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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Ant-Man

Ant-Man

| July 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

I did something new before going to see this latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: I actually went back and read old Ant-Man comic books.  Not that I’ve been opposed to doing this before other movies, but now I have a great means of doing so: I signed up for Marvel Unlimited, which provides […]

Dark by Noon

Dark by Noon

| July 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

If there’s a type of movie that I have a particular affinity for, it’s time travel movies.  There’s something about that genre of sci-fi that is fascinating to me, and has been since I was a kid watching the Back to the Future trilogy.  I like thinking about what’s possible when a time machine is […]

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Fire Birds

Fire Birds

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

The best of the best pilots in the world are called upon to take out America’s enemies.  No, we’re not talking about Top Gun, but rather the 1990 action movie Fire Birds.  The primary difference between the two?  In Top Gun they fly jets, and in Fire Birds they fly helicopters.  Granted, I haven’t seen […]

King of the Gypsies

King of the Gypsies

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Writing for Filmmonthly is always interesting.  I’ve seen so many movies that I otherwise may not have ever heard of.  Now, a lost 70s classic in the style of The Godfather comes across my doorstep and while it may not be the best film I’ve ever seen, I feel like I’m better off seeing this […]

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Slow West

Slow West

| July 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve always said that Western is not my favorite genre of film.  I think what put that idea in my head is how much I hate old John Wayne movies.  I think he was a terrible actor and not convincing as a hero type, and I associated that with the entire concept of Westerns to […]

Criminal Law

Criminal Law

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Like a lot of the movies I get to review for Olive Films, I’d never heard of Criminal Law, a 1989 courtroom drama starring Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13).  Also like many of the films I’ve seen through Olive, I’m really happy I […]

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Horsehead

Horsehead

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

A young girl studying the psychology and physiology of lucid dreaming finds herself working through some family baggage in her sleep.  Jessica (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) and her mother (Catriona MacColl) have never gotten along.  Caitlyn (MacColl) doesn’t understand why Jessica is wasting her life studying dreams and delusions and not devoting her life to something more […]

Still

Still

| June 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

The biggest sin of this film is that it’s almost amazing.  Unfortunately, it’s not.  Still feels like a great short film that was expanded into a feature on a whim.  The story is difficult to summarize because it starts of clunky, tripping over itself as it moves from plot point to plot point.  Aidan Gillen […]

Bulletproof: Tough Guys of Action Collection

Bulletproof: Tough Guys of Action Collection

| June 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Collecting 8 iconic action movies starring 8 different iconic action stars, this 2 disc set is overflowing with testosterone, gun powder, fire, and blood.  I for one was excited to sink my teeth into this.  I’m a huge fan of the genre because like horror movies, a bad action movie is usually a pretty great […]

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Johnny Be Good

Johnny Be Good

| June 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Johnny Walker (Anthony Michael Hall; The Dark Knight) is sitting on top of the world.  The star quarterback of his high school football team, Johnny finds himself being courted by every prestigious university nationwide to come play for them, promising him fame, fortune, and women along the way. I’d never heard of Johnny Be Good.  […]

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