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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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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Interview: Linnea Quigley comes to Chicago for Return of the Living Dead 30th Anniversary

Interview: Linnea Quigley comes to Chicago for Return of the Living Dead 30th Anniversary

| December 9, 2015

Dec. 12, 2015 – Brew & View at The Vic Theater, Chicago Linnea Quigley will be appearing at Brew & View at The Vic Theater (brewview.com) on Dec. 12 in Chicago for a 30th Anniversary screening of the Dan O’Bannon-scripted horror-comedy Return of the Living Dead. Linnea will do a Q & A after the film, […]

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Making Mr. Right

Making Mr. Right

| November 24, 2015

Making Mr. Right (1987) is a movie I watched who knows how many times as a kid. Its imagery was burned into my brain—the few shots worth remembering anyway. The love-struck android’s misunderstandings of society’s norms and the wacky moments that ensue are things I recall with great accuracy. And I can also sing along […]

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Santa’s Little Helper

Santa’s Little Helper

| November 20, 2015

As a wrestling fan who also obsessively hunts down and devours movies that by all rights shouldn’t exist, I’ve recently found myself drawn like the proverbially moth to the flame that is the often cheesy but occasionally awesome filmic output of WWE Studios. So when I heard they were putting out a Christmas movie of […]

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Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

| November 15, 2015

Outside of Chicago, Essanay is remembered primarily for one thing and one thing only: Charlie Chaplin. After his tenure at keystone, Chaplin was wooed to come to Chicago by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, who offered him a then unheard of salary of $1,250 a week with a $10,000 sign-on bonus. Though Chaplin produced none of […]

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Sherlock Holmes (1916)

Sherlock Holmes (1916)

| November 12, 2015

We’re extremely fortunate to now be able to experience the 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes at all. Once thought lost to time, Sherlock Holmes was rediscovered in 2014 at La Cinémathèque française in Paris, and in the intervening year has been restored by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in conjunction with La Cinémathèque française, […]

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