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’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2022)

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We’re All Going to the World’s Fair (2022)

Sometimes, just for laughs, I go YouTube and watch those videos where armchair eggheads like myself take a piece of filmmaking and trying to intellectualize it – in all honesty, I’ve seen enough analysis on The Shining to last me the rest of my life.  I love hearing film analysis which either gives me a […]

| April 15, 2022
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Chariot (2022)

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Chariot (2022)

There is a line in Chariot that I think pretty much sums up the entirety of the film: “Surely, it had to mean something.”  When the movie was over, this is what was on my mind.  Chariot is a strange comedy blending science fiction and reincarnation with a lot of really fun and unique things strewn about, but […]

| April 15, 2022
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Choose or Die (2022)

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Choose or Die (2022)

It’s funny, right before sitting down to watch Toby Meakins’ Choose or Die, I was lazily moving through the first installment of Zork – I do this a lot.  For you kiddies out there, Zork was a text-based adventure from the early 80s that pits you against a vast underground empire where you have to collect […]

| April 15, 2022
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The Tale of King Crab (2022)

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The Tale of King Crab (2022)

    Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis’ The Tale of King Crab opens with a moment that I found completely inviting.  We’re in Tuscia in the company of a group of grizzled Italian fisherman, their faces weathered as much by the storms of life as by the elements of mother nature.  They are […]

| April 15, 2022
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Paris, 13th District (2021)

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Paris, 13th District (2021)

I saw Jacques Audiard’s Paris, 13th District on a day when I saw five other movies.  It was the only free day that I had in the week so I was cramming, therefore I didn’t have a lot of time to ruminate before whisking off to the next movie.  Yet, out of the sextet of movies that […]

| April 15, 2022
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The Girl and the Spider (2022)

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The Girl and the Spider (2022)

One is tempted to look at The Girl and the Spider and toss it into the bin of ‘art for art’s sake.’  I get that.  It contains no moment of high drama, no conventuous leerings that paint the actor’s performances with Oscar clips.  It is a drama, but not a riveting drama in any conventional […]

| April 8, 2022
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All the Old Knives (2022)

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All the Old Knives (2022)

Amazon Prime, what are you doing?  2002 nostalgia?  Is that what this is? All the Old Knives employs all the old post-9/11 hack-fried government paranoia and disorientation.  A little “24” here, a little Bourne Identity there, fused with the kinds of clip-editing, ominous music and who-do-you trust aesthetics that have padded Liam Neeson’s post-Taken career.  […]

| April 8, 2022
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Agent Game (2022)

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Agent Game (2022)

As a matter of personal policy, I make it a rule never to drag an actor’s personal issues into their latest work.  Yet, I shamefully admit that I found myself involuntarily (and admittedly humorously) wincing during the pre-credit sequence of Agent Game in which Mel Gibson tells his unseen radio cohort: “We may have a problem.” […]

| April 8, 2022
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