John DeVore

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

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

Stories always have a way of evolving. Even though every story has been told, a quality storyteller can find a new way express an old sentiment. This allows audiences to experience the comfort of the familiar as well as the excitement of ... more

Jul 26, 2017 11:12 AM Reviews

There’s no battle raging in the country right now quite like the one between the White House and the press. While I’m only 35, I can’t remember another time when the press was so adversarial towards a sitting president. Of course, almost all of ... more

Jul 20, 2017 10:01 AM Reviews

The best Marvel Cinematic Universe films aren’t strictly superhero movies. The typical superhero film is full of rescued damsels and world-ending supervillains raining death from above, a handful of plot holes and special effects, sprinkled with ... more

Jul 12, 2017 11:03 AM Reviews

Summer movies are usually loud and obnoxious. They’re heavy on plot and special effects, low on characters and emotion. As always, summer features a variety of sequel and comic book movie fare for the casual moviegoer, the one who spends time in ... more

Jul 5, 2017 11:23 AM Reviews

Last week was the summer solstice, officially the longest day of the year. We are now on the downward slide, each day shorter than the last, as the season slips slowly behind us. That’s less time for beach trips and days by the pool, for late ... more

Jun 28, 2017 11:41 AM Reviews

While Chattanooga is frequently passed over for many independent and small market films, it also (along with the majority of the country) misses out on another important aspect of the arts, namely live theater. Of course, most cities have their ... more

Jun 21, 2017 11:10 AM Reviews

My mother spent the majority of her career in education as a school librarian. As a result, I spent many an afternoon perusing the books in her library as she worked after school. She is an excellent librarian and her collection contained many a ... more

Jun 14, 2017 12:05 PM Reviews

As a comic book fan, I don’t think I’ll tire of superhero movies any time soon. Hollywood has become a never-ending comic book movie machine, cranking out webslingers, ancient gods, weird aliens, and handsome billionaires at every turn. Most of ... more

Jun 7, 2017 11:32 AM Reviews

Disney has made five Pirates of the Caribbean movies to date. That’s five blockbuster films based on nothing more than a theme park ride (albeit a popular one that gave rise to the indispensable pirate anthem “A Pirate’s Life for Me”). That ... more

May 31, 2017 10:39 AM Reviews

Reflection has been a preoccupation for a majority of the country in the days since the 2016 election. Article after article, panel after panel, people have discussed the outcome in hushed tones, united in concern for the events that transpired ... more

May 24, 2017 11:17 AM Reviews

While summer traditionally marks the beginning of blockbuster season for Hollywood, it also has come to mark something similar for television. It’s not just any television, though. Nothing as clumsy and random as a new sitcom. No, it seems late ... more

May 17, 2017 11:41 AM Reviews

The first days of summer are quickly approaching and all the signs are in place for the changing of the season. The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer, and Marvel is releasing its first big budget movie of the year. This year ... more

May 10, 2017 12:04 PM Reviews

For whatever reason, sales of “1984”—the classic dystopian novel by George Orwell—skyrocketed after the election of our current president. It might be due to the new administration’s penchant for creating alternate realities during press ... more

May 3, 2017 11:51 AM Reviews

When Joseph Conrad published “Heart of Darkness” in 1899, he effectively described the motivations and danger of British imperialism in the uncharted wild places of the modern world. It’s one of the world’s most studied novellas, an inspiration ... more

Apr 26, 2017 11:56 AM Reviews

My life changed in a variety of ways when I was thirteen or fourteen. My parents had built a house away from the neighborhood where I grew up. I moved away from my friends, to a different part of town, and for the first time in my life, I ... more

Apr 19, 2017 1:29 PM Reviews

A haunted house story always seems to have the same elements. There’s the initial contact—moving items, rearranged furniture, bumps in the night, etc. There’s the escalation—true hauntings happen here, with ghostly attacks, jump scares ... more

Apr 12, 2017 12:22 PM Reviews

As always, the Chattanooga Film Festival is kicking off this weekend with a truly exceptional film, Dave Made a Maze, which is sure to set the tone for the entire event (the director says he aimed for “the four Gs: Goonies, Gondry, Gilliam, and ... more

Apr 5, 2017 12:21 PM Reviews

It’s year four of the Chattanooga Film Festival and it’s a shaping up to be another exceptional celebration of cinema for film fans around the region. In its relatively short existence, the festival has grown to become the best event of the year ... more

Mar 29, 2017 4:25 PM Cover Story

The second wave of the upcoming Chattanooga Film Festival has been announced and it’s a cavalcade of interesting films accompanied by specials guests of all sorts. As always, there will be a variety of talented filmmakers and industry ... more

Mar 15, 2017 11:12 AM Reviews

It’s almost time again for the best event in Chattanooga. April 6–9 will once again feature the Chattanooga Film Festival—four days packed with great films and events rarely seen in this part of the country. While Chattanooga has proven that it ... more

Mar 8, 2017 11:46 AM Reviews

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