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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Batman vs. Robin

Batman vs. Robin

| April 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

The latest entry in the DC Animated Universe, Batman vs. Robin (2015), marks the fourth installment in DC’s series of interconnected, straight-to-video animated narratives (after the pair of Justice League pictures—War and Throne of Atlantis—and Son of Batman). It also, to my mind, stands as perhaps the most impressively realized animated feature to come out […]

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That Man from Rio & Up to His Ears

That Man from Rio & Up to His Ears

| April 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Prior to getting a look at Cohen Film Collection’s upcoming 2-disc Blu-ray release of Philippe de Broca’s That Man from Rio (L’homme de Rio, 1964) and Up to His Ears (Les tribulations d’un Chinois en Chine, 1965), I was only passingly familiar with de Broca’s work. Actually, the only thing I knew about his films […]

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Tales of Terror

Tales of Terror

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s not October and yet we’ve a new Vincent Price Blu-ray on the way. What did we do to deserve this? I don’t know but clearly the cinema gods are smiling on us. Of course, it’s not like we have to find ourselves in the month of October to have cause to watch Vincent Price […]

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Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption

Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a fan of the 2003-2006 Cartoon Network Teen Titans series, I approached Teen Titans Go! with enormous skepticism rather than excitement. After all, I saw Batman go from the seminal Batman: The Animated Series to the in many ways equally significant Batman Beyond, only to then get the occasionally chuckle-worthy, yet largely unimpressive Batman: The […]

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The Rose of Versailles: Part 2

The Rose of Versailles: Part 2

| April 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Set in the years leading up to the French Revolution, the twenty episodes collected in Nozomi Entertainment’s release of The Rose of Versailles: Part 1 set the stage for the people’s uprising, establishing Marie Antoinette’s naiveté as a ruler and the people’s unrest as the nobility flourished amidst the commoners’ starvation. The series’ final twenty […]

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The House of Mystery

The House of Mystery

| March 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

When I, and I venture to guess most of you, think about film serials, what springs immediately to mind are images of action/adventure stories featuring heroes like Buck Rogers or even Batman and Captain Marvel. And of course there are also plenty of science fiction/horror serials like The Phantom Creeps (1933), prominently featured across a […]

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Night Game

Night Game

| March 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Two things drew me to Peter Masterson’s Night Game (1989): 1) Roy Scheider, and 2) the promise of some sort of hook-handed baseball-themed serial killer hacking his way through attendees of a Houston Astros game. Though I received only the former of the two, the film is by no means a disappointment, proving itself an […]

Vincent & Theo

Vincent & Theo

| March 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Vincent & Theo (1990) is a film to lose yourself in, a work as close to a cinematic version of one of Vincent van Gogh’s own self-portraits as perhaps any filmmaker can get. Perhaps the analogy is too obvious. Then again, perhaps this praise is merely my bias toward Robert Altman seeping in—after all, as […]

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2 New on Blu-ray: The Wild One/The Lady from Shanghai

2 New on Blu-ray: The Wild One/The Lady from Shanghai

| March 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mill Creek Entertainment has put out some Blu-rays in the past that I’ve been personally thrilled to add to my collection, especially given the totally reasonable price of their discs. Chief among these previous releases are no doubt Krull, Blue Thunder, Donnie Brasco, their assorted Gamera collections, Flatliners, and even Last Action Hero for the […]

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Late Phases

Late Phases

| March 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

What amazes me about this world is that a movie can get produced that’s 100% up my alley—that speaks to the crazed, horror fanboy inside me—and yet somehow make it all the way to home video without it ever having made so much as a blip on my radar prior to that video announcement. Late […]

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