Chris Packham

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  • In his previous film, Bigger, Stronger, Faster, director Chris Bell documented the stories of his two brothers who became involved in the subculture of performance-enhancing drugs as they pursued their sporting ambitions. In...

  • Get Happy's oppressive, dainty-pop soundtrack includes ukulele and toy piano. So the film is twee and annoying, but it's also self-aware enough to label a character as a "manic pixie dream girl" and to have another provide a lengthy...

  • 1 month ago | Film and TV

    As cinematic year 2015 reaches its end, the FOMO specter threatens to haunt us all. If you pored over the results of our film poll and felt aghast at how many apparently great movies you’ve yet to see, here at last is a chance to catch up wit...

  • In the current improbable political climate, in which a media-savvy and race-baiting billionaire is actually dragging the Ted Cruzes and Rand Pauls of the world even further to the right, Courting Des Moines is completely outdated even...

  • The art of film direction involves conveying a lot of indirect information -- character interiority, the general mood of a scene, the relative status of people in conflict, and a thousand other non-obvious elements. But it's hard not to imagine a...

  • There's this whole gross genre of film narrative, mostly by middle-aged screenwriters and directors, about forty-year-old men lusting after teenage girls. Think Ghost World and American Beauty. Aside from extruding your pineal gland...

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