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

  • 9 days ago | Film Reviews

    Once, American comedies concerned underdog heroes who challenged the status quo and seized the territory of the upper-class characters who thought they were in control. Slobs vs. snobs. During the wartime administration of the lesser President Bus...

  • Director Todd Phillips' Hangover trilogy stands as a triumphalist celebration of rich, white douchebaggery in which a group of down-punching twats defend their status against shrill women and foreign weirdos. Phillips pulls that thread...

  • A minor film genre emerged in the 1980s in which an uptight protagonist, usually a dude, crosses a threshold into an unexpected world that only appears when the sun sets. His adventure lasts until daybreak, and he experiences an existence wider...

  • The kind of robust nationalism usually emitted by sousaphones and Toby Keith is an unforced display of identity that often seems weird to foreign tourists baffled by the flag waving over Waffle House. South Korean production Operation...

  • Over three decades, Joel and Ethan Coen have established a distinctive sensibility marked by sidewinding plots, an ironic narrative distance often belied by genuine affection for their characters, and a particular talent for conveying those...

  • 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...

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