Jonathon Sharp

'Art Addict' & The Passions Of Peggy GuggenheimDespite 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sound Unseen 2015 Highlights: Reviews In BriefThe Sound Unseen film festival launches this Wednesday, again bringing music-lovers in Minnesota insight into artists both obsurce and beloved, histories of creative titans and audio visionaries, and examples of how art can change the world.
'Mavis!' Kicks Off Sound Unseen; Interview With Director Jessica EdwardsThe 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.
Man's Inhumanity To Women In 'The Keeping Room'Women in wartime is the central theme of Daniel Barber’s <em>The Keeping Room</em>, a chamber piece wherein two sisters and their former female slave fend off rape and rampage during the Civil War.
The Ecstatic Dreaminess Of 'Cemetery Of Splendor'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.
The Brilliant, Simple Defiance Of 'Jafar Panahi's Taxi'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.
'Experimenter' Isn't Some Boring Scientific BiopicIf the name Stanley Milgram doesn’t sound familiar, the experiment for which he’s known likely does.
'Extraordinary Tales' Doesn’t Breathe Life Into PoeThere’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.
'Victoria,' A One-Shot Thrill Ride In Nocturnal BerlinOne 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.
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