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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Veep – Season 4

Veep – Season 4

| April 18, 2016

Veep has always existed in the background of my life.  I’ve heard about it, know the basic premise, and have been meaning to check it out for a long time now, so when the opportunity to review the fourth season came along, I jumped at the chance since I tend to be a fan of […]

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Identicals

Identicals

| April 13, 2016

I think that people who write sci-fi are smarter than the rest of us in a few key ways.  They have a real capacity for keeping entire worlds in their head all at once, with an incredible attention to detail concerning how these fictional worlds work and how the characters therein interact with each other.  […]

Mojave

Mojave

| April 4, 2016

When film director Tom (Garrett Hedlund; Tron Legacy) needs a break from the stress of being on set, he heads out into the Mojave Desert to camp, hike, hunt, and relax.  Everything goes well until a mysterious stranger, Jack (Oscar Isaac; Star Wars: The Force Awakens), shows up and presents a real threat to Tom, […]

Banshee – Season 3

Banshee – Season 3

| April 4, 2016

I haven’t checked out either of the first two seasons of Cinemax’s Banshee, but surprisingly had very little difficulty slipping into the third season and keeping up with what’s going on.  After the first scene, which sees the officers of the Banshee police department seeking vengeance for their fallen comrade in the previous season, everything […]

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

| March 28, 2016

When time allows, I do enjoy reading, and because I’m a slow reader, I have to be choosey with what I spend my time on.  I first heard about the Hunger Games trilogy through my position as a college instructor when several of my students wanted to use it as the source material for one […]

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

| March 28, 2016

I basically haven’t been looking forward to this movie since it was announced.  In the wake of Zack Snyder’s (300, Watchmen) boring and deeply problematic Man of Steel, Warner Brothers and DC Comics decided to build their budding cinematic universe on Snyder’s vision and announced that he would not only be directing Batman v Superman, […]

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Clean Slate

Clean Slate

| March 21, 2016

In 1994, Dana Carvey was at the peak of his popularity.  Coming off of Saturday Night Live and the two Wayne’s World movies, the genius impressionist could really do anything he wanted.  What he did was make Clean Slate, which I had never heard of until a few days ago.  I assume this is because […]

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Undertow

Undertow

| March 21, 2016

Until I was about half an hour into Undertow, I thought I’d made a big mistake in volunteering to review it.  It reminded me of a previous Olive Films release that I reviewed that I can’t even remember the title of about an old man (Robert Duvall) and his grandson living in the middle of […]

Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine

Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine

| March 10, 2016

last year, I watched two films about Steve Jobs, the former head of Apple computers, who died in 2011 after a battle with cancer.  First, I saw the Danny Boyle directed and Aaron Sorkin written Steve Jobs, which is amazing and casts a fascinating look at Jobs’ life throughout his rise and fall and rise […]

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The Midnight Man

The Midnight Man

| March 2, 2016

Writing reviews for Film Monthly is a gamble.  You mostly watch a lot of garbage that’s more boring than anything, but you do it for the chance to maybe stumble onto something special  that you otherwise would have never seen. The Midnight Man was one of these special treats for me, and while it will […]

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