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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Dealin’ With Idiots

Dealin’ With Idiots

| November 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm) takes a stab at writing and directing with Dealin’ With Idiots.  Garlin plays Max, a comedian who describes himself as one of the top twenty best comedians working today.  However, we never see any of Max’s stand-up, as the film focuses more on Max going to his son’s little league […]

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The Way Way Back

The Way Way Back

| November 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, who won an academy award for co-writing The Descendents with George Clooney, bring their next project to the big screen as writers, directors, and actors.  The Way Way Back tells the story of Duncan (Liam James), who is spending the summer with his mom (Toni Collette), her boyfriend, Trent (Steve […]

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Only God Forgives

Only God Forgives

| October 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s difficult to say if Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow up to 2011’s Drive will appease his fans or win over his critics.  It’s likely that Only God Forgives will carve out a new audience that’s quite different from those who flocked to Drive.  The two films are very similar and yet completely different.  I liked […]

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The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

This new documentary shows a 24 hour period in what’s implied to be a typical hospital emergency room.  We see many patients come and go, seeking care for themselves, or friends, family, or spouses. They struggle and are frustrated, and most of them have no idea how they’re going to pay for the care they […]

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Embrace of the Vampire

Embrace of the Vampire

| October 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sometimes, a film has no business being remade.  Steve Martin’s spin on The Pink Panther for instance is a true abomination.  I had even heard tell of a Casablanca remake starring Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, before God stepped in and broke the couple up.  Good lookin’ out, big guy.  Sometimes a film can really […]

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Curse of Chucky

Curse of Chucky

| October 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Well, it seems like we’ll never really be rid of everyone’s favorite mass-murdering doll, Chucky.  In this sequel to the 1988 horror “classic,” Chucky (Brad Dourif, reprising the role), is mysteriously mailed to Sarah (Chantal Quesnelle) and her daughter Nica (Fiona Dourif; Brad Dourif’s daughter).  Things hit the ground running when Nica is woken up […]

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Aliyah

Aliyah

| October 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

I’m having a hard time imagining who would want to see this film.  The story is about Alex (Pio Marmai), who works as a drug dealer in Palestine, but wants to move to Israel to help his cousin open a restaurant.  Moving to Israel isn’t so simple for Alex since he has to learn to […]

Static

Static

| October 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

After the loss of their son, Jonathan (Milo Ventimiglia; Heroes) and Addie (Sarah Shahi; The L Word) are trying to put their lives back together.  Addie is grieving, and losing herself in a wine bottle, while Jonathan devotes himself to finishing his new novel.  Things take a frightening turn one night when their home is […]

Stuck in Love

Stuck in Love

| October 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

A family of writers are all at different points in their respective romantic lives.  William (Greg Kinnear) spies on his ex-wife and her new boyfriend, while his daughter Samantha (Lilly Collins; Mirror Mirror) is at college having a string of disconnected one-night stands, and his son Rusty (Nat Wolff; Admission) is hopelessly in love with […]

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Don Jon

Don Jon

| October 6, 2013 | 1 Comments

I’m a big fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  Beyond his appearing in some of my favorite movies over the past several years (Brick, Looper) it’s a real joy to watch him interviewed because you know how sincerely he loves being an actor and entertaining people, and how aware he is of the life he’s been blessed […]