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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 40th Anniversary Celebration

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 40th Anniversary Celebration

| September 30, 2015

On Blu-ray, The Rocky Horror Picture Show looks and sounds sweet, just like a Transvestite from Transylvania should. And I know you must have been shivering with anticipation when you heard that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment was re-releasing Rocky Horror on Blu-ray (as well as DVD and Digital HD) in a new, 40th Anniversary […]

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The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes

The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes

| September 14, 2015

The latest Time Life releases of Carol Burnett Show episodes  are dedicated to the so-called “Lost Episodes,” which is to say those episodes from the series’ first five seasons that haven’t been seen since their broadcast from 1967-1972. The first of these sets, The Ultimate Collection, includes 45 episodes chosen by Burnett herself spread across […]

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The Last American Virgin

The Last American Virgin

| August 25, 2015

The Last American Virgin (1982) is The Cannon Group’s attempt at a coming-of-age teen sex comedy that, while not entirely successful, stands apart from the others in its own right. In the realm of teen sex comedies, it serves as a logical descendant of Porky’s (released earlier the same year) and is a clear spiritual […]

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Student Bodies

Student Bodies

| August 25, 2015

As a horror spoof in the vein of the Zucker brothers, the humor of Student Bodies (1981) remains completely relevant and relatable 34 years after its initial release. This could be seen as either a testament to the strength of writer/director Mickey Rose’s work on the film, or a sign of how developmentally arrested mainstream […]

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Vendetta

Vendetta

| August 18, 2015

With 2012’s American Mary and the “T is for Torture Porn” segment of ABCs of Death 2 (2014) the directing duo of the Soska Sisters made a name for themselves as a pair who loves to bring the sick and twisted to the screen. That they pretty much immediately thereafter went to work for WWE […]

Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Legendary Battle

Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Legendary Battle

| August 11, 2015

Packaged as an “Extended Edition Movie,” Lionsgate Entertainment’s DVD release of Power Rangers: The Legendary Battle is really just the final two episodes of Super Megaforce edited together into a singular piece of entertainment. The “extended” component of the title merely refers to the eight minutes of additional footage that was integrated into the final […]

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White God

White God

| July 28, 2015

An army of dogs terrorizes the streets of Budapest, shredding people’s belongings and tearing out throats. Functioning as an organized military unit, the dogs overcome any obstacle in their path, including the combined efforts of local law enforcement. They seek not food, nor freedom. Their motives are not blindly instinctual. They seemingly want one thing […]