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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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ve started and restarted this review ten times or more and I just can’t seem to find the right words to describe how profoundly personally moving I found Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey to be. I could tell you I learned a lot from it or that it left me in tears, but you’d then only […]

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The Birdcage on Blu-ray

The Birdcage on Blu-ray

| June 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Going in to The Graduate-director Mike Nichols’ 1996 film, The Birdcage, you might expect that it’ll present you with some kind of broadly offensive, garish homosexual stereotype as star Robin Williams prances around as he does in the trailer comically shouting “Fosse, Fosse… Madonna, Madonna.” And then there’s Nathan Lane in the trailras a squealing, […]

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Attack on Titan: Part 1

Attack on Titan: Part 1

| June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Every so often, an anime comes along that renews people’s interest in the form, one you absolutely have to share with everyone you know. We’re talking gateway stuff, anime that leads newcomers who had maybe only seen Akira and Dragon Ball Z to suddenly build enormous anime collections in a ridiculously short span of time. […]

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Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

| May 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The latest action-comedy from Chinese writer/director Stephen Chow is a loose reworking of the classic Chinese novel, Journey to the West. The film tells the tale of an unshaven Buddhist monk named Xuanzhang struggling to master his humane style of demon slaying whereby he attempts to reform the monsters with nursery rhymes. In the process, […]

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Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series

Cimarron Strip: The Complete Series

| May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

With an exciting mix of humor, action and suspense, the CBS western, Cimarron Strip, centers on the exploits of U.S. Marshal Jim Crown, assigned to keep order in the Oklahoma panhandle town of Cimarron. What sets Cimarron Strip apart from other series like it, save for The Virginian (1962-71), is that it boasts feature-length episodes, […]

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Dan Curtis’ Dracula

Dan Curtis’ Dracula

| May 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

This adaptation of the Bram Stoker classic, produced and directed by Dark Shadows-creator Dan Curtis, was produced for CBS in 1973 and released theatrically with some choice blood and violence added to the mix (all of which is included in the featured cut of Dan Curtis’ Dracula on the brand new Blu-ray release from MPI […]

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The Color of Lies

The Color of Lies

| May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

I remember noting some months ago while looking back fondly on Claude Chabrol’s This Man Must Die (Que la bête meure, 1969) that there was a troubling lack of Chabrol films available on Blu-ray in North America. An integral figure in the cinema of the French New Wave, Chabrol’s minimalistic mysteries owe worlds to the […]

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Adventure Time: The Suitor

Adventure Time: The Suitor

| May 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time is one of the most consistently exciting and thoroughly cartoons I’ve ever seen, and one with a highly active and well-deserved fan following at that. You simply never know what to expect when you sit down for an episode of Adventure Time. Whether it be the appearance of otherworldly creatures that […]

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Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress

Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress

| May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Princess and the Pilot was a bold choice for NIS America’s first feature film release, having only ever released anime series before. For their first home video release of a theatrical feature, I honestly would have expected something more akin to their second feature release, Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress (Fuse: teppô musume no […]

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Napoleon Dynamite: 10 Sweet Years

Napoleon Dynamite: 10 Sweet Years

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Apparently it never entered my consciousness way back in 2004 that Napoleon Dynamite was some sort of cultural phenomenon. I mean, I guess I recall people wearing “Vote for Pedro” shirts, but somehow it never occurred to me that the film was actually hugely popular, raking in $44 million at U.S. boxes and thereby making […]

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