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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Pulse (1988)

Pulse (1988)

| April 2, 2017

The premise of 1988’s Pulse alone might not inspire much confidence in viewers that it’s going to be any good at all. The premise: evil electricity stalks a family. Is it a ghost in the machine, like, you know, in Ghost in the Machine (1993)? Is it a demon or an alien entity? Or is […]

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The Carol Burnett Show: The Best of Tim Conway

The Carol Burnett Show: The Best of Tim Conway

| March 31, 2017

If you had asked me as a child why I watched The Carol Burnett show in perpetual reruns, I would have responded with two words: Tim Conway. Sure, I’ve many fond memories of sketches featuring Burnett herself, as well as Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, and Lyle Waggoner. I mean, where Lawrence is concerned, those of […]

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII

| March 28, 2017

We’re nearing the point where Shout Factory has released nearly every episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000’s 1989-1999 run on DVD. In fact, after Volume XXXVIII, only 14 episodes will have yet to see a DVD release from Rhino or Shout Factory, excluding the recalled Godzilla vs. Megalon disc. Whether or not we’ll see Shout […]

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Faces of Horror: 10 Movie Collection

Faces of Horror: 10 Movie Collection

| March 24, 2017

Mill Creek Entertainment’s Faces of Horror collection brings together ten horror films on 3 DVDs at a budget price–it’s currently less than $9 on Amazon, in fact. If you’re like me, you see these collections pop up all the time in stores, and you can’t help but wonder if they’re actually worth the purchase, given […]

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Robocop 3: Collector’s Edition

Robocop 3: Collector’s Edition

| March 24, 2017

I once heard writer/director Fred Dekker declare at a Q&A here in Chicago that the film he made of which he is the proudest is Robocop 3 (1993). Given that he’s the man responsible for the cult classic Night of the Creeps (1986) and one of my personal favorites, The Monster Squad (1987), his pride […]

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The Delinquents

The Delinquents

| March 20, 2017

If you’ve only ever seen director Robert Altman’s post-MASH (1970) films, then his first solo-directed feature, The Delinquents (1957), will surely come as a surprise. It’s precisely the sort of alarmist, juvenile delinquency picture you’d see so much of in the 1950s. It’s all hot-rodding, barroom brawls and illicit parties, foregrounded with a warning that […]

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Stephen King’s Firestarter: Collector’s Edition

Stephen King’s Firestarter: Collector’s Edition

| March 20, 2017

People seem to like Mark L. Lester’s Firestarter (1984) well enough. At the very least, people acknowledge its existence as yet another Stephen King movie that was “pretty good,” as the one with a tiny Drew Barrymore in it. Why I encounter so many who don’t outright love the movie is completely beyond me though! […]

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Robocop 2: Collector’s Edition

Robocop 2: Collector’s Edition

| March 20, 2017

The satire of Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop (1987) remains as relevant today as it was when it was released. As unsettling as it is exciting, the sci-fi actioner Robocop remains a beloved and well-respected classic thirty years after its release, and not just a genre classic either—a bona fide classic all around. Given its incredible success […]

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Martian Successor Nadesico on Blu-ray

Martian Successor Nadesico on Blu-ray

| March 20, 2017

When the United Forces military proves incapable of protecting their settlements on Mars from assault by the Jovian Federation, Nergal Industries steps in with a state-of-the-art civilian battleship and takes the front lines in the war against the “Jovian Lizards.” The ship, they christen the Nadesico, and this anime tells the story of the Nadesico’s […]

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The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania

The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania

| March 14, 2017

Wrestlemania, the biggest wrestling event of the year, is mere weeks away. It’s all the WWE has talked about for months, as “The Road to Wrestlemania” is a long and winding one that gives hardcore fans many things to complain about even as more casual fans find themselves getting excited about the prospect of high […]

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