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John DeVore

There is currently an op-ed in a local paper about a proposed rezoning for schools describing students at Calvin Donaldson Elementary as “sluggards” and claiming that “goats and sheep” don’t mix. It’s important to note that Calvin Donaldson ... Read more

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There is likely no better horror writing than the first few chapters of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula”. Jonathan Harker’s imprisonment within the Transylvanian castle is harrowing in a way that isn’t seen in most horror novels. Despite being released in ... Read more

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There is an interesting habit in media consumption right now, brought on by the intense fracturing of the media landscape. It’s been happening for years now, likely since the beginning of cable television, but an abundance of choice has caused ... Read more

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If someone had asked me when I first started at The Pulse if Chattanooga would ever have a long running film festival, I would have firmly expressed my doubts. The first few years of covering film in the area was nothing short of a desert. But ... Read more

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Two of my favorite films this year have been about the failings of generation wealth and the illusion of power. Ready or Not may have had one of the best endings of any film in its genre, delivered in such a satisfying and final way, a way left ... Read more

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While most would argue that the most iconic American film genre would be the Western, the gangster film might be a close second. They share many of the same ideas—order vs. chaos, machismo as virtue, violence as the ultimate solution, etc. Our ... Read more

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There’s a certain brand of comedians that insist today’s generation is unable to take a joke. That they’re too sensitive, too defensive, too serious. I’ve seen a lot of discussion about how this movie or that movie could never be made today and ... Read more

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There are some movies that don’t need sequels. Despite the insistence otherwise by Hollywood franchise creators, there’s something to be said for a standalone film. Can you imagine a direct sequel to Raging Bull? A Jake LaMatta 2: Boxing Boogaloo? Read more

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One of the drawbacks of reviewing film is that you see a lot of film. This seems counterintuitive, of course. I love movies. Still, when you watch a lot of them, you start to see the same ideas over and over. Repetition drives audiences to ... Read more

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One thing critics sometimes fail to appreciate is just how hard it is to make a feature film. Modern-day filmmaking, particularly for a Hollywood feature, requires thousands of people, each one working long hours, to create a piece of art. They ... Read more

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The Netflix model of film production is a tricky one. On one hand, it can be hard to keep up with the number of original films and television shows within the app. For reasons that are known only to them, their suggestion algorithm is complicated. Read more

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On Saturday, October 26th, the region’s best horror film festival is back for its ninth iteration. I’m fairly certain that this makes the Frightening Ass Film Fest the longest running annual film event in the city. Without a doubt, the FAFF is a ... Read more

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In the graphic novel “The Killing Joke” by Alan Moore, the Joker tells Batman that “if [he’s] going to have a past, [he] prefer it be multiple choice.” From Cesar Romero to Jack Nicholson to Mark Hamill, there have been scores of actors to play ... Read more

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A common theme in science fiction is humanity’s search for intelligent life beyond our own. Beyond simple curiosity, I’ve never been quite sure we’d want to find it. Humans, as a group, are awful. We treat each other terribly, cause mass ... Read more

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As a general rule, turning short sketch comedy into feature length film isn’t a great idea. If “Saturday Night Live” has taught us anything (and I’m not sure it has) it’s this. Beyond 1980’s The Blues Brothers and 1992’s Wayne’s World, you’d be ... Read more

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The 2008 financial crisis will likely be remembered as one of the most devastating events in modern history. While it doesn’t carry the same emotional weight as the tragedy of September 11th, 2001, its effects are likely as far reaching. The ... Read more

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“Can an entire city be haunted? Haunted as some houses are supposed to be haunted?” Mike Hanlon asks this question in the first interlude of Stephen King’s sprawling, complex novel “It”. “It” is likely my favorite of King’s books, as unfocused ... Read more

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In a given year, there are around 600–800 feature films released in North America. You’d be surprised to learn that only a fraction of those movies are released by Disney or involve superheroes (or are released by Disney AND involve superheroes) ... Read more

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In 2009, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert were nominated for an Academy Award for their short documentary The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant. The plant in question was the Moraine Assembly plant in Moraine, Ohio, which is a suburb of Dayton. Read more

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It’s the era of conspiracy theories in America. It feels as though they’ve never been more prevalent, more accepted, more shared. Currently, there’s a group of right-wing believers who wait in shared online spaces for an anonymous poster named Q ... Read more

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

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