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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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

| November 1, 2016

Holy nostalgia overload! Adam West and Burt Ward return as “Dynamic Duo,” Batman and Robin, in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016), an animated throwback to the 1966-1968 Batman television series. Joined by original Catwoman Julie Newmar, West and Ward reprise their roles as Batman and Robin to take on band of thieves Catwoman, […]

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The Return of Dracula

The Return of Dracula

| October 18, 2016

I’ve been consistently impressed with Olive Films’ horror and sci-fi Blu-rays over the past two years. With their label populated by titles including classics like It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) and Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965), as well as the hilarious Thing with Two Heads (1972) and the surprisingly fun Monster of […]

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Gas-s-s-s

Gas-s-s-s

| October 18, 2016

With Olive Films’ Blu-ray release of Roger Corman’s Gas-s-s-s (1970), we can at last own the entirety of Corman’s Counterculture Trilogy on home video in HD. Corman directed the three films now lumped together in this spiritual trilogy between 1966 and 1970 for studio AIP. These films mark what some, including The University of Nottingham’s […]

Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence

| October 18, 2016

When the 20th anniversary Blu-ray release of the original Independence Day (1996) came out, I wrote about how the film was one I’d never been a fan of and yet, from a modern perspective, it seems downright smart when compared to many of our current blockbusters. Sure, Independence Day perfectly represents the big, dumb, loud […]

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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series

| September 25, 2016

It’s safe to say that no name in late night television is as well-known and respected as Johnny Carson. Carson hosted The Tonight Show for nearly 30 years before handing over the reins to Jay Leno in 1992, leaving the television landscape forever changed by his standard. On October 4th, 2016, Time Life releases four […]

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Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition

Aliens: 30th Anniversary Edition

| September 18, 2016

Writer/director James Cameron may be known best to younger audiences as the man who’s dominated the highest box office earner records for most of the last two decades with his blockbuster pictures, Titanic (1998) and Avatar (2009). Long before that, though, Cameron was cutting his teeth on some of the most iconic sci-fi actioners in […]

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Two New Hammer Films Double Features from Mill Creek

Two New Hammer Films Double Features from Mill Creek

| September 12, 2016

Just in time for the Halloween season, Mill Creek Entertainment has released two Hammer Films Double Feature Blu-rays that perfectly complement the other Hammer Films Blu-rays we horror fans have been amassing over the previous year or so. The first of these double features includes The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) and The Curse of the […]

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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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