Author Archive: Joe Sanders

Joe Sanders is a podcaster, 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, and is the host of the Quote Unquote Guilty podcast, part of the Word Salad Network.

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The Disappointments Room

The Disappointments Room

| December 26, 2016

The creators of this film must have been absolutely fearless of bad reviews when the decided to put the word disappointment right in the title.  The bad reviews really write themselves at that point.  On Twitter, after watching the film, I sent out something along the lines of “it turns out the real disappointments room […]

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Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story

| December 26, 2016

If you like westerns, this movie should have everything you’re looking for.  A grizzled hero with a tormented past, a plucky sidekick, gun fights, camping under the stars, horse-riding, blood, and sand.  I always resisted the western genre, but recently have come across many westerns that I thoroughly enjoy.  It turns out that I was […]

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Birthday

Birthday

| December 16, 2016

“Birthday” is a short film written and directed by Chris King about a marine (Chris Gouchoe) who is injured in the line of duty and his wife (Mandy Moody) who is tasked with helping him recover afterwards as they try to figure out how to continue their lives together.  It only has a 13 minute […]

Looking: The Complete Series and Movie

Looking: The Complete Series and Movie

| December 9, 2016

Given that Looking only ran for two seasons, I guess I’m not surprised I haven’t heard of it.  Many of HBO’s TV series are cultural phenomenon so it’s rare for them to have a dud that comes and goes without having any impact whatsoever.  This is why I tend to keep an eye out for […]

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Nine Lives

Nine Lives

| December 9, 2016

Kevin Spacey is one of my favorite actors.  His performances in American Beauty, The Usual Suspects, House of Cards, L.A. Confidential, and so many more give me chills.  So, what he’s doing in a comedy where he plays a corporate jerk who gets turned into a cat is perplexing to me. The story isn’t much […]

Jason Bourne

Jason Bourne

| December 2, 2016

I’m not sure why I insist on continuing to watch every Jason Bourne movie that comes along.  Part of me hopes that one of the sequels will eventually manage to recapture the magic of the original Bourne Identity.  I had high hopes for this latest chapter in the life of Jason Bourne (Matt Damon; The […]

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The IT Crowd: The Complete Series

The IT Crowd: The Complete Series

| November 11, 2016

For four seasons, The IT Crowd delivered consistently hilarious and surreal comedy for fans.  The series centers around two I.T. Professionals at a massive corporation in London: Roy (Chris O’Dowd; Bridesmaids) and Moss (Richard Ayoade; The Double).  The boys are completely content to laze around and play video games in between berating the employees of […]

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Hell on Wheels: Season 5: Part 2

Hell on Wheels: Season 5: Part 2

| November 7, 2016

I’ve been fortunate over the past few years to catch some of Hell on Wheels to review for this site and with it coming to an end, and me seeing somewhat where it’s going in the end, I think it may be time to start at the beginning of the series on Netflix and just […]

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The Night of The Grizzly

The Night of The Grizzly

| November 1, 2016

Recently, during a horror movie marathon, I watched 1976’s Grizzly, which is a Jaws homage about a massive killer bear terrorizing camping tourists on a mountain.  I really enjoyed the film as a monster movie, with its great moments of blood, gore, and explosions, but wasn’t sure what to expect when popping in The Night […]

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Last Girl Standing

Last Girl Standing

| November 1, 2016

With Halloween coming and going this week, it was the season to dive into a bunch of horror movies, and while I tend to not seek them out, I do enjoy watching horror movies with friends.  Some can be effective and scary, while most are hilariously entertaining.  I also tend not to request horror movies […]

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