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

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is nearing a crossroads. This spring marks the culmination of ten years of filmmaking. There have been scores of movies. Some have been more successful than others, but most, if not all, have been blockbusters in ... Read more

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Professional wrestling is a strange sport, to say the least. Unlike most sports, where the athletes are competing against each other in a game of skill, and the person with the best performance comes out on top, professional wrestling is more of ... Read more

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Congratulations to all the nominees and winners at this past Sunday’s Academy Awards. Sure, this could be another breakdown of the “winners” and “losers”, the decisions made (both good and bad), or any other number of things. But instead, this ... Read more

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Riverbend was my first music festival. I was around 18 or 19 and I had traveled around to the various metro areas of Tennessee and seen quite a few of my favorite artists in individual concerts, or occasionally touring with someone else I liked. Read more

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Conventional wisdom espoused by film fans is that a sequel is never as good as the original. This rule has been challenged in recent years by several films, although the nature of filmmaking has changed quite a bit from when this rule was ... Read more

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The announcement of the (maybe) presidential candidacy for Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz in the past few weeks hasn’t garnered the response he’d likely hoped. For most, it’s one of indifference. He claims that both the left and the right have ... Read more

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It’s time again for the Academy Awards, the yearly glorified trade show of the film industry where rich people give other rich people awards for arguable contributions to film as an art form. It gives studios a chance to re-release films to ... Read more

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As hard as it is to believe, superhero movies weren’t always ubiquitous. In fact, there was a time when comic books were largely considered children’s entertainment. Batman, for instance, wasn’t always brooding, violent, and angry. He was once a ... Read more

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There’s no doubt that Netflix has changed film as we know it. The company completely decimated the movie rental industry, essentially driving a multi-billion dollar powerhouse out of the market entirely. Netflix is an example of what is possible ... Read more

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It’s about that time again. Seven years ago, the Lookout Wild Film Festival began offering a niche film event, one particularly suited to Chattanooga. The LWFF is a celebration of the “wild” places of the world and the people who seek them out. Read more

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It’s easy to think that the current White House administration is uniquely terrible in all things. The evidence is there: real time corruption, a who’s who of bad actors, lies, camps, tweets. Every single day is a new low, a weakened institution ... Read more

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It’s not a stretch to say that most superhero movies are animated. Sure, they have live actors in them and the art is largely photorealistic renderings of comic book art, but there are teams and teams of animators, designers, and other artists ... Read more

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One of the better films I saw at the Chattanooga Film Festival last April was Summer of 84, a coming-of-age/horror film about the serial killer next door.  In it, a group of boys begins an investigation into their neighbor, a well-liked, friendly ... Read more

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It takes a bit of skill to make a safe film about an uncomfortable subject. History is littered with horrors. People have been, and continue to be, unabashedly awful to each other for a variety of reasons. Ignorance abounds, from sanctuary to ... Read more

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As a people, humans need this repetition. Pattern recognition is key to human evolution and advancement—stories are no different. They provide comfort, teach lessons, bind groups together, and create shared goals and enemies, and allow us to ... Read more

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As I watched The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, I couldn’t help but think of this passage from my favorite piece of American literature, “The Way to Rainy Mountain” by N. Scott Momaday. “Loneliness is an aspect of the land. All things in the plain are ... Read more

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World War II is a veritable mine field when it comes to movie premises. In the simplest terms, the time period comes prepackaged with conventional heroes and villains, a save the world plot, and every action movie cliché possible. Read more

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If it weren’t for events like the Frightening Ass Film Festival, Chattanooga might be hard to take. As I write this, over 10,000 people are flooding into the McKenzie Arena to take part in the president’s xenophobic/hate-the-media/lie-about... Read more

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2018’s Halloween sequel is a success on many fronts. In general, the Halloween franchise has been increasingly convoluted and complicated, each film recreating and adding to the mythology of Michael Myers. Myers was the original slasher, the one ... Read more

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Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like October was halfway gone before I realized what month it was. There’s just not enough time to enjoy it properly. t might be because the first week or so of October felt like an extension of summer—the ... Read more

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