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

  • Kill Switch is an ungainly hybrid of two disparate mediums that have been Human Centipede–d together: film and first-person-shooter video games. Film is not the front end of this configuration. Dan Stevens is Will Porter, a...

  • Movie curses -- recall the ones in Ladyhawke and Beauty and the Beast -- are logical algorithms following rules designed to calculate a function of maximum pain. The cursed camera in Camera Obscura produces a photo of a dead...

  • What makes Afterimage so difficult to watch is that the audience meets the charismatic avant-garde painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski (Boguslaw Linda) the way his students do: as a spectacular figure, one-legged and one-armed, standing on a...

  • Once highly controversial, Maurizio Cattelan’s famed sculpture of Pope John Paul II felled by a meteorite is now so embedded in the popular imagination that an image of it appears, animated, in the opening titles of HBO's The Young...

  • Alex Karpovsky is a gem as Ray on Girls, projecting his anxieties through a deadpan stoicism that makes him a great foil to the other characters. In Folk Hero & Funny Guy, that trait serves him well as depressed dude Paul, a...

  • Julian Schnabel's gestural paintings are epically scaled, often executed on drapes or boat sails rather than on stretched canvas. In Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait, director Pappi Corsicato is usually forced to shoot large panoramas...

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