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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Cooley High

Cooley High

| April 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

No release I’ve personally reviewed from Olive films is as historically significant as their upcoming Blu-ray release of Michael Schultz’s Cooley High (1975). By my estimation, this puts it easily among the distributor’s top three most important releases, along with High Noon (1952) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). Cooley High differs from those […]

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Firewalker

Firewalker

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Internet tells us that Chuck Norris is a lot of things. He’s able to divide by zero, make onions cry, control time, and yes, cook minute rice in thirty seconds. He’s even, I’m led to believe, the reason there’s been no life discovered on Mars. There is one thing he’s not though, and that’s […]

Interview with Jack Sholder, Director of Nightmare on Elm Street 2

Interview with Jack Sholder, Director of Nightmare on Elm Street 2

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Jack Sholder, the acclaimed director of such beloved genre classics as Alone in the Dark, The Hidden and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 will be making his first Chicago appearance at the Sci-Fi Spectacular (facebook.com/terrorintheaisles)—Saturday, April 18, 2015 at The Patio Theater—for a Q & A and a rare screening of one of the best films […]

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Batman vs. Robin

Batman vs. Robin

| April 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

The latest entry in the DC Animated Universe, Batman vs. Robin (2015), marks the fourth installment in DC’s series of interconnected, straight-to-video animated narratives (after the pair of Justice League pictures—War and Throne of Atlantis—and Son of Batman). It also, to my mind, stands as perhaps the most impressively realized animated feature to come out […]

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That Man from Rio & Up to His Ears

That Man from Rio & Up to His Ears

| April 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Prior to getting a look at Cohen Film Collection’s upcoming 2-disc Blu-ray release of Philippe de Broca’s That Man from Rio (L’homme de Rio, 1964) and Up to His Ears (Les tribulations d’un Chinois en Chine, 1965), I was only passingly familiar with de Broca’s work. Actually, the only thing I knew about his films […]

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Tales of Terror

Tales of Terror

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s not October and yet we’ve a new Vincent Price Blu-ray on the way. What did we do to deserve this? I don’t know but clearly the cinema gods are smiling on us. Of course, it’s not like we have to find ourselves in the month of October to have cause to watch Vincent Price […]

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Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption

Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a fan of the 2003-2006 Cartoon Network Teen Titans series, I approached Teen Titans Go! with enormous skepticism rather than excitement. After all, I saw Batman go from the seminal Batman: The Animated Series to the in many ways equally significant Batman Beyond, only to then get the occasionally chuckle-worthy, yet largely unimpressive Batman: The […]

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The Rose of Versailles: Part 2

The Rose of Versailles: Part 2

| April 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Set in the years leading up to the French Revolution, the twenty episodes collected in Nozomi Entertainment’s release of The Rose of Versailles: Part 1 set the stage for the people’s uprising, establishing Marie Antoinette’s naiveté as a ruler and the people’s unrest as the nobility flourished amidst the commoners’ starvation. The series’ final twenty […]

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The House of Mystery

The House of Mystery

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

When I, and I venture to guess most of you, think about film serials, what springs immediately to mind are images of action/adventure stories featuring heroes like Buck Rogers or even Batman and Captain Marvel. And of course there are also plenty of science fiction/horror serials like The Phantom Creeps (1933), prominently featured across a […]

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Night Game

Night Game

| March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Two things drew me to Peter Masterson’s Night Game (1989): 1) Roy Scheider, and 2) the promise of some sort of hook-handed baseball-themed serial killer hacking his way through attendees of a Houston Astros game. Though I received only the former of the two, the film is by no means a disappointment, proving itself an […]