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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White God

White God

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

An army of dogs terrorizes the streets of Budapest, shredding people’s belongings and tearing out throats. Functioning as an organized military unit, the dogs overcome any obstacle in their path, including the combined efforts of local law enforcement. They seek not food, nor freedom. Their motives are not blindly instinctual. They seemingly want one thing […]

Announcement: Pre-Order The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes

Announcement: Pre-Order The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Press Release: This summer, Time Life will unearth rare treasures from the Golden Age of TV not seen in more than 40 years with THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE LOST EPISODES. Showcasing the early days of one of the most honored and beloved shows in television history, Time Life will initially release long lost episodes from the first five seasons of The Carol Burnett Show in […]

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Ex Machina

Ex Machina

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some say film as an artform is dead. I’ve heard them say it. They say the movies have gone the way of the big budget reboot/remake/popcorn flicks that populate multiplex cinemas. This is nothing new. It’s a sentiment I surmise each new generation recycles (just as so many former kids grow up to complain about […]

Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

In his 1970 film Ned Kelly, Academy Award-winning director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones (1963)) cast Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger in the role of the titular Australian outlaw. Presented here as something of an iconic counterculture rebel, the life of crime that eventually found Kelly on the gallows (which is how the film opens) is […]

Wild Thing

Wild Thing

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

The John Sayles-penned Wild Thing (1987) takes the Tarzan archetype out of the African jungles and places the titular Tarzan-surrogate Wild Thing (Robert Knepper, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 and Part 2) on the streets of a major city. Having witnessed his parents’ murders at the hands of a drug dealer and a corrupt […]

Roller Boogie

Roller Boogie

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

With this week’s simultaneous Blu-ray and DVD releases of Roller Boogie (1979) from Olive Films, Olive has saved us a lot of time and money. And by us, I mean anyone who wanted to actually own a copy of Roller Boogie. Prior to their release of Roller Boogie, the previous DVD had been out of […]

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Maggie

Maggie

| July 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

The 2015 film, Maggie, is like an after school special for the post-apocalypse. It treats its central world-ending zombification virus like a disease-of-the-week TV movie might treat AIDS. Indeed, if you replace teenage runaway Maggie Vogel (Abigail Breslin) being bitten by a zombie with her contracting AIDS from a used needle or something, and much […]

Storms of the Century

Storms of the Century

| July 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last month, Mill Creek Entertainment released Storms of the Century on DVD, a collection of five natural disaster TV movies and miniseries that aired between 1996 and 2007. Typically I, and I’m sure many of you, avoid such releases as this which repackage a glut of obscure movies at super low prices, as they rarely […]

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While We’re Young

While We’re Young

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

In While We’re Young (2014), writer/director Noah Baumbach approaches the concerns of his dispirited middle-aged characters with terrific wisdom. His is a deft eye that’s focused squarely on the nuances of the human condition as we move kicking and screaming into adulthood. It’s a film about confusion and yet it is itself a somewhat confused […]

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The Mean Season

The Mean Season

| June 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

When John Katzenbach left the field of journalism to write novels, it only made sense that his first would tell the story of a reporter. The result of his first foray into novel publication was In the Heat of the Summer, published in 1982. In 1985, the novel was adapted to the screen with the […]

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