Chris Packham is a freelance writer and editor in New York.
2 days ago | Film and TV
Ted Balaker's 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...
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 charac...
Roseanne for President! Directed by Eric Weinrib IFC Films Opens July 1, IFC Center There's an old stand-up joke of unknown provenance about the indestructibility of black-box flight recorders, with a punchline about building planes out of black b...
In 1984, the year Paramount released Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, novelist Thomas Pynchon excavated a number of short stories he'd written as a kid. In the introduction to the published compilation, he wrote that he had a momentary impuls...
2 months ago | Film and TV
Films teach every new generation of teenagers that sex is like a powerful roadside IED made out of shame and consequences that will explode and mangle their awkward, gangly bodies. Starting in the Seventies, movies taught that the normal outcome o...
3 months ago | Film and TV
There's an old comedy trick where a writer throws two polar opposites into an enclosed space and watches the sparks fly. It's called Neil Simoning, and it's the only trick Chuck Lorre ever learned. So far, nobody's tried Neil Simoning the conflict...