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 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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Black Widow (2021)

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Black Widow (2021)

Watching Marvel’s pandemic-delayed Black Widow, it’s hard get away from the feeling that it seems to be slightly out of date – by, say, five years.  I don’t mean that to sound harsh, this movie is slightly better than I had expected but given real-world events, the current chronology of the Marvel Universe, and justified […]

| July 13, 2021
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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

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The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

I was never a huge fan of either The Conjuring, its sequel, or it’s long strange series of side-quels that made this new entry now the eighth movie in this universe.  Too much of these films are focused on loud, noisy jump-scares, CG effects and imagery the roar but never creep.  They never seem to […]

| June 4, 2021
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The 93rd Academy Awards: As strange and bizarre as the times we’re living in

The 93rd Academy Awards: As strange and bizarre as the times we’re living in

This isn’t going to be the usual rundown of who won and who didn’t.  This year’s Oscars were so bizarre that one can only focus on how it all went down. Really, it was hard to wrap your head around the 93rd Annual Academy Awards.  The only constant has been the commentary.  Waking up this […]

| April 26, 2021
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The Pod Bay Doors – A Movie Podcast | Stardust Memories (1980)

The Pod Bay Doors – A Movie Podcast | Stardust Memories (1980)

This episode, Jerry asked Doug to revisit Woody Allen, which Doug did grudgingly (as explained in the episode) and Jerry chose, of all things, Stardust Memories (1980), Allen’s attempt at Fellini and Sturges while also mocking his audience and critics, it’s not one of Allen’s best…which is being generous to some, but it is worth […]

| April 25, 2021
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My Annual (and confidently accurate) Predictions for Oscars in every category

My Annual (and confidently accurate) Predictions for Oscars in every category

Oh what a year!  Well . . . in terms of Oscar – 14 months!  This has been the longest Oscar year in it’s 93 year history and with the shifting tides of streaming and the withering of the theater experience – plus a pandemic that shelved many of Hollywood’s key films, this year’s Oscars […]

| April 24, 2021
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The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: The Trial of the Chicago 7

The 2021 Best Picture Nominees: The Trial of the Chicago 7

When I saw The Trial of the Chicago 7 back in October, I was so ecstatic that I declared it one of my favorite films of the year.  Let me explain. At that moment, the date was October 16th and the United States was in a crisis state.  COVID-19 vaccinations were still a floating question […]

| April 24, 2021
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Mortal Kombat (2021)

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Mortal Kombat (2021)

I come to the 2021 edition of Mortal Kombat only with vague memories of having played “Mortal Kombat II” on the Sega Genesis, and a modest affection for the first screen attempt back in 1995.  From what I recall, I played the game routinely without having what you might call a fixation.  I recall that […]

| April 23, 2021
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