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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Sex (Ed) The Movie

Sex (Ed) The Movie

| February 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

I pretty much got exactly what I was hoping for out of this documentary.  Years ago, I wrote a short article about the dawn of sex education in American in the 1920s.  It was a fascinating topic, rooted largely in the moral and religious climate of the time.  Reading about propaganda and teaching strategies to […]

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It’s the Pictures that Got Small: Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood’s Golden Age

It’s the Pictures that Got Small: Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood’s Golden Age

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Between 1932 and 1949, screenwriter Charles Brackett kept a diary of his everyday life working in Hollywood.  That diary has now been edited down to about 400 pages, chronically Brackett’s experiences during this tumultuous time in American and film history.  The book is largely focused on Brackett’s relationship with legendary writer/director Billy Wilder, who created […]

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Open Windows

Open Windows

| January 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

I didn’t know what to expect from this one.  I’ve been intrigued by Sasha Grey’s (The Girlfriend Experience) mainstream career since she made that really interesting horror film a couple of years ago called Would You Rather? which I also reviewed for this site.  Elijah Wood tends to do the same thing dependably from project […]

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Abstraction

Abstraction

| January 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I really only need one word to review this movie:  amateur.  But, since I’m required to write at least 400 words, I’ll go into a bit more detail. Everything about Abstraction feels like it was thrown together by a group of community college dropouts.  The acting, writing, directing, camera work, editing, characterization, structure, etc all […]

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Big Driver

Big Driver

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Big Driver I’m a huge fan of Maria Bello, who consistently turns out great, inventive performances with a lot of depth and emotional resonance.  Here, she plays Tess, a mystery novelist famous for a series of books about a group of elderly women who solve murders.  She has some fame, fortune, and generally lives a […]

Alien Rising

Alien Rising

| January 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

With all the grace and skill of a Syfy Original Movie, comes Alien Rising, a hackneyed, hasty, cheap movie intended for god knows what audience.  Starring Amy Hathaway and Lance Henrickson (Aliens), this movie follows a former secret agent years after losing her beloved partner and working as a ballet instructor.  She is unexpectedly thrown […]

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Joe Sanders’ Best of 2014

Joe Sanders’ Best of 2014

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

2014 has been an interesting year for film.  Maybe not as strong a year as ’12 or ’13, but I feel pretty good about the following list.  Keep in mind that I haven’t seen certain critically acclaimed movies from this year, including Whiplash, Nightcrawler, Boyhood, and Selma.  That being said, here are the best movies […]

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Ancient Aliens – Season 6, Volume 2

Ancient Aliens – Season 6, Volume 2

| January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

I was intrigued by the premise of this series for a while.  If you’re unfamiliar with the show, each episode examines a historical figure or artifact and speculates about extraterrestrial influence in our development as a species.  Well, “speculates” is really giving the show too much credit.  The show presents crazy theories about alien interference […]

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Dinosaur 13

Dinosaur 13

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

As of 1992, only 12 Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons had been discovered and each of those were estimated to be less than 40% complete.  Then, Susan Hendrickson and Peter Larson discovered a Tyrannosaurus specimen that was A) about 80% complete, and B) enormous.  They named the fossil Sue and lived happily ever after.  No, wait, I’m […]

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Get On Up

Get On Up

| January 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

I wasn’t overly aware of James Brown and his influence on music going into this biopic.  Of course I recognized a lot of the songs and have really have been a fan of Brown’s music for all of my life, but I never put it together that they were all the same person.  I feel […]