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 Captive

The Captive

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) only ran into the store for a few minutes to pick up a pie for his wife Tina (Mireille Enos; Netflix’s The Killing) and their 9 year old daughter Cass (Peyton Kennedy), who waited behind the truck.  By the time he returned, Cass was gone, kidnapped by a creepy pedophile (Kevin Durand) […]

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The Master

The Master

| February 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

You know those old 70s king fu movies where everything’s badly dubbed in English and melodramatic and they have a bunch of exaggerated sound effects for every kick, chop, and swing?  Those are fun, right?  Hilarious, but with some halfway decent fight choreography?  And the parodies practically write themselves.  The Master feels like a parody […]

Traitors

Traitors

| February 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Malika (Chaime Ben Acha) is the leader of her own punk band trying desperately to become a professional artist.  When she’s approached by a producer it seems like a big step, but she doesn’t have the money required to rent out a studio to record a demo.  Malika tries everything she can think of in […]

Kiss Me, Stupid

Kiss Me, Stupid

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

I went into this fully expecting to hate it.  I’ve seen the movie before, as it came in a Billy Wilder box set I bought years ago.  I remember really despising the movie my first time through; hating the cartoonishly jealous husband character (Ray Walston; The Apartment) as well as the over-sexed Dean Martin parody […]

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How To Murder Your Wife

How To Murder Your Wife

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Stanley Ford (Jack Lemmon) is a comic strip writer with a popular strip about a secret agent named Bash Brannigan, which is syndicated all over the country.  He’s rich and happy and on top of the world.  That is until one night when he accidentally marries the Italian beauty pageant contestant who pops out of […]

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Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey

| February 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that good movies do not come out in February.  That being said, Fifty Shades of Grey is awful. I’ve felt a growing responsibility to see this film over the past couple of weeks.  Seeing many articles about people boycotting the film because it glamorizes domestic violence […]

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The 2014 Oscar Nominated Short Films

The 2014 Oscar Nominated Short Films

| February 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Thankfully, the last couple of years, they’ve started showing the Oscar Nominated short films in select theaters so the general public can see them and care about which one wins along with all the other awards.  Except for documentary.  I don’t even know what’s nominated for best documentary… Anyway, I just got home from seeing […]

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman: The Secret Service

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that good movies do not come out in February.  That being said, Kingsman: The Secret Service, which opens on February 13 is awesome.  I know; I’m surprised too.  I managed to catch a free early screening of the movie last night at the Alamo Drafthouse here […]

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Sex (Ed) The Movie

Sex (Ed) The Movie

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

I pretty much got exactly what I was hoping for out of this documentary.  Years ago, I wrote a short article about the dawn of sex education in American in the 1920s.  It was a fascinating topic, rooted largely in the moral and religious climate of the time.  Reading about propaganda and teaching strategies to […]

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It’s the Pictures that Got Small: Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood’s Golden Age

It’s the Pictures that Got Small: Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood’s Golden Age

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Between 1932 and 1949, screenwriter Charles Brackett kept a diary of his everyday life working in Hollywood.  That diary has now been edited down to about 400 pages, chronically Brackett’s experiences during this tumultuous time in American and film history.  The book is largely focused on Brackett’s relationship with legendary writer/director Billy Wilder, who created […]

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