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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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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Scarecrow

Scarecrow

| February 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s a fine line between science fiction and horror, and Scarecrow falls squarely in the horror column, which would be fine except this is a production of the Syfy channel. I don’t understand how Sci-fi and horror have become the same in some people’s eyes.  There are definitely a lot of crossovers between the genres […]

Mortal Enemies

Mortal Enemies

| February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tradition meets cliché in this generic kung fu revenge flick.  When Ver (Verdy Bhawanta) witnesses his older brother’s murder, he’s sent to an orphanage, where he meets a young Sunny (Robin Shou; Mortal Kombat).  The two become like brothers themselves until Ver is adopted by a rich family.  Years later, after his adopted father’s death, […]

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Hindenburg

Hindenburg

| February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

History and logic take a back seat to drama and thrilling heroics in Hindenburg, a mini-series offering one hypothesis for what caused the tragic explosion that killed 36 people in 1937.  No one is positive what caused the Hindenburg to explode, but director Philipp Kadelbach suggests that perhaps the airship was sabotaged by angry helium […]