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 Monster of Piedras Blancas

The Monster of Piedras Blancas

| September 10, 2016

Clocking in at a positively brisk running time of an hour and eleven minutes, The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) is a bite-size blast of a creature feature from director Irvin Berwick (Malibu High (1979)). In it, a cave-dwelling monster goes on a rampage, decapitating and draining the blood from the inhabitants of a seaside […]

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The Transformers: The Movie (30th Anniversary Edition)

The Transformers: The Movie (30th Anniversary Edition)

| September 9, 2016

I’ll admit this right off the bat: I’ve been a fan of the animated series, The Transformers (1984-1987), since as long as I can remember. I owned the big box VHS tapes as a child, as well as a sizable collection of the action figures. I bought all the seasons on DVD as they were […]

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Jekyll & Hyde… Together Again

Jekyll & Hyde… Together Again

| September 7, 2016

Jekyll & Hyde… Together Again (1982) should, by all rights, be more consistently funnier than it is. The terrific team of film and television writers who penned the Robert Louis Stevenson-inspired comedy is headed by the film’s co-writer and director Jerry Belson, who had developed The Odd Couple for television after having written for The […]

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Peanuts: A Boy Named Charlie Brown & Peanuts: Snoopy, Come Home

Peanuts: A Boy Named Charlie Brown & Peanuts: Snoopy, Come Home

| September 6, 2016

On September 6, 2016, CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution are bringing the first two Peanuts feature films, Peanuts: A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969) and Peanuts: Snoopy, Come Home (1972), to Blu-ray for the first time ever (each disc sold separately). Being movies I grew up with, the announcement of these two releases was extremely exciting. […]

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The Flash: The Complete Second Season

The Flash: The Complete Second Season

| September 2, 2016

[Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a copy of the Blu-ray collection I reviewed in this post. That said, the opinions I share below are my own.] Following the defeat of Reverse-Flash in the season one of The Flash, things have somehow only gotten worse in Central City. The singularity opened up by Barry […]

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Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season

Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season

| August 30, 2016

[Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a copy of the Blu-ray collection I reviewed in this post. That said, the opinions I share below are my own.] Arrow: The Complete Fourth Season is now available on Blu-ray including Digital HD and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Its release comes a week after the […]

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High-Rise

High-Rise

| August 25, 2016

J.G. Ballard’s 1975 novel High-Rise had been declared “unfilmable,” but as David Cronenberg showed us with adaptation of Burroughs’ Naked Lunch (1991) and his 1996 adaptation of Ballard’s Crash, we should never let the supposed unfilmability of a work stop us from adapting it to screen. After all, you might just produce something incredible and […]

Psycho IV: The Beginning

Psycho IV: The Beginning

| August 23, 2016

On paper, the idea that Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) should have ever had sequels seems incredibly misguided. The film is, after all, one of the most acclaimed horror films of all time. And you could never hope to replicate the film’s brilliance on either a technical of narrative level, lest you were a genius of […]

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

| August 22, 2016

[Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a copy of the Blu-ray collection I reviewed in this post. That said, the opinions I share below are my own.] Typically, when you see a superhero team-up on TV, you get two or three heroes at most. And even then, you’re looking at one or two episodes […]

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Lucifer: The Complete First Season

Lucifer: The Complete First Season

| August 22, 2016

[Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a copy of the DVD I reviewed in this post. That said, the opinions I share below are my own.] Loosely based on the comic book series Lucifer (2000-2006) from DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, the Fox television series of the same name from producer Jerry Bruckheimer premiered in […]

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