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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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 […]

No Vacancy

No Vacancy

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m reluctant to even try to avoid spoilers on this one since No Vacancy is so unbelievably obvious in its execution that its insulting that it thinks it’s successfully deceiving its audience.  The story is about a group of twenty-somethings taking a road trip to Las Vegas when two of their tires blow.  They find […]

Duck Dynasty – Season 5

Duck Dynasty – Season 5

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mostly I want to take this opportunity to weigh in on this series, which has become a cultural phenomenon over the last couple of years.  I have been sporadically exposed to the series recently because I have friends who watch it and my parents are fans, and while I do find the show to be […]

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Enemy

Enemy

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a bored college history professor more or less living with his girlfriend Mary (Melanie Laurent).  One evening, Adam watches a movie on the recommendation of a colleague and spots an actor who looks alarmingly like himself.  Intrigued by this, Adam tracks down his doppelganger, Anthony, only to discover that not only […]

Obvious Child

Obvious Child

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thanks to Gofobo.com and Alamo Drafthouse, I was able to catch an advanced screening of Gillian Robespierre’s debut film.  Serving as both writer and director, Robespierre’s first film is a heartfelt and daring comedy about a stand-up comedienne’s (Jenny Slate; House of Lies) unplanned pregnancy and subsequent decision to get an abortion. Tonally, the film […]

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Alpha Alert

Alpha Alert

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Upon returning from active duty in the middle east, three soldiers who have all experienced severe psychological trauma find themselves trapped in an elevator in Washington D.C. during a terrorist attack.  Determined to get to her missing daughter, Captain White (Jennifer Morrison; House) has to overcome her own personal demons as well as the unstable […]

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Almost Human

Almost Human

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Mark (Josh Ethier) mysteriously disappears in a howling white light, it takes his girlfriend Jen (Vanessa Leigh) almost two years to move on, but the harrowing night still haunts Mark’s best friend Seth (Graham Skipper), who is plagued by dreams and visions of Mark’s violent return.  Sure enough, Mark does return, seemingly possessed by […]

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How To Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon 2

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

I think what I found so effective about How To Train Your Dragon was that in addition to being really fun, humorous, and a good adventure, it was thematically solid.  In the first installment of the franchise, the theme of symbiosis was incredibly powerful as we saw young Hiccup (Jay Baruchel; The is The End) […]

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