Chris Packham

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  • Using a slavery narrative to advance an unrelated agenda is pretty tasteless, bordering on offensive. The product of an "inspirational" production house, a white director, and an Asian-American screenwriter who once wrote a film that was actually...

  • Any Day is blessed with a proliferation of odd details, but writer-director Rustam Branaman doesn't seem to realize how strange they are, or how interesting they could have been if heightened a little. For instance: Of all the challenges...

  • Even though the desire to be understood and forgiven is universal and worthy of consideration, it is so hard to address in narrative without lapsing into cornball sentimentalism or the wispy epiphanies that keep Ira Glass rolling in Ford...

  • Chinese and Italian cuisines in America recall the traditions of homelands to which their practitioners can return. Not so with the Jewish traditions of Eastern Europe that inform delicatessens; those communities were destroyed in the Holocaust....

  • Tidy, conventional horror stories are all about cause and effect. The scariness derives from not understanding what's happening, and the resolution lies in discovering the causes. With its ghosts, its spooky old house, and the story's roots in...

  • If Ridley Scott's Blade Runner had instead been produced by 1980s B-film sweatshop the Cannon Group with Chuck Norris as Rick Deckard and directed by Menahem Golan, it might have been a lot like Brian A. Miller's Vice. The film...