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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Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series

Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series

| May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

With an exciting mix of humor, action and suspense, the CBS western, Cimarron Strip, centers on the exploits of U.S. Marshal Jim Crown, assigned to keep order in the Oklahoma panhandle town of Cimarron. What sets Cimarron Strip apart from other series like it, save for The Virginian (1962-71), is that it boasts feature-length episodes, […]

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Dan Curtis’ Dracula

Dan Curtis’ Dracula

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

This adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic, produced and directed by Dark Shadows-creator Dan Curtis, was produced for CBS in 1973 and released theatrically with some choice blood and violence added to the mix (all of which is included in the featured cut of Dan Curtis’ Dracula on the brand new Blu-ray release from MPI […]

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The Color of Lies

The Color of Lies

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

I remember noting some months ago while looking back fondly on Claude Chabrol’s This Man Must Die (Que la bête meure, 1969) that there was a troubling lack of Chabrol films available on Blu-ray in North America. An integral figure in the cinema of the French New Wave, Chabrol’s minimalistic mysteries owe worlds to the […]

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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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