Author Archive: Joe Sanders

Joe Sanders is a playwright and college instructor in Kalamazoo, MI. He has a master's degree in playwriting and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University, where he currently teaches thought and writing.

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Young and Beautiful

Young and Beautiful

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before turning 17, Isabelle (Marine Vacth) makes a decision to lose her virginity to the German boy she’s had a crush on all summer.  The experience is predictably disappointing and Isabelle goes on with her life until an older man offers to pay her for sex.  Isabelle immediately dismisses the idea, but can’t stop thinking […]

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Blood Glacier

Blood Glacier

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

IFC’s attempt to make a Syfy original movie goes better than expected with Blood Glacier.  The story is about a group of scientists stationed at a remote research compound when they discover a single-celled organism that infects more complicated hosts and combines their DNA with others to make super-violent hybrids.  The premise is a lot […]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

| August 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I try to avoid Michael Bay’s attempts to profit through the rape and pillage of my childhood, but a morbid curiosity left me on the fence about seeing the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie until my brother convinced me that it wasn’t that bad and that he actually really enjoyed it.  I now assume […]

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Summer in February

Summer in February

| August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

A very polite and British love triangle emerges between two friends (Dominic Cooper; Captain America: The First Avenger, and Dan Stevens; Downton Abbey) and a young aspiring artist who is new in town (Emily Browning; Sleeping Beauty).  The story takes place sometime around the early 20th century in the English countryside, while Browning’s character is […]

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Hell on Wheels: Season 3

Hell on Wheels: Season 3

| August 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

I try to avoid jumping into series in the middle.  If I’m going to watch something, it’s going to be from the beginning.  However, I’ve been really impressed with AMC’s other original content with shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Walking Dead so I decided to give this one a shot.  Actually, I […]

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Boredom

Boredom

| August 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m sure we all have words in our vocabulary that we have no problem using correctly in everyday conversation, but when asked to define we struggle conveying the word’s meaning to someone else.  This is largely how I felt watching Boredom, a new documentary about what it means to be bored.  As filmmaker Albert Nerenberg […]

Not Another Happy Ending

Not Another Happy Ending

| August 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The seventh law of Doctor Who Fandom states that when a former cast member of the sci-fi series goes on to do a new movie or television series, the fan will watch.  This was basically my only reason for volunteering to review Not Another Happy Ending, which stars Karen Gillan as Jane, a young novelist […]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Classics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga Classics

| July 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series ended in 1996, and my copy of Microsoft Word still doesn’t recognize cowabunga as a real word.  Personally, I blame Michael Bay for this.  The series, which defined my childhood is no stranger to modern audiences, who have seen the mutant turtles adapted into various live-action, animated, video […]

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Labyrinth

Labyrinth

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

A mystery links two women living centuries apart.  Alice (Vanessa Kirby) is a modern woman who unearths a ring with a labyrinth symbol.  800 years earlier, Alais (Jessica Brown-Findlay; Downton Abbey) is given a mysterious book with clues and references to a labyrinth and the fabled Holy Grail.  Without knowing it, the two women’s destinies […]

Infliction

Infliction

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I volunteered to review Infliction because the description led me to believe that this was a true story, and that it was the actual raw footage of a real killing spree.  That sounded interesting to me, but as soon as the film started I started to suspect that I had been misled.  It turns out […]