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 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T

| June 7, 2016

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the world as Dr. Seuss of course, only wrote one feature film: a live action musical called The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953). Directed by the legendary Stanley Kramer (It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner), it’s a film I’d been eager to see for […]

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Hired to Kill

Hired to Kill

| May 17, 2016

“They’re models. They’re mercenaries. They’re Hired to Kill!” If that had been the tagline to this 1990 actioner from prolific director Nico Mastorakis, it would have suited the tone of the picture all too well. Hired to Kill, now available on Blu-ray and DVD from Arrow video, is sleazy, cheesy, and exactly what I look […]

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Deadpool… on Blu-ray!

Deadpool… on Blu-ray!

| May 12, 2016

Chances are I don’t have to sell you on seeing Deadpool (2016), because you probably already saw it. A hell of a lot of people did! And if you didn’t, it’s probably because: 1) You’re between the ages of 13 and 16 and couldn’t get into the theater, 2) You were living in a hole […]

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Return of the Lost Noir Classics: Too Late for Tears & Woman on the Run

Return of the Lost Noir Classics: Too Late for Tears & Woman on the Run

| May 12, 2016

Flicker Alley, a distributor whose consistently impressive output we’ve touted at length here on FilmMonthly, has partnered with the Film Noir Foundation and the UCLA Film & Television Archive to bring two once nearly-lost and now newly-restored film noir classics to home video, each in its own deluxe Blu-ray/DVD combo edition release. The first of […]

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Manson’s Lost Girls

Manson’s Lost Girls

| May 10, 2016

It’s no secret that the made-for-TV movie format is one that I enjoy more than most folks do. Hell, I wrote my thesis on Marvel’s TV movies and even teach sections on TV movies in two of my classes! The history of the format is absolutely fascinating, and the importance of the TV movie in […]

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Rifftrax Live: Time Chasers (May 17 Re-Broadcast)

Rifftrax Live: Time Chasers (May 17 Re-Broadcast)

| May 8, 2016

Rifftrax Live and Fathom Events’ nationwide broadcast of Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy’s riffing of Time Chasers (1994) returns to theaters on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 for an encore presentation—an event I highly recommend you catch in theaters if you missed it the first time around. Those familiar with the work of the […]

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Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition

Independence Day: 20th Anniversary Edition

| May 8, 2016

When Independence Day (1996) hit rental stores, I was 12. All my friends had seen it in the theater and had been raving about it. So I was thrilled! But then, when I finally saw Roland Emmerich’s two-and-a-half-hour alien invasion epic myself, I found it didn’t even come close to the hype. I was decidedly […]

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Dillinger

Dillinger

| April 26, 2016

Before writing and directing Conan the Barbarian (1982) and Red Dawn (1984), John Milius made a name for himself as a screenwriter on Dirty Harry (1971) and Magnum Force (1973). As a feature film director, though, his career began with 1973’s Dillinger, a film he also penned, which makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD […]

The Revenant

The Revenant

| April 20, 2016

Winner of three Academy Awards and nominated for nine others, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s (who won the Oscar for best director) The Revenant proved to be one of cinema’s most highly praised, critical smashes of 2015. And it’s no wonder. The stunning, Academy Award-winning cinematography from Emmanuel Lubezki might draw your eye in and never let […]

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Dangerous Men

Dangerous Men

| April 12, 2016

The late John S. Rad’s Dangerous Men—produced over the course of 26 years before finally being released in 2005—is a film unlike any other I’ve ever seen. I mean, its constituent parts are all clearly sourced from any number of 1980’s action movies/rape-revenge movies, making it highly derivative in a sense. Yet, these particular elements […]

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