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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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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Justice League Dark

Justice League Dark

| February 7, 2017

Adapted from the DC Comics’ series of the same name, Justice League Dark (2017) marks the 27th installment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, and is but the second of these to find itself released with an R rating. So don’t let the fact that it’s animated fool you, this one is not for […]

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Creepshow 2

Creepshow 2

| December 14, 2016

A truly great horror anthology film is a rarity. It’s often far easier to name a great story from an anthology film than it is to name a whole film that’s consistently terrific all the way through. People point to their two or three favorite letters from the ABCs of Death films. I’m personally always […]

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The Quiet Earth

The Quiet Earth

| December 5, 2016

Before directing Young Guns II (1990), the immensely fun Freejack (1992), and serving as second unit director on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand’s Geoff Murphy co-wrote/directed one of the most stirring and relatable films about humanity at the end of the world in 1985’s New Zealand-set The Quiet Earth. One of astrophysicist […]

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Orson Welles’ Macbeth

Orson Welles’ Macbeth

| November 16, 2016

As a teenager I developed concurrent obsessions with the works of Orson Welles and the works of William Shakespeare (as well as Andy Kaufman and Sid Vicious, but that came during my subsequent punk phase, which is a story for a different day). And nowhere did my loves of Welles and Shakespeare come together more […]

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