John DeVore http://www.chattanoogapulse.com/topics/john_pulse_film_writer_devore/index.rss en-us © 2014 The Pulse and Brewer Media. All rights reserved. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 GMT Don’t Just Sit There—Embark Those planning to attend can expect to embark on a phantas-magorical journey through the rabbit hole.

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Never Mind the Bollocks, Here Comes “We Are the Best” They form their own punk band, having no musical ability to speak of, in order to sing songs about the tyranny of their gym teacher. All in all, the film is exquisitely adorable.

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“Groundhog Day: Alien Fighter!” “‘Edge of Tomorrow’ is a Tom Cruise #1 with a side of pop science, easily digestible—and quickly forgotten.”

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Wise Guys, Great Music Can’t Save “Jersey Boys” “It’s as if Eastwood had his own vision of the film and someone came in and told him that musicals usually have bright colors and dancing.”

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Psst…Wanna Help Make a Movie? "Chattanooga film fans have an opportunity to encourage and support filmmaking as an art form in a way beyond simple appreciation in a theater.”

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Shoulda Been Bad to the Bone "Giving her a back story and forcing her into a protagonist role makes the decisions made by her character nonsensical.”

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Simple But Tasty Summer Fare "The scene between Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. was especially sharp and funny, as finely crafted a piece of filmmaking I’ve seen this year.”

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Mutating the Past and Future "They are more than just a random collection of names with specific powers. They are people with pasts, family members and personalities beyond their mutant gifts.”

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Return Of The Lizard King The characters take the events in the film deadly seriously, which makes a film bordering on camp able to maintain its quality.

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Beautiful But Blank "Under The Skin” seems like a film that, as a critic, I’m really supposed to like. It is slow and ponderous, inscrutable and complicated the way some art is meant to be, and features a story that unwinds without spoon-fed explanations.

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Weaving Off Course "The Spirit” remains the worst comic book movie I’ve ever seen—but “The Amazing Spider-man 2” might be the most boring.

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Anderson Crafts a Perfect Confection in ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ The plot involves a morally questionable but charmingly effete concierge (Ralph Fiennes), one who takes too much pride in his work as the caretaker of his elderly guests, particularly the widowed and lonely.

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Other People’s Cheap Thrills At times the film is hard to watch, and the experience of hearing an audience cackle at the revolting and horrifying situations that unfold onscreen can be jarring. But it’s well done, and has definite cult film potential.

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New “Captain America” Reaches Beyond Comic Book World Marvel films reach a much broader audience than the comics, so what can be explored in the glossy color pages of a series might not necessarily translate well to a major movie audience.

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A Film Lovers Feast Is Finally Here The CFF needs to become a part of Chattanooga, an institution as recognizable as the Aquarium, one that brings in as many tourist dollars as Rock City, and stands as solid as Lookout Mountain.

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Dangerous Frog, Bacon Jokes—We Love Our Muppets Much like the jokes packed into the opening song, we are reminded that the Muppets are a money-making franchise that will never be allowed to die with honor. There’s too much at stake for the shareholders of Disney.

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Playing For Time in “Grand Piano” “Grand Piano” will be screened at 8:30 p.m. at Barking Legs Theater on March 22. MES continues to be one of Chattanooga’s best resources for film, bringing great movies that would never be seen at the Majestic or the East Ridge 18.

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“Paycheck to Paycheck” Is A Wake-up Call My brief conversation with the producer informed me that the documentary was about single mothers at the poverty line, about the challenges they face raising their children on little income and limited time.

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Getting Out There—On Film Last year’s festival was small in scale, and by all accounts this year’s has grown by leaps and bounds. Chattanooga is the perfect city for a film festival like this one. It speaks to the passion the city has for the wild places of our community.

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An Abiding Faith Of particular importance are the themes of faith in the film. Sixsmith is a “recovering Catholic”, one who finds sense in the absence of belief and is intensely angered by the actions of the nuns in Roscrea.

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