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

  • 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...

  • In his previous film, Bigger, Stronger, Faster, director Chris Bell documented the stories of his two brothers who became involved in the subculture of performance-enhancing drugs as they pursued their sporting ambitions. In...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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