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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“RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers” to Bring a Beloved MST3K Classic to Big Screens

“RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers” to Bring a Beloved MST3K Classic to Big Screens

| April 1, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Dust off that time machine (and the floppy disks that run it), because this May the guys of RiffTrax – Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett (best known for the groundbreaking “Mystery Science Theater 3000) – are bringing “RiffTraxLive: Time Chasers” to select cinemas across the nation. Presented by Fathom Events and RiffTrax on Thursday, May 5 LIVE at 8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT and […]

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Breaker! Breaker!

Breaker! Breaker!

| March 22, 2016

You don’t hear much about the 1977 Chuck Norris vehicle, Breaker! Breaker!, do you? In fact, prior to it being riffed by the guys over at Rifftrax, it’d never even entered my consciousness, which is weird because Chuck Norris is a legend. Chuck Norris’ Canon films are beloved by fans of 1980’s action films, and […]

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The Trip

The Trip

| March 22, 2016

Easy Rider (1969) would easily top most people’s lists of the most significant films about the countercultural drug scene of the 1960’s. Less talked about than Easy Rider, though, but no doubt every bit as important the film’s precursors: Roger Corman’s biker drama, The Wild Angels (1966), and the focus of this review, The Trip […]

Jean-Claude Van Damme: 5 Movie Collection

Jean-Claude Van Damme: 5 Movie Collection

| March 18, 2016

When I was young, few movies so consistently amazed me as 1988’s Bloodsport. It was everything I wanted from a movie, except perhaps monsters, I guess. But then again, is there any other human so monstrous as Bolo Yeung in Bloodsport? I think not! The point is, I grew up watching and rewatching Bloodsport more […]

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Sun, Sand, and Sweat: 4-Movie Collection

Sun, Sand, and Sweat: 4-Movie Collection

| March 14, 2016

This 4 movies-in-1 Blu-ray collection from Mill Creek Entertainment boasts the Blu-ray debut of all four films included across its two Blu-ray discs: Spring Break (1983), Hardbodies (1984), Private Resort (1985), and Perfect (1985). As is the case with many such multi-film sets that bring together a group of disparate films chosen because of some […]

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Victor Frankenstein

Victor Frankenstein

| March 9, 2016

To say that Victor Frankenstein (2015) did not perform well upon its initial release is an understatement. That much cannot be overlooked. Sure, I heard the negative reviews and I saw the dismal box office returns, but I’m not one to trust box office numbers and other critics’ opinions alone. But I don’t let others […]

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Exclusive Interview with Metal Legend Jon Mikl Thor

Exclusive Interview with Metal Legend Jon Mikl Thor

| January 30, 2016

On Tuesday, January 19, Dark Sky Films released Ryan Wise’s documentary I am Thor (2015) on home video and Digital HD. The film covers the life and career of rock god, Jon Mikl Thor, focusing predominantly on Thor’s triumphant yet all-too-often tumultuous return to the music industry after a decade of retirement. One week to […]

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I am Thor

I am Thor

| January 18, 2016

Ryan Wise’s documentary I am Thor (2015) perfectly captures the appeal of Jon Mikl Thor and his brand of Midgardian metal. As a fan of Thor myself, I can attest to this. The film opens with a brief history of the Rock God’s career pre-1987 retirement, but predominantly chronicles Thor’s tours since his comeback after […]

Power Rangers Dino Charge: Unleashed

Power Rangers Dino Charge: Unleashed

| January 17, 2016

Power Rangers Dino Charge: Unleashed collects the first four episodes of Power Rangers’ 22nd season, and is now available on home video from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. With these episodes, Dino Charge is off to a promising start, and let me tell you, that’s an incredible relief! After all, I’ve previously posted a lot of words […]

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Hitman: Agent 47

Hitman: Agent 47

| December 29, 2015

It’s hardly a surprise that a video game-to-film adaptation should be met with critical scorn upon release, as Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) was. It’s a trend dating back to the colossal critical, creative, and commercial failure of Super Mario Bros. (1993). But nowadays it seems, as soon as a video game adaptation is announced even, […]

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