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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No Vacancy

No Vacancy

| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m reluctant to even try to avoid spoilers on this one since No Vacancy is so unbelievably obvious in its execution that its insulting that it thinks it’s successfully deceiving its audience.  The story is about a group of twenty-somethings taking a road trip to Las Vegas when two of their tires blow.  They find […]

Duck Dynasty – Season 5

Duck Dynasty – Season 5

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mostly I want to take this opportunity to weigh in on this series, which has become a cultural phenomenon over the last couple of years.  I have been sporadically exposed to the series recently because I have friends who watch it and my parents are fans, and while I do find the show to be […]

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Enemy

Enemy

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a bored college history professor more or less living with his girlfriend Mary (Melanie Laurent).  One evening, Adam watches a movie on the recommendation of a colleague and spots an actor who looks alarmingly like himself.  Intrigued by this, Adam tracks down his doppelganger, Anthony, only to discover that not only […]

Obvious Child

Obvious Child

| June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Thanks to Gofobo.com and Alamo Drafthouse, I was able to catch an advanced screening of Gillian Robespierre’s debut film.  Serving as both writer and director, Robespierre’s first film is a heartfelt and daring comedy about a stand-up comedienne’s (Jenny Slate; House of Lies) unplanned pregnancy and subsequent decision to get an abortion. Tonally, the film […]

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Alpha Alert

Alpha Alert

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Upon returning from active duty in the middle east, three soldiers who have all experienced severe psychological trauma find themselves trapped in an elevator in Washington D.C. during a terrorist attack.  Determined to get to her missing daughter, Captain White (Jennifer Morrison; House) has to overcome her own personal demons as well as the unstable […]

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Almost Human

Almost Human

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Mark (Josh Ethier) mysteriously disappears in a howling white light, it takes his girlfriend Jen (Vanessa Leigh) almost two years to move on, but the harrowing night still haunts Mark’s best friend Seth (Graham Skipper), who is plagued by dreams and visions of Mark’s violent return.  Sure enough, Mark does return, seemingly possessed by […]

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How To Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon 2

| June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

I think what I found so effective about How To Train Your Dragon was that in addition to being really fun, humorous, and a good adventure, it was thematically solid.  In the first installment of the franchise, the theme of symbiosis was incredibly powerful as we saw young Hiccup (Jay Baruchel; The is The End) […]

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Visitors

Visitors

| 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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