John DeVore

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

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

It’s almost that time of year. The older I get, the more I realize that there are only two real holidays. One is Christmas, with its gift wrapped, red and green, peppermint-flavored consumerism. The other, is, of course, Halloween. more

Sep 20, 2017 12:05 PM Reviews

There is a Stephen King story for everyone. It might not be “The Stand” or “The Children of the Corn,” or “Salem’s Lot”.  It might be “Rita Haywoth and the Shawshank Redemption” or “The Body,” or even his Dark Tower fantasy series. There’s always ... more

Sep 13, 2017 12:24 PM Reviews

If there is a common theme to most indie movies, and it might be hard to argue that there is, that theme could conceivably be that people are strange. As much as we look to our commonalities to understand each other as people, the diversity of ... more

Sep 6, 2017 12:02 PM Reviews

Last week, I argued that the problem with The Defenders is that the show lacks a charismatic, capable villain. The heroes, of course, necessarily defend the weak and downtrodden, making them easier to like, and their allure is rooted in how their ... more

Aug 30, 2017 12:38 PM Reviews

Since the appearance of Daredevil on Netflix, Marvel has been following a pattern similar to the Cinematic Universe with its small screen properties. Just like the blockbusters, they’ve been largely hit and miss. Daredevil roared to life in its ... more

Aug 23, 2017 11:32 AM Reviews

It’s been eleven years since Al Gore released An Inconvenient Truth, an Oscar winning documentary that laid the foundation for climate change awareness, offering daunting statistics, terrifying possibilities, and pathways towards a hopeful future. more

Aug 16, 2017 12:24 PM Reviews

There is no doubt that the Chattanooga film scene has grown enormously from where it used to be. I’ve been covering film in Chattanooga for seven years now and I remember what it was like when I first started—the film scene was without form and ... more

Aug 16, 2017 12:24 PM Cover Story

The easiest way to tell an original story is to change the perspective. It helps with breaking genre conventions, defying the expected in order to deliver something new. Every story is one sided—impressions, implications, understandings, and ... more

Aug 9, 2017 11:02 AM Reviews

Stories always have a way of evolving. Even though every story has been told, a quality storyteller can find a new way express an old sentiment. This allows audiences to experience the comfort of the familiar as well as the excitement of ... more

Jul 26, 2017 11:12 AM Reviews

There’s no battle raging in the country right now quite like the one between the White House and the press. While I’m only 35, I can’t remember another time when the press was so adversarial towards a sitting president. Of course, almost all of ... more

Jul 20, 2017 10:01 AM Reviews

The best Marvel Cinematic Universe films aren’t strictly superhero movies. The typical superhero film is full of rescued damsels and world-ending supervillains raining death from above, a handful of plot holes and special effects, sprinkled with ... more

Jul 12, 2017 11:03 AM Reviews

Summer movies are usually loud and obnoxious. They’re heavy on plot and special effects, low on characters and emotion. As always, summer features a variety of sequel and comic book movie fare for the casual moviegoer, the one who spends time in ... more

Jul 5, 2017 11:23 AM Reviews

Last week was the summer solstice, officially the longest day of the year. We are now on the downward slide, each day shorter than the last, as the season slips slowly behind us. That’s less time for beach trips and days by the pool, for late ... more

Jun 28, 2017 11:41 AM Reviews

While Chattanooga is frequently passed over for many independent and small market films, it also (along with the majority of the country) misses out on another important aspect of the arts, namely live theater. Of course, most cities have their ... more

Jun 21, 2017 11:10 AM Reviews

My mother spent the majority of her career in education as a school librarian. As a result, I spent many an afternoon perusing the books in her library as she worked after school. She is an excellent librarian and her collection contained many a ... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:05 PM Reviews

As a comic book fan, I don’t think I’ll tire of superhero movies any time soon. Hollywood has become a never-ending comic book movie machine, cranking out webslingers, ancient gods, weird aliens, and handsome billionaires at every turn. Most of ... more

Jun 7, 2017 11:32 AM Reviews

Disney has made five Pirates of the Caribbean movies to date. That’s five blockbuster films based on nothing more than a theme park ride (albeit a popular one that gave rise to the indispensable pirate anthem “A Pirate’s Life for Me”). That ... more

May 31, 2017 10:39 AM Reviews

Reflection has been a preoccupation for a majority of the country in the days since the 2016 election. Article after article, panel after panel, people have discussed the outcome in hushed tones, united in concern for the events that transpired ... more

May 24, 2017 11:17 AM Reviews

While summer traditionally marks the beginning of blockbuster season for Hollywood, it also has come to mark something similar for television. It’s not just any television, though. Nothing as clumsy and random as a new sitcom. No, it seems late ... more

May 17, 2017 11:41 AM Reviews

The first days of summer are quickly approaching and all the signs are in place for the changing of the season. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and Marvel is releasing its first big budget movie of the year. This year ... more

May 10, 2017 12:04 PM Reviews

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