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).

rss feed

Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

Chaplin’s Essanay Comedies

| November 15, 2015

Outside of Chicago, Essanay is remembered primarily for one thing and one thing only: Charlie Chaplin. After his tenure at keystone, Chaplin was wooed to come to Chicago by Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, who offered him a then unheard of salary of $1,250 a week with a $10,000 sign-on bonus. Though Chaplin produced none of […]

×
Sherlock Holmes (1916)

Sherlock Holmes (1916)

| November 12, 2015

We’re extremely fortunate to now be able to experience the 1916 silent film Sherlock Holmes at all. Once thought lost to time, Sherlock Holmes was rediscovered in 2014 at La Cinémathèque française in Paris, and in the intervening year has been restored by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in conjunction with La Cinémathèque française, […]

×
Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors

| November 4, 2015

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 […]

×
Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back…

Stephen King’s Sometimes They Come Back…

| November 3, 2015

It’s no secret that I love made-for-TV movies. Hell, I wrote my Masters thesis on the subject! What can I say, there’s just something about the format that speaks to me. Maybe it’s that I grew up watching so many of them—fixed to the TV as I was—that I’m programmed for these things. And yet […]

×
The Great American Dream Machine

The Great American Dream Machine

| November 2, 2015

If I were to tell you that no one makes television like The Great American Dream Machine (PBS, 1971-1972) any more, that’d be accurate. However, it would also be gross understatement. No one has ever made television like The Great American Dream Machine! I’d never so much as heard of the series until it was […]

×
Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles: The Ultimate Collection

Mr. Warmth! Don Rickles: The Ultimate Collection

| October 22, 2015

Don Rickles is one of the greatest minds in comedy, and I don’t mean just in his own time or even “back in the day,” but then, now and always. He is one of the greatest. I previously raved about Don Rickles’ work in my review of The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes, but […]

×
My Favorite Martian: The Complete Series

My Favorite Martian: The Complete Series

| October 20, 2015

I grew up on classic TV sitcoms, raised on healthy daily doses of my mother’s favorites: The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island among a host of others. It’s an affinity I retain to this day, though to some it might seem less an affinity and more a minor obsession at times. In fact, when pushed […]

×
Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970

Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970

| October 13, 2015

When considering my extensive video library, one of the collections I treasure the most is my collection of various DVD releases devoted to avant-garde cinema. To me, these works are vital to understanding the full potential of film. The work of avant-garde filmmakers is cinematic art at its purest, unhindered by classically theatrical or literary […]

×
Interview with Demons star Geretta Geretta, appearing at The Massacre on Oct. 17

Interview with Demons star Geretta Geretta, appearing at The Massacre on Oct. 17

| October 8, 2015

On Oct. 17, Geretta Geretta, the star of the classic Italian horror film, Demons (directed by Lamberto Bava and produced by Dario Argento), will make her first Chicago appearance for a special, 30th anniversary screening of Demons at Chicago’s fantastic 24-hour-horror-movie-marathon, The Massacre (Oct. 17, Patio Theater).  If you’ve never been to The Massacre, it’s an absolute must, boasting 24 […]

×
We Are Still Here

We Are Still Here

| October 4, 2015

We Are Still Here (2015) might not be the film that “changes the face of horror cinema forever,” or some other such hyperbolic nonsense. Very few movies achieve such greatness. And yet I find myself having ever more frequent conversations with people about how horrible this or that movie is because it’s not great, even […]

×