Author Archive: Joe Ketchum

Joe Ketchum

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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Joe’s Top Ten of 2017

Joe’s Top Ten of 2017

| January 9, 2018

I feel like every year I’m blown away by the quality of films that I saw.  This is partly because we find ourselves living in a golden age of film, and it’s mostly because I refuse to see things that I know will be garbage.  I tend to trust my instincts over critical or box […]

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Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel

Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel

| January 8, 2018

I have a pretty high tolerance for bad movies.  Give me something like Sharknado or Birdemic or The Room, and I will watch it over and over again.  I will have my friends over to watch it over and over again.  I will write glowing reviews, and analyze it, and do podcasts about it, as […]

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Trumping Democracy

Trumping Democracy

| December 7, 2017

On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States, defeating opponent Hillary Clinton in one of the biggest political upsets of all time.  No one thought Trump could win.  He was behind in every poll, he ran on a message of hatred and bigotry, promising to antagonize […]

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Westworld: Season 1

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Westworld: Season 1

| November 8, 2017

For decades, Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins; Silence of the Lambs) has been building lifelike robots to populate his wild west themed amusement park.  Westworld is a place where the very wealthy can go to indulge their deepest desires with complete realism and total lack of consequence.  They can hunt down outlaws, rob banks, search […]

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Lethal Weapon: Season 1

Lethal Weapon: Season 1

| September 19, 2017

I’ve become as enamored as anyone else with this trend of turning a movie or movie series into a television series.  Fargo is terrific, Hannibal is amazing, West World isn’t really my cup of tea but it’s obviously very popular.  When I heard they were turning Lethal Weapon into a series, like many my first […]

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2:22

2:22

| September 19, 2017

Every once in a while a movie comes along that really lights up my imagination and I appreciate the potential of it more than the film itself.  It can be frustrating to see what a movie could do while instead it plays it safe.  Inception comes to mind as one of the coolest concepts for […]

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

| September 17, 2017

Harold (Thomas Middleditch; Silicon Valley) and George (Kevin Hart; Ride Along) have been best friends since bonding over the hilariously named Uranus in kindergarten.  Doing whatever it takes to survive their soul crushing elementary school, Harold and George play pranks, torment their principal Mr. Krupp (Ed Helms; The Daily Show), and spend hours upon hours […]

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The Big Bang Theory: Season 10

The Big Bang Theory: Season 10

| September 17, 2017

Let’s pause for a second and explore the fact that I’ve seen every episode of The Big Bang Theory.  It’s difficult to explain because I recognize that the show is deeply flawed in every way.  The characters are middling, the storylines are predictable sitcom fodder, and its portrayal of nerd culture is insulting to anyone […]

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

| September 6, 2017

In 1951, a black woman named Henrietta Lacks went to the hospital to have a hard lump she discovered inside her own cervix biopsied.  The lump was cancerous and would end up taking her life.  Normally, this is where the story would end, but in Henrietta’s case, the doctors discovered that her cancer cells were […]

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Fate

Fate

| August 16, 2017

Connor Hughes (Daniel Bonjour) is obsessed with his work trying to crack time travel, which means he often misses dates with his long-term girlfriend April (Anne Clare Lush).  By the time Connor gets his act together and decides he needs to make April more of a priority, it’s too late and she’s killed in a […]