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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Dangerously Close

Dangerously Close

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

When you see the list of musicians whose songs appear in Albert Pyun’s Dangerously Close (1986), you might think, if you know nothing about it as I did going in, that this movie’s going to be all kinds of 80s-style fun. After all, you’ve got the likes of Robert Palmer, Fine Young Cannibals, The Smithereens […]

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Blood Red

Blood Red

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

On paper, Blood Red (1989) reads like an incredibly badass movie. Seriously, check this out: A railroad tycoon played by Dennis Hopper sends his goons out to muscle a village full of Italian immigrants off their hard-earned land to “make way for progress,” so to speak. But this plan doesn’t go as well as the […]

2 New to Blu: The Wild Angels / Psych-Out

2 New to Blu: The Wild Angels / Psych-Out

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today marks the release of two new Blu-rays from Olive Films, each featuring a classic of 1960’s counterculture cinema in its own right: Roger Corman’s The Wild Angels (1966) and Richard Rush’s Psych-Out (1968). Both Blu-rays, though completely bereft of special features, put the previous DVD releases of these films to shame, making their upgrade […]

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Dumb and Dumber To

Dumb and Dumber To

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

I was told not to bother with Dumb and Dumber To (2014). “It’s not as good as the first,” people kept telling me. Now, I didn’t doubt them, because most sequels aren’t as good as the first installment. That’s just the usual way of things, plus it’s not like the Farrelly brothers have been at […]

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Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Silver Warrior

Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Silver Warrior

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lionsgate’s second home video release of Power Rangers Super Megaforce collects the 5th through 8th episodes of Power Rangers’ 21st season (including “Samurai Surprise,” “Soul of the Tiger,” “Silver Lining” and “Silver Lining, Part Two”). Like the Super Megaforce release before it, the Silver Warrior DVD is presented barebones, entirely bereft of special features. However, the […]

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The Guest

The Guest

| December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Dan Stevens left Downton Abbey, how many people were heartbroken? I vividly remember the night that Matthew Crawley’s last episode aired and how my Facebook and Twitter feeds exploded with grief and despair. Oh lord, how everyone cried. It was a sad day indeed for fans of Downton Abbey. Knowing that The Guest would […]

Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray

Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray

| December 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

You tried watching the original Cowboy Bebop DVDs lately? You know, the ones from 2000 that were basically the only way to get Cowboy Bebop (1998) on home video apart from the marginally improved Remix collection? They’re not pretty, I tell you. In fact, I found rewatching them on a 1080p TV to be nauseating. […]

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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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Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas

Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Author Alonso Duralde’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is exactly the sort of reference book I’ve been hoping to find these past couple years (though I admittedly wasn’t looking too hard as it had somehow escaped my attention since 2010). It provides an up-to-date list of Christmas movies both traditional and unexpected, but that […]

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