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

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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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‘The Stand’, Episode 1: ‘The End’

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‘The Stand’, Episode 1: ‘The End’

To take the journey of Stephen King’s 1978 uber-tome “The Stand” you have to sort of live in it.  That’s not just because it is his longest book but because of the vast population of characters and plotlines that one has to traverse.  It is an investment; you spend a great deal of time with […]

| December 19, 2020
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Pod Bay Doors V-Log – The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 16: The Rescue

Pod Bay Doors V-Log – The Mandalorian Season 2, Episode 16: The Rescue

Here we are! The Season Finale of The Mandalorian Season 2: Episode 8 Chapter 16 The Rescue. Mando gathers a crew to go after Moff Gideon and get Grogu back! Surprises! Thrills! Cuteness! Doug and Jerry wrap up the season with a discussion on Chapter 16 The Rescue, with a bit of a summing up […]

| December 18, 2020
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Finding Yingying (2020)

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Finding Yingying (2020)

How big is the world?I want to measure the world with my feet. This sentence, written in the diary of 26-year-old graduate student Yingying Zhang, could only have been written by a person at a very particular time in their youth – old enough to still be touched by the magic of the world but […]

| December 17, 2020
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Bobbleheads: The Movie (2020)

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Bobbleheads: The Movie (2020)

Let’s get this off the table right at the start.  I am a 49-year-old man with no children so I know full-well that this movie was not made for me.  Having said that, I’m not exactly sure who this movie was made for.  Are kids into bobbleheads?  Is this an item that is commonly played […]

| December 16, 2020
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