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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Vincent & Theo

Vincent & Theo

| March 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Vincent & Theo (1990) is a film to lose yourself in, a work as close to a cinematic version of one of Vincent van Gogh’s own self-portraits as perhaps any filmmaker can get. Perhaps the analogy is too obvious. Then again, perhaps this praise is merely my bias toward Robert Altman seeping in—after all, as […]

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2 New on Blu-ray: The Wild One/The Lady from Shanghai

2 New on Blu-ray: The Wild One/The Lady from Shanghai

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mill Creek Entertainment has put out some Blu-rays in the past that I’ve been personally thrilled to add to my collection, especially given the totally reasonable price of their discs. Chief among these previous releases are no doubt Krull, Blue Thunder, Donnie Brasco, their assorted Gamera collections, Flatliners, and even Last Action Hero for the […]

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Late Phases

Late Phases

| March 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

What amazes me about this world is that a movie can get produced that’s 100% up my alley—that speaks to the crazed, horror fanboy inside me—and yet somehow make it all the way to home video without it ever having made so much as a blip on my radar prior to that video announcement. Late […]

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Dangerously Close

Dangerously Close

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

When you see the list of musicians whose songs appear in Albert Pyun’s Dangerously Close (1986), you might think, if you know nothing about it as I did going in, that this movie’s going to be all kinds of 80s-style fun. After all, you’ve got the likes of Robert Palmer, Fine Young Cannibals, The Smithereens […]

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Blood Red

Blood Red

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

On paper, Blood Red (1989) reads like an incredibly badass movie. Seriously, check this out: A railroad tycoon played by Dennis Hopper sends his goons out to muscle a village full of Italian immigrants off their hard-earned land to “make way for progress,” so to speak. But this plan doesn’t go as well as the […]

2 New to Blu: The Wild Angels / Psych-Out

2 New to Blu: The Wild Angels / Psych-Out

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today marks the release of two new Blu-rays from Olive Films, each featuring a classic of 1960’s counterculture cinema in its own right: Roger Corman’s The Wild Angels (1966) and Richard Rush’s Psych-Out (1968). Both Blu-rays, though completely bereft of special features, put the previous DVD releases of these films to shame, making their upgrade […]

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Dumb and Dumber To

Dumb and Dumber To

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

I was told not to bother with Dumb and Dumber To (2014). “It’s not as good as the first,” people kept telling me. Now, I didn’t doubt them, because most sequels aren’t as good as the first installment. That’s just the usual way of things, plus it’s not like the Farrelly brothers have been at […]

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Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Silver Warrior

Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Silver Warrior

| February 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lionsgate’s second home video release of Power Rangers Super Megaforce collects the 5th through 8th episodes of Power Rangers’ 21st season (including “Samurai Surprise,” “Soul of the Tiger,” “Silver Lining” and “Silver Lining, Part Two”). Like the Super Megaforce release before it, the Silver Warrior DVD is presented barebones, entirely bereft of special features. However, the […]

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The Rose of Versailles: Part 1

The Rose of Versailles: Part 1

| February 3, 2015 | 1 Comments

Marie Antoinette, who served as the Queen of France from 1774-1792, was beheaded in 1793. This we know definitively. But with that in mind, what satisfaction can we as media viewers possibly gain from watching a fictionalized account of her life apart from gaining a passing (and potentially falsified) knowledge of history– events which could […]

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The Guest

The Guest

| December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Dan Stevens left Downton Abbey, how many people were heartbroken? I vividly remember the night that Matthew Crawley’s last episode aired and how my Facebook and Twitter feeds exploded with grief and despair. Oh lord, how everyone cried. It was a sad day indeed for fans of Downton Abbey. Knowing that The Guest would […]