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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Hell on Wheels: Season 4

Hell on Wheels: Season 4

| August 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

This has to be one of the best series that no one is talking about.  Following the exploits of the 1860′s railroad corporation in America, Hell on Wheels is a fantastic period drama with some great performances and interesting storylines.  I keep meaning to just go back to the beginning of the series and watch […]

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5 to 7

5 to 7

| August 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

When aspiring writer Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin; Star Trek: Into Darkness) meets the gorgeous French Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe; Skyfall), the connection between them is immediate and powerful.  However, they don’t make it through their first date before Brian discovers that Arielle has a husband (Lambert Wilson: The Matrix: Reloaded).  Arielle and her husband have an […]

Last Days of the Nazis

Last Days of the Nazis

| August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

At the end of WWII, Allied forces arrested thousands of Nazis, as well as German citizens suspected of being complacent in Nazi crimes.  These people were interrogated to determine their activities during the war.  This mini-series from the History Channel tells the story of these interrogations, getting a history of the third reich from an […]

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Welcome to New York

Welcome to New York

| August 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Usually when a movie is based on a true story, you have to take that with a grain of salt.  Countless times, the people these films are based on come out and tell us all the inaccuracies.  The Blind Side and Captain Phillips stand out as a couple of recent examples of movies that took […]

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Joe’s Mission: Impossible Ranking

Joe’s Mission: Impossible Ranking

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

I thought that instead of just doing a review of Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation, I’d take the opportunity to offer my opinion for how the five movies in the franchise rate against each other.  I’ve been hearing a lot of people on the podcasts I listen to rank the espionage thrillers, and I wanted a […]

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Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

| August 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

As I write this, Fantastic Four has a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and honestly I don’t know why it’s being so universally panned.  It’s not perfect by any means, and I’ll get to my issues with it, but the predominant criticism I keep reading is that it’s boring.  I was never bored by it.  […]

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The Salvation

The Salvation

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

I volunteered to review this for one reason: Mads Mikkelsen.  I’ve recently become a huge fan of the actor for his portrayal of Hannibal Lector on the recently cancelled NBC Drama Hannibal.  It’s a smart and dark adaptation of the original stories done in a fresh and disturbing way, and Mikkelsen is amazing in the […]

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Child 44

Child 44

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

It seems that just about anything Tom Hardy pops up in these days works for me.  He can do no wrong.  Just in the last couple of years he’s made a wonderfully theatrical drama with Locke, and the awesome Mad Max: Fury Road.  It shouldn’t surprise me that his choice to do a political thriller […]

The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

For years, two Native American tribes have lived peacefully after a war that nearly wiped them both out.  But now, the son of one of the cheifs wishes to reignite the conflict and wipe out his enemies by framing the son of their chief for desecrating a burial ground.  Armed with his deception, Wirepa (Te […]

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Barely Lethal

Barely Lethal

| August 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Early into this movie I became convinced that it must have been written by Easy A screenwriter Bert V. Royal, who in an interview once said that he had other ideas for adaptations for classic pieces of literature set in modern day high schools.  I was so convinced that Barely Lethal was one of these […]

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