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 Manster

The Manster

| September 1, 2017

Of the three movies I’ve seen about a guy running around with an extra head on his right shoulder, The Manster (1962) is easily the second best. That may not be the most impressive accolade, I admit, BUT The Manster does have one thing that The Thing with Two Heads (1972)—my favorite—and the gross, rapey […]

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Timebomb

Timebomb

| September 1, 2017

Eddie Kay (Michael Biehn, The Terminator) is your average, no phone-owning, Caesar salad-eating, single watchmaker, which is to say he’s a pretty boring guy. Or rather, he was, until he ran into a burning building like a goddamn superhero, kicked through a wall to save a woman and her baby, and got himself recognized as […]

Supergirl: The Complete Second Season

Supergirl: The Complete Second Season

| August 29, 2017

[Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this post. That said, the opinions I share below are my own.] Though the DC Extended Universe has thus far been met with mixed critical reception, Warner has continued to offer up exceptionally entertaining DC content on television, which […]

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Lucifer: The Complete Second Season

Lucifer: The Complete Second Season

| August 28, 2017

[Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a copy of the DVD I reviewed in this post. That said, the opinions I share below are my own.] Based on the Sandman spin-off comics, Lucifer (2000-2006), from DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint, the Fox television series Lucifer comes to us from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Lucifer’s first season […]

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Gotham: The Complete Third Season

Gotham: The Complete Third Season

| August 28, 2017

[Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a copy of the Blu-ray collection I reviewed in this post. That said, the opinions I share below are my own.] I’d originally held off watching Gotham until the second season because the bulk of my friends’ initial reactions to the series proved overwhelmingly negative when it debuted […]

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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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