John DeVore

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

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

Sometimes it seems as if Hollywood is caught in an endless loop. Every few months, the studios cycle through their lineup, a never ending batting order of comic book movies, young adult fantasy movies ... more

Nov 30, 2016 11:17 AM Reviews

n the Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling, questions abound. The films tend to be light on answers, but then their purpose isn’t to provide enlightenment. As with all franchises, the films are simply a way to cash in on ... more

Nov 23, 2016 10:37 AM Reviews

There is no place in our society that better personifies the differences between economic and social classes than our schools. Education is meant to be egalitarian. Knowledge is the great equalizer. It is one ... more

Nov 16, 2016 11:28 AM Reviews

As the Marvel onslaught of box office domination continues, it has become obvious that the best of them exist outside the Avengers universe. 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy was a delightful ... more

Nov 9, 2016 12:49 PM Reviews

Indignation is a warning wrapped in a coming-of-age tale. The word means strong displeasure at the unjust, a righteous sort of anger, and the kind that is often celebrated today by the social justice warriors ... more

Nov 2, 2016 11:13 AM Reviews

It’s easy to think sometimes that art is a limited medium, or at the very least relegated to its own narrow focus. Composers write songs and perform concerts. Writers write books and hold signings. Musicians play in ... more

Oct 26, 2016 1:08 PM Reviews

The coming-of-age film is a time honored part of the American storytelling tradition. It’s part of our shared experience of growing up—the teenage alienation, the family drama, the loss of self, the discovery of ... more

Oct 19, 2016 1:48 PM Reviews

The Birth of a Nation is a strange title for a film about the slave revolt led by Nat Turner in 1831. The original The Birth of a Nation is D.W. Griffith’s 1915 racist epic about the founding of the Klu Klux Klan, a propaganda film that is ... more

Oct 12, 2016 12:39 PM Reviews

With the release of Luke Cage on Netflix, one thing is certain: the small screen Defenders series, like Daredevil and Jessica Jones, have far surpassed any of the other Marvel properties in terms ... more

Oct 5, 2016 11:04 AM Reviews

Often, art exists as much for comfort as it does for challenging new experiences. We see new films, listen to new music, visit new exhibits hoping to see something that will fill us with a sense of awe or encourage us to discuss new ... more

Sep 28, 2016 1:29 PM Reviews

In my early teen years, I loved roller coasters. At least, I pretended to. There was always part of me that would secretly rather hang out by the water rides and bumper cars than hang upside down while travelling at ... more

Sep 21, 2016 11:59 AM Reviews

With the upcoming J.K. Rowling feature Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it’s important to remember that not all magic is contained within the walls of Hogwarts. For a long time now ... more

Sep 14, 2016 12:54 PM Reviews

Three years before the Chattanooga Film Festival changed the face of film in Chattanooga, the founders tried their hands at festival organizing and found it to be Frightening Ass. It was so Frightening Ass that they have brought it ... more

Sep 7, 2016 1:01 PM Reviews

If there’s anything to be said for the current state of film in the world, it’s that choice is finally beginning to reign supreme. At the multiplexes, often the same old films play—tired, obvious ... more

Aug 31, 2016 12:43 PM Reviews

I only remember snippets of the original 1977 Pete’s Dragon. Like The Apple Dumpling Gang or Herbie Rides Again, they were films that played in the background of my youth but never rose to the forefront of my ... more

Aug 24, 2016 2:33 PM Reviews

As much as the Chattanooga film scene has improved for film fans over the last few years due to Mise En Scenesters and the Chattanooga Film Festival, it’s easy to overlook the strides that have been made for filmmakers in the area. more

Aug 17, 2016 1:05 PM Cover Story

There’s nothing more terrifying as an artist than the idea that everyone is just being nice. Most artists are hoping to entertain the audience with their genuine talent to justify what they see as a significant ... more

Aug 17, 2016 1:05 PM Reviews

After three movies, there are some distinct differences between the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes. One is brightly colored, funny, and rarely boring. The other is DC. At least, this seems to be the consensus ... more

Aug 10, 2016 11:43 AM Reviews

Until recently, Star Trek has never been an action franchise. While the original series might have featured Captain Kirk in a fight to the death with a Gorn, philosophical and moral questions were more frequently ... more

Aug 3, 2016 11:29 AM Reviews

Nostalgia is all the rage right now, for better or for worse. It makes a certain amount of sense. We are in a time of unprecedented connection. Social media brings us together through shared digital ... more

Jul 28, 2016 10:30 AM Reviews

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