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John DeVore

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

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

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

Sometimes the Tried and True Is the Right Choice

As I’ve mentioned before, it’s important to compare films against type. Whether judging a film against others in a series or others in a genre, it’s important to note the common themes and goals and evaluate the film ... more »

Jul 15, 2015 1:30 PM Reviews

Arnie Gets The Bots Back Together

In 2000, after releasing Stiff Upper Lip, AC/DC's Angus Young famously stated, “I’m sick and tired of people saying that we put out 11 albums that sound exactly the same. In fact, we’ve put out 12 ...” more »

Jul 8, 2015 5:03 PM Reviews

Go West, Young Filmmaker

One of the perks of having a film festival in town is the opportunity to see certain films first. While the goal of the Chattanooga Film Festival is not necessarily to have exclusive premieres, there is a genuine ... more »

Jul 1, 2015 2:26 PM Reviews

Bigger, Louder, Deadlier Dinos

Mary Shelley created a monster with her novel “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.” This is the second time I’ve referenced her gothic novel just this year, as the tale of man creating the instrument of his downfall ... more »

Jun 17, 2015 4:11 PM Reviews

Please Don't Sing Out, Louise

Very little can be said about “Pitch Perfect 2” that hasn’t been already. Some films are surprise hits—“Pitch Perfect” was a definite gamble by the studio, as a comedy about college a cappella competitions might have been a ... more »

Jun 3, 2015 12:06 PM Reviews

Sugarcoated Hope For The Future

Very few of us have confidence in an Arcadian future. Nowhere is this more evident than in the stories we tell. Dystopian novels and films have become leading visions—look no further than last weekend’s ... more »

May 27, 2015 4:47 PM Reviews

Post-Apocalyptic Death Duels in the Desert

Max Rockatansky has endured a lot since 1979. After seeing his family run down by a motorcycle gang, he has witnessed the apocalyptic breakdown of an entire society and the rise of quasi-religious warlords ... more »

May 20, 2015 12:48 PM Reviews

Making God In The Machine

Any invitation from an obscenely wealthy individual to spend a week alone in a remote location with only the host should be politely declined, especially if one doesn’t hail from a similar tax bracket. more »

May 13, 2015 1:46 PM Reviews

You Can’t Tell the Players Without a Scorecard

“The Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the first film in the Marvel cinematic universe that might be inaccessible to new viewers. It is completely predicated on knowledge of everything that has happened in the 12 previous ... more »

May 7, 2015 11:17 AM Reviews