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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Interview with Chopping Mall Director Jim Wynorski, Guest of this Year’s Massacre in Chicago

Interview with Chopping Mall Director Jim Wynorski, Guest of this Year’s Massacre in Chicago

| October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

With 100’s of beloved cult films in his eclectic oeuvre, Jim Wynorski has been providing fodder for fan boy dreams for over 25 years. Happily, Chopping Mall, one of his most cherished titles, will be presented this Saturday, October 18th, at The Massacre in Chicago. Wynorski, who will be present at the event, recently spoke […]

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The Wonder Years: Complete Series

The Wonder Years: Complete Series

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

At long last it’s here. Earning the distinction of the most requested, unreleased TV DVD in the marketplace, The Wonder Years (1988-1993) is finally available on DVD. We’ve been waiting for this for so, so long, haven’t we? And after so long, who actually ever thought it would happen, and with so much of the […]

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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Granada Television Series on Blu-ray

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Granada Television Series on Blu-ray

| October 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Folks do so often rave about Steven Moffat’s series Sherlock, to which I must also admit enormous fondness. And sure enough, Guy Ritchie’s Holmes films did well enough at the box offices worldwide. To my mind, though, neither Benedict Cumberbatch nor Robert Downey Jr.’s takes on Sherlock Holmes hold a candle to the Holmes brought […]

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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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