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

Shifty Private Eye—Who’s Also A Superhero

One of the more interesting parts of the ever-expanding Marvel Universe is the distance between the characters. While Tony Stark sits atop an ivory tower of inherited wealth and prestige, claiming to ... more »

Nov 25, 2015 1:10 PM Reviews

The Heroines on the Barricades

In an address to the Young Men’s Lyceum of Springfield, IL in 1838, Abraham Lincoln said, “Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution ... more »

Nov 18, 2015 12:12 PM Reviews

Shaken...But Not Stirring

When Moneypenny tells Bond in “Spectre” that she knows he “has a secret, something [he] won’t tell anyone,” the tone for the rest of the film is set. There will be no depth to the story or complex themes to be found. more »

Nov 11, 2015 1:43 PM Reviews

They’re Dead, They’re Evil and That’s Just Perfect

It’s a shame that Bruce Campbell isn’t better known. Obviously, among a certain group of film fans, he’s an absolutely legend. But for most, he’s another “that guy”—just a random character ... more »

Nov 4, 2015 2:52 PM Reviews

The Six-Year-Old’s Halloween Tale

I know a six year old who has no patience for the talking parts of movies. He cannot abide the character interpretations of actors, has no appreciation for scenery chewing, and does not have an interest ... more »

Oct 28, 2015 3:47 PM Reviews

Whispering A Gothic Tale In Your Dreams

The difference between Gothic and horror stories is found in the stylistic treatment of the theme. A horror story is meant to shock in a powerful, visceral sense. It tears at the senses, stops the heart, and ... more »

Oct 21, 2015 12:38 PM Reviews 1 Comments

I Wanted “Malala” And Ended Up With “Deathgasm”

I went to the movies this past weekend hoping to be inspired. There are several theaters in the Chattanooga area and only one of them was playing “He Named Me Malala,” the documentary about the ... more »

Oct 14, 2015 2:57 PM Reviews

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back to the Majestic…

October is a month of promise. Even when you’re older, and wandering the neighborhood in a mask asking for handouts in exchange for not vandalizing property is largely frowned ... more »

Oct 7, 2015 11:52 AM Reviews

What Big Teeth You Have, Grandma

I was never blessed with grandparents. I have vague memories of my grandfather on my father’s side, but I was very young when he passed. I did not get a chance to meet my mother’s parents. more »

Sep 30, 2015 1:37 PM Reviews

The Monster Living Next Door

The identities of American gangsters have shifted in recent years. It’s no surprise that Martin Scorcese’s latest crime-inspired film wasn’t about back alleyway shakedowns, but white collar short selling and excess greed. more »

Sep 23, 2015 12:31 PM Reviews

They Hated Everything—and Sang About It

Despite what you might have heard, punk isn’t dead. The original sound has gone the way of all new forms of art: absorbed and repackaged to make it more palatable for the masses, varied and stratified as its ... more »

Sep 16, 2015 12:49 PM Reviews

Capturing the Soul of Two Cities

Chattanooga’s film community outreach has begun. CAPTURE Chattanooga, the community filmmaking project that began two years ago, has found a second city to participate. The only requirement for participation ... more »

Sep 9, 2015 11:33 AM Reviews

Getting to Know Her, Getting To Know All About Her

Not all movies are comfortable, entertaining experiences. Art reflects reality and reality is often unpleasant. Not everyone will force themselves to look at the more unsavory parts of the world. more »

Sep 2, 2015 2:07 PM Reviews

Reviving the Joy of the Joystick

The Great American Arcade has been slowly dying for the past few decades. Much of this death spiral can be attributed to the arcade’s inability to keep up with a technology that has exploded in sophistication ... more »

Aug 26, 2015 12:22 PM News, Views, Rants, Raves

Very American, Not So Very Ultra

It seems most people harbor hero fantasies. Nothing livens up a pointless meeting up more than imagining how one might stop an armed assailant as he’s threatening the office secretary. more »

Aug 26, 2015 12:22 PM Reviews

A Fractured American Dream

Artists are performers. Their art comes from experience. Many times this experience is a collective reflection of their environment; the storytellers may be telling tales and exaggerations of those that surround them ... more »

Aug 19, 2015 12:05 PM Reviews

Love Unique Films? Then You’re Gonna Love This.

The influences of Chris Dortch and Mise En Scenesters (MES) can be found all over the Chattanooga film scene. Their fingerprints can be found in the smallest places. more »

Aug 12, 2015 12:58 PM Reviews

Is It Gone Yet?

Today’s culture is dominated by nostalgia. The current purveyors of socially driven media find that people respond positively to lists featuring popular toys from the ’80s, or fringe characters from ’90s Nickelodeon shows ... more »

Aug 5, 2015 2:46 PM Reviews

Rust in the Ultimate Thinking Machine

Our favorite heroes are always frozen in time. Superman perpetually saves Lois Lane from a falling helicopter. James Bond stirs his martini and watches the villains from across the room. Indiana Jones is always on ... more »

Jul 29, 2015 4:35 PM Reviews

Marvel Adds a New Superhero to the Picnic

Sometimes it seems reviews repeat themselves. This is especially true of franchise films, as Hollywood is nothing if not repetitive. But then, certain things can’t be denied. Certain personality flaws lend themselves ... more »

Jul 22, 2015 1:34 PM Reviews