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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Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

Teen Titans: The Judas Contract

| April 18, 2017

Anyone who knows the Teen Titans outside of the stray episode or two of Teen Titans Go is likely familiar with “The Judas Contract” storyline from 1984. It’s seminal Titans, perhaps the most iconic run of Teen Titans comics in the entire history of DC Comics. It was therefore only a matter of time before […]

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Split

Split

| April 18, 2017

Now I’m not the sort of person who’s going to dismiss a movie simply because M. Night Shyamalan’s name is attached. I’ve met plenty such people, and dismissing all current and future works by any filmmaker simply because of a few perceived missteps doesn’t make sense to me at all. Nor, however, am I some […]

Tales from the Hood: Collector’s Edition

Tales from the Hood: Collector’s Edition

| April 15, 2017

Whenever I find myself in a discussion of history’s great horror anthology films, I inevitably express my adoration of producer Spike Lee’s Tales from the Hood (1995), a film that arguably changed my life. After all, as I recall, this was the film that indirectly resulted in my now decades-long love affair with Blaxploitation cinema, […]

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The Phantasm Collection

The Phantasm Collection

| April 10, 2017

I know it’s only April, but I’m calling it right now. When 2018 rolls around and people start cobbling together their lists of the Best Blu-ray Releases of 2017, you’ll find no shortage of horror fans whose lists declare Well Go USA’s The Phantasm Collection to be bar-none the #1 release of 2017. And the […]

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Punchline

Punchline

| April 3, 2017

As someone who periodically goes through phases in which I obsess over standup comedy, I’d long been fascinated by the idea behind the film Punchline (1988), a film set in the world of standup comedy and starring Sally Field alongside the immensely funny Tom Hanks at the height of his comedy phase. The thing is, […]

Pulse (1988)

Pulse (1988)

| April 2, 2017

The premise of 1988’s Pulse alone might not inspire much confidence in viewers that it’s going to be any good at all. The premise: evil electricity stalks a family. Is it a ghost in the machine, like, you know, in Ghost in the Machine (1993)? Is it a demon or an alien entity? Or is […]

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The Carol Burnett Show: The Best of Tim Conway

The Carol Burnett Show: The Best of Tim Conway

| March 31, 2017

If you had asked me as a child why I watched The Carol Burnett show in perpetual reruns, I would have responded with two words: Tim Conway. Sure, I’ve many fond memories of sketches featuring Burnett herself, as well as Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, and Lyle Waggoner. I mean, where Lawrence is concerned, those of […]

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII

| March 28, 2017

We’re nearing the point where Shout Factory has released nearly every episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000’s 1989-1999 run on DVD. In fact, after Volume XXXVIII, only 14 episodes will have yet to see a DVD release from Rhino or Shout Factory, excluding the recalled Godzilla vs. Megalon disc. Whether or not we’ll see Shout […]

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Faces of Horror: 10 Movie Collection

Faces of Horror: 10 Movie Collection

| March 24, 2017

Mill Creek Entertainment’s Faces of Horror collection brings together ten horror films on 3 DVDs at a budget price–it’s currently less than $9 on Amazon, in fact. If you’re like me, you see these collections pop up all the time in stores, and you can’t help but wonder if they’re actually worth the purchase, given […]

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Robocop 3: Collector’s Edition

Robocop 3: Collector’s Edition

| March 24, 2017

I once heard writer/director Fred Dekker declare at a Q&A here in Chicago that the film he made of which he is the proudest is Robocop 3 (1993). Given that he’s the man responsible for the cult classic Night of the Creeps (1986) and one of my personal favorites, The Monster Squad (1987), his pride […]

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