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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Open Windows

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

I didn’t know what to expect from this one.  I’ve been intrigued by Sasha Grey’s (The Girlfriend Experience) mainstream career since she made that really interesting horror film a couple of years ago called Would You Rather? which I also reviewed for this site.  Elijah Wood tends to do the same thing dependably from project […]

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Abstraction

Abstraction

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I really only need one word to review this movie:  amateur.  But, since I’m required to write at least 400 words, I’ll go into a bit more detail. Everything about Abstraction feels like it was thrown together by a group of community college dropouts.  The acting, writing, directing, camera work, editing, characterization, structure, etc all […]

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Big Driver

Big Driver

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Big Driver I’m a huge fan of Maria Bello, who consistently turns out great, inventive performances with a lot of depth and emotional resonance.  Here, she plays Tess, a mystery novelist famous for a series of books about a group of elderly women who solve murders.  She has some fame, fortune, and generally lives a […]

Alien Rising

Alien Rising

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

With all the grace and skill of a Syfy Original Movie, comes Alien Rising, a hackneyed, hasty, cheap movie intended for god knows what audience.  Starring Amy Hathaway and Lance Henrickson (Aliens), this movie follows a former secret agent years after losing her beloved partner and working as a ballet instructor.  She is unexpectedly thrown […]

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Joe Sanders’ Best of 2014

Joe Sanders’ Best of 2014

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

2014 has been an interesting year for film.  Maybe not as strong a year as ’12 or ’13, but I feel pretty good about the following list.  Keep in mind that I haven’t seen certain critically acclaimed movies from this year, including Whiplash, Nightcrawler, Boyhood, and Selma.  That being said, here are the best movies […]

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Ancient Aliens – Season 6, Volume 2

Ancient Aliens – Season 6, Volume 2

| January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

I was intrigued by the premise of this series for a while.  If you’re unfamiliar with the show, each episode examines a historical figure or artifact and speculates about extraterrestrial influence in our development as a species.  Well, “speculates” is really giving the show too much credit.  The show presents crazy theories about alien interference […]

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Dinosaur 13

Dinosaur 13

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

As of 1992, only 12 Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons had been discovered and each of those were estimated to be less than 40% complete.  Then, Susan Hendrickson and Peter Larson discovered a Tyrannosaurus specimen that was A) about 80% complete, and B) enormous.  They named the fossil Sue and lived happily ever after.  No, wait, I’m […]

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Get On Up

Get On Up

| January 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

I wasn’t overly aware of James Brown and his influence on music going into this biopic.  Of course I recognized a lot of the songs and have really have been a fan of Brown’s music for all of my life, but I never put it together that they were all the same person.  I feel […]

Kelly and Cal

Kelly and Cal

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

There aren’t many genres of film that I just flatly dislike.  It’s rare for me to like a western or a musical, but I can think of examples of each that I absolutely love.  I’m hard pressed to think of a movie about infidelity that I enjoy on any level.  Even something like Lost in […]

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Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas.  I like shopping for presents and exchanging them with my loved ones, but I dislike a lot of Christmas movies, I hate Christmas music, and I tend to be offended by right wing pundits trying to politicize the secular aspects of the holiday.  I do like traditions.  This […]

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