TBB’s Best DVD/Blu-Ray Releases of 2016

David D. Robbins Jr. This is the list I submitted to the wonderful website DVDBeaver for its annual “Best of” compiling. (Which I might add, is the best list of its kind, featuring just us regular schmoes, a number of quality film critics, like Jonathan Rosenbaum and more.) This year it was “Pioneers: African-American Cinema” that stood out…

TCM | Doubly Dark

Oh, sweet TCM. So glad to finally be able to stream it thanks to SlingTV. Couldn’t stay away from the channel’s back-to-back offering of Otto Preminger’s “Angel Face” (1952) and director Louis Malle’s “Elevator to the Gallows” (1958) the other night. The former is one of my favorite noir gems (though TCM’s version looked in…

On My Screen No. 9 | Nymph()maniac

By David D. Robbins Jr. “Nymph()maniac,” a two-part drama from director Lars von Trier, purports to be about sex addiction if you read some of the reviews written about the film. You’d think it was akin to its male-centric counterpart, Steve McQueen’s “Shame”. But I’d suggest that the film really isn’t about this at all, and I’m thankful…

Reflections On The Cinematic Mirror

By David D. Robbins Jr.  A mirror is more than just a reflection of ourselves when used well by a great director or cinematographer. It can be the ultimate doppelganger, a vision of the past, a remembrance of what we were. Aesthetically, it can make a small room feel much larger. Or it can accentuate…