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John DeVore

Time to Have Some Comic Book Fun

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

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

Don’t Cry For Me, Celebrities

I have a hard time caring about the problems of the rich and famous. There are a not-insignificant number of movies focusing on the lives of the extremely fortunate and the difficulties faced by people that occupy the top ... more »

Dec 17, 2014 5:42 PM Reviews

Those Kind of Movies—Now’s Your Chance

Some weekends Hollywood takes a break. Or at least, Chattanooga’s theaters don’t bother to bring the films released to audiences in the Scenic City. more »

Dec 10, 2014 5:14 PM Screen

Stretching Out the Hunger Starves Ideas

It’s important to consider audience when viewing a film. “The Hunger Games” franchise is based on a highly popular series of young adult novels and the films closely follow the source material in the development of its themes. more »

Dec 4, 2014 10:44 AM Reviews

The Story Behind The Story

Real evil is so much more boring than fictional evil. In fact, most evil in this world can be categorized as simple ignorance and dissatisfaction rather than a desire for oppression and wanton destruction. more »

Nov 26, 2014 4:48 PM Reviews

The Birdman of Broadway

The lives of actors and their love of theater tends to be relatively common story in Hollywood. Screenwriters live in that world, occupying a profession where everything is riding on one idea, or one presentation, or one last shot. more »

Nov 20, 2014 9:58 AM Reviews

Great Fiction, Mediocre Science

Good science fiction always asks complicated questions. The high-water mark of the genre is its willingness to confuse and obfuscate in the name of narrative integrity, rather than compromising the subject’s complexity ... more »

Nov 13, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

Loving The Man Inside The Cell

There’s a long list of things I’ll never truly understand. Some are truly complicated, like American foreign policy or the derivatives market on Wall Street. Others are simply outside of my own sociological background ... more »

Nov 6, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

Day of the Dead, Ninos-Style

Whenever Guillermo del Toro is involved in a film, you know that it will feature visuals that can’t be matched elsewhere. Pixar has dominated the animated feature category in recent years for good reason ... more »

Oct 30, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

The Media Is the Murderer

I am late to the party when it comes to reviewing David Fincher’s latest thriller “Gone Girl.” Although the wide release only occurred a few weeks ago, the buzz surrounding the film had been building for months ... more »

Oct 23, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

Your Honor, We Object To Movie Clichés

Clichés exist for a reason. They are essentially repetitions of themes, of esthetically pleasing ideas and phrases that were at one time wise and powerful observations of the human condition. more »

Oct 16, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

Prepare To Be Terrified...Again

Along with the crisp air and frost-covered grass, Chattanooga’s best film club and Chattanooga Film Festival partner Mise En Scenesters is returning for year four of the Frightening Ass Film Fest … more »

Oct 9, 2014 10:08 AM Screen

Coo Coo Ca Choo, Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith’s latest film “Tusk” asks a very simple question: “Is man, indeed, a walrus at heart?” The answer is unequivocally, “No.” more »

Oct 2, 2014 10:28 AM Reviews

Time Again for Fiddle-Dee-Dee

I saw “Gone with the Wind” for the first time in my high school world history class. I have little doubt that I had no real appreciation for the film at the time, although I’m sure I was thrilled to spend the majority of the week ... more »

Sep 25, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

Filmmakers, Start Your Cameras

As frustrating as Chattanooga can still be for artists, there are people continuing to push the bar forward when it comes to encouraging the arts. The ability for artists to support themselves fully on just their art ... more »

Sep 18, 2014 12:00 AM Screen

Feuding Over A Fossil Named “Sue”

This has been one of the more barren years for Hollywood film. Not much worth seeing has been released in theaters the past few weeks, beyond the re-released anniversary editions of ... more »

Sep 11, 2014 9:55 AM Reviews

New “Sin City” Is A Sexist Bore

When the first “Sin City” came out, I was nearing the end of my critical theory class in college. We were assigned to take one of the varying critical approaches and apply it to piece of modern media. more »

Sep 4, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

The People We Once Were

“​The One I Love” is a film that illustrates the diversity of the romantic comedy category. A significant part of the film explores the differences between idealized versions of a partner. more »

Aug 28, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

The Eternal Lightness of Growing Up

Life is a collection of small moments that rarely add up to large ones. Very few of us will have a time when we stand against the world, battered by the storm, to be counted among those who have left a mark on history. more »

Aug 21, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

Film Is Busting Out All Over

The year since the last State of the Arts issue has been an exceptional time for film in Chattanooga. More than ever, there are unique and varied opportunities for film fans and filmmakers alike. more »

Aug 14, 2014 12:00 AM Screen 1 Comments

The World’s Nicest Murderer

Richard Linklater’s 2012 film “Bernie” is worth a rental more »

Jul 31, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews