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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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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The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

At first, The Skeleton Twins feels like any other independent comedy featuring angsty existential characters.  Forty-something twins Maggie and Mily (SNL alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader) Have seen better days.  In fact, the only thing that stops Maggie from committing suicide at the beginning of the film is receiving a phone call from the […]

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Apaches

Apaches

| December 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

There have been a rash of similar teen dramas in recent years.  These films are all about kids doing drugs, drinking, and having sex while ignoring authority and being generally awesome.  No, not awesome, the other one… lame.  Apaches has other problems other than being a generic teen drama.  The biggest issue I had watching […]

History Channel Presents: The Definitive WWI and WWII Collection

History Channel Presents: The Definitive WWI and WWII Collection

| November 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

This is an intimidated DVD set.  With over 44 hours of content, The Definitive WWI/II Collection is exactly in the History Channel’s wheelhouse.  I obviously didn’t watch the entire collection, but what I did watch was absolutely fascinating. I jumped into the set at the beginning, making a conscious choice to watch the History Channel’s […]

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The Gays

The Gays

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Let’s get right to the point: this is a horrible film.  Given the subject matter, this may be seen as homophobic, but I imagine the film’s existence will offend more members of the LGBT community than anyone else.  I’m not gay, but I have gay friends and am completely in support of equal rights for […]

The Room:  The Definitive Guide

The Room: The Definitive Guide

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Room is a terrible film.  Let’s just dismiss any illusions to the contrary.  Director Tommy Wiseau’s chaotic, insane, ugly narrative about a man (Wiseau) who is blissfully in love with his girlfriend Lisa (Juliette Danielle) until she randomly decides to start cheating on him and ruin his life has become a cult classic.  I […]

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Mad Men: Season 7 (Part 1)

Mad Men: Season 7 (Part 1)

| October 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Each time I start a new season of Mad Men I’m forced to reevaluate why I keep watching the show.  I’ve been a fan of it since the very beginning, but I quickly noticed that each season starts pretty weak and then builds to a terrific climax that pulls me into the next season.  I […]

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Cannibal: A Love Story

Cannibal: A Love Story

| October 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

One may have certain expectations when going into a movie entitled Cannibal: A Love Story.  They may anticipate a psychological thriller about a psychopath finding his humanity through a need for basic human connection.  They might expect a tongue-in-cheek farce with a lot of subtextual winks to the audience and Deschanel levels of quirkiness.  I […]

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