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.
“The Assassin” is not a typical period piece kung fu movie. While on the surface it might look like Zhang Yimou’s “Hero” or “House of Flying Daggers,” the tone and substance of director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s work is far different. Instead of fantastical wire-fu fight scenes and kaleidoscopic melodrama, the focus here is highly tuned to visual composition, landscape and lyrical story-telling.
Think of Simon Pegg in a romantic Judd Apatow film, and that’s pretty much what’s going on in “Man Up,” a goofy yet endearing English comedy making its way stateside this month.
‘Tis the season to explore via cinema. Sound Unseen was here last week, bringing Twin Cities audiences music-based films, and this week the Film Society of MinneapolisSt. Paul is hosting Cine Latino, an annual showcase of new works in Spanish-language cinema.
The Sound Unseen film festival opens this Wednesday in St. Paul with a documentary that is pure musical jubilee. “Mavis!” is a joyous and celebratory look at the life of Mavis Staples.
Women in wartime is the central theme of Daniel Barber’s The Keeping Room, a chamber piece wherein two sisters and their former female slave fend off rape and rampage during the Civil War.
As part of its Halloween weekend offerings, the Walker Art Center is screening something of a cinematic treat: Apichatpong Weerasethakul latest film, the “Cemetery of Splendor.” Like the director’s Palme D’Or winning 2010 work “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” “Cemetery” explores aspects of spirituality and brings them to life under the shadow of Thailand’s troubling political realities.
To step into the Iran of Jafar Panahi is to encounter a world where an internationally celebrated director isn’t allowed to make movies. Five years ago, Panahi was charged with propaganda against the Iranian government and told he couldn’t make movies for 20 years. Still, Panahi has persisted, making films about his house arrest (such as 2011’s This Is Not A Film, which was sneaked out of the country in a cake) and doing odd jobs, like driving a taxi.
If the name Stanley Milgram doesn’t sound familiar, the experiment for which he’s known likely does.
There’s a lot of stuff that works on paper in Raul Garcia’s “Extraordinary Tales.” The project is a collection of famous stories from Edgar Allen Poe, adapted into animated shorts and narrated by the likes of the late Christopher Lee and celebrated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. Yet despite how good Lee’s voice sounds when he speaks Poe’s lyrical prose, the shorts don’t come together into a compelling whole.
One of the strongest films from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival was “Victoria”, a one-take behemoth from German director Sebastian Schipper. The film is seeing its release in Minnesota this weekend, and it’s playing over at the Edina Cinema. For anyone who was a fan with last year’s Best Picture-winning “Birdman”, this should be something on your radar.
It’s fall in Minnesota and even though the environment is telling you to slow down, we’re here to tell you the reasons why you should stay active.
After watching Doulgas Tirola’s Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead, which traces the development and decline of the National Lampoon comedy empire, it’s hard to imagine a satirical magazine quite like them existing today.
The focus of the Walker Art Center’s next cinematic retrospective is the work of ground-breaking director Todd Haynes, whose films (such as “I’m Not There” and “Far From Heaven”) are known for being controversial, complex and genre-breaking.
A 29-year tradition continues at the Walker Art Center this holiday season, as the museum once again will host the British Arrows Awards, a celebration of the year’s most innovative, moving and humorous ads.
The sixth annual Twin Cities Film Festival is boasting a broader line-up this year, featuring more movies with Minnesota connections, more documentaries and more features from filmmakers around the world.
Besides suffering from a particularly boring U.S. release title, the English film “A Brilliant Young Mind” tells a nuanced and tender story of a mathematically gifted teenager who struggles to relate to those who love him.
Writer/director François Ozon’s curiosity about sex, gender and relationships is again on display in “The New Girlfriend,” an unpredictable and surprisingly touching film about love and identity.
In 2010, National Geographic photographer and filmmaker Louie Psihoyos won an Oscar for The Cove, a graphic and unforgettable exposé of dolphin hunting in Japan. In that film, Psihoyos and his team of activists sneaked into an area where dolphins are herded for harpoon slaughter and fixed hidden cameras. The bloody images captured in the process horrified Western audiences and showed that filmmaking concerned with activism and the environment doesn’t have to be preachy and boring clips of humpback whales. It can be thrilling.
The legendary French actress Bernadette Lafont performs a massive change of character in Paulette, turning from a bitter old racist to a cuddly pot-dealing grandma.
Banksy, the British street artist renowned for his subversive works across the world, has created an art exhibition from the ruins of a dreary, abandoned amusement park in a seaside English town. He’s calling the project “Dismaland,” […]
A quick look at Linda Paulsen’s works in the crop art exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair is all it takes to see that she has a sharp eye for color, texture and detail.
Perhaps the best thing about Phoenix, the latest film from German director Christian Petzold, is that the ending is perfect, absolutely perfect. Not only does it neatly wrap the post-WWII story together, it hits you with a punch of emotion so strong you’ll be teary-eyed and breathless as the credits roll in dead silence.
The Internet Cat Video Festival has come and gone, and so has summer, it seems. The forecast this week looks like it’s straight out of October, so it’s probably a good time to catch a movie, or watch something new on Netflix.
For a world-class photographer who’s skied down Mount Everest and climbed some of the most daunting peaks on the planet, Jimmy Chin was surprisingly enthusiastic to talk to WCCO earlier this week.
It’s a busy week for movies here in the Twin Cities. We’ve got a massive festival for the internet’s beloved cats, two compelling documentaries hitting theaters, and a screening of a French New Wave classic.