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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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 […]

Under the Skin

Under the Skin

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sexy Beast-director Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin (2014) is an immeasurably tense, if mesmerizingly languid, science fiction thriller. Told from the vantage point of a seemingly cold, predatory alien, the film explores humanity at both its best and absolute worst. It allows us to view ourselves from a distance, removed from the context of our […]

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We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

We’re in the Movies: Palace of Silents & Itinerant Filmmaking

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Flicker Alley’s latest Blu-ray release is one of their most fascinating yet, as it offers viewers a sort of film history potpourri, a grab bag of silent film ephemera centered on the lives of average Americans and their roles in the production and exhibition of silent films. A pair of documentaries lie at the core […]

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Regular Show: The Complete Third Season

Regular Show: The Complete Third Season

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Regular Show is a series that kids love—mine sure does anyway.  Sure, it’s a show about a blue jay and a raccoon who work at a park for a gumball machine man, but most of the humor is honestly going to hit the grown-ups in the audience much harder than it will the children, especially […]

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Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultra Defenders

Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultra Defenders

| June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Looking back on my review of the first DVD volume of Power Rangers Megaforce, my frustrations with this particular iteration of Power Rangers are obvious and, I think, understandable. In a series like Power Rangers that shifts characters and narrative focus every season or two, the producers should really strive to raise the stakes from […]

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