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 Blue Room

The Blue Room

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

After having a yearlong affair with Esther (Stephanie Cleau), Julien (Mathieu Amalric) finds himself in police custody being interrogated relentlessly.  Without knowing exactly what’s going on, the audience is forced to jump around in time, seeing Julien’s infidelity juxtaposed with his interrogation, constantly asking ourselves what’s going on.  This disorientation as a way to keep […]

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White Rabbit

White Rabbit

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Harlon (Nick Krause; Boyhood) has had a rough life.  At least, he thinks it’s been rough.  He has an over-domineering father (Sam Trammell; True Blood) who drinks too much and pushes Harlon and his brother to be the men he thinks they’re supposed to be.  He’s also flunking out of high school and is the […]

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Earth’s mightiest heroes are back for another round, trying once again to save the Earth from certain destruction.  This time, their adversary is not an alien force from a distant galaxy but instead a disturbingly terrestrial foe: an artificially intelligent robot named Ultron (James Spader; The Black List). After the events of The Avengers, our […]

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Teachers

Teachers

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’m really surprised I haven’t seen this movie before, or at least heard of it.  Given the cast (Nick Nolte, Judd Hirsch, Crispin Glover, Morgan Freeman, Laura Dern, Ralph Macchio) it seems like this would have hit my radar at some point.  I’ll say up front that I really enjoyed it.  I’ve been watching a […]

Dance With Me, Henry

Dance With Me, Henry

| April 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’m not that familiar with Abbott and Costello.  Of course I’ve seen “Who’s on first” because it’s possibly the most famous piece of sketch comedy ever written, but I think this is my first time seeing them in a feature length film.  I didn’t have many expectations other than for it to be funny.  I […]

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Bio-Dome

Bio-Dome

| April 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

I recently listened to an interview with Pauly Shore in which he talked about developing the character we all associate with him.  The idiotic, constantly befuddled clown that we see in movies like Bio-Dome, Son in Law, Encino Man, and even A Goofy Movie is the result of a lot of work on Shore’s part […]

Daredevil: Season 1

Daredevil: Season 1

| April 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

As I’ve written about many times on this site, I’m a big fan of the ambitiously interconnected cinematic universe Marvel Studios has been building since 2008’s Iron Man.  I eagerly watch each installment of the MCU as quickly as possible, thinking about how it relates to everything else I’ve seen, and what it might set […]

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Manhattan: Season 1

Manhattan: Season 1

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve been meaning to watch this series for a while now since the entire first season is available on Hulu plus, and the previews they aired when it first premiered looked interesting.  Being offered a copy of the blu-ray to review was just the nudge I needed to get into this gripping and human drama […]

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Vice

Vice

| March 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

I really had high hopes for this.  The trailer looked really cool, I like Bruce Willis a lot, and so I went into this completely sold.  Unfortunately, the movie refused to meet me half way and give me something somewhat unique or interesting that I could latch onto. The story is simple enough, though it […]

Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun

| March 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

JR (Brenton Thwaites) is spending six months in a maximum security prison.  Once inside, after impressing one of the more respected inmates, Brendan (Ewan McGregor), JR is cared for and protected from harm.  In exchange, upon his release, JR agrees to work for Brendan and his boss Sam (Jacek Koman).  Once JR plays his part […]

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