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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is silly but satisfying...and a timely blockbuster Read more

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It’s the era of conspiracy theories in America. It feels as though they’ve never been more prevalent, more accepted, more shared. Currently, there’s a group of right-wing believers who wait in shared online spaces for an anonymous poster named Q ... Read more

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It wasn’t too long ago, a little less than a year in fact, that the Frightening Ass Film Fest hosted a documentary on the “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” book series. It was right around the time the president scheduled his visit to ... Read more

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Last year, in the film Sorry to Bother You, a character states: “If you show a person a problem and they have no idea how to control it, they just learn to ignore it.” In the wake of two different mass shootings within forty-eight hours, I can’t ... Read more

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Christian Eaves is a big part of a small community. Despite Chattanooga having one of the best film festivals in the region, the filmmaker scene is relatively small. It’s not for lack of trying—Chattanooga State has ... Read more

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For those unaware, a trope is a commonly overused theme or device in a text of some sort, be it literature, film, or television. For instance, the systematic elimination of teenagers in a horror movie based on their Breakfast Club-inspired clique ... Read more

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There isn’t better fodder for a horror film than apex predators. Despite the fact that humanity, the most apex of apex predators, has so dominated the planet that most animals belonging to the apex category are endangered, we are still ... Read more

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Horror movies are often insights into fears we never knew we had. This is the gift of true horror auteurs. Empty hotels don’t seem too scary until you see twins holding hands. Space aliens are wondrous until they’re stalking you in a dark ... Read more

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When it comes to Spider-Man movies, I’ve always been partial to the ones directed by Sam Raimi. It was a different time back then, in 2002. It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly eighteen years since twenty-seven-year-old Tobey Maguire played ... Read more

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There’s not a musician alive who hasn’t dreamed of having written a song by someone else. Not only that, every musician has daydreamed about living in another era. Learn one or two songs by Jimi Hendrix and you’ll one day find yourself drifting ... Read more

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It’s hard to imagine this nation without immigrants. Impossible, even, given our history. That there are entire groups of people in this country who believe only in a white, Christian America is baffling. That these groups of people appear to ... Read more

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I like movies and television a lot. That should come as no surprise, as I’ve been writing about them for The Pulse for nearly ten years. I’m not terribly interested in genre—whenever anyone asks what kind of movies I like, I generally respond by ... Read more

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The 1980s offered a lot of fears—strangers, Satan, communism (nothing new), etc. Some of these, like communism, have shifted some. We’re not afraid of communist countries really, but anything that might resemble socialism, like tax increases for ... Read more

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Good stories are almost always inspirational in some way. Although critics generally look down on it, fan fiction is a completely natural reaction to enjoying a book or a series of books. It can be difficult for new writers to start their own work... Read more

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What if our heroes aren’t heroes? This past Memorial Day reminded us of the sacrifices made by the men and women of our military, while at the same time we’re also inundated with new stories about the president considering pardons for war ... Read more

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I mentioned last week while reviewing a serial killer movie that the U.S. is a decidedly warlike country. This week, of course, we have a variety of conservatives in the political class inching us closer to a war with Iran. It’s inevitable, really. Read more

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America has an obsession with serial killers. In fact, it seems like America has an obsession with death in general. Our entertainment is almost always couched in some sort of threat—action movies, horror movies, comedies, romance, even ... Read more

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Political documentaries are very rarely inspiring. Almost always, they are about what’s wrong with our world. Occasionally, they will offer a solution or a call to action, but more generally the films highlight a particular point of view on an ... Read more

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For the past few years, I’ve been working on a musical with my sister and her husband. It’s been often rewarding, as I’ve gotten to watch the show come alive through the collaborative process, which has involved active scene and songwriting as ... Read more

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By now, a reboot should be no surprise. In fact, some 96 percent of all films released in a year are remakes, reboots, or sequels. There’s a fairly simple reason for this. Movies are expensive to make. They’re a multimillion dollar gamble that ... Read more

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Grief is a powerful emotion. The cruelest aspect of our evolution is the knowledge of the difference between life and death. Animals are instinctual—they protect themselves from harm and avoid death whenever possible, but they have no real ... Read more

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