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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Runner Runner

Runner Runner

| January 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

By all rights, Runner Runner (2013) should have been my jam. After all, it’s a film about gambling… at least on its surface. And whether we’re talking The Cincinnati Kid (1965), California Split (1974) or Maverick (1994), gambling films are something I obsess over. In the desperation of the gambler, the intrinsic suspense of the […]

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Carrie (2013)

Carrie (2013)

| January 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kimberly Peirce’s filmic adaptation of the 1974 Stephen King novel, Carrie, had a lot to live up to. After all, not only is the novel immensely popular, but Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation is held by many including myself to be a classic of horror cinema. And in some respects, Peirce’s adaptation indeed succeeded admirably. […]

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For Ever Mozart

For Ever Mozart

| January 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

This week, the Cohen Film Collection debuted two films by venerated French director Jean-Luc Godard on Blu-ray, Hail Mary (1985) and For Ever Mozart (1996). Although a review of Hail Mary is indeed forthcoming, but this review will focus on the dense and beautiful For Ever Mozart. In For Ever Mozart (1996), Godard turns his […]

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Don Jon

Don Jon

| January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

With Don Jon (2013), Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his feature film debut as a writer/director. In it, Gordon-Levitt stars as Jon Martello, a porn-addicted Don Juan who vastly prefers pornography to sex with real live women. Even after he lands himself a genuine “10” in Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson), who insists he give up pornography if […]

The Act of Killing

The Act of Killing

| January 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

It is not uncommon to read a review where the author declares whatever film they’re reviewing to be a bona fide masterpiece. But it should be uncommon. The problem is, it’s a designation all-too-often given to things that people simply like. Let us not confuse the things we enjoy with those things that actually advance […]

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Nightmare City

Nightmare City

| December 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Zombies didn’t always run, and yet, it’s hardly a new development. Forget the 2004 Dawn of the Dead. Never mind 28 Days Later. In 1980, Umberto Lenzi’s Nightmare City (Incubo sulla Città Contaminata) started it all. While also released under the title, City of the Walking Dead, these are not your average walking dead, I […]

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Teen Wolf: Season 3 Part 1

Teen Wolf: Season 3 Part 1

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

“…The only thing I hate about Teen Wolf is how much I liked it.” I pulled this quote from my review of the MTV series’ first season, which I wrote upon its release on home video in May 2012. At the time, the fact that I liked the series at all came as an incredible […]

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The Wolverine

The Wolverine

| December 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

When compared to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, James Mangold’s The Wolverine (2013) is a bona fide masterpiece. On its own merits, though, it may be little more than an average-to-slightly above average superhero flick, but even still, it’s one of the three best pictures in Fox’s X-Men franchise alongside X-Men 2 and X-Men: First Class. Now, […]

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20th Century Fox’s “VOICE YOUR CHOICE” Winners: Part 3

20th Century Fox’s “VOICE YOUR CHOICE” Winners: Part 3

| December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

This final installment of my series of reviews examining Twentieth Century Fox’s inaugural wave of “VOICE YOUR CHOICE”-winning home video releases is devoted to the films of the “Duke” himself, John Wayne. The previous reviews, if you missed them, covered the earliest six titles chosen by viewers from the Fox archives to make their Blu-ray […]

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20th Century Fox’s “VOICE YOUR CHOICE” Winners: Part 2

20th Century Fox’s “VOICE YOUR CHOICE” Winners: Part 2

| December 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

In the last installment of this series, I covered the first three titles from Twentieth Century Fox’s inaugural wave of “VOICE YOUR CHOICE”-winning home video releases, a wave featuring eight titles chosen by viewers from the Fox archives to make their Blu-ray debut. In that review, we explored Call of the Wild (1935), Jesse James […]

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