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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The Nut Job

The Nut Job

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

I wasn’t actually aware that Universal Studios made animated films.  I had to google what else they’ve done, and nothing on the list stood out to me except for their early efforts with Land Before Time and An American Tail.  Those are quire reminiscent of my childhood, but Universal has spent the 25 years since […]

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Campaign of Hate:  Russia and Gay Propaganda

Campaign of Hate: Russia and Gay Propaganda

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

With the Winter Olympics behind us, many have already started to forget about the controversial laws passed by Russia against homosexuals leading up to the games.  This documentary looks at the struggles of homosexuals in Russia today and throughout history. Like with all of Breaking Glass Pictures’ releases, I didn’t get a proper DVD release […]

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Reasonable Doubt

Reasonable Doubt

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

When young superstar prosecuting attorney Mitch (Dominic Cooper; Captain America: The First Avenger) accidentally hits a pedestrian with his car, his life gets turned upside down.  Racked with guilt, he’s shocked to find out that not only did this man die, his body was found in the van of blue collar mechanic Clinton Davis (Samuel […]

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Kingdom of Conquerors

Kingdom of Conquerors

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

An aging Genghis Khan (Men Tu) has sent his top General (Le Geng) halfway around the world to retrieve an ancient Chinese master (Youliang Zhao) in the hopes he can provide him with a potion of immortality. I often tell my students when they begin writing their reports about historical figures to try to find […]

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Iron Sky – Director’s Cut

Iron Sky – Director’s Cut

| March 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Iron Sky has been on my must watch list for a while now.  I love really bad movies and you can tell from the trailer that this one is going to be one of the all time great bad movies.  The premise is simple enough: after World War II, the defeated Nazi regime retreated to […]

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Mademoiselle C

Mademoiselle C

| March 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

I knew literally nothing about this film going into it.  I didn’t know it was a documentary.  I didn’t know it was about Carine Roitfeld.  I didn’t know who Corine Roitfeld was.  Turns out she is a very famous French fashion editor.  After being the editor in chief of Vogue Paris for ten years, she […]

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Big History

Big History

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The opening credits of Big History urge us to think of time not as straight line, but as a web, with events separated across billions of years connected in complicated and intricate ways.  Each episode examines a fairly benign object or concept (salt, gold, extreme cold) and shows how that small yet tangible thing has […]

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End of the World

End of the World

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’ve seen a lot of Syfy original movies over the years.  Giant monsters, natural disasters, unnatural disasters, different kinds of unnatural disasters happening all at once, and so on.  End of the World is definitely one of my favorites, which isn’t to say it’s a good movie so to speak.  It’s just one of the […]

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Legit – Season 1

Legit – Season 1

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Legit is very much at home on the FX network.  Fans of their other original programming will quickly spot similarities to shows like Louie and Maron as all three series center on the everyday life of a stand-up comedian.  Here, our comedian is raunchy Australian Jim Jefferies, who I personally had never heard of until […]

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You Will Be My Son

You Will Be My Son

| February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Paul (Niels Arestrup) and his longtime business partner Francois (Patrick Chesnais) have been running a successful French vineyard for years.  They take a lot of pride in their work and the future is looking bright until Francois is diagnosed with cancer and given 6 months to live.  Now, Paul is forced to take on a […]

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