Author Archive: Jerry Roberts

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

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We Need To Do Something (2021)

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We Need To Do Something (2021)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Oh yes!  We need to do something all right.  We need to teach Max Booth III how to write a damn screenplay! His work here is a prime example of how to screw up a […]

| August 29, 2021
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The Capote Tapes (2019)

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The Capote Tapes (2019)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Truman Capote was a jerk to his friends.  At least, that is the message that I took away from the new documentary The Capote Tapes which traces the life of one of the most famous […]

| August 28, 2021
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Ailey (2021)

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Ailey (2021)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] I’ll admit, I am always at a distance when it comes to ballet.  I know that I am suppose to pull my own interpretation into the routine to unlock the message that the dancer is […]

| August 28, 2021
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Whirlybird (2020)

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Whirlybird (2020)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] Previous to seeing Matt Yoba’s documentary Whirlybird, I only knew Bob Tur as that guy who filmed O.J.’s infamous chase down the L.A. Freeway in his white Ford Broncho.  That’s a pretty lofty bit of […]

| August 28, 2021
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Television Event (2020)

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Television Event (2020)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] I have a persistent theory that every movie is a window onto the times in which it was made.  This is perhaps illustrated no better than with The Day After, a widely publicized scare drama […]

| August 28, 2021
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The Day After (1983)

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The Day After (1983)

[This is a repost of a review of ‘The Day After’ that I did in 2013 on the film’s 30th anniversary, reposted here on the occasion of the new documentary ‘Television Event’] Perhaps the biggest takeaway from ABC’s multi-million-dollar armageddon scare-drama The Day After is to question its purpose.  What are we really seeing here and […]

| August 27, 2021
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The Neutral Ground (2021)

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The Neutral Ground (2021)

As with most fire-breathing racial debates over the past five years, I sat watching long debate over the removal of Confederate monuments with a rather knee-jerk indifference.  I am a white American living in relative comfort without a visible racial background so, like many others watching from our living rooms, I didn’t quite understand how […]

| August 26, 2021
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The Suicide Squad (2021)

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The Suicide Squad (2021)

I don’t want to be this guy.  I don’t want to be the guy who persistently compares the DC Cinematic Universe to its spiritual cousin over there at Disney+.  But I feel that I am given no choice.  The two are working in the same medium but while the MCU greets me with the warmth […]

| August 22, 2021
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