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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Outatime:  Saving the DeLorean Time Machine

Outatime: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine

| July 20, 2016

In 1985, the best film trilogy ever kicked off: Back to the Future.  Robert Zemeckis’s story about a high school kid named Marty (Michael J. Fox) and his adventures through time with eccentric scientist Doc (Christopher Lloyd) with the use of Doc’s DeLorean time machine is full of iconic imagery, comedy, thrills, romance, Romance, and […]

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The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse

| July 12, 2016

The Dark Horse Based on a true story, The Dark Horse is about Genesis (Cliff Curtis; Live Free or Die Hard), a mentally disturbed former chess champion who gets involved with his brother’s inner-city chess club.  He works with the kids in the club to make them better players through understanding and respecting the game, […]

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Raiders!: The Story of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

Raiders!: The Story of The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

| July 8, 2016

I’ve become fascinated with this particular type of documentary; it’s a film that tells the story of a film that was a nightmare to get made, often resulting in the film never being finished.  You don’t often get to hear these stories, but a few of these have come across my radar in recent memory […]

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Iphigenia

Iphigenia

| May 23, 2016

Apparently this is based on a real greek myth.  I mean an actual ancient greek story, not a greek myth that really happened in the real world, or maybe it did?  I don’t know where the line between legend and reality lies when it comes to the works of Eurpides and Homer.  Someone comment and […]

Blue Denim

Blue Denim

| April 27, 2016

Desperate to be treated as an adult, Arthur (Brandon De Wilde; Shane) has taken to drinking beer, smoking, and playing poker with his friend Ernie (Warren Berlinger; The Long Goodbye).  However, adulthood turns out to not be all it’s cracked up to be when Arthur loses his virginity to his new girlfriend Janet (Carol Lynley; […]

Final Combination

Final Combination

| April 27, 2016

If the title doesn’t sound familiar, you may know the movie under its original title: Dead Connection.  Or, of course it’s possible that you’re like me and have just never heard of this movie.  However, know that Dead Connection is a better title given the story centers around a grizzled detective (Michael Madsen; Resevoir Dogs) […]

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The Iron Curtain

The Iron Curtain

| April 27, 2016

Based on a true story, The Iron Curtain tells the story of Igor (Dana Andrews), a soviet soldier who is assigned a post in Canada at the Russian embassy working as a cypher clerk.  His work is top secret.  He’s not allowed to tell anyone what he does, or even overhear what goes on in […]

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Goodbye Lover

Goodbye Lover

| April 27, 2016

When Ben (Don Johnson; Eastbound & Down) decides to call off his affair with Sandra (Patricia Arquette; Boyhood), who is the wife of his brother Jake (Dermot Mulroney; Shameless), and pursue a normal relationship with Peggy (Mary-Louise Parker; Weeds), the four enter into a love rectangle that is tainted with lust, murder, and money. That […]

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Theory of Obscurity

Theory of Obscurity

| April 21, 2016

In the early 70s, an avant garde group of artists known as The Residents started making music and films anonymously.  They believed that with their identities secret, they would be free to produce art in its purest form, without the influences and pressures that come along with celebrity.  Over the decades, The Residents have amassed […]

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Silicon Valley – Season 2

Silicon Valley – Season 2

| April 18, 2016

Silicon Valley has been on my to watch list for a long time now, which is surprising since it has only done 2 seasons, but several of the podcasts I listen to rave about it.  It’s possible that my expectations were thus raised too high to really get into season 2, but I’m choosing to […]

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