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: 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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Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

| November 4, 2015

A truly great horror anthology film is a rarity. It’s often far easier to name a great story from an anthology film than it is to name a whole film that’s consistently terrific all the way through. People point to their two or three favorite letters from the ABCs of Death films. I’m personally always […]

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Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back…

Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back…

| November 3, 2015

It’s no secret that I love made-for-TV movies. Hell, I wrote my Masters thesis on the subject! What can I say, there’s just something about the format that speaks to me. Maybe it’s that I grew up watching so many of them—fixed to the TV as I was—that I’m programmed for these things. And yet […]

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The Great American Dream Machine

The Great American Dream Machine

| November 2, 2015

If I were to tell you that no one makes television like The Great American Dream Machine (PBS, 1971-1972) any more, that’d be accurate. However, it would also be gross understatement. No one has ever made television like The Great American Dream Machine! I’d never so much as heard of the series until it was […]

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Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles: The Ultimate Collection

Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles: The Ultimate Collection

| October 22, 2015

Don Rickles is one of the greatest minds in comedy, and I don’t mean just in his own time or even “back in the day,” but then, now and always. He is one of the greatest. I previously raved about Don Rickles’ work in my review of The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes, but […]

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My Favorite Martian: The Complete Series

My Favorite Martian: The Complete Series

| October 20, 2015

I grew up on classic TV sitcoms, raised on healthy daily doses of my mother’s favorites: The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island among a host of others. It’s an affinity I retain to this day, though to some it might seem less an affinity and more a minor obsession at times. In fact, when pushed […]

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