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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The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania

The Jetsons & WWE: Robo-Wrestlemania

| March 14, 2017

Wrestlemania, the biggest wrestling event of the year, is mere weeks away. It’s all the WWE has talked about for months, as “The Road to Wrestlemania” is a long and winding one that gives hardcore fans many things to complain about even as more casual fans find themselves getting excited about the prospect of high […]

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Justice League Dark

Justice League Dark

| February 7, 2017

Adapted from the DC Comics’ series of the same name, Justice League Dark (2017) marks the 27th installment of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies, and is but the second of these to find itself released with an R rating. So don’t let the fact that it’s animated fool you, this one is not for […]

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Creepshow 2

Creepshow 2

| December 14, 2016

A truly great horror anthology film is a rarity. It’s often far easier to name a great story from an anthology film than it is to name a whole film that’s consistently terrific all the way through. People point to their two or three favorite letters from the ABCs of Death films. I’m personally always […]

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The Quiet Earth

The Quiet Earth

| December 5, 2016

Before directing Young Guns II (1990), the immensely fun Freejack (1992), and serving as second unit director on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, New Zealand’s Geoff Murphy co-wrote/directed one of the most stirring and relatable films about humanity at the end of the world in 1985’s New Zealand-set The Quiet Earth. One of astrophysicist […]

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Orson Welles’ Macbeth

Orson Welles’ Macbeth

| November 16, 2016

As a teenager I developed concurrent obsessions with the works of Orson Welles and the works of William Shakespeare (as well as Andy Kaufman and Sid Vicious, but that came during my subsequent punk phase, which is a story for a different day). And nowhere did my loves of Welles and Shakespeare come together more […]

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Cinerama’s Russian Adventure / The Best of Cinerama

Cinerama’s Russian Adventure / The Best of Cinerama

| November 15, 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve written about Cinerama, two years in fact since Flicker Alley’s last pair of Cinerama home video releases. And Flicker Alley’s latest pair couldn’t have been better timed, because if we’ve ever needed Cinerama’s brand of delicious, non-taxing eye candy, November 2016 is certainly the time! Call me sentimental or […]

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Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders

| November 1, 2016

Holy nostalgia overload! Adam West and Burt Ward return as “Dynamic Duo,” Batman and Robin, in Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016), an animated throwback to the 1966-1968 Batman television series. Joined by original Catwoman Julie Newmar, West and Ward reprise their roles as Batman and Robin to take on band of thieves Catwoman, […]

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The Return of Dracula

The Return of Dracula

| October 18, 2016

I’ve been consistently impressed with Olive Films’ horror and sci-fi Blu-rays over the past two years. With their label populated by titles including classics like It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) and Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965), as well as the hilarious Thing with Two Heads (1972) and the surprisingly fun Monster of […]

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Gas-s-s-s

Gas-s-s-s

| October 18, 2016

With Olive Films’ Blu-ray release of Roger Corman’s Gas-s-s-s (1970), we can at last own the entirety of Corman’s Counterculture Trilogy on home video in HD. Corman directed the three films now lumped together in this spiritual trilogy between 1966 and 1970 for studio AIP. These films mark what some, including The University of Nottingham’s […]

Independence Day: Resurgence

Independence Day: Resurgence

| October 18, 2016

When the 20th anniversary Blu-ray release of the original Independence Day (1996) came out, I wrote about how the film was one I’d never been a fan of and yet, from a modern perspective, it seems downright smart when compared to many of our current blockbusters. Sure, Independence Day perfectly represents the big, dumb, loud […]

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