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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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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Interview with Chopping Mall Director Jim Wynorski, Guest of this Year’s Massacre in Chicago

Interview with Chopping Mall Director Jim Wynorski, Guest of this Year’s Massacre in Chicago

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

With 100’s of beloved cult films in his eclectic oeuvre, Jim Wynorski has been providing fodder for fan boy dreams for over 25 years. Happily, Chopping Mall, one of his most cherished titles, will be presented this Saturday, October 18th, at The Massacre in Chicago. Wynorski, who will be present at the event, recently spoke […]

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The Wonder Years: Complete Series

The Wonder Years: Complete Series

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

At long last it’s here. Earning the distinction of the most requested, unreleased TV DVD in the marketplace, The Wonder Years (1988-1993) is finally available on DVD. We’ve been waiting for this for so, so long, haven’t we? And after so long, who actually ever thought it would happen, and with so much of the […]

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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Granada Television Series on Blu-ray

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Granada Television Series on Blu-ray

| October 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Folks do so often rave about Steven Moffat’s series Sherlock, to which I must also admit enormous fondness. And sure enough, Guy Ritchie’s Holmes films did well enough at the box offices worldwide. To my mind, though, neither Benedict Cumberbatch nor Robert Downey Jr.’s takes on Sherlock Holmes hold a candle to the Holmes brought […]

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The Vincent Price Collection II

The Vincent Price Collection II

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Those of you who really give a damn about Halloween know full well that it’s a season and not a just some day at the tail end of October. When the clock strikes midnight and ushers in October the first, we’re granted a 31-day license to engage in a non-stop horror movie free-for-all. There is […]

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