Author Archive: Jerry Roberts

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

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Science Fair (2018)

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Science Fair (2018)

As a veteran underachiever, I could only imagine in vivid dreams what the kids featured in the Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster’s documentary Science Fair must be going through.  The idea of being in high school or junior high and pushing yourself against stiff international competition to be the best in a field populated by […]

| November 20, 2018
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The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode 72: Collateral Beauty (2016)

The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode 72: Collateral Beauty (2016)

This week, Doug and Jerry sit through a grief-porn stuffed turkey named Collateral Beauty. This has way too many big name stars to be bad, yet it manages to be stunningly awful. Sit back and remember that someone actually made a holiday movie that revolved around the death of a child and corporate fraud.  Also, […]

| November 19, 2018
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Venom (2018)

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Venom (2018)

Here is a confession.  I am nearly absent of any knowledge of the Marvel Comics character called Venom.  I know that he has an affiliation with Spider-Man but that’s about it.  Having seen his movie, I have to say, I find him interesting if not entirely appetizing.  He looks a little like Spider-Man crossed with […]

| October 4, 2018
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BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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BlacKkKlansman (2018)

There was once a time when the release of a new Spike Lee joint came with a set of expectations.  You knew that a new film by this most inflammatory of American directors would not only piss you off but would challenge your perceptions about the uneasy American racial landscape.  He looked it dead in […]

| August 11, 2018
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The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #54: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), (1939) and (1996)

The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #54: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), (1939) and (1996)

This episode, Jerry and Doug seek sanctuary and safety from The Hunchback of Notre Dame across the decades, starting with Lon Chaney from 1923, then going to Charles Laughton in 1939 and then trudging into 1996 with Tom Hulce and Walt Disney’s misguided musical.

| July 16, 2018
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The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #53: Seven Samurai (1954), The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Magnificent Seven (2016)

The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #53: Seven Samurai (1954), The Magnificent Seven (1960) and The Magnificent Seven (2016)

This episode, Doug and Jerry team up with seven selfless warriors when they discuss Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai (1954) and in memory of Doug’s father’s birthday, they take up John Sturges’ remake The Magnificent Seven (1960) as well as Antoine Fuqua’s 2016 remake of the same name.

| July 9, 2018
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The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #52: Jaws (1975)

The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #52: Jaws (1975)

Welcome to Season 2 of the Pod Bay Doors Podcast with Doug and Jerry! This episode, Jerry and Doug celebrate the Fourth of July (U.S. Independence Day) with a trip to the deep blue sea, a boat named the Orca and great white shark named Jaws (1975). We’re gonna need a bigger boat. #jaws #horror […]

| July 4, 2018
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

When Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ended, I sat in my second-row seat staring at the rolling credits with a feeling of general puzzlement.  I’m a pretty attentive movie-goer but I wondered if I had missed something.  I wondered if there was a line of dialogue or a plot point that blew by me amid all […]

| July 3, 2018
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