Author Archive: Joe Sanders

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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Apprentice

Apprentice

| May 8, 2017

Aiman (Firdaus Rahman) works at one of the best prisons in his country.  He’s hard working, determined, and ethical, which is why he catches the eye of Rahim (Wan Hanafi Su), the prison’s executioner for the past 30 years.  After Rahim’s assistant suddenly quits, he approaches Aiman about being his apprentice.  The only catch is […]

Animal Kingdom: Season 1

Animal Kingdom: Season 1

| April 24, 2017

When Joshua’s (Finn Cole) mother dies of a drug overdose, his grandmother, Smurf (Ellen Barkin; Ocean’s 13), takes him in and wastes no time getting him involved in the family business: bank heists.  Josh’s uncles – Baz (Scott Speedman; Underworld), Pope (Shawn Hatosy; Alpha Dog), Craig (Ben Robson), and Deran (Jake Weary) – at their […]

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Catfight

Catfight

| April 24, 2017

I really wanted to dislike this movie.  As a form of promotion, the director (Onur Tukel) along with co-stars Anne Heche and Sandra Oh went on a podcast I’ve been listening to for years called Doug Loves Movies, where comedian Doug Benson (Friends) invites guests on to talk about movies and play games in front […]

Mars

Mars

| April 19, 2017

Capitalizing on the massive success of Ridley Scott’s The Martian from a couple of years ago, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard bring you Mars, a TV mini-series event about the first manned mission to Mars in the year 2033. The series is really unlike anything I’ve ever seen.  Part of it is a documentary, taking […]

Apocalypse Child

Apocalypse Child

| April 19, 2017

Ford (Sid Lucero) has lived his entire life hearing the same stories about his father.  His mother tells him that she was 14 when the cast and crew of Apocalypse Now came to the Philippines to make their movie and that one night the director, Francis Ford Coppola, invited her back to his tent where […]

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Veep: The Complete Fifth Season

Veep: The Complete Fifth Season

| April 6, 2017

This is the second season of Veep that I’ve reviewed for the site and I really just need to go back to the beginning and watch the whole thing because it is hilariously funny, with one of the best casts ever put together for a tv series. For those unfamiliar, the series is about Selina […]

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Puppylove

Puppylove

| April 3, 2017

Coming of age stories are always a gamble.  It’s like reviewing horror films.  You know that 90% of them are going to be garbage, but every once in a while you come across something really special.  Unfortunately, Puppylove isn’t very good.  However, it does have an interesting premise that could have been done well if […]

Quarry: Season 1

Quarry: Season 1

| February 15, 2017

Two soldiers accused of a horrible crime in Vietnam return home to their families, but have trouble finding work due to the rumors surrounding their time in the war.  Mac (Logan Marshall-Green) and Arthur (Jamie Hector), after weeks of struggling to pay bills, are approached by a mysterious government organization that offers to pay them […]

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Blush

Blush

| February 8, 2017

From all appearances, Blush would seem to be a coming of age lesbian drama about two Jewish high school girls, Naama (Sivan Noam Shimon) and Dana (Jade Sakori), exploring their sexuality along with drugs, alcohol, and the Tel Aviv night life.  Actually, I found all of this to be secondary to the main story line […]

Vice Principals: Season 1

Vice Principals: Season 1

| January 31, 2017

When I watched the first episode of Vice Principals, I considered just stopping and basing my rather scathing review on that alone.  Thankfully, I didn’t. The series is about two Vice Principals at a high school somewhere in a nameless southwestern town (my best guess).  Neal Gamby (Danny McBride; Eastbound & Down) is a hard-nosed, […]

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