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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DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games

DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games

| May 23, 2017

When the web series/toy line tie-in franchise DC Super Hero Girls made its feature film debut in last year’s straight-to-video DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year, I found in it a children’s film that I could enjoy with my then 4-year-old son who clearly got a lot more out of it than I […]

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Vixen: The Movie

Vixen: The Movie

| May 23, 2017

My relationship with CW’s Arrowverse has been an admittedly tumultuous one. I’ve gone back and forth on Arrow since it debuted, giving up on it entirely somewhere near the end of the first season and then returning following the premiere of The Flash. I’ve found DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to be an incredible lot of […]

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Willard (1971) & Ben (1972)

Willard (1971) & Ben (1972)

| May 16, 2017

As a pair of films, Willard (1971) and its sequel Ben (1972) stand in stark contrast to each other and I’ve always been fascinated by the differences between the two. Willard offers audiences an unrelentingly tense character study hinging on a revenge narrative that’s elevated by the addition of a horror component in the form […]

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Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition

Wonder Woman: Commemorative Edition

| May 15, 2017

When I think back on the first wave of DC Universe Animated Original Movies, Wonder Woman (2009) may not stand out to me as the most ambitious or even the most impressive. Of the first six animated DC pictures released between 2007 and 2009, though, Wonder Woman has always stuck out to me as perhaps […]

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Get Out Blu-ray Giveaway

Get Out Blu-ray Giveaway

| May 15, 2017

It’s huge giveaway time! We’re giving away one Blu-ray copy of Jordan Peele’s powerful critique of the notion of a “post-racial America,” Get Out, courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Get Out arrives on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD May 23rd from Universal. And if you want to be entered to win a FREE copy of Get Out (and […]

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Caltiki: The Immortal Monster

Caltiki: The Immortal Monster

| April 25, 2017

When Arrow Video announces the release of anything horror, my interest is immediately piqued. And it’s piqued that much more when that title is something I’m generally unfamiliar with, like 1959’s Caltiki: The Immortal Monster. Arrow they announced it, I looked it up and watched its trailer, and what did I learn? It’s some kind […]

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Road Warrior’s Vernon Wells in Chicago for 35th Anniversary Screening

Road Warrior’s Vernon Wells in Chicago for 35th Anniversary Screening

| April 24, 2017

On April 29, 2017, Vernon Wells will be at the Patio Theater in Chicago for the Sci-Fi Spectacular movie marathon, signing autographs and participating in a Q&A after the event’s 35th Anniversary screening of The Road Warrior. More details on the film lineup and vendors below, but be sure to let them know on the event’s Facebook […]

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Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

| April 18, 2017

Anyone who knows the Teen Titans outside of the stray episode or two of Teen Titans Go is likely familiar with “The Judas Contract” storyline from 1984. It’s seminal Titans, perhaps the most iconic run of Teen Titans comics in the entire history of DC Comics. It was therefore only a matter of time before […]

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Split

Split

| April 18, 2017

Now I’m not the sort of person who’s going to dismiss a movie simply because M. Night Shyamalan’s name is attached. I’ve met plenty such people, and dismissing all current and future works by any filmmaker simply because of a few perceived missteps doesn’t make sense to me at all. Nor, however, am I some […]

Tales from the Hood: Collector’s Edition

Tales from the Hood: Collector’s Edition

| April 15, 2017

Whenever I find myself in a discussion of history’s great horror anthology films, I inevitably express my adoration of producer Spike Lee’s Tales from the Hood (1995), a film that arguably changed my life. After all, as I recall, this was the film that indirectly resulted in my now decades-long love affair with Blaxploitation cinema, […]

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