Author Archive: Jerry Roberts

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

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have not been able to go to movie theaters nor film festivals.  So now, with the help of award-season screeners, this month I am catching up. WOW!  So here goes . . . Charlie Kaufman has never failed to be intriguing.  His films are like little puzzle boxes that […]

| December 30, 2020
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Dick Johnson is Dead (2020)

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Dick Johnson is Dead (2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have not been able to go to movie theaters nor film festivals.  So now, with the help of award-season screeners, this month I am catching up. Some people seem more prepared for the inevitabilities of life than others.  Take, for example, Dick Johnson, a Seattle-based former psychiatrist and Seventh […]

| December 29, 2020
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The Pod Bay Doors – A Movie Podcast | The Godfather, Coda: “The Death of Michael Corleone” (2020)

The Pod Bay Doors – A Movie Podcast | The Godfather, Coda: “The Death of Michael Corleone” (2020)

This episode, Jerry and Doug end the year with a look at Francis Ford Coppola’s recent re-edit of The Godfather Part III, now retitled The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone, which was Coppola’s original title for the film in 1990, but Paramount would have none of it. Now he’s re-ordered scenes and created […]

| December 28, 2020
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Totally Under Control (2020)

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Totally Under Control (2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have not been able to go to movie theaters nor film festivals.  So now, with the help of award-season screeners, this month I am catching up. Is it too early to begin chronicling the COVID-19 pandemic?  Director Alex Gibney doesn’t seem to think so.  Within the fast-paced panoply of […]

| December 27, 2020
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The Mystery of D.B. Cooper (2020)

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The Mystery of D.B. Cooper (2020)

The story of the legendary D.B. Cooper has taken on a mythical status.  After nearly 50 years, it seems to be that great unattainable true crime narrative that is as illusive as it is fascinating.  It is a crime that seems impossible, but never-the-less was never solved.  Who was D.B. Cooper, and whatever became of […]

| December 26, 2020
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Soul (2020)

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Soul (2020)

A little over halfway through Disney Pixar’s Soul, I asked my wife, “Does this movie feel like it was made for kids?”  Without a thought, she said, “Not at all.”  I didn’t ask this question out of derision, only out of the curious fact that this is a movie about the existential meaning of one’s […]

| December 25, 2020
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Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

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Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

There is a moment halfway through Wonder Woman 1984 in which I felt a heartbreaking tug of melancholia that had nothing to do with the film itself.  Diana Prince and her now-undead lover Steve Trevor (don’t ask) are flying a plane over Washington D.C. in the midst of the Fourth of July fireworks celebration.  The […]

| December 25, 2020
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The Pod Bay Doors – A Movie Podcast | Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

The Pod Bay Doors – A Movie Podcast | Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)

This week, Doug and Jerry celebrate the Christmas holiday with one of Doug’s signature not-a-Christmas-movie Christmas movie with Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983). This is a story of a P.O.W. camp on Java in 1942 and the struggle between culture (Japanese/British) and identity in that enclosed environment. It’s a daring exploration of wartime love and […]

| December 21, 2020
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