Author Archive: Joe Sanders

Joe Sanders is a podcaster, 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, and is the host of the Quote Unquote Guilty podcast, part of the Word Salad Network.

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Quarry: Season 1

Quarry: Season 1

| February 15, 2017

Two soldiers accused of a horrible crime in Vietnam return home to their families, but have trouble finding work due to the rumors surrounding their time in the war.  Mac (Logan Marshall-Green) and Arthur (Jamie Hector), after weeks of struggling to pay bills, are approached by a mysterious government organization that offers to pay them […]

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Blush

Blush

| February 8, 2017

From all appearances, Blush would seem to be a coming of age lesbian drama about two Jewish high school girls, Naama (Sivan Noam Shimon) and Dana (Jade Sakori), exploring their sexuality along with drugs, alcohol, and the Tel Aviv night life.  Actually, I found all of this to be secondary to the main story line […]

Vice Principals: Season 1

Vice Principals: Season 1

| January 31, 2017

When I watched the first episode of Vice Principals, I considered just stopping and basing my rather scathing review on that alone.  Thankfully, I didn’t. The series is about two Vice Principals at a high school somewhere in a nameless southwestern town (my best guess).  Neal Gamby (Danny McBride; Eastbound & Down) is a hard-nosed, […]

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Masterminds

Masterminds

| January 31, 2017

Based (loosely, I imagine) on a true story about an armored car robbery in 1997, Masterminds tells the story of David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis; The Hangover), who decides to rob the armored car company he works with after the woman he has a crush on, Kelly (Kristen Wiig; The Martian), suggests it.  Kelly’s motives are […]

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Bones: Season 11

Bones: Season 11

| January 25, 2017

I used to watch Bones in its first season.  Being a fan of David Boreanaz on Angel and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, I wanted to see what else he could do and his role here as Booth, a charming FBI agent was a nice contrast to the brooding, tormented vampire Angel, while not being as […]

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The Passing Season

The Passing Season

| January 23, 2017

The Passing Season is barely a feature-length film about a hockey player, Sam (Brian J. Smith; Sense 8), who gets suddenly cut from his team with no prospects of a trade or ever playing again.  So, he decides to leave Boston to move back to his home town and hang out with some friends while […]

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Long Way North

Long Way North

| January 16, 2017

Sasha’s grandfather was a Russian explorer looking for a new route to the North Pole when his ship went missing and he was presumed dead.  After losing her grandfather, Sasha slipped into the contented life that being the daughter of Russian aristocrats necessitates.  She attended balls, danced with princes, and tried to suppress anything bold […]

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Joe’s Best Films of 2016

Joe’s Best Films of 2016

| January 13, 2017

Until recently, I had considered doing something a little different with my list for this year.  For the past two years, I’ve tracked all new movies I’ve seen on twitter with a brief review, so I know every new movie I saw in 2016 and thought it might be interesting to do a list of […]

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Counter Clockwise

Counter Clockwise

| January 9, 2017

I will watch literally any movie if you tell me it’s about time travel.  You could even use the phrase “I think there might be a little time travel in it” and I’ll check it out.  My editor here at Filmmonthly knows this and that’s why most of these little indy time travel films that […]

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Stevie D

Stevie D

| January 1, 2017

When Stevie D (Chris Cordone), the son of a local crime boss, Angelo (John Aprea; The Godfather Part 2), accidentally kills the son of another crime boss, Nick (Al Sapienza; House of Cards), Nick wants revenge.  His plan is to hire two hitmen, Big Lou and Little Dom (Phil Idrissi and Darren Capozzi) to kill […]