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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Zero Tolerance

Zero Tolerance

| November 30, 2015

A young prostitute is dead in Bangkok and her father (Dustin Nguyen; 21 Jump Street), a former military operative, is determined to find out what happened to her.  Standing in his way is a variety of crime lords and slum bags, the most dangerous of whom being Steven (Scott Adkins), a powerful and ruthless drug […]

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Heartbreakers on Blu-ray

Heartbreakers on Blu-ray

| November 30, 2015

I probably haven’t seen this movie in 10 years.  I started watching it once on a date a few years ago, but we got… distracted.  I’ve always really liked it, and it was nice to revisit it with this new blu-ray release from Olive Films. If you’re not familiar with the story, the movie is […]

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Dangerous Game

Dangerous Game

| November 16, 2015

There are genres of film I just don’t enjoy.  Movies about making movies is definitely one of them.  Of course, there are exceptions (Adaptation., State and Main, Ed Wood), but as a rule I find these types of stories to be incredibly low stakes and thus uninteresting.  Dangerous Game is definitely one of these low-stakes […]

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The End of The Tour

The End of The Tour

| November 6, 2015

I’ve been wanting to see this movie for a while now, pretty much since they started filming in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is only about an hour from where I live.  I know nothing about David Foster Wallace, or his critically acclaimed mammoth novel Infinite Jest.  I don’t care about Rolling Stone magazine, and as […]

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The Deadly Bees

The Deadly Bees

| November 6, 2015

Vicki Robbins (Suzanna Leigh) is a busy singer gearing up for a big tour when she suddenly collapses from exhaustion.  Per her doctor’s orders, she escapes to a small island community for a week of relaxation, staying with a middle-aged bee keeper (Guy Doleman) and his wife (Catherine Finn).  Things get terrifying when a swarm […]

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A Black Veil For Lisa

A Black Veil For Lisa

| November 6, 2015

Inspector Franz Bulon (John Mills) met his wife Lisa (Luciana Paluzzi) while she was being investigated for the murder of her former husband.  Convinced of her innocence, and intoxicated by her beauty, Bulon fell in love with her and after she was dismissed of any suspicion, he married her.  However, Lisa’s youth and beauty contrasted […]

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Mr. Holmes

Mr. Holmes

| November 3, 2015

I realize we’ve been getting a bit over-saturated with Sherlock Holmes stories over the past few years.  Between Steven Moffat’s (Doctor Who) brilliant BBC series, the Guy Ritchie movies starring Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), the American CBS series, and now this film, the super sleuth is everywhere.  What gets me interested in a given […]

The Meteor Man

The Meteor Man

| October 30, 2015

I jumped at the opportunity to revisit a beloved film from my childhood with The Meteor Man coming to blu-ray this week.  I had mostly forgotten about the movie, and was a little nervous that my memory of the film was better than it could possibly actually be, but I was wrong and it completely […]

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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 […]