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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The Frontier

The Frontier

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Sean (Max Gail; Mad Men) is a former professor living by himself since his wife died and his son, Tennessee (Coleman Kelly) left home.  Struggling with writing a book, he hires a beautiful young woman named Nina (Anastassia Sendyk) to help him out.  Given than she’s just left her boyfriend and has nowhere else to […]

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CPO Sharkey – Season 1

CPO Sharkey – Season 1

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

While I tend to watch newer TV shows or go back and watch stuff from within my lifespan, it is interesting to occasionally go back further and watch TV from an antiquated era.  I enjoy seeing how the world was different even if the world in question is being distorted by situational comedy.  Oddly, I’d […]

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Rogue: Season 2

Rogue: Season 2

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

I honestly had no idea Direct TV had original programming.  I don’t know if that’s a symptom of not having Direct TV or just the show’s unpopularity, but I guess it doesn’t surprise me given every media outlet has original programming these days (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime).  Even the playstation network has an original drama […]

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Welcome to Sweden: Season 1

Welcome to Sweden: Season 1

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Created by and starring Greg Poehler, and executive produced by his sister, Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), Welcome to Sweden is about an accountant leaving his life in Los Angeles to move in with his girlfriend (Josephine Bornebusch) in Sweden.  What happens next makes for an extremely conventional sitcom pretending to be original because its […]

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Cymbeline

Cymbeline

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline is not one of his better known plays.  It’s a Romance (capital R) placing somewhere between his comedies and tragedies and akin to his other Romantic or plays like The Tempest, A Winter’s Tale, and Pericles.  Personally, I’d rather see a cool modern telling of Pericles, which is an awesome play full […]

The Blue Room

The Blue Room

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

After having a yearlong affair with Esther (Stephanie Cleau), Julien (Mathieu Amalric) finds himself in police custody being interrogated relentlessly.  Without knowing exactly what’s going on, the audience is forced to jump around in time, seeing Julien’s infidelity juxtaposed with his interrogation, constantly asking ourselves what’s going on.  This disorientation as a way to keep […]

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White Rabbit

White Rabbit

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Harlon (Nick Krause; Boyhood) has had a rough life.  At least, he thinks it’s been rough.  He has an over-domineering father (Sam Trammell; True Blood) who drinks too much and pushes Harlon and his brother to be the men he thinks they’re supposed to be.  He’s also flunking out of high school and is the […]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Earth’s mightiest heroes are back for another round, trying once again to save the Earth from certain destruction.  This time, their adversary is not an alien force from a distant galaxy but instead a disturbingly terrestrial foe: an artificially intelligent robot named Ultron (James Spader; The Black List). After the events of The Avengers, our […]

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Teachers

Teachers

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’m really surprised I haven’t seen this movie before, or at least heard of it.  Given the cast (Nick Nolte, Judd Hirsch, Crispin Glover, Morgan Freeman, Laura Dern, Ralph Macchio) it seems like this would have hit my radar at some point.  I’ll say up front that I really enjoyed it.  I’ve been watching a […]

Dance With Me, Henry

Dance With Me, Henry

| April 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’m not that familiar with Abbott and Costello.  Of course I’ve seen “Who’s on first” because it’s possibly the most famous piece of sketch comedy ever written, but I think this is my first time seeing them in a feature length film.  I didn’t have many expectations other than for it to be funny.  I […]

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