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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Adventure Time: The Suitor

Adventure Time: The Suitor

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time is one of the most consistently exciting and thoroughly cartoons I’ve ever seen, and one with a highly active and well-deserved fan following at that. You simply never know what to expect when you sit down for an episode of Adventure Time. Whether it be the appearance of otherworldly creatures that […]

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Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress

Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress

| May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Princess and the Pilot was a bold choice for NIS America’s first feature film release, having only ever released anime series before. For their first home video release of a theatrical feature, I honestly would have expected something more akin to their second feature release, Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress (Fuse: teppô musume no […]

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Napoleon Dynamite: 10 Sweet Years

Napoleon Dynamite: 10 Sweet Years

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Apparently it never entered my consciousness way back in 2004 that Napoleon Dynamite was some sort of cultural phenomenon. I mean, I guess I recall people wearing “Vote for Pedro” shirts, but somehow it never occurred to me that the film was actually hugely popular, raking in $44 million at U.S. boxes and thereby making […]

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2012 filmic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations, comes to us care of director Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Donnie Brasco). Adapting Dickens’ novel to screen successfully is no easy feat, but it’s one that other directors, including David Lean and Alfonso Cuarón, attempted long before Newell. The greatest of these […]

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Hallucination Strip

Hallucination Strip

| May 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Hallucination Strip (1975), the latest obscure Italian film released on home video by boutique distributor RaroVideo USA, explores the troubled ins-and-outs of Italy’s counterculture in the 1970s. Made by first-and-only-time director Lucio Marcaccini, Hallucination Stirp focuses on a group of young political activists living (and dying) in Rome, but in doing so paints a picture […]

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Escape from Tomorrow

Escape from Tomorrow

| April 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s almost unbelievable that Escape from Tomorrow (2013) exists. Writer/director Randy Moore and his crew, in case you’re as yet unaware of their exploits, filmed Escape from Tomorrow almost entirely on location in Walt Disney World and Disneyland in secret, receiving no permission whatsoever from Disney… even after production! On top of that, the film […]

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The Inspector Lavardin Collection

The Inspector Lavardin Collection

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s over forty minutes into Chicken with Vinegar (Poulet au vinaigre, 1985) before Inspector Lavardin (Jean Poiret, The Last Metro) at last makes his cinematic debut, unceremoniously pulling into a gas station to fill up. Although sweet, charming and certainly well-intentioned, Lavardin appears, at first, somewhat pedestrian as far as fictional detectives go—hardly the sort […]

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Stan Lee’s Mighty 7: Beginnings

Stan Lee’s Mighty 7: Beginnings

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ll concede that the 2007 releases of Stan Lee Presents: Mosaic and Stan Lee Presents: The Condor were, shall we say, somewhat underwhelming as far as superhero movies go. Still, I own them and I’ve watched them a couple times each anyway. And in no small part it’s because of my adoration for the man […]

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The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups

The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Crack Ups

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Following StarVista’s wholly unsurprising success with their 2013 releases of The Carol Burnett Show: Carol’s Favorites and The Carol Burnett Show: This Time Together on DVD, they’re poised to replicate that success once more with the third of their 6-disc Carol Burnett Show releases: Carol’s Crack Ups. When it comes to nostalgic television, I don’t […]

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Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Broadchurch came to my attention for the same reason many of our readers were no doubt drawn to it: the presence of long-time Doctor Who star, David Tennant, in the series’ lead role. Yet I soon learned the series co-starred fellow Doctor Who alum, Arthur Darvill, and was written and created by Chris Chibnall, who […]

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