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 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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Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies & The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One

Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies & The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One

| August 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The latest Blu-ray releases from Flicker Alley easily rank among the best releases to hit the market from any distributor in 2014 to date. An incredible pair of collections, Chaplin’s Mutual Comedies and The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One celebrate two of cinema’s most iconic early funnymen with a combined 62 films ranging from silents […]

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Locke

Locke

| August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Narratively, Steven Knight’s Locke (2013) is as simple as a film gets: while driving to London, Ivan Locke makes a series of phone calls that threaten to unravel the comfortable life he has known. A man. A car. A phone. Superficially, that’s the movie. And apart from the occasional intervention of voices on his car […]

The Protector 2 and The Ong Bak Trilogy

The Protector 2 and The Ong Bak Trilogy

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

I was thrilled to learn that Magnolia Home Entertainment was slated to release four new Blu-rays featuring Thai action star Tony Jaa—The Protector 2 (2013) and a collected re-release of The Ong Bak Trilogy—on a single day (July 29th, 2014 o be exact). After all, Tony Jaa is one of my favorite martial artists currently […]

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Dom Hemingway

Dom Hemingway

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

In Richard Shepard’s Dom Hemingway (2013), Jude Law stars as the titular foul-mouthed, yet magnificently verbose, Dom Hemingway– a snarling, self-absorbed maniac who also happens to suffer from crippling moments of crippling self-realization and doubt. The film opens on a long take of Dom speaking as if to the audience while nude and with arms […]

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The Legend of Billie Jean and other Blu-rays from Mill Creek

The Legend of Billie Jean and other Blu-rays from Mill Creek

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

On July 22, 2014, Mill Creek Entertainment is slated to release six budget title Blu-rays, including films from 1985 all the way to 2006. This particular wave of Blu-rays includes The Legend of Billie Jean (1985), Flatliners (1990), The Last Action Hero (1993), the theatrical cut of Donnie Brasco (1997), Anaconda (1997), and lastly, 2006’s […]

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Antboy

Antboy

| July 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Danish superhero adventure film, Antboy (2013), arrives on DVD from Cinedigm on July 22, 2014. The film follows 12-year-old Pelle, a friendless boy of no particular note who finds a pathway to popularity after he is bitten by an ant and develops superpowers. With the help of the school’s comic book geek and what […]