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John DeVore

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

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

After I saw the recent documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, I was left with a strange, uncomfortable feeling. It was a feeling of amazement, of confusion, of not quite ... more »

Jul 20, 2016 1:02 PM Reviews

Ever the helpful website, Wikipedia has a convenient list of all shark attack movies since 1975, along with the type of terrorizing shark. It is a quick, entertaining read that can lead you into a rabbit hole of weird ... more »

Jul 13, 2016 10:07 AM Reviews

My love of film really started with blockbusters in the ‘90s. There are certain films where I know every line, every beat, every moment, and every swell in the score because I watched them relentlessly. more »

Jul 6, 2016 11:39 AM Reviews

In 2013, The Supreme Court invalidated a key component of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This law was meant to protect the rights of black voters in the south by forcing Southern states ... more »

Jun 29, 2016 11:11 AM Reviews

There’s something special that’s happened in Chattanooga. For years, films fans here have had their options limited to mainstream movies at Carmike theaters. It’s not a terrible problem for most movie goers ... more »

Jun 22, 2016 11:49 AM Reviews 1 Comments

I’ve spent a lot of time in Azeroth. For the uninitiated, Azeroth is the world inhabited by the heroes of Blizzard Entertainment, a multimedia company that has dominated the market of real time ... more »

Jun 15, 2016 11:55 AM Reviews 1 Comments

Film frequently serves as a way to tap into a cultural consciousness, to learn what is on the minds of a country and its citizens. Often you find this in the subtext—in the hidden themes and ideas behind the action ... more »

Jun 8, 2016 12:35 PM Reviews

There have been sixteen years of X-Men movies and, save X-Men: First Class and X:Men: Days of Future Past, they’ve all be been fair to middling. 2000’s X-Men and X2 were both successful in terms of of ticket sales, and ... more »

Jun 1, 2016 12:02 PM Reviews

There is something inherently unappealing about Los Angeles. It’s a city that has been shown over and over again in Hollywood films, a natural byproduct of being the hometown of ... more »

May 25, 2016 2:17 PM Reviews

Analyzing film is all about connections. Truth be told, connections are to be found in all types of art. The years we all spent listening to English teachers drone on about theme and symboll, about extended ... more »

May 18, 2016 11:09 AM Cover Story

As the universe expands, Marvel films are going to become increasingly unwieldy. The comic books are already so and have been for decades. That’s why there are periodic reboots, from the “Ultimate” series ... more »

May 11, 2016 2:27 PM Reviews

Despite the insistence of certain presidential candidates towards the opposite, America is an immigrant story. The reasons behind hard work and sacrifice as enduring American values are tied directly to the inherent ... more »

May 4, 2016 12:31 PM Reviews

1967’s The Jungle Book has long been one of my favorite Disney films, second only to Sleeping Beauty for lack of a fire-breathing dragon. What it lacks in evil green fire, it more than makes up for with a particular ... more »

Apr 27, 2016 2:28 PM Reviews

The promise of eternal life has long been a selling point of most major religions. Be it the Christian idea of paradise in the everlasting presence of God, the promise of 72 virgins in certain Muslim ... more »

Apr 20, 2016 12:03 PM Reviews

One major benefit of the Chattanooga Film Festival is the inclusion of little-known quality films that can be found in the lineup. Each year, there are an assortment of strange, beautiful experiences that remind ... more »

Apr 13, 2016 2:02 PM Reviews

There is a certain pattern to most biopics about popular musicians. From Buddy Holly to Ray Charles, from Johnny Cash to Easy E and Ice Cube, they all start with humble roots. We see the musicians ... more »

Apr 6, 2016 11:56 AM Reviews

There will likely never be a fully satisfying portrayal of Batman. The character has been around for 77 years and written in a multitude of ways, changing subtly through each incarnation. There are consistent elements to the story ... more »

Mar 30, 2016 12:23 PM Reviews

There is no event in the Scenic City better than the Chattanooga Film Festival. That this is the third year is fairly impressive given how easy it would have been for the festival to fizzle after, if not during, year one. more »

Mar 23, 2016 10:45 AM Cover Story

It is easy to see how religious belief is a necessity to developing societies. Even in today’s world, where stability and long life are the norms rather than the exceptions, there is more than enough chaos and evil to strike ... more »

Mar 16, 2016 11:19 AM Reviews

This March appears to be the best time to be a film fan in Chattanooga. There are a slew of upcoming and exciting events in film, when as of late there have been few local events to attend. more »

Mar 9, 2016 12:10 PM Reviews