John DeVore

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

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM Reviews

While some might argue differently, there has never been a good video game movie. Sure, there have been some watchable ones. Some are delightfully campy, with sparse moments of fun peppered throughout an otherwise banal story, but overall, these ... more

Mar 21, 2018 2:50 PM Reviews

There hasn’t been a true student film festival in Chattanooga in a while. In times past, the Broad Street Film Festival was the place to find student films from local colleges and high schools, but the festival all but vanished in recent years ... more

Mar 14, 2018 2:52 PM Reviews 1 Comments

Even over a year later, it’s frust-rating to hear Americans defend their vote for the current president. At the time, they knew nothing of Russian interference, of course. Some refused see through his blatant rhetoric or their misguided hatred of ... more

Mar 7, 2018 12:47 PM Reviews

There is no shortage of good ideas in Hollywood. There is a shortage of confidence in good ideas, an underestimation of audience intelligence, and cynical devotion to blockbuster numbers, but the good ideas remain. They don’t always get made into ... more

Feb 28, 2018 11:38 AM Reviews

It seems like every third movie I see now is somehow Disney related. This isn’t a surprise, really, given that the Mouse owns over 25 percent of the film industry in the U.S. But more than just that, Disney owns the most popular movie franchises ... more

Feb 21, 2018 12:48 PM Reviews

February features several things. Rodent weather prediction. An abundance of pink sentimentality. Quadrennial calendar corrections. Mattress sales. But for the last five years, it’s also brought Chattanooga a different sort of news. more

Feb 14, 2018 12:25 PM Reviews

With the return of Star Trek and The X-Files to television, 2018 is looking to be a good year for science fiction. On the big screen, we’ll soon see Natalie Portman in Annihilation and Spielberg’s Ready Player One (with a sure to be underwhelming ... more

Feb 7, 2018 2:53 PM Reviews

The Netflix documentary series Dirty Money is an exercise in frustration. There are six episodes, each one detailing a separate example of corruption from around the world. We all have a sense that the world is unfair, that it’s stacked in favor ... more

Jan 31, 2018 11:37 AM Reviews

Every year, Hollywood releases a good coming-of-age story. It’s a popular genre, one that has been rewritten over and over again, in a variety of ways. Last year, we saw The Edge of Seventeen. In 2015, there was Me, Earl, & the Dying Girl. Before ... more

Jan 24, 2018 10:39 AM Reviews

Given the political climate, it makes sense that The Post is being released now. Art is often a reflection of national consciousness. Our movies reveal what we, as a people, are thinking far more than most people realize. Right now, the news ... more

Jan 17, 2018 11:51 AM Reviews

It’s that time again. The beginning of a new year means the Lookout Wild Film Festival is just around the corner. For those unfamiliar with the festival, the LWFF is a celebration of wild places in the world, of outdoor sports and the extremes ... more

Jan 10, 2018 11:27 AM Reviews

Of the movie monsters in the 1950’s, The Creature from the Black Lagoon ranks as my favorite. The Creature, known as Gill-man, had a distinct design, one that wasn’t terrifying so much as fascinating. The Gill-man was not a supernatural creature ... more

Jan 3, 2018 11:52 AM Reviews

Everyone has their favorite karate star. During the ‘80s and early ‘90s, karate was as ubiquitous as Star Wars—karate dojos popped up on corners all around the U.S., offering training in a variety of martial arts. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ... more

Dec 27, 2017 11:32 AM Reviews

Nostalgia is a powerful force in our current culture. There’s a steady undercurrent of rose-colored memory running through our lives, from entertainment to politics. On one hand, this nostalgia is fun and harmless—Stranger Things is an ... more

Dec 20, 2017 11:52 AM Reviews

It’s not hard to understand why watching a movie ironically is such a pastime. There’s something universally enjoyable about sitting in judgment. Everyone likes to feel superior—it makes our own shortcomings disappear for a while. more

Dec 13, 2017 12:59 PM Reviews

Anger is a difficult emotion. It can be cathartic, to be sure. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as explosive reaction—afterwards, there’s usually a rush of endorphins that lights up pleasure centers in the brain. Pent up frustration and stress ... more

Dec 6, 2017 11:33 AM Reviews

Every few weeks, there’s another Marvel property to consume. Thor: Ragnarok continues to sell record numbers of tickets, effective advertising for the next flagship movie Black Panther, which exists to set up Infinity War. more

Nov 29, 2017 12:10 PM Reviews

In general, the DC Extended Universe has been remarkably underwhelming. It’s confusing, given that DC comics has two of the most recognizable and popular superheroes ever created. Superman and Batman essentially created the genre—without Jerry ... more

Nov 22, 2017 11:54 AM Reviews

There is no tradition in English literature quite as popular as the mystery. There are mysteries of every type—suspense, historical, true crime, noir, private eye, supernatural etc. My mother is even a fan of a series of mysteries that somehow ... more

Nov 15, 2017 11:55 AM Reviews

Of the winners and losers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor has always been towards the bottom. His has a very specific character challenge. It’s easy for Iron Man or Captain America to exist in the more realistic world Marvel has created ... more

Nov 8, 2017 12:07 PM Reviews

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