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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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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Veep – Season 4

Veep – Season 4

| April 18, 2016

Veep has always existed in the background of my life.  I’ve heard about it, know the basic premise, and have been meaning to check it out for a long time now, so when the opportunity to review the fourth season came along, I jumped at the chance since I tend to be a fan of […]

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Identicals

Identicals

| April 13, 2016

I think that people who write sci-fi are smarter than the rest of us in a few key ways.  They have a real capacity for keeping entire worlds in their head all at once, with an incredible attention to detail concerning how these fictional worlds work and how the characters therein interact with each other.  […]

Mojave

Mojave

| April 4, 2016

When film director Tom (Garrett Hedlund; Tron Legacy) needs a break from the stress of being on set, he heads out into the Mojave Desert to camp, hike, hunt, and relax.  Everything goes well until a mysterious stranger, Jack (Oscar Isaac; Star Wars: The Force Awakens), shows up and presents a real threat to Tom, […]