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 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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Extraction

Extraction

| February 28, 2016

When I got in my review copy of Extraction, I asked my dad if he wanted to watch it with me.  He told me that he had already tried to watch it once but turned it off after the opening scene, which is saying something because my dad will literally watch anything start to finish […]

Freeheld

Freeheld

| February 8, 2016

I really feel like the Supreme Court declaring that gay marriage is legal in all states recently may have taken the wind out of this film’s sails.  It’s a good story, well acted, well directed, emotionally strong, but it’s a victim of its own release date.  This story needed to either come out before the […]

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

| February 3, 2016

I was really excited to get a copy of this one to review as it was one of my favorite movies from last year.  Everyone remembers Steve Jobs as the genius who revolutionized digital content by putting an mp3 player in everyone’s pocket, but I for one didn’t know anything about his personal life, having […]

Experimenter:  The Stanley Milgram Story

Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story

| January 27, 2016

Fifty years ago, Dr. Stanley Milgram performed a series of experiments aimed at exploring the human race’s susceptibility to obedience.  His work is now infamous and at the time was panned as being unethical and cruel.  Basically, Milgram had a subject serve as a “teacher” and asked him or her to ask simple memorization questions […]

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