After he graduated from the University of St. Thomas, Jonathon joined the web team again as a web producer in February of 2011.
When he is not editing and/or writing articles, Jonathon writes for the Movie Blog.
Aside from cinema, Jonathon climbs rocks.
He also loves Carl Sagan.
Filmmaker Michel Gondry, known for his hyper-inventive visual style in movies like “The Science of Sleep” and “Mood Indigo”, is back with a new work on boyhood and friendship, but his latest looks quite a bit different than the produced-to-the-hilt movies for which he is known – and, at least for me, appreciated. The difference is so great it’s as if the director has challenged himself to take his imagination out of the poetry-and-props clouds and place it into an environment that’s earthier, a realm in which the hints of realism could grow.
One of the directors of last year’s excellent vampire mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows” is back with a more family-friendly film about a chubby New Zealand kid finding his place in the world by fleeing the cops in the bush for months on end. Taika Waititi’s “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” while not as funny or original as his monster mash, is consistently amusing and filled with enough laughs to make its formulaic plot points easy to overlook.
“Music of Strangers” is much more than a film on a superstar world music ensemble.
“The Wailing” is a hysterical and strange South Korean epic that tries to be both a horror movie and a thriller, and one could argue that, for the first hour or so, it wants to be a dark comedy as well.
“How Love Won: The Fight For Marriage Equality In Minnesota” powerfully highlights the historic defeat of the proposed marriage amendment in 2012 and the subsequent legalization of gay marriage soon after.
This year marks the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, and the Science Museum of Minnesota is celebrating the occasion all summer with an Omnitheater film that takes viewers mountain biking in Utah, hiking in Yellowstone and ice climbing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Those with a taste for history and a love of kung fu films are in for a treat as King Hu’s groundbreaking “Dragon Inn” has been newly restored and is coming to Minneapolis’ Lagoon Cinema this weekend.
“Sunset Song” is a deeply poetic period piece that struggles with consistency. At times, director Terence Davies, a filmmaker not unused to delving into history, captures an intimate or troubling moment in a way that can only be described as brilliant. Other times, however, his latest work devolves into something too melodic, too weepy, and almost melodramatic.
The iconic Uptown Theatre is kicking off its 100th anniversary celebration this weekend with screenings of classic films like “Seven Samurai,” “King Kong” and “Citizen Kane.”
“What We Become” is a Danish zombie flick in which no zombies are seen for most of the tense, 80-minute movie. Instead, filmmaker Bo Mikkelsen focuses on how a small family fares during the first few days of the viral outbreak and the collapse of civil society.
The moodiness is real in Karyn Kusama’s unnerving psychological thriller, “The Invitation.” Brilliantly, the filmmaker taps into the weirdness inherent in those coastal-growing, pseudo-scientific lifestyles and shows us an L.A. dinner party that’s a nightmare on multiple levels.
“High-Rise” is a mixed bag, to be sure, but there’s something thrilling, even intoxicating, about sharing in the fun you know the filmmaker is having.
“Louder than Bombs”, the first English-language feature from Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier, is a moving and kaleidoscopic exploration of a family fractured by loss, probing how a father and his two sons are coping with life after the death of their famous yet mysterious mother.
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival ends with a documentary that should perhaps be required watching for any Minnesotan. Jack Pettibone Riccobono’s work, which is presented by “Tree of Life” visionary Terrence Malick and produced by actress Natalie Portman, fixes an unflinching lens onto the lives of two Ojibwe men on the Pine Point reservation in Becker County.
A powerful feature debut from Belgian filmmaker Robin Pront, “The Ardennes” is a muddy, tense and stylish exploration into the relationship between two brothers living at the edge of society.
At first, Valentin Thurn’s latest food-focused documentary looks to be a piece on the threat of genetically-modified food and the specter of big agri-business. But the German filmmaker and journalist goes deeper, much deeper — traveling from Japan to Africa to Milwaukee, exploring new ideas and approaches to foodmaking, some of which are unforgettably cool.
While Lewinsky builds an engaging base around the seriousness of rape and the consequences of alleging it, what he makes his characters do – especially Thomas – just gets so nut that it’s difficult to watch with a straight face.
Russian auteur Alexander Sokurov, the creator of the 2002 one-take behemoth Russian Ark, has now turned his restless attention to the Louvre. In this freewheeling poetic essay Francofonia, which has far more than one take, the filmmaker explores the relationship between great art and power, especially in the era of Nazi-occupied France.
The three actors were recently in town for an event at the Mall of America, and I had a chance to speak with them about the similarity between sports and acting, working with Linklater and the philosophical messages the filmmaker fits in amid the debauchery.
Unlike Hany Abu-Assad’s last two intense, conflict-focused films — “Omar” (2013) and “Paradise Now” (2005), both of which were nominated for a Best Foreign Language Oscar — “The Idol” is a heartwarming, triumphant and often funny work on the life of the now famous Palestinian vocalist Mohammad Assaf.
The nostalgia is real in Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!,” which is being dubbed the “spiritual sequel” to the director’s coming-of-age high school classic “Dazed and Confused.”
The 35th annual Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival launches in Minneapolis Thursday night with a screening of the heartwarming Swedish film A Man Called Ove.
Played by the impeccable and cherub-faced Catherine Frot (who won the French equivalent of an Oscar for her performance), the titular character is narcissist so full of herself she’s almost adorable.
“Creative Control,” as a whole, doesn’t quite congeal. The falling-in-love-with-an-augmented-reality-character plot, although it’s pushed along by the film’s humor and visual style, is too improbable to swallow outright. Moreover, the characters are so terrible to each other that it becomes difficult to care about them to the degree where the film’s themes would pack any emotional punch.
Rejoice, Minnesota cinephiles! This lineup for the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is out.