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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Flatliners (1990): Steelbook Special Edition

Flatliners (1990): Steelbook Special Edition

| September 24, 2017

With the 2017 remake of Joel Schumacher’s Flatliners (1990) making its way to theaters this coming Friday, I say what better time than now to revisit the original? Mill Creek Entertainment clearly knew folks like me would be thinking that very same thing when they decided to release a Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD combo […]

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Parable: Four Films by Rolf Forsberg

Parable: Four Films by Rolf Forsberg

| September 24, 2017

Before his death earlier this year at the age of 92, filmmaker Rolf Forsberg participated in the restoration of his most famous work, “Parable” (1964) and participated in interviews about his filmmaking process and philosophy that have since been packaged alongside four of his nowadays all-but-forgotten works on DVD.  This set, Parable: Four Films by […]

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Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season

Arrow: The Complete Fifth Season

| September 16, 2017

The Green Arrow stands alone. Five months after the death of Black Canary and Team Green Arrow going their separate ways, Oliver Queen struggles to keep Starling City safe as The Green Arrow and fulfill his duties as mayor. Clinging to the hopes that Spartan and Speedy will return, Oliver’s mayoral approval ratings nose-dive as […]

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The Lost World (1925)

The Lost World (1925)

| September 13, 2017

Look back on the history of cinematic special effects artists and consider for a moment how many master/protégé working relationships found the protégé moving on to become as important and influential in their respective fields as the men they studied under had been. When I think about those special make-up effects artists who’ve defined the […]

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HBO Giveaways: Veep The Complete Sixth Season

HBO Giveaways: Veep The Complete Sixth Season

| September 11, 2017

We’ve got a huge giveaway happening RIGHT NOW over on our Twitter page! We’re giving away a Blu-ray copy of Veep: The Complete Sixth Season. All you have to do to enter is follow us at twitter.com/filmmonthlycom and retweet the following tweet: https://twitter.com/filmmonthlycom/status/907000385117868033   Don’t have a Twitter account? Send us an email at filmmonthly@gmail.com with GIMME […]

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The Resurrected

The Resurrected

| September 10, 2017

When Claire tells private investigator John March that her husband Charles just isn’t the man he used to be, she has no idea how horrifyingly near the truth she is! What Claire thinks little more than a case of one recently-missing husband, she soon learns through John is in fact a mystery far more ancient […]

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The Flash: The Complete Third Season

The Flash: The Complete Third Season

| September 5, 2017

The second season of CW’s The Flash closed with Barry Allen, unable to cope with the loss of his parents any longer, hurtling himself into the past to save his mother’s life and thereby changing the entire timeline of his life and the series as a whole. This creates a whole new timeline in the […]

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Mr. Mom

Mr. Mom

| September 4, 2017

Who ever heard of a man looking after the kids while his wife brings home the bacon? What is this, some kind of Bizzaro world? The Soviet Union maybe?! People of a certain age (say, my age) and older remember a time when looking after the kids and taking care of the house was “Mom’s […]

A Dark Song

A Dark Song

| September 3, 2017

Writer/director Liam Gavin’s feature debut, the Welsh-Irish A Dark Song (2016), is an absolutely stunning achievement in the horror genre. What Gavin accomplishes in the film with minimal locations (it’s set predominantly in a single old mansion) and minimal characters (two characters dominate the majority of the running time) is nothing short of masterful. Films […]

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The Manster

The Manster

| September 1, 2017

Of the three movies I’ve seen about a guy running around with an extra head on his right shoulder, The Manster (1962) is easily the second best. That may not be the most impressive accolade, I admit, BUT The Manster does have one thing that The Thing with Two Heads (1972)—my favorite—and the gross, rapey […]

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