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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20th Century Fox’s “Voice Your Choice” Winners: Part 1

20th Century Fox’s “Voice Your Choice” Winners: Part 1

| December 7, 2013 | 2 Comments

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s “VOICE YOUR CHOICE” initiative made its debut with the Blu-ray release of Cavalcade in August of this year. The initiative allows viewers to choose which archival titles get released on Blu-ray, and December 3rd marked the premiere of the initiative’s first official wave of releases as eight Fox classics made […]

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Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United

Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United

| December 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

I don’t know if superhero team-ups have ever been in such high demand as they are now, following the box office smash of Marvel’s The Avengers in 2012. Even DC is looking to cash in on the movie’s success with the upcoming Man of Steel sequel featuring both Batman and Wonder Woman. But Marvel, having […]

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The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection

The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection

| November 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Gone with the Wind (1939) star Vivien Leigh’s birth, the Cohen Film Collection released this incredible collection of the star’s early, pre-Scarlett O’Hara work. The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection, which Cohen assembled in collaboration with the British Film Institute, features four pictures Leigh made in England in 1936 and 1937, […]

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All is Bright

All is Bright

| November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

It never occurred to me until I actually saw the two of them on the cover of a movie together. But when I did, I realized that Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd would make a perfect cinematic pairing. It seems so obvious to me now, of course, having witnessed the brilliant give-and-take of their performances […]

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All the President’s Men: Special Edition

All the President’s Men: Special Edition

| November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Named on AFI’s list of the top 100 greatest movies of all time in 2007, All the President’s Men (1976) is indeed an extraordinary picture, one that surely deserves a place on any such list of cinema’s greatest works. In it, Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Washington […]

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Intolerance

Intolerance

| November 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

When one of the most significant works in the development of the film form is given a Blu-ray release from a trusted distributor, you buy it. Simple as that. The Jazz Singer (1927), A Trip to the Moon (1902), or even Breathless (1960). These works are the places where the language of cinema was first […]

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The Film Scripts Series: Classic Screenplays

The Film Scripts Series: Classic Screenplays

| November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Now available from Applause Books, this series of four, massive yet surprisingly affordable tomes, reprints George P. Garrett, O.B. Hardison Jr. and Jane R. Gelfman’s 1971 Film Scripts books. The series was later reprinted in 1989 and the screenplays herein have since garnered the designation of classics, an especially accurate term for these scripts featuring […]

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Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition

Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition

| November 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Katsuhiro Otomo’s 1988 cyberpunk classic, Akira, which he adapted from his manga of the same name, is perhaps the single most recognizable feature-length anime. For many in North America, Akira served as their introduction to anime and it is without a doubt the anime feature most viewed by American audiences. And rightly so, because Akira […]

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Grabbers

Grabbers

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s impossible for me to adequately describe the charm of Grabbers (2012) without likening it to Whisky Galore (1949), Local Hero (1983), The Matchmaker (1997), or Waking Ned Devine (1998), all of which succeed in large part due to the profound sense of community the filmmakers manage to impart. Like those films, Grabbers is set […]

The Carol Burnett Show: Christmas with Carol

The Carol Burnett Show: Christmas with Carol

| November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

If there’s anyone I want to spend Christmas with, it’s, you know, my family. After them, though, I suppose Carol Burnett wouldn’t be far behind. After all, she ranks incredibly high on my personal nostalgia scale, and let’s face it, Christmas is all about nostalgia. I suppose it’s also about Jesus and Santa and commercialism […]

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