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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The Vincent Price Collection II

The Vincent Price Collection II

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Those of you who really give a damn about Halloween know full well that it’s a season and not a just some day at the tail end of October. When the clock strikes midnight and ushers in October the first, we’re granted a 31-day license to engage in a non-stop horror movie free-for-all. There is […]

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Nightcap (Merci Pour Le Chocolat)

Nightcap (Merci Pour Le Chocolat)

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Nightcap (Merci Pour Le Chocolat, 2000) opens on the wedding of Marie-Claire (Isabelle Huppert) and André (Jacques Dutronc), long since divorced but settling down with one another once more. Then we’re off to the somber reception that follows, at which the couple’s fork-tongued guests talk venomously about them behind their backs. Such a scene provides […]

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Neighbors

Neighbors

| September 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

One of the most concentrated cinematic sources of secondhand embarrassment I’ve ever known is John G. Avildsen’s Neighbors (1981), which is now available on DVD from Mill Creek Entertainment. Teeth-gratingly awkward from beginning to end, I can’t say that Neighbors makes me laugh per se. And normally that would be a pretty damning statement to […]

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

| September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

As far as I’m concerned, the Halloween season started on September 16 this year with the release of Dark Sky Films’ 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Tobe Hooper’s seminal Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). Anyone who truly appreciates Halloween knows that it’s more than just the one day a year when kids (and some […]

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Denver the Last Dinosaur: Complete Series

Denver the Last Dinosaur: Complete Series

| September 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

From World Events Productions (WEP), the same studio that brought us every incarnation of Voltron, Denver the Last Dinosaur aired for two seasons, totaling 50 episodes, back in late 1988. It’s a series I recall from my youth with great fondness, one that stirred up some serious nostalgia flashbacks when I learned of its impending […]

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Junjo Romantica: Season 1

Junjo Romantica: Season 1

| September 15, 2014 | 5 Comments

In 2008, the staff at Studio Deen, the producers of such anime series as Rurouni Kenshin (1997-1998) and Fruits Basket (2001), adapted Shungiku Nakamura’s “Boys’ Love” manga, Junjo Romantica, into a wonderful, 24-episode anime. As a Boys’ Love series, Junjo focuses specifically on interconnected homosexual relationships among six Tokyo men. With a perfect balance of […]

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The Midnight Special

The Midnight Special

| September 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today, producer Burt Sugarman’s late night musical variety show, The Midnight Special (NBC, 1973-1981), arrives on DVD in three configurations from StarVista Entertainment/Time Life. Featuring select performances from some of the biggest stars of music and comedy, StarVista/Time Life’s 11-Disc Midnight Special Collector’s Edition set features nearly ten hours of live music; an entire disc […]

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The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season

| August 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Let this review serve as a rallying cry to anyone who was so disillusioned by The Walking Dead’s abysmal third season that they felt compelled to abandon the series altogether, an impulse I understand all-too-well. After all, I was one of those devoted viewers who decided to tune out, and frankly I wasn’t alone. While […]

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Toriko: Collection One

Toriko: Collection One

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I first heard about Toriko, I swore I’d have none of it. There was no way it could possibly work. I’d only be wasting my time. I mean, a fighting anime centered on food? That’s a bit of a stretch. Yet, here I am, a devout Toriko fan, and I’ll be damned if I’m […]

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Terror in the Aisles Presents: The Drive-In Massacre with Linnea Quigley

Terror in the Aisles Presents: The Drive-In Massacre with Linnea Quigley

| August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hey, you Chicagoland horror fans! Join a whole host of us from FilmMonthly on August 29th & 30th, when Terror in the Aisles will be hosting The Drive-In Massacre at the McHenry Outdoor Theater. They’ll be screening Return of the Living Dead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Creepshow. What’s more, Return of the Living Dead‘s Linnea Quigley will be in […]

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