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 One and Only

The One and Only

| October 29, 2015

Andy Schmidt (Henry Winkler; Arrested Development) has always been a showman, and more than that has always believed that he was going to be a big star as an actor.  His never ending optimism borders on arrogance as he works his way through college doing school plays, “performing” on the football team, and wooing his […]

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Jaws 19

Jaws 19

| October 23, 2015

No one was more skeptical than me going into Jaws 19.  It’s difficult for any film series to stay fresh and interesting after 19 installments and the Jaws franchise is absolutely no exception.  The original Jaws is a masterpiece, which I’ve been watching since I was a kid.  That is maybe not appropriate for a […]

Z for Zachariah

Z for Zachariah

| October 21, 2015

I tend to really like post-apocalyptic movies, but am worried the concept has gotten a bit worn over the past few years.  Common tropes about humanity declining into monstrous versions of ourselves (literally and figuratively), mistrust, and survival can only be re-imagined so many times before movies start coming out that feel like complete regurgitations […]

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Ascension: Season 1

Ascension: Season 1

| October 16, 2015

Someone should tell whoever’s in charge of these things that a show that is cancelled is not retroactively a “mini-series.”  I went into Ascension thinking the three episodes were going to be the entire story and was slightly disappointed to see the third episode end in a cliffhanger.  Not a huge problem, I thought.  I […]

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Dark Places

Dark Places

| October 10, 2015

Gone Girl was one of my favorite films from last year.  It was a really cool and thrilling murder mystery that offered a rarely amazing performance from Ben Affleck and put Rosamund Pike on my radar forever.  Pike gave one of the best performances I’ve ever seen captured on film, and I’ve gone out of […]

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What We Did On Our Holiday

What We Did On Our Holiday

| October 5, 2015

Doug (David Tennant; Doctor Who) and Abby (Rosamund Pike; Gone Girl) can’t stand each other.  After years of marriage, the couple are living separately and it’s become obvious to their three children that their relationship will likely not get better, meaning a divorce is inevitable.  Despite their problems, the family try to hold things together […]

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King of the Hill: Season 12

King of the Hill: Season 12

| September 23, 2015

I never really got into King of the Hill when it was on the air.  I like Mike Judge, and Greg Daniels has created one of the best sitcoms ever with Parks and Recreation, but their joint efforts on a folksy Texas animated series always felt disconnected at best and mean spirited at worst.  Most […]

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Hitler: The Last Ten Days

Hitler: The Last Ten Days

| September 23, 2015

Assembled largely from firsthand accounts, this film tells the story of the final days of Adolf Hitler’s life, hiding away in  his bunker with his girlfriend, his most trusted advisors, and their families while Germany crumpled around them. I for one am pretty tired of seeing movies about Hitler, whether they’re docudramas like this or […]

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Chain of Command

Chain of Command

| September 21, 2015

I recently started listening to a fun new podcast called The Black List Table Reads.  The blacklist is an annual list of promising screenplays in Hollywood that have not been produced.  The podcast takes scripts from this list and produces them as radio plays complete with professional actors (Colin Hanks, Paul Scheer), score, and sound […]

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Mad Dog Time

Mad Dog Time

| September 18, 2015

It’s odd to me that I’ve never even heard of this movie.  In 1996, I was 12, already a big fan of Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) and Richard Dreyfus (Jaws), and I’d like to think a quirky little gangster movie like this would be right up my alley.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know this movie existed […]

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