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 Persistence of Disney, Part 17: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 17: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

The only way that I can really deal with One Hundred and One Dalmatians in terms of watching the Disney animated features in succession is to put Lady and the Tramp completely out of my mind.  That lovely film extolled a kind of watercolor intimacy of a dog’s experience.  One Hundred and One Dalmatians isn’t […]

| February 19, 2017
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The Oscar Nominees: Rogue One (2016)

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The Oscar Nominees: Rogue One (2016)

From now until February 26th, I will be taking to be taking a brief look at the nominees for The 89th Annual Academy Awards, one film at a time in several categories. Nominated for: Best Visual Effects | Best Sound Mixing It is understandable to approach Rogue One – the Star Wars saga’s first stand-alone adventure […]

| February 15, 2017
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The Oscar Nominees: Deep Water Horizon (2016)

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The Oscar Nominees: Deep Water Horizon (2016)

From now until February 26th, I’m going to be taking a brief look at the nominees for this years Academy Awards, one film at a time. Nominated for: Best Sound Editing | Best Visual Effects The most unnerving thing about Peter Berg’s retelling of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy is that it in trying to recount […]

| February 13, 2017
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The Oscar Nominees: Captain Fantastic

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The Oscar Nominees: Captain Fantastic

From now until February 26th, I will be taking to be taking a brief look at the nominees for The 89th Annual Academy Awards, one film at a time in several categories. Nominated for: Best Actor – Viggo Mortensen _____________________________________________________ I have an affection for movies about particularly weird families.  I love the textures of […]

| February 12, 2017
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The Persistence of Disney, Part 16: Sleeping Beauty (1959)

The Persistence of Disney, Part 16: Sleeping Beauty (1959)

For a man known for reinventing the language of fairy tales, it’s odd to consider that Walt Disney only made three straight out fairy tales in his career.  Yet, it is important to note that those three films, Snow White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are not only some of the most accomplished work he ever […]

| February 12, 2017
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The Oscar Nominees: Jackie (2016)

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The Oscar Nominees: Jackie (2016)

From now until February 26th, I will be taking to be taking a brief look at the nominees for The 89th Annual Academy Awards, one film at a time in several categories. Nominated for: Best Actress – Natalie Portman | Best Costume Design | Best Original Score _________________________________________________________ There is an odd musical cue at […]

| February 11, 2017
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The Oscar Nominees: Zootopia (2016)

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The Oscar Nominees: Zootopia (2016)

From now until February 26th, I will be taking to be taking a brief look at the nominees for The 89th Annual Academy Awards, one film at a time in several categories. Nominated for: Best Animated Feature _________________________________________________________ The greatest joy of going to the movies, for me, is the joy of discovering something that […]

| February 10, 2017
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The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

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The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

Reporting on The LEGO Batman Movie is a little tough on your average critic.  There’s nothing heavy to report on this hurricane of jokes and self-referential humor except to tell you whether I laughed or I didn’t laugh.  And yes, I laughed – quite a bit in fact.  As a matter of fact the whirlwind […]

| February 10, 2017
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