Author Archive: Jef Burnham

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).

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HBO Giveaways: Big Little Lies, Veep, & Silicon Valley

HBO Giveaways: Big Little Lies, Veep, & Silicon Valley

| July 26, 2017

We’ve got three giveaways happening RIGHT NOW over on our Twitter page! We’re giving away a Blu-ray copy of Big Little Lies: An HBO Limited Series, as well as Digital Downloads of Veep: The Complete Sixth Season and Silicon Valley: The Complete Fourth Season. All you have to do to enter is follow us at twitter.com/filmmonthlycom and retweet the […]

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Warlock Collection: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

Warlock Collection: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

| July 25, 2017

As I discussed in my review of The Unholy (1988), Lionsgate’s Vestron Video Collector’s Series has brought a number of my childhood obsessions to Blu-ray in a shockingly short time. The Saturday movie matinees on cable and odd video rentals of my youth instilled in me a deep affection for many of the films released […]

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Stormy Monday

Stormy Monday

| July 20, 2017

As a writer/director, Mike Figgis crafted a feature work in 1995 that the revered Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deemed worthy of winning and/or being nominated for four Academy Awards with Leaving Las Vegas. Earning Nicolas Cage an Oscar win for Best Actor and finding Figgis himself nominated for Best Director, this is […]

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The Bat People

The Bat People

| July 13, 2017

That we can now order The Bat People (a.k.a. It Lives By Night (1974)) on Blu-ray is astonishing. The release of this disc alone is a testament to just how significant the work that the folks over at Scream Factory are doing for horror cinema preservation. Sure, films like John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) and […]

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Junjo Romantica: Season 1

Junjo Romantica: Season 1

| July 11, 2017

In 2008, the staff at Studio Deen, the producers of such anime series as Rurouni Kenshin (1997-1998) and Fruits Basket (2001), adapted Shungiku Nakamura’s “Boys’ Love” manga, Junjo Romantica, into a 24-episode anime. As a Boys’ Love series, Junjo focuses specifically on interconnected homosexual relationships among six Tokyo men. With a perfect balance of comedy […]

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Species: Collector’s Edition

Species: Collector’s Edition

| July 9, 2017

For Shout! Factory/Scream Factory, June and July of 2017 are months packed with Blu-ray releases of films in desperate need of reappraisal or revisitation, beginning with June’s release of the too-oft unseen Where the Buffalo Roam (1980), which stars Bill Murray as Hunter S. Thompson! They followed that up with Blu-rays of The Lawnmower Man […]

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Windows

Windows

| July 5, 2017

Gordon Willis’ work as a director of photography is legendary. His iconic cinematography shaped such classics of the 1970’s as The Godfather (though he shot the whole trilogy), Woody Allen’s Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979), and All the President’s Men (1976). Naming but these few films alone should evidence the import of Willis’ work […]

The Lawnmower Man: Collector’s Edition

The Lawnmower Man: Collector’s Edition

| July 2, 2017

It’s common knowledge by now that The Lawnmower Man’s (1992) claim to be a film based off the synonymous Stephen King short story was an utter fabrication. Anyone who’s read the 1975 King short knows that it’s about a satyr who mows a lawn and eats a man, not about a fix-it-man with an IQ […]

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The Belko Experiment

The Belko Experiment

| June 30, 2017

While the world waited for James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) to drop, another Gunn project low-key hit theaters in March of this year. Stepping away from Marvel for a hot minute, Gunn penned and produced a small, bloody, action, survival horror film in The Belko Experiment with Greg McLean (Wolf Creek […]

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Victims!

Victims!

| June 26, 2017

Victims! (1981) is not a film for me. However, this is not to say I can’t appreciate the importance of its release to Blu-ray from Olive Films’ Martini Entertainment and Slasher Video. With the original 16mm film print lost, it would have seemed unlikely that Victims! would have ever seen a Blu-ray release. Yet here […]