Jonathon Sharp

jonathon sharp2 Jonathon SharpJonathon Sharp is a web producer and blogger at WCCO.com. He started as a New Media intern at the station in 2010.

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.

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Louder Than Bombs

‘Louder Than Bombs’ Reviewed

“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.

05/06/2016

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Closing Night @ MSPIFF 2016: ‘The Seventh Fire’ Reviewed

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.

04/23/2016

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Day 16 @ MSPIFF 2016: ‘The Ardennes’ Reviewed

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.

04/22/2016

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Autlook Film Sales)

Day 14 @ MSPIFF 2016: ’10 Billion — What’s On Your Plate?’ Reviewed

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.

04/20/2016

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Day 13 @ MSPIFF: ‘A Decent Man’ Reviewed

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.

04/19/2016

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Day 6 @ MSPIFF: ‘Francofonia’ Reviewed

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.

04/12/2016

(credit: Paramount Pictures and Annapurna Pictures.)

‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ Stars Talk Baseball, Film & Working With Linklater

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.

04/09/2016

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Day 3 @ MSPIFF 2016: ‘The Idol’ Reviewed

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.

04/09/2016

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‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ Not In The Same League As ‘Dazed’

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.”

04/07/2016

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Opening Night At MSPIFF 2016: ‘A Man Called Ove’

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.

04/07/2016

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Review: Prepare Your Eardrums For ‘Marguerite’

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.

03/25/2016

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‘Creative Control’ Review

“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.

03/18/2016

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Lineup Revealed For MSPIFF 2016

Rejoice, Minnesota cinephiles! This lineup for the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival is out.

03/02/2016

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Review: Danish Oscar Entry ‘A War’

Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Oscar, “A War” is a squirm-in-your-seat journey into the fog of war and the various conflicts, both internal and external, that arise when a soldier tries to act morally while being ripped apart by competing interests under the most stressful of circumstances.

02/19/2016

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‘Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words’ Reviewed

Cary Grant in Hitchcock’s “Notorious,” pioneered a career of international stardom that looks modern, if not normal, to today’s viewers, but in her time was anything but.

02/12/2016

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‘Arabian Nights’ At The Walker Art Center

In the first part of his 6-hour, fantastical portrait of his native Portugal during “bread and water” austerity, director Miguel Gomes admits that the idea behind his fresh-cut trilogy might be the dumbest he’s ever had.

02/05/2016

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Predictions For The 2016 Oscar-Nominated Shorts

Here’s a look at what films are likely to take home Oscars in the animated and live action short categories.

01/29/2016

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‘The Boy And The World’ Is A Beautiful, Heavy Parable

With a gorgeous and evolving animation aesthetic that includes lush, crayon-drawn jungle landscapes and dada-like collages of animal machines, “The Boy and the World” is at once a vivid reflection on childhood and a sobering parable of economic disparities.

01/22/2016

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Tender And Unnerving, ‘Lamb’ Brings To Mind Lolita

For anyone who’s read Vladimir Nabokov’s ever-controversial “Lolita,” Ross Partridge’s “Lamb” will feel like familiar territory. Although the film is based off a different book by Bonnie Nadzam, its story of a man who basically abducts an 11-year-old girl on a journey to America’s heartland is gripping, lyrical and unnerving. What makes it so uncomfortable is that the work constantly asks you to wonder about love between a man and a child – and if such a love can ever be something other than morally atrocious.

01/15/2016

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‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’ Is A Celebration Cinema, Hitch’s Influence

Hitchcock/Truffaut is a song of jubilee for that outstanding and unmistakable icon of American movie-making, Alfred Hitchcock. While Hitch is no doubt a creative and influential titan in the public mind today, it’s important to remember that this wasn’t always the case.

12/11/2015

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Love & War In The 2015 Arrows Awards

To see the British Arrows Awards is to get a glimpse into the culture across the pond. This is true every year, as Minnesotans have seen the best of British ads at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for 29 years now, and the tradition is something of a holiday staple.

12/04/2015

Peggy Guggenheim

‘Art Addict’ & The Passions Of Peggy Guggenheim

Despite the monetary connotations of her name, Peggy Guggenheim amassed one of the greatest collections of modern art in the world, and she did so without throwing tons of money around.

11/23/2015

The Assassin

Style Is Substance In ‘The Assassin’

“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.

11/20/2015

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Simon Pegg’s Date Goes Horribly Wrong, Hilariously Right In ‘Man Up’

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.

11/20/2015

(credit: Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul)

Cine Latino Bringing Fresh Spanish Films To St. Anthony Main

‘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.

11/17/2015

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