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.

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  • 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...

  • 13 days ago | Film and TV

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Can We Take a Joke? is a surprisingly self-righteous and unfunny documentary in which shelf-dated comedians spend 74 minutes misinterpreting the First Amendment to mean that behaving like an asshole should have no social consequences. The...

  • 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...

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