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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| June 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Godfrey Reggio has made a career out of creating non-verbal films.  This is not the same as silent films, which craft a story through pantomime and text boxes.  Reggio instead edits together these feature length visual poems to try to convey a narrative to his audience.  In my opinion, whatever narrative he’s trying to create […]

Robocop (2014)

Robocop (2014)

| May 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The best way to go into any movie is with low expectations.  If you expect perfection, you will be disappointed, but if you expect an unwatchable travesty, then you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised.  My expectations for the new Robocop were about as low as possible.  This was not because I have some loyalty to the […]

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Grand Piano

Grand Piano

| May 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I had no idea what to expect going into this one.  Elijah Wood (Wilfred) always interests me as an actor, and I don’t usually care for John Cusack (Being John Malkovich), so to see them as adversaries in a cat and mouse thriller instilled no clue as to what I was about to watch.  Wood […]

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Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla (2014)

| May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

In preparation of my viewing of the new Godzilla, I indulged in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode for Godzilla vs. Megalon, in which the famous giant lizard teams up with a giant robot to battle fearsome creatures on the aptly named Monster Island.  This turned out to be the perfect appetizer for this newest […]

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Rifftrax Presents:  Cool as Ice (1991)

Rifftrax Presents: Cool as Ice (1991)

| May 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the not too distant past Around 1990 There lived a guy named Joel Not too different from you or me. When Joel Hodgson created Mystery Science Theater 3000, I doubt he imagined the phenomenon he was giving the world.  If you’re unfamiliar, MST3K was about an ordinary guy who was shot into space and […]

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I, Frankenstein

I, Frankenstein

| May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of the best novels ever written.  The questions it raises about playing God, and the responsibility that comes along with creating new life either in a laboratory or through parenthood is really interesting.  I, Frankenstein toys with those same ideas in order to fill time before big elaborate fight sequences.  […]

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How Did Zack Snyder Become the Bizarro Joss Whedon?

How Did Zack Snyder Become the Bizarro Joss Whedon?

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today, Warner Bros. announced that Zack Snyder will be directing their Justice League movie probably sometime around the summer of 2018.  Snyder, who has already turned out one extremely disappointing DC movie with Man of Steel, and is in production on the sequel Batman vs. Superman has to be one of the worst choices I […]

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The Best Offer

The Best Offer

| April 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s difficult to summarize The Best Offer because it’s impossible to see how the separate storylines are ever going to intersect.  The film centers around Virgil (Geoffrey Rush; The King’s Speech), who is an art expert and auctioneer who appraises newly discovered pieces by famous artists, verifies their authenticity, and tells the owner how much […]

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Shatner’s World

Shatner’s World

| April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

William Shatner walked onto a stage tonight to tell us stories from his life.  Thanks to Phatom Events, Shatner’s World was broadcast to movie theaters across the nation to allow its larger than life host to walk us through his childhood, his career as a stage actor working for the Stratford Shakespeare Company in Ontario, […]

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In Your Eyes

In Your Eyes

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

I don’t pretend to know what type of project Joss Whedon is going to take on next.  Any writer who goes from a teenage drama about slaying vampires, to a western set in outer space, to a horror parody, to the highest grossing super hero movie ever, to a low budget Shakespeare adaptation clearly defies […]

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