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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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 […]

How I Live Now

How I Live Now

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) goes to stay with her cousins in England, you think you’re about to undertake a typical, clichéd coming of age story.  Daisy is stubborn, hardened against this cynical world, and dripping with teenage angst.  Listening to her whine about the state of her family’s English cottage, their jeep, or the contents […]

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The White Queen

The White Queen

| February 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

9 years into the bloody and gruesome war of the roses between the Yorks and Lancasters, Yorkist King Edward IV (Max Irons) sits on the throne of England, having forced his brother, King Henry VI, off the throne.  The White Queen sees Edward IV trying to keep a hold of his crown and rule over […]

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Just Shoot Me – Seasons 1 and 2

Just Shoot Me – Seasons 1 and 2

| January 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

It was a real treat getting this set in the mail, and then spending the day taking a nostalgic trip with one of my favorite 90s sitcoms.  Just Shoot Me chronicles the everyday happenings in the offices of a popular fashion magazine.  Hard-nosed feminist Maya Gallo (Laura San Giacomo) goes to work for her father, […]

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Crossing Lines – Season 1

Crossing Lines – Season 1

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

I wish it were against the law to have too many Sherlock Holmes adaptations/rip-offs on the air at once.  Right now, we have the ingenious British drama Sherlock and the incredibly dull American drama Elementary.  Both are adaptations of the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories, but then we have shows like Crossing Lines, and […]

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Bad Milo

Bad Milo

| January 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

I like to think I can sit through pretty much anything.  There have been 2 movies in my life that I remember being so painful that I had to stop watching after about 15 minutes:  Repo: The Genetic Opera, and the 1970s made or TV remake of Double Indemnity.  I’m not saying Bad Milo is […]

Joe Sanders’ Top Ten of 2013

Joe Sanders’ Top Ten of 2013

| January 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

I was worried for months that putting together a top ten list for 2013 was going to be impossible.  All of the summer blockbusters were disappointing, and there wasn’t much worth watching until like, November.  Then, everything great came out at once, and it was impossible for me to see everything I wanted to.  2012 […]

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Duck Dynasty: Season 4

Duck Dynasty: Season 4

| January 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you’re hoping I’m going to weigh in on the whole Pat Robertson scandal, I’m afraid you’re out of luck.  I honestly don’t have a strong opinion about it.  I was offended by his comments, but that’s the price we pay for living in a country where freedom of expression is enjoyed without limits or […]

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