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Jonathon Sharp

jonathon sharp1 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 with a degree in print journalism, 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 and sometimes interviews directors with whom he is nearly too impressed to speak.

Aside from cinema, Jonathon enjoys video games, the music of Omar Rodriguez Lopez, rock climbing and poetry — think Garcia Lorca and James Wright.

Jonathon also has a huge crush on Carl Sagan.

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Movie Blog: ‘Inch’Allah’ Review

Inch’Allah is the story of a French-Canadian obstetrician walking the cultural and concrete wall dividing Palestinians and Israelis. While she tries to tread lightly — befriending those on both sides of the conflict — our pretty doctor can’t help but tumble when the story pushes her into tragedy.

08/30/2013

Honey & Bees At The Minnesota State Fair

You Can Help The Hardest Workers At The Fair…Or Anywhere

If honey bees were to disappear, the world — not to mention the State Fair — would grow to be a much bleaker place. “Apples, oranges – things like that – they’d all be gone,” said Emily Campbell, the 2013 American Honey Princess.

08/26/2013

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Movie Blog: Werner Herzog Takes On Texting And Driving

Werner Herzog — the Bavarian art-house master — isn’t one to back down from a challenge. The self-described “soldier of cinema” once hauled a steamboat over a mountain for Fitzcarraldo, trekked through the Sahara to capture [...]

08/15/2013

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Movie Blog: Talking About ‘Killing’ With Joshua Oppenheimer

Listening to Joshua Oppenheimer is like listening to a waterfall. You sit down, ask the filmmaker a question and hundreds and hundreds of words pour forth.

08/11/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘Blackfish’ Bites Into SeaWorld

Blackfish, an investigative documentary that’ll probably have you canceling any plans to SeaWorld, had me harking back one the most beloved movies of my childhood.

08/02/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘Still Mine’ Review

I went into Still Mine fearing that it’d be a based-on-true-events love story with way too many tiny violins for my taste. Fortunately, my fears were (mostly) unfounded.

08/02/2013

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Movie Blog: Q & A With ‘Blackfish’ Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite

SeaWorld is not at all happy with Gabriela Cowperthwaite. She made Blackfish, a documentary about killer whales and the consequences — in some cases deadly — of keeping them in captivity. And let’s just say SeaWorld doesn’t end up looking too pretty.

08/01/2013

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Movie Blog: Rock Doc Week With ‘Band Called Death’, ‘Big Star’

The great Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini once said that there’s only a few stories. That aphorism bore true, I found, when watching two rock ‘n’ roll documentaries slated to come out this weekend — A Band Called Death and Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me.

07/26/2013

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Movie Blog: Going ‘Far Out’ With Illustrator Tomi Ungerer

Tomi Ungerer is a globally-revered illustrator and children’s book author, and Far Out Isn’t Far Enough, a documentary out this Friday, chronicles his life, showcasing his wonderfully diverse work while highlighting the contradictions in his nature.

07/19/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘More Than Honey’ Gives A Hive-View Look Into What’s Killing Bees

And right now I’m even tempted to describe the doc as refreshing and nutritious as honey. And so I will. More Than Honey is just that — it’s smart, multi-layered, glittering with interesting characters, varied scenes, and Planet Earth-pretty images of bees, flying, working, mating, dying, enduring. More Than Honey is easily one of my favorite science docs this year. And while it’s not all doom-saying, don’t thinks movie won’t give you pause. Ands loads to think about.

07/12/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘SOMM’ Is Like ‘Top Chef’ But With Wine

I’m a total sucker for almost any cooking competition show or documentary that features people who’ve mastered, through years and years of practice, the art of making beautiful, edible things. Think of Top Chef or Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

07/05/2013

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Movie Blog: ‘A Hijacking’ Pits A CEO Against Pirates

Tobias Lindholm’s A Hijacking is a psychologically intense examination of two worlds slamming together. In this case, the clash involves the world of Western business and the world of Somali pirates. Lindholm, who wrote and directed the movie, crafts the drama around two characters and two locales; but one set offers more to mull over than the other.

07/04/2013

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Pride is over, but another week of celebration is about to begin. So if you need to flesh out your Fourth of July plans, or just cool off for a few hours, here’s some flicks worth considering…

07/01/2013

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Movie Blog: Dressed For The Gym, Singing Verdi In ‘Traviata’

Being the barbarian to the form I am, I watched wide-eyed as Dessay sang Violetta to life. In gym clothes, with hair like she just skydived onto stage, Dessay hit notes in the ionosphere and with apparent ease, while also acting, taking direction, and speaking Italian. Her performance, which is the heartbeat of the documentary, bordered on superhuman. But that only held my interest for so long.

06/28/2013

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Movie Blog: Losing My Mind With ‘Augustine’ & ‘Berberian Sound Studio’

Throughout European history, the diagnosis of hysteria has plagued women. The disease — now considered junk science — took so many different forms that a list of possible symptoms could fill some 75 pages. Anything from epileptic-like seizures to “sexual desire” counted. And if you showed such symptoms, Lord have mercy.

06/24/2013

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