Chris Packham

Chris Packham is a regular film contributor at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

Latest Stories

  • In 1984, the year Paramount released Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, novelist Thomas Pynchon excavated a number of short stories he'd written as a kid. In the introduction to the published compilation, he wrote that he had a...

  • 2 months ago | Film and TV

    Mockumentary Hitler's Folly, at only an hour long, stretches its incredibly thin premise over a surface area the size of the European front. Its single, exhausting joke: Hitler, a misunderstood artist, actually built a Disney-style animation ...

  • There's an old comedy trick where a writer throws two polar opposites into an enclosed space and watches the sparks fly. It's called Neil Simoning, and it's the only trick Chuck Lorre ever learned. So far, nobody's tried Neil Simoning the...

  • Creating a storybook atmosphere is largely an exercise in omission, the avoidance of timely references and real-life grit. One of the biggest omissions in Snowtime! is the presence of adults; you only see children populating its idealized...

  • There's this whole gross genre of film narrative, mostly by middle-aged screenwriters and directors, about forty-year-old men lusting after teenage girls. Think Ghost World and American Beauty. Aside from extruding your pineal gland...

  • Digressive glibness has been the obligatory mode for crime movies since the 1990s, popularized by Quentin Tarantino via Elmore Leonard and Seinfeld. The mark of a high-status character, like John Travolta's Eddie in Criminal...

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