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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The Quiet Earth

The Quiet Earth

| December 5, 2016

Before directing Young Guns II (1990), the immensely fun Freejack (1992), and serving as second unit director on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand’s Geoff Murphy co-wrote/directed one of the most stirring and relatable films about humanity at the end of the world in 1985’s New Zealand-set The Quiet Earth. One of astrophysicist […]

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Orson Welles’ Macbeth

Orson Welles’ Macbeth

| November 16, 2016

As a teenager I developed concurrent obsessions with the works of Orson Welles and the works of William Shakespeare (as well as Andy Kaufman and Sid Vicious, but that came during my subsequent punk phase, which is a story for a different day). And nowhere did my loves of Welles and Shakespeare come together more […]

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Cinerama’s Russian Adventure / The Best of Cinerama

Cinerama’s Russian Adventure / The Best of Cinerama

| November 15, 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve written about Cinerama, two years in fact since Flicker Alley’s last pair of Cinerama home video releases. And Flicker Alley’s latest pair couldn’t have been better timed, because if we’ve ever needed Cinerama’s brand of delicious, non-taxing eye candy, November 2016 is certainly the time! Call me sentimental or […]

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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

| November 1, 2016

Holy nostalgia overload! Adam West and Burt Ward return as “Dynamic Duo,” Batman and Robin, in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016), an animated throwback to the 1966-1968 Batman television series. Joined by original Catwoman Julie Newmar, West and Ward reprise their roles as Batman and Robin to take on band of thieves Catwoman, […]

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The Return of Dracula

The Return of Dracula

| October 18, 2016

I’ve been consistently impressed with Olive Films’ horror and sci-fi Blu-rays over the past two years. With their label populated by titles including classics like It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) and Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965), as well as the hilarious Thing with Two Heads (1972) and the surprisingly fun Monster of […]

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Gas-s-s-s

Gas-s-s-s

| October 18, 2016

With Olive Films’ Blu-ray release of Roger Corman’s Gas-s-s-s (1970), we can at last own the entirety of Corman’s Counterculture Trilogy on home video in HD. Corman directed the three films now lumped together in this spiritual trilogy between 1966 and 1970 for studio AIP. These films mark what some, including The University of Nottingham’s […]

Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence

| October 18, 2016

When the 20th anniversary Blu-ray release of the original Independence Day (1996) came out, I wrote about how the film was one I’d never been a fan of and yet, from a modern perspective, it seems downright smart when compared to many of our current blockbusters. Sure, Independence Day perfectly represents the big, dumb, loud […]

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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series

| September 25, 2016

It’s safe to say that no name in late night television is as well-known and respected as Johnny Carson. Carson hosted The Tonight Show for nearly 30 years before handing over the reins to Jay Leno in 1992, leaving the television landscape forever changed by his standard. On October 4th, 2016, Time Life releases four […]

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Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition

Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition

| September 18, 2016

Writer/director James Cameron may be known best to younger audiences as the man who’s dominated the highest box office earner records for most of the last two decades with his blockbuster pictures, Titanic (1998) and Avatar (2009). Long before that, though, Cameron was cutting his teeth on some of the most iconic sci-fi actioners in […]

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Two New Hammer Films Double Features from Mill Creek

Two New Hammer Films Double Features from Mill Creek

| September 12, 2016

Just in time for the Halloween season, Mill Creek Entertainment has released two Hammer Films Double Feature Blu-rays that perfectly complement the other Hammer Films Blu-rays we horror fans have been amassing over the previous year or so. The first of these double features includes The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) and The Curse of the […]

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