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, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly.

Latest Stories

  • 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...

  • Bone Tomahawk is an odd duck, a bowlegged western with slasher influences, a penchant for lengthy conversational meanderings, and a genuine interest in character. The film's CHUD antagonists are pretty unexpected, too. The far-flung...

  • Colin Hanks seems like a really warm, sympathetic figure onscreen, an impression now reinforced by his offscreen execution of a documentary on the history of the Tower Records chain, All Things Must Pass. The director's native warmth and...

  • Horror films are basically little computer programs that run on primal hindbrain hardware installed in every psychologically normal person -- neurological proof of shared human experience, if you needed it. But there's a boundary between...

  • There's this old Lifetime movie called Kate's Secret, which stars Meredith Baxter Birney as a housewife with bulimia. It includes a ridiculously long take of Birney standing in a grocery aisle eating an entire box of Oreo cookies against...

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