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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Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

| September 18, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite work of fiction.  Maybe that’s because it’s one of the first classics I chose to read rather than being forced to in school.  Maybe it’s because I was in a stage version of the play when I started college (I played the villain Bob Ewell, and it’s a […]

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First Features Collection – 10 Movie Set

First Features Collection – 10 Movie Set

| September 14, 2015

This is the second 10 movie set from Mill Creek Entertainment this week that I requested to review.  You can find my review for their Director’s collection on this site, and I highly recommend picking that up because it has a lot of good stuff in it from what I’ve seen.  The premise of this […]

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The Returned: Season 1

The Returned: Season 1

| September 13, 2015

I wasn’t looking forward to watching The Returned once I realized it was a TV series and not a movie.  Turns out I was confusing this series with another that aired last year called Resurrection on ABC.  It also turns out that I’m not alone, and the failure of Resurrection made it impossible for The […]

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The Directors Collection – 10 Movie Set

The Directors Collection – 10 Movie Set

| September 13, 2015

This review begins with an anecdote.  Maybe 10 years ago, I was living with my best friend from high school, who got me a VHS copy of Humphrey Bogart’s Beat The Devil.  We popped the video in our VCR and soon discovered that even though the tape was properly labeled, it actually contained an old […]

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Spaced Invaders (1990) on Blu-ray

Spaced Invaders (1990) on Blu-ray

| September 13, 2015

In response to a 50th anniversary broadcast of Orson Welles’ The War of the Worlds, a group of Martians believe their compatriots are invading Earth and scramble to catch up, crash landing in a small Midwestern town on Halloween night while everyone believes they’re simply kids trick or treating. 25 years later, Spaced Invaders is […]

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Francesco

Francesco

| September 9, 2015

I wasn’t familiar with the story of Saint Francis of Assisi going into this movie.  I was intrigued by the cast of Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) and was surprised that I’d never even heard of this movie. The story of Saint Francis is an interesting one on paper.  […]

American Heist

American Heist

| September 6, 2015

The problem with heist movies is that they’re so insanely difficult to do well.  It’s the structure.  It’s nearly impossible to structure a heist movie that feels believable while balancing the need for things to go wrong and create conflict, and the ultimate success of the caper not feeling too convenient despite those misteps.  One […]

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Blood Punch

Blood Punch

| September 6, 2015

First off, I have no idea why this movie is called Blood Punch.  There is a lot of blood, but very little punching.  Maybe it’s an old esoteric saying that I’m not familiar with and somehow perfectly describes this movie about meth cooks trying to make a big score in the middle of the woods […]

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Hell on Wheels: Season 4

Hell on Wheels: Season 4

| August 18, 2015

This has to be one of the best series that no one is talking about.  Following the exploits of the 1860′s railroad corporation in America, Hell on Wheels is a fantastic period drama with some great performances and interesting storylines.  I keep meaning to just go back to the beginning of the series and watch […]

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5 to 7

5 to 7

| August 17, 2015

When aspiring writer Brian Bloom (Anton Yelchin; Star Trek: Into Darkness) meets the gorgeous French Arielle (Bérénice Marlohe; Skyfall), the connection between them is immediate and powerful.  However, they don’t make it through their first date before Brian discovers that Arielle has a husband (Lambert Wilson: The Matrix: Reloaded).  Arielle and her husband have an […]