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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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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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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