Author Archive: Josef Steiff

Josef Steiff

Joe Steiff would gladly spend his days and nights watching movies and TV with a little writing on the side. Oh, and teach a class or two at Columbia College in Chicago. And maybe play Uncharted. But sleep gets in the way. He's edited Popular Culture and Philosophy volumes on Battlestar Galactica, Anime, Manga and Sherlock Holmes for Open Court Books, wrote The Complete Idiot's Guide to Independent Filmmaking and is a co-author of Transmedia: One Story, Many Media (forthcoming).

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Snow White and the Huntsman: Extended Edition

Snow White and the Huntsman: Extended Edition

| September 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Considered one of the more successful films of this past year (despite having a somewhat middling box office), Snow White and the Huntsman is now on a Blu-ray combo pack that includes an extended version of the film not shown in theaters as well as a Digital Copy (compatible with all those mobile screens you […]

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Area 407

Area 407

| September 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

IFC Entertainment is a well-known distributor and leader in the independent film industry.  You might assume their films would be high-brow international or “art cinema” films, but interestingly they have multiple brands and a range of films.  One of their more recent releases is Area 407, released on DVD, which joins the ranks of other […]

Freezing

Freezing

| September 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Based on the seinen manga by the same name, this Blu-ray/DVD compilation of the anime Freezing consists of two discs with 12 episodes and several OVAs filled with all manner of exposed breasts and panty shots.  The packaging says “scintillating,” and they’re not kidding.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen anything quite so blatant, […]

The Casserole Club

The Casserole Club

| July 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Okay, I’ll fess up.  The whole reason I volunteered to review The Casserole Club is that I’ve always had a little crush on Kevin Richardson – he’s the only reason I have Backstreet Boys CDs in my collection (wait, did I just admit I have Backstreet Boys CDs?).  Add to that my love for Jane […]

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Dark Nemesis

Dark Nemesis

| July 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

If you love spending your Saturday nights watching Syfy movies, then Dark Nemesis may be the film for you.  Following in the genre of action/sci-fi fantasy, the film’s visuals are at times reminiscent of 300 (though no one is quite as buff or as naked as Gerard Butler’s Spartans) and at other times the old […]

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Prometheus: The Art of the Film

Prometheus: The Art of the Film

| July 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Arguably the best part of Ridley Scott’s latest film Prometheus is its production design, and a great sampling of that particular aspect of the film can take its place on your coffee table or your book shelf right next to the reissued The Book of Alien, Alien: The Illustrated Story and Colonial Marines Technical Manual […]

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Falling Skies

Falling Skies

| June 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

In the past year or so, Stephen Spielberg has debuted 4 TV series: Falling Skies, Terra Nova, The River and Smash.  One has been cancelled outright (The River); one is evidently being significantly retooled for its second season (Smash); one is in limbo (Terra Nova) and the first of the four to premiere, last summer’s […]

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BFS’s Scotland Series

BFS’s Scotland Series

| May 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Nearly 20 years ago, I visited Scotland for the first time, and I became a believer in genetic memory.  I had grown up in the foothills of Appalachia, surrounded by strong wry people, rolling hills and bluegrass music.  Something about the Scottish landscape and its people felt oddly like home.  It was only after that […]

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Bob’s Burgers The Complete 1st Season

Bob’s Burgers The Complete 1st Season

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

There’s a new restaurant in town, and its original menu included Soylent Green. Don’t’ believe me? The first clue is that Loren Bouchard’s family-centered animated workplace comedy launched with an episode titled “Human Flesh.” And the funeral home is right next door. Coincidence or convenience? Hmmmm. Of course that inaugural episode of Bob’s Burgers said […]

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Archer Complete Season 2

Archer Complete Season 2

| January 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Perfect Situational Awareness Okay, is there a sexier secret agent than Sterling Archer? Or a dumber one? Sure, his ex-girlfriend Lana is the brains of the operation – and does she ever dress to show the curves – but Archer’s apparent inability to locate his clothes most days means equal opportunity eye candy. And there […]

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