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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  • 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...

  • 6 days ago | Film and TV

    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 film and...

  • In 2012, comedian Roseanne Barr actually ran for the nomination of the Green Party, but it wasn't a joke at all. There's never a moment in the documentary Roseanne for President! that Barr's political convictions don't seem sincere. She...

  • Vigilante Diaries is based on an obscure TV series canceled after seven episodes in 2014 by the USA Network. The film stars Paul Sloan, who also wrote it, as a black-ops agent who calls himself "the Vigilante," a generic name apropos of a...

  • Any postmortem of The Last Heist, like the postmortem of a Jet Ski collision, would have to note errors both tactical and strategic. What if a brutal, insane serial killer were trapped inside a bank during a robbery? Tactically, the whole...

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