalny, he makes the statement that his story […]

| April 22, 2022
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Stanleyville (2022)

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Stanleyville (2022)

What are the limits of your human instinct for greed?  How far would you go for a nuclear-orange compact sport utility vehicle?  Would you be willing to write an entire national anthem in just 2 hours?  Create a bit of technology?  Could you blow up a lot of balloons in under a minute?  How about […]

| April 22, 2022
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Marvelous and the Black Hole (2022)

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Marvelous and the Black Hole (2022)

Marvelous and the Black Hole is the most harmless movie that I’ve seen in a while.  I was in a good mood watching it, and maybe that helped.  Were I in a sour mood, it’s cuteness might have been galling.  Given the right mood, it is one of those little movies that you just want to […]

| April 22, 2022
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Conversations With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes (2022)

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Conversations With a Killer: The John Wayne Gacy Tapes (2022)

I never really thought much about John Wayne Gacy.  That’s largely because I don’t spend a lot of time delving into the lives of serial killers – when you’ve seen one serial killer documentary, it seems like you’ve seen them all.  Gacy in particular is troublesome to me; not just his crimes but his legacy.  […]

| April 20, 2022
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White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch (2022)

White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch (2022)

I was a white teenager in the late 80s and early 90s, but I never went to Abercrombie & Fitch.  Beyond a black Member’s Only jacket that followed me from the eighth grade through the tenth, I never wore labels – inside or out.  I was more into self-expression, creating my own words, wearing my […]

| April 20, 2022
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Dual (2022)

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Dual (2022)

Up to this point, I have been like many in regards to actress Karen Gillian in that I have only known her for her (as of this writing) four appearances in the MCU as Nebula, the tortured quasi-villainous sister to Gamora.  Given the dark, conflicted nature of that role, I had wondered what else she […]

| April 15, 2022
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