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 Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

| August 16, 2016

When The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension bombed theatrically in 1984 due to inept marketing, no one could have predicted that the film would somehow overcome this failure to become one of the most beloved and successful of cult films. When people talk about cult films, and I’ve been doing that a […]

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Gotham: The Complete Second Season

Gotham: The Complete Second Season

| August 16, 2016

[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’ve held off watching Gotham until now because the bulk of my friends’ initial reactions to the series proved overwhelmingly negative. Even now, I totally understand where […]

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American Ninja & American Ninja 2: The Confrontation

American Ninja & American Ninja 2: The Confrontation

| August 16, 2016

Those of us who love action movies have long understood that, when you want to watch some bonkers 1980s action, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus’ The Cannon Group is where the action is. I mean, we’re talking the studio here that put out the Death Wish sequels, the Missing in Action movies, Cobra (1986), Over […]

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11.22.63

11.22.63

| August 11, 2016

Two things that invariably draw me to a piece of film or television are the inclusion of time travel as a narrative device and the attachment of Stephen King’s name to a project. So it was only a matter of time then (no pun intended, truly) before I marathon-viewed the J.J. Abrams-produced Hulu original event […]

Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon

Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon

| August 10, 2016

Exactly six minutes into Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (2016), my 4-year-old son and fellow wrestling fanatic turned to me exasperated and asked, “Is there even going to be a wrestling match in this movie?” At that point, even I had to admit, it wasn’t looking good that we’d get any wrestling […]

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Supergirl: The Complete First Season

Supergirl: The Complete First Season

| August 9, 2016

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. DC’s cinematic outings are proving to be highly divisive, so much so that we find ourselves in the midst of public outcry against Rotten Tomatoes over negative […]

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

| August 3, 2016

“It’s a big conspiracy.” “What’s a big conspiracy?” “Everything!” This exchange from 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers between Jack (Jeff Goldblum) and Matthew (Donald Sutherland) isn’t just an amusing way of enriching the audience’s understanding of the patently pessimistic Jack; it’s the film’s guiding principle. Invasion wants nothing more than to make you uncomfortable […]

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Midnight Movie Madness & Killer Creature Features

Midnight Movie Madness & Killer Creature Features

| July 20, 2016

I love the 50-movie collections Mill Creek Entertainment puts out. I mean, what self-respecting fan of obscure cinema could pass up the opportunity to nab 50 weird and disparate films for less than $20 a piece? Not this guy, I assure you. I’ve got a pile of these things laying around! What I love about […]

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The Swinging Cheerleaders

The Swinging Cheerleaders

| July 5, 2016

Director Jack Hill is one of the all-time greats—and I’m not just saying that because he was kind enough to let me pick his brain about filmmaking the Philippines during the early 1970s for nearly an hour one time (the fanboy inside me still squeals at the thought of having done that!). Hill got his […]

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Return of the Killer Tomatoes

Return of the Killer Tomatoes

| June 29, 2016

Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988), John De Bello’s follow-up to his 1978 monster movie spoof Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, was a big deal when I was a kid. The animated adaptation of the films, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: The Series, aired and re-aired on Saturday mornings from the time I was six […]

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