Chris Packham

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  • Screenwriters are famously unappreciated in the film industry, often the scapegoats for underperformance or subpar product. But sometimes the whole problem is a terrible script. In the unimaginatively titled A Reason, the Hilgrim family...

  • 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...

  • The comedy in Fort Tilden is grounded in the grim principle that people are incapable of change — its characters' ultimate epiphany is embracing stasis. Best friends Allie and Harper ditch their responsibilities and spend an entire...

  • The first red flag in Lawrence & Holloman could be the prison butt-rape joke. Considering all the mad laffs the edgy Jay Leno used to get out of soap-dropping, it's pretty clear that prison rape jokes are not just down-punchy and mean, but...

  • Sometimes Extinction is a zombie-apocalypse story; mostly it's a meditation on isolation, redemption and family that could, in its basic outline, be satisfyingly told outside of its genre. But then you wouldn't get to see a zombie horde...

  • It's a basic narrative principle dating back to the epic tale "Hunter Chase Mastodon" that you tell your shit in chronological order unless it's more interesting to shuffle the timeline around. The audience-cheating 6 Ways to Die relates a...

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