Thursday, April 27, 2017

Chattanooga Film Festival 2017: Dave Made a Maze

Once again, I was able to return to the Chattanooga Film Festival with Mass Listeria!  I love cinema in all of its forms, so the Chattanooga Film Festival is one of my favorite times of year because I spend four days being surrounded by movies and fellow film lovers!  To get a sense of why I love the Chattanooga Film Festival so much, read my post from the start of my coverage of the 2016 Chattanooga Film Festival (found here)...every word of it still holds true!

We already did an overview episode on Mass Listeria (found at, but for the next several episodes of The Gargyle Podcast, I'll be providing reviews of each of the films that I saw individually.  Up first in my coverage of the 2017 Chattanooga Film Festival is:  Dave Made a Maze

I'll be providing the description of the films provided in the Chattanooga Film Festival program and trailers via YouTube, when available.  The descriptions and trailers of the movies might let you know what they are about, but if you want to know what I thought of them...well, you are just going to have to give the podcast a listen.

The CFF program description for Dave Made a Maze was:
The filmmakers of Dave Made a Maze describe it as The Goonies meets Gilliam meets Gondry.  And we'd have to agree.  Dave Made a Maze is funny, fantastical and carries with it a deep-rooted message about the importance of imagination and creativity.  From its largely cardboard DIY esthetic to its also cardboard, bloodthirsty Minotaur, this is one of those films we wanted to watch again immediately after finishing it.  Out of pure frustration, Dave, an artist who has yet to complete anything significant in his career, builds a fort in his living room, only to wind up trapped by the pitfalls, booby traps, and critters of his own creation.  Ignoring his warnings, Dave's girlfriend Annie leads a band of oddball explorers on a rescue mission.  Once inside, they find themselves trapped in an ever-changing supernatural world, threatened by booby traps and pursued by the aforementioned Minotaur.  We loved this film so much we chose it as our opening-night feature, to be shown in all its glory in the Tennessee Aquarium's IMAX Theater.

I saw 21 feature films, short films, partial films, or live shows during the Chattanooga Film Festival!  So, be sure to check back soon for more of my CFF coverage!  And if you enjoy movies, conventions, comics, games, cartoons, Star Wars, horror, or just about anything sure to keep coming back for all things geekery!!  In the meantime, follow me here, on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and YouTube and be sure to subscribe to my podcast on iTunes and/or Google Play for more geek coverage!

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