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 Gays

The Gays

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Let’s get right to the point: this is a horrible film.  Given the subject matter, this may be seen as homophobic, but I imagine the film’s existence will offend more members of the LGBT community than anyone else.  I’m not gay, but I have gay friends and am completely in support of equal rights for […]

The Room:  The Definitive Guide

The Room: The Definitive Guide

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Room is a terrible film.  Let’s just dismiss any illusions to the contrary.  Director Tommy Wiseau’s chaotic, insane, ugly narrative about a man (Wiseau) who is blissfully in love with his girlfriend Lisa (Juliette Danielle) until she randomly decides to start cheating on him and ruin his life has become a cult classic.  I […]

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Mad Men: Season 7 (Part 1)

Mad Men: Season 7 (Part 1)

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Each time I start a new season of Mad Men I’m forced to reevaluate why I keep watching the show.  I’ve been a fan of it since the very beginning, but I quickly noticed that each season starts pretty weak and then builds to a terrific climax that pulls me into the next season.  I […]

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Cannibal: A Love Story

Cannibal: A Love Story

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

One may have certain expectations when going into a movie entitled Cannibal: A Love Story.  They may anticipate a psychological thriller about a psychopath finding his humanity through a need for basic human connection.  They might expect a tongue-in-cheek farce with a lot of subtextual winks to the audience and Deschanel levels of quirkiness.  I […]

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Cold in July

Cold in July

| September 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

A couple of years ago, there was a series of movies that came out that tried to blend genre in interesting ways and the end result was a chaotic mess.  Watching the trailers, I couldn’t figure out what the movie was trying to be or who it was trying to appeal to.  Cold in July […]

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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story on Blu-ray

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story on Blu-ray

| September 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

This was my first time seeing Walk Hard; I hadn’t heard anything about it, so I never went out of my way to check it out until I picked it up for a dollar at a yard sale.  Then, this blu-ray release came out and that ended up being my first exposure to the John […]

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Young and Beautiful

Young and Beautiful

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Before turning 17, Isabelle (Marine Vacth) makes a decision to lose her virginity to the German boy she’s had a crush on all summer.  The experience is predictably disappointing and Isabelle goes on with her life until an older man offers to pay her for sex.  Isabelle immediately dismisses the idea, but can’t stop thinking […]

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Blood Glacier

Blood Glacier

| August 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

IFC’s attempt to make a Syfy original movie goes better than expected with Blood Glacier.  The story is about a group of scientists stationed at a remote research compound when they discover a single-celled organism that infects more complicated hosts and combines their DNA with others to make super-violent hybrids.  The premise is a lot […]

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

| August 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I try to avoid Michael Bay’s attempts to profit through the rape and pillage of my childhood, but a morbid curiosity left me on the fence about seeing the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie until my brother convinced me that it wasn’t that bad and that he actually really enjoyed it.  I now assume […]

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Summer in February

Summer in February

| August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

A very polite and British love triangle emerges between two friends (Dominic Cooper; Captain America: The First Avenger, and Dan Stevens; Downton Abbey) and a young aspiring artist who is new in town (Emily Browning; Sleeping Beauty).  The story takes place sometime around the early 20th century in the English countryside, while Browning’s character is […]

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