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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Power Rangers Super Megaforce Vol. 1: Earth Fights Back

Power Rangers Super Megaforce Vol. 1: Earth Fights Back

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lionsgate’s DVD release of Power Rangers Super Megaforce: Earth Fights Back collects the first four episodes of the 21st season in the Power Rangers franchise. As part of the 20th anniversary Megaforce saga, the appeal of Super Megaforce is entirely rooted in the fact that the Megaforce Rangers are here able to morph into any […]

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Slaughter Hotel

Slaughter Hotel

| December 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

RaroVideo USA’s release of Slaughter Hotel (La bestia uccide a sangue freddo, 1971) on Blu-ray and DVD on Dec. 9, 2014 marks their ninth release of a picture directed by Fernando Di Leo. The film was produced between Di Leo’s police procedural Naked Violence (1969), which appeared on the Di Leo Italian Crime Collection Vol. […]

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Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

| December 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Adapted from Ed Graczyk’s play of the same title, Robert Altman’s film version of Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) is now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Olive Films. Featuring beautiful performances from the likes of Sandy Dennis, Cher, Karen Black, and Kathy Bates, Jimmy Dean centers on […]

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Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye & Thieves Like Us

Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye & Thieves Like Us

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Robert Altman made a whopping 13 pictures during the 1970s. This was Altman’s decade, the decade in which he revolutionized the film form, overlapping more layers of on-set audio and dialogue than anyone before him and in turn developing new ways to utilize ensemble casts. His style was radical and loose, and you just never […]

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Cinerama’s Seven Wonders of the World / Search for Paradise

Cinerama’s Seven Wonders of the World / Search for Paradise

| November 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Flicker Alley’s third pair of Cinerama releases to simultaneously hit the market includes 1956’s Seven Wonders of the World and 1957’s Search for Paradise, each of which is now available in a 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo, packed with loads of extras and a 28-page booklet featuring a facsimile of each picture’s program bill. Again, Flicker Alley […]

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A Certain Magical Index: Complete Season One

A Certain Magical Index: Complete Season One

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The J. C. Staff studios anime, A Certain Magical Index, is but one of many media texts adapted from a series of light novels by Kazuma Kamachi. Kamachi’s saga of science and magic also spawned a manga, video games, an OVA, and even an upcoming film. And of course, Index, along with its spin-off manga, […]

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Toriko: Collection Two

Toriko: Collection Two

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

By this point, if you’ve been following our coverage of FUNimation’s Toriko releases, you’ve no doubt given the series the five or six episodes of viewing that’s required to really get into it, as I recommended in my review of Collection One. If that’s the case, you’re no doubt curious about whether or not the […]

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Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves

Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s been a couple months since VSC released Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves, and it’s been weighing on me. Since its release, I’ve sat through the entirety of the collection two and half times now (if you count rewatching the two features for a third time each with commentary as a half). And I’d honestly […]

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Junjo Romantica: Season 2

Junjo Romantica: Season 2

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

I wrote in my review of Junjo Romantica Season 1 how little plot developed in that season outside the courtship of the three primary couples. No outside threats, no antagonists, just six men trying to find workable ways to approach their relationships with one another. We are talking about a Boys’ Love anime with a […]

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The Merv Griffin Show: 1962-1986

The Merv Griffin Show: 1962-1986

| November 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

“I’m not essentially a happy person, but I have all kinds of joy,” Orson Welles said during a taped interview with Merv Griffin on October 9, 1985. Mere hours later, Welles would die of a heart attack at his home. One of the greatest minds in the history of film had died, and none other […]

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