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 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.
It’s August already. How is that even possible? Any day now, you’ll be seeing back-to-school shopping displays at Target and planning out a visit to the Great Minnesota Get-Together. Already that nostalgia for summer is welling up as the nights get increasingly cooler. Already I’m drinking beers on rooftops and patios wondering how many of these I’ll have before the leaves start falling and the sun goes down with the workday.
hat Sugar Film, a Supersize Me-style documentary out of Australia, uses a sort of cinematic super-sweetness to combat the pervasiveness of sugar in our modern food supply. Filmmaker Damon Gameau’s film is visually over-the-top, with talking head experts appearing on cereal boxes and all sorts of different food labels.
It’s the dog days of summer, and there’s a bunch of great cinema to experience in the Twin Cities.
Much of the buzz around Tangerine stems from the fact it was shot entirely on iPhone 5s, equipped with special lenses. While it is indeed remarkable that a pocket-sized device could have produced such a […]
Somehow, summer is halfway over. That being said, you should probably spend as much time as possible out enjoying the warm season on a lake or a patio.
Questions about vigilantism are at the heart of Cartel Land, a gripping documentary on the people risking their lives taking a stand against Mexican drug cartels on both sides of the border. Directed by Matthew Heineman, whose camerawork is athletic and fearless, the movie unfolds like a blockbuster action flick, not unlike executive producer Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker or Zero Dark Thirty. The film starts in Mexico, in the dead of night, with masked men cooking meth, explaining that while the drugs might wreak havoc in America, it’s the only way for them to escape poverty. What choice do they have?
If you’re looking to escape the heat and humidity this week, there’s probably no better way to do it than to watch Satyajit Ray’s gorgeously restored and undeniably epic Apu trilogy, which is playing over at the Lagoon Cinema. While it’s no doubt a commitment to see each film, the payoff is hug: It’s one of those works that’ll rekindle your belief in the power of cinema, or art in general. Seriously, it’s that good.
The love story that unfolds in “Love At First Fight” defies easy categorization. It’s not a French romcom, it’s not a passionate kissing fest, and it isn’t a tearjerker either. It’s just a slow-burning romance of sorts, with well-placed laughs. Featuring a remarkable performance by up-coming actress Adèle Haenel, the film is irresistible as it is unpredictable, and it makes for almost perfect summer movie watching.
If you looked at this headline and had no idea what esports are, here’s an explainer: Esports are video games played competitively, often at incredibly high stakes, before a massive, global audience.
With the holiday weekend come and gone, perhaps there’s a bit more free time in your schedule for movies. If that’s the case, you may want to check out the Walker Art Center’s Summer Nights/Cool Cinema series, which starts this week.
Emotionally explosive and wonderfully amorphous, “About Elly” is a 2009 film out of Iran getting its well-deserved release in the U.S. just now. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”, “The Past”), the film is a naturalistic drama that could easily be described as a thriller. Its characters are believable and mysterious, and the film highlights, to Western eyes, the weight honor holds in cultures built around it.
While the most recent adaptation of “Madame Bovary” is no doubt pretty, director Sophie Barthes’ take on the classic Flaubert novel doesn’t quite feel like anything more than a bookish period piece. The dialogue is too flowery, the performances are mixed at best, and the film appears to be addicted to swooning over its delicate piano soundtrack.
The “Wolfpack” raises far more questions than it answers, and that’s both why the documentary is so compelling and, at the same time, somewhat frustrating.
When director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon started work on “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” the film that went on to conquer this year’s Sundance Film Festival, bagging both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize, he didn’t think he’d put a dedication to his late father at the very beginning of the movie.