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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Shrek: Anniversary Edition

Shrek: Anniversary Edition

| June 20, 2016

In celebration of fifteen years of Shrek, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has released the original Shrek in an Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD combo pack. Packed with special features and a code for digital versions of Shrek short films, the release gives you a lot of Shrek for your buck. But is it something you […]

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Appointment with Crime

Appointment with Crime

| June 20, 2016

William Hartnell is no doubt best known today for portraying the irascible first incarnation of The Doctor during the first three years of Doctor Who’s 50+ year history. Seventeen years prior to originating the science fiction role he immortalized, however, Hartnell starred in the noir-ish, British gangster picture, Appointment with Crime (1946), as the vicious […]

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The Wave (Bølgen)

The Wave (Bølgen)

| June 20, 2016

Before 2015’s The Wave (Bølgen), Norway’s film industry never produced a disaster film, a subgenre of the action/adventure movie I have personally always adored. This makes The Wave the first of its kind, nationally. And though that might worry some regarding the quality of the film, I can assure you that director Roar Uthaug and […]

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Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle: The Complete Season One

Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle: The Complete Season One

| June 14, 2016

American animation studio Filmation produced this serialized adaptation of the Tarzan tales by Edgar Rice Burroughs for CBS beginning in 1976. The series embodies all the most predictable yet charming techniques at Filmation’s disposal including the rotoscoped figures and the oft-recycled sequences of animation that make Filmation cartoons what they are. As someone not well-versed […]

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The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

| June 7, 2016

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss of course, only wrote one feature film: a live action musical called The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953). Directed by the legendary Stanley Kramer (It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner), it’s a film I’d been eager to see for […]

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Hired to Kill

Hired to Kill

| May 17, 2016

“They’re models. They’re mercenaries. They’re Hired to Kill!” If that had been the tagline to this 1990 actioner from prolific director Nico Mastorakis, it would have suited the tone of the picture all too well. Hired to Kill, now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Arrow video, is sleazy, cheesy, and exactly what I look […]

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Deadpool… on Blu-ray!

Deadpool… on Blu-ray!

| May 12, 2016

Chances are I don’t have to sell you on seeing Deadpool (2016), because you probably already saw it. A hell of a lot of people did! And if you didn’t, it’s probably because: 1) You’re between the ages of 13 and 16 and couldn’t get into the theater, 2) You were living in a hole […]

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Return of the Lost Noir Classics: Too Late for Tears & Woman on the Run

Return of the Lost Noir Classics: Too Late for Tears & Woman on the Run

| May 12, 2016

Flicker Alley, a distributor whose consistently impressive output we’ve touted at length here on FilmMonthly, has partnered with the Film Noir Foundation and the UCLA Film & Television Archive to bring two once nearly-lost and now newly-restored film noir classics to home video, each in its own deluxe Blu-ray/DVD combo edition release. The first of […]

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Manson’s Lost Girls

Manson’s Lost Girls

| May 10, 2016

It’s no secret that the made-for-TV movie format is one that I enjoy more than most folks do. Hell, I wrote my thesis on Marvel’s TV movies and even teach sections on TV movies in two of my classes! The history of the format is absolutely fascinating, and the importance of the TV movie in […]

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Rifftrax Live: Time Chasers (May 17 Re-Broadcast)

Rifftrax Live: Time Chasers (May 17 Re-Broadcast)

| May 8, 2016

Rifftrax Live and Fathom Events’ nationwide broadcast of Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy’s riffing of Time Chasers (1994) returns to theaters on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 for an encore presentation—an event I highly recommend you catch in theaters if you missed it the first time around. Those familiar with the work of the […]

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