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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Locke

Locke

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Narratively, Steven Knight’s Locke (2013) is as simple as a film gets: while driving to London, Ivan Locke makes a series of phone calls that threaten to unravel the comfortable life he has known. A man. A car. A phone. Superficially, that’s the movie. And apart from the occasional intervention of voices on his car […]

The Protector 2 and The Ong Bak Trilogy

The Protector 2 and The Ong Bak Trilogy

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

I was thrilled to learn that Magnolia Home Entertainment was slated to release four new Blu-rays featuring Thai action star Tony Jaa—The Protector 2 (2013) and a collected re-release of The Ong Bak Trilogy—on a single day (July 29th, 2014 o be exact). After all, Tony Jaa is one of my favorite martial artists currently […]

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Dom Hemingway

Dom Hemingway

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

In Richard Shepard’s Dom Hemingway (2013), Jude Law stars as the titular foul-mouthed, yet magnificently verbose, Dom Hemingway– a snarling, self-absorbed maniac who also happens to suffer from crippling moments of crippling self-realization and doubt. The film opens on a long take of Dom speaking as if to the audience while nude and with arms […]

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The Legend of Billie Jean and other Blu-rays from Mill Creek

The Legend of Billie Jean and other Blu-rays from Mill Creek

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

On July 22, 2014, Mill Creek Entertainment is slated to release six budget title Blu-rays, including films from 1985 all the way to 2006. This particular wave of Blu-rays includes The Legend of Billie Jean (1985), Flatliners (1990), The Last Action Hero (1993), the theatrical cut of Donnie Brasco (1997), Anaconda (1997), and lastly, 2006’s […]

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Antboy

Antboy

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Danish superhero adventure film, Antboy (2013), arrives on DVD from Cinedigm on July 22, 2014. The film follows 12-year-old Pelle, a friendless boy of no particular note who finds a pathway to popularity after he is bitten by an ant and develops superpowers. With the help of the school’s comic book geek and what […]

Under the Skin

Under the Skin

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sexy Beast-director Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin (2014) is an immeasurably tense, if mesmerizingly languid, science fiction thriller. Told from the vantage point of a seemingly cold, predatory alien, the film explores humanity at both its best and absolute worst. It allows us to view ourselves from a distance, removed from the context of our […]

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We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Flicker Alley’s latest Blu-ray release is one of their most fascinating yet, as it offers viewers a sort of film history potpourri, a grab bag of silent film ephemera centered on the lives of average Americans and their roles in the production and exhibition of silent films. A pair of documentaries lie at the core […]

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Regular Show: The Complete Third Season

Regular Show: The Complete Third Season

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Regular Show is a series that kids love—mine sure does anyway.  Sure, it’s a show about a blue jay and a raccoon who work at a park for a gumball machine man, but most of the humor is honestly going to hit the grown-ups in the audience much harder than it will the children, especially […]

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Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultra Defenders

Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultra Defenders

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Looking back on my review of the first DVD volume of Power Rangers Megaforce, my frustrations with this particular iteration of Power Rangers are obvious and, I think, understandable. In a series like Power Rangers that shifts characters and narrative focus every season or two, the producers should really strive to raise the stakes from […]

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Adjust Your Tracking

Adjust Your Tracking

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Spoiler: VHS died. Once upon a time, entire rental houses and large sections of stores like Best Buy were overflowing with films in the VHS format. And then DVD came along, and one-by-one the shelves of Best Buy transitioned away from VHS until one day there was but a single rack devoted to the format, […]

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