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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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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Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition

Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition

| May 8, 2016

When Independence Day (1996) hit rental stores, I was 12. All my friends had seen it in the theater and had been raving about it. So I was thrilled! But then, when I finally saw Roland Emmerich’s two-and-a-half-hour alien invasion epic myself, I found it didn’t even come close to the hype. I was decidedly […]

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Dillinger

Dillinger

| April 26, 2016

Before writing and directing Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Red Dawn (1984), John Milius made a name for himself as a screenwriter on Dirty Harry (1971) and Magnum Force (1973). As a feature film director, though, his career began with 1973’s Dillinger, a film he also penned, which makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD […]

The Revenant

The Revenant

| April 20, 2016

Winner of three Academy Awards and nominated for nine others, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s (who won the Oscar for best director) The Revenant proved to be one of cinema’s most highly praised, critical smashes of 2015. And it’s no wonder. The stunning, Academy Award-winning cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki might draw your eye in and never let […]

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Dangerous Men

Dangerous Men

| April 12, 2016

The late John S. Rad’s Dangerous Men—produced over the course of 26 years before finally being released in 2005—is a film unlike any other I’ve ever seen. I mean, its constituent parts are all clearly sourced from any number of 1980’s action movies/rape-revenge movies, making it highly derivative in a sense. Yet, these particular elements […]

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Bride of Re-Animator

Bride of Re-Animator

| April 12, 2016

It’s about damn time someone gave Bride of Re-Animator (1989) the Blu-ray release it deserves! And with this release produced by Arrow Video US, we find ourselves with an HD Limited Edition release which easily trumps that of the original Re-Animator (1985) on Blu-ray. And Arrow’s transfers of both the Unrated and R-Rated versions of […]

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“RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers” to Bring a Beloved MST3K Classic to Big Screens

“RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers” to Bring a Beloved MST3K Classic to Big Screens

| April 1, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Dust off that time machine (and the floppy disks that run it), because this May the guys of RiffTrax – Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000) – are bringing “RiffTraxLive: Time Chasers” to select cinemas across the nation. Presented by Fathom Events and RiffTrax on Thursday, May 5 LIVE at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT and […]

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Breaker! Breaker!

Breaker! Breaker!

| March 22, 2016

You don’t hear much about the 1977 Chuck Norris vehicle, Breaker! Breaker!, do you? In fact, prior to it being riffed by the guys over at Rifftrax, it’d never even entered my consciousness, which is weird because Chuck Norris is a legend. Chuck Norris’ Canon films are beloved by fans of 1980’s action films, and […]

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The Trip

The Trip

| March 22, 2016

Easy Rider (1969) would easily top most people’s lists of the most significant films about the countercultural drug scene of the 1960’s. Less talked about than Easy Rider, though, but no doubt every bit as important the film’s precursors: Roger Corman’s biker drama, The Wild Angels (1966), and the focus of this review, The Trip […]

Jean-Claude Van Damme: 5 Movie Collection

Jean-Claude Van Damme: 5 Movie Collection

| March 18, 2016

When I was young, few movies so consistently amazed me as 1988’s Bloodsport. It was everything I wanted from a movie, except perhaps monsters, I guess. But then again, is there any other human so monstrous as Bolo Yeung in Bloodsport? I think not! The point is, I grew up watching and rewatching Bloodsport more […]

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