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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Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine

Steve Jobs: The Man in The Machine

| March 10, 2016

last year, I watched two films about Steve Jobs, the former head of Apple computers, who died in 2011 after a battle with cancer.  First, I saw the Danny Boyle directed and Aaron Sorkin written Steve Jobs, which is amazing and casts a fascinating look at Jobs’ life throughout his rise and fall and rise […]

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The Midnight Man

The Midnight Man

| March 2, 2016

Writing reviews for Film Monthly is a gamble.  You mostly watch a lot of garbage that’s more boring than anything, but you do it for the chance to maybe stumble onto something special  that you otherwise would have never seen. The Midnight Man was one of these special treats for me, and while it will […]

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Extraction

Extraction

| February 28, 2016

When I got in my review copy of Extraction, I asked my dad if he wanted to watch it with me.  He told me that he had already tried to watch it once but turned it off after the opening scene, which is saying something because my dad will literally watch anything start to finish […]

Freeheld

Freeheld

| February 8, 2016

I really feel like the Supreme Court declaring that gay marriage is legal in all states recently may have taken the wind out of this film’s sails.  It’s a good story, well acted, well directed, emotionally strong, but it’s a victim of its own release date.  This story needed to either come out before the […]

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

| February 3, 2016

I was really excited to get a copy of this one to review as it was one of my favorite movies from last year.  Everyone remembers Steve Jobs as the genius who revolutionized digital content by putting an mp3 player in everyone’s pocket, but I for one didn’t know anything about his personal life, having […]

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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