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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Ronin

Ronin

| August 24, 2017

John Frankenheimer established himself as a director of considerable note early on with films like Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) and the classic thriller The Manchurian Candidate (1962). Unfortunately, prominent titles in the later part of his career were met with understandable derision, including the epic disaster The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996) and the meandering […]

Fargo: 20th Anniversary Edition Steelbook

Fargo: 20th Anniversary Edition Steelbook

| August 3, 2017

I vividly remember the first time I saw Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo (1996). I gasped—actually, literally gasped—when Carter Burwell’s iconic, haunting score swelled as Jerry Lundegaard’s (William H. Macy) car appeared over a hill outside Fargo, ND in a snowstorm. From that moment on I was entranced, unable to process what I was seeing […]

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Teen Wolf Too: Collector’s Edition

Teen Wolf Too: Collector’s Edition

| August 3, 2017

When Scream Factory announced they were releasing Teen Wolf (1985) and Teen Wolf Too (1987) in two separate Collector’s Edition Blu-rays, the decision to split the films was met with skepticism by many in comments sections and on message boards. On one hand, that’s a testament to just how much more people like Teen Wolf […]

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Teen Wolf: Collector’s Edition

Teen Wolf: Collector’s Edition

| August 2, 2017

Thanks to the rising star of Family Ties’ Michael J. Fox in 1985, Teen Wolf wound up being a huge hit, raking in $33 million on a $1.8 million budget. And in retrospect, it’s amazing that Teen Wolf became the hit it did given that the whole film was built on the absurd premise of […]

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Slither: Collector’s Edition

Slither: Collector’s Edition

| August 1, 2017

How the hell is it that James Gunn’s Slither (2006) is only now debuting on Blu-ray with today’s release of a Scream Factory Collector’s Edition Blu-ray? You’d think Gunn’s incredible success with Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) would have prompted an immediate upgrade from the film’s 2006 DVD release to capitalize on Gunn’s boffo box […]

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Junjo Romantica: Season 2

Junjo Romantica: Season 2

| August 1, 2017

I wrote in my review of Junjo Romantica: Season 1 how little plot developed in that season outside the courtship of the three primary couples. No outside threats, no antagonists, just six men trying to find workable ways to approach their relationships with one another. We are talking about a Boys’ Love anime with a title […]

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Warlock Collection: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

Warlock Collection: Vestron Video Collector’s Series

| July 25, 2017

As I discussed in my review of The Unholy (1988), Lionsgate’s Vestron Video Collector’s Series has brought a number of my childhood obsessions to Blu-ray in a shockingly short time. The Saturday movie matinees on cable and odd video rentals of my youth instilled in me a deep affection for many of the films released […]

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Stormy Monday

Stormy Monday

| July 20, 2017

As a writer/director, Mike Figgis crafted a feature work in 1995 that the revered Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences deemed worthy of winning and/or being nominated for four Academy Awards with Leaving Las Vegas. Earning Nicolas Cage an Oscar win for Best Actor and finding Figgis himself nominated for Best Director, this is […]

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The Bat People

The Bat People

| July 13, 2017

That we can now order The Bat People (a.k.a. It Lives By Night (1974)) on Blu-ray is astonishing. The release of this disc alone is a testament to just how significant the work that the folks over at Scream Factory are doing for horror cinema preservation. Sure, films like John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) and […]

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Junjo Romantica: Season 1

Junjo Romantica: Season 1

| July 11, 2017

In 2008, the staff at Studio Deen, the producers of such anime series as Rurouni Kenshin (1997-1998) and Fruits Basket (2001), adapted Shungiku Nakamura’s “Boys’ Love” manga, Junjo Romantica, into a 24-episode anime. As a Boys’ Love series, Junjo focuses specifically on interconnected homosexual relationships among six Tokyo men. With a perfect balance of comedy […]

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