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 Last American Virgin

The Last American Virgin

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Last American Virgin (1982) is The Cannon Group’s attempt at a coming-of-age teen sex comedy that, while not entirely successful, stands apart from the others in its own right. In the realm of teen sex comedies, it serves as a logical descendant of Porky’s (released earlier the same year) and is a clear spiritual […]

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Student Bodies

Student Bodies

| August 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a horror spoof in the vein of the Zucker brothers, the humor of Student Bodies (1981) remains completely relevant and relatable 34 years after its initial release. This could be seen as either a testament to the strength of writer/director Mickey Rose’s work on the film, or a sign of how developmentally arrested mainstream […]

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Vendetta

Vendetta

| August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

With 2012’s American Mary and the “T is for Torture Porn” segment of ABCs of Death 2 (2014) the directing duo of the Soska Sisters made a name for themselves as a pair who loves to bring the sick and twisted to the screen. That they pretty much immediately thereafter went to work for WWE […]

Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Legendary Battle

Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Legendary Battle

| August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Packaged as an “Extended Edition Movie,” Lionsgate Entertainment’s DVD release of Power Rangers: The Legendary Battle is really just the final two episodes of Super Megaforce edited together into a singular piece of entertainment. The “extended” component of the title merely refers to the eight minutes of additional footage that was integrated into the final […]

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White God

White God

| July 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

An army of dogs terrorizes the streets of Budapest, shredding people’s belongings and tearing out throats. Functioning as an organized military unit, the dogs overcome any obstacle in their path, including the combined efforts of local law enforcement. They seek not food, nor freedom. Their motives are not blindly instinctual. They seemingly want one thing […]

Announcement: Pre-Order The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes

Announcement: Pre-Order The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes

| July 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Press Release: This summer, Time Life will unearth rare treasures from the Golden Age of TV not seen in more than 40 years with THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE LOST EPISODES. Showcasing the early days of one of the most honored and beloved shows in television history, Time Life will initially release long lost episodes from the first five seasons of The Carol Burnett Show in […]

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Ex Machina

Ex Machina

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some say film as an artform is dead. I’ve heard them say it. They say the movies have gone the way of the big budget reboot/remake/popcorn flicks that populate multiplex cinemas. This is nothing new. It’s a sentiment I surmise each new generation recycles (just as so many former kids grow up to complain about […]

Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

In his 1970 film Ned Kelly, Academy Award-winning director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones (1963)) cast Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger in the role of the titular Australian outlaw. Presented here as something of an iconic counterculture rebel, the life of crime that eventually found Kelly on the gallows (which is how the film opens) is […]

Wild Thing

Wild Thing

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

The John Sayles-penned Wild Thing (1987) takes the Tarzan archetype out of the African jungles and places the titular Tarzan-surrogate Wild Thing (Robert Knepper, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 and Part 2) on the streets of a major city. Having witnessed his parents’ murders at the hands of a drug dealer and a corrupt […]

Roller Boogie

Roller Boogie

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

With this week’s simultaneous Blu-ray and DVD releases of Roller Boogie (1979) from Olive Films, Olive has saved us a lot of time and money. And by us, I mean anyone who wanted to actually own a copy of Roller Boogie. Prior to their release of Roller Boogie, the previous DVD had been out of […]

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