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John DeVore

Go West, Young Filmmaker

One of the perks of having a film festival in town is the opportunity to see certain films first. While the goal of the Chattanooga Film Festival is not necessarily to have exclusive premieres, there is a genuine ... more »

Jul 1, 2015 2:26 PM Reviews

Bigger, Louder, Deadlier Dinos

Mary Shelley created a monster with her novel “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.” This is the second time I’ve referenced her gothic novel just this year, as the tale of man creating the instrument of his downfall ... more »

Jun 17, 2015 4:11 PM Reviews

Please Don't Sing Out, Louise

Very little can be said about “Pitch Perfect 2” that hasn’t been already. Some films are surprise hits—“Pitch Perfect” was a definite gamble by the studio, as a comedy about college a cappella competitions might have been a ... more »

Jun 3, 2015 12:06 PM Reviews

Sugarcoated Hope For The Future

Very few of us have confidence in an Arcadian future. Nowhere is this more evident than in the stories we tell. Dystopian novels and films have become leading visions—look no further than last weekend’s ... more »

May 27, 2015 4:47 PM Reviews

Post-Apocalyptic Death Duels in the Desert

Max Rockatansky has endured a lot since 1979. After seeing his family run down by a motorcycle gang, he has witnessed the apocalyptic breakdown of an entire society and the rise of quasi-religious warlords ... more »

May 20, 2015 12:48 PM Reviews

Making God In The Machine

Any invitation from an obscenely wealthy individual to spend a week alone in a remote location with only the host should be politely declined, especially if one doesn’t hail from a similar tax bracket. more »

May 13, 2015 1:46 PM Reviews

You Can’t Tell the Players Without a Scorecard

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the first film in the Marvel cinematic universe that might be inaccessible to new viewers. It is completely predicated on knowledge of everything that has happened in the 12 previous ... more »

May 7, 2015 11:17 AM Reviews

Chinese Karsts To An Unexpected Swim

Film festival season officially begins on March 20 with the Lookout Wild Film Festival. The long wait is finally over. After months of announcements and press releases, the LWFF launches into an entire weekend ... more »

Mar 18, 2015 4:31 PM Reviews

The Devil Made Him Do It...?

The intervening months between Oscar season and summer blockbusters are the best times to catch up on smaller films from the previous years that either never made it to theaters here or, in some cases, never made it to theaters at all. more »

Feb 25, 2015 12:57 PM Reviews

Don’t Waste Your Time Traveling to This One

As I approach my thirty-third year on this Earth, it seems an interest in youth culture has finally passed me by. I suppose it’s inevitable, although I could argue that my participation in it was marginal at best even in my teens ... more »

Feb 11, 2015 3:42 PM Reviews

Driving Them Toward Their Dreams

There is a line between teaching and inspiration. Even the best learners cannot be truly taught, but merely directed. Sometimes it is the teacher’s job to point in the direction of the lesson and watch as students stumble ... more »

Feb 4, 2015 5:02 PM Reviews