Author Archive: 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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Experimenter:  The Stanley Milgram Story

Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story

| January 27, 2016

Fifty years ago, Dr. Stanley Milgram performed a series of experiments aimed at exploring the human race’s susceptibility to obedience.  His work is now infamous and at the time was panned as being unethical and cruel.  Basically, Milgram had a subject serve as a “teacher” and asked him or her to ask simple memorization questions […]

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The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment

| January 12, 2016

I’m constantly thankful for the opportunities writing for Filmmonthly affords me.  Inevitably, some of my favorite films from each year are ones I get to review.  Many are like The Stanford Prison Experiment in that I had no idea they existed before the offer to review them comes through. I was somewhat familiar with The […]

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Everest

Everest

| January 9, 2016

Climbing Mount Everest has evolved from a rare endeavor for those bold enough to attempt it to a commercial enterprise where anyone with enough money and guts can hire a guide to help them get to the summit.  In 1996, a record number of people all attempted to get to the top at the same […]

The Gambler

The Gambler

| January 8, 2016

They say the house always wins.  Vincentas (Vytoutus Kaniusonis) knows this firsthand as he’s managed to accumulate a hefty gambling debt at the race track.  Being beaten by debt collectors and constantly falling deeper and deeper into debt might be enough to motivate anyone to turn things around and realize that gambling is not a […]

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The Maneater

The Maneater

| January 4, 2016

At first, this one reminded me of a Shakespearean story.  Jez (Mylene Jampanoi) and her occasional lover Erika (Mathilde Bisson) make a wager that Jez can’t successfully seduce a local priest, David (Marc Ruchmann), who recently performed her father’s funeral service.  It’s a good setup with some interesting characters, and the struggle David faces between […]

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Joe’s Best Films of 2015

Joe’s Best Films of 2015

| January 4, 2016

It turns out I’ve seen a lot of movies this year.  While doing Doug Benson’s 365 movies in 365 days challenge, I managed to get out and see a number of new movies, and am hard pressed to think of any that I feel like I should have seen but didn’t have time for.  I’m […]

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Slow Learners

Slow Learners

| December 18, 2015

Best friends Jeff (Adam Pally; Happy Endings) and Annie (Sarah Burns; I Love You, Man) haven’t been having a lot of luck when it comes to love lately.  Not ones to cynically blame others for their misfortune, the pair are forced to look within to answer the question of why they’re such losers, and then […]

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The Unauthorized Full House Story

The Unauthorized Full House Story

| December 13, 2015

I haven’t seen enough of these to say for sure, but I think that made for TV movies about old TV sitcoms and the pseudo-drama that went down on set might be my new favorite film genre.  It’s a bit niche, but the ones I’ve seen have been bad movies at their absolute best.  Maybe […]

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Cooties

Cooties

| November 30, 2015

I saw an advertisement at the Alamo Drafthouse in which Elijah Wood told the audience to keep quiet during the movie.  Behind Wood was a poster for Cooties, which featured him, a blonde who looked like Kristen Bell (turned out to be Allison Pill; The Newsroom) and a group of other adults fighting for their […]

Mississippi Grind

Mississippi Grind

| November 30, 2015

When Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn; Slow West) meets Curtis (Ryan Reynolds; The Captive) at a poker table, it seems meant to be.  The two quickly form a bond through mutual admiration, and Gerry becomes convinced that Curtis is a good luck charm.  Since Gerry is a gambling addict, owing money all over town, he likes to […]

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