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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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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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ve started and restarted this review ten times or more and I just can’t seem to find the right words to describe how profoundly personally moving I found Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey to be. I could tell you I learned a lot from it or that it left me in tears, but you’d then only […]

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The Birdcage on Blu-ray

The Birdcage on Blu-ray

| June 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Going in to The Graduate-director Mike Nichols’ 1996 film, The Birdcage, you might expect that it’ll present you with some kind of broadly offensive, garish homosexual stereotype as star Robin Williams prances around as he does in the trailer comically shouting “Fosse, Fosse… Madonna, Madonna.” And then there’s Nathan Lane in the trailras a squealing, […]

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