Joseph Jon Lanthier

Joseph Jon Lanthier

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

Publications:
House Next Door , Slant Magazine
Total Reviews:
244

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
2.5/4 100% Purple Noon (Plein soleil) (1996) " Its mechanical aesthetic suggests that rather than having to sublimate what remorse Tom Ripley might feel toward his actions, he simply doesn't experience any." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2014
2/4 95% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013) " The doc's looseness adequately portrays George Plimpton as an inwardly conflicted figure, but it fails to make much of a case for the man's legacy outside of The Paris Review's still-noticeable brand." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 17, 2013
3.5/4 80% Out-Takes From The Life Of A Happy Man (2013) " Jonas Mekas's camera is never passive, often seeming to feed upon sensation that energizes it to the point of jittery transcendence." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 25, 2013
3.5/4 100% Portrait of Jason (1967) " Shirley Clarke counters Jason's queen-bitch attitude by reminding us with vocal and technological interjections that this is a performance, and that aesthetic judgments have been made while recording it." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 16, 2013
2.5/4 89% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2013) " It never bothers to attempt the one thing we'd expect and hope from a documentary about Ricky Jay: It doesn't try to bamboozle us." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 14, 2013
3/4 78% André Gregory: Before and After Dinner (2013) " Perhaps the most valuable insight that the film provides about its subject is that he acts even as he directs." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 5, 2013
2.5/4 65% Dog Pound (2013) " The plot willfully denies our satisfaction, often at the risk of compromising its own structural integrity." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 25, 2013
3/4 56% Heaven's Gate (1980) " Michael Cimino's film represented a slight return to classicism--to larger-than-life Panavision spectacle and crane shot-managed majesty, however contradicted by narrative bleakness." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2013
3/4 100% Cuchillo de palo (108) (2013) " Renate Costa's doc gradually simplifies into an elaborate seesaw between general, journalistic scoopery and unabashedly personal confrontation." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 16, 2013
83% The Unspeakable Act (2013) " Writer-director Dan Sallitt's fourth feature moves with confident boldness from the incestuous gauntlet its prologue impishly hurls down." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 26, 2013
3.5/4 92% Little Fugitive (The Coney Island Kid ) (1953) " The not-to-be-underestimated singularity of Little Fugitive is such that its legacy nearly contradicts its nature. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 27, 2013
3/4 67% Nana (2013) " Its meta-cinematic "think piece"-ness is redeemed by the slinky symmetries drawn between Massadian's own auteur-ship and the protagonist's narrative role." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 23, 2013
4/4 100% Black Narcissus (1947) " Michael Powell was right when he called Black Narcissus an "erotic film," but the attraction is pure Pygmalionism." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2012
2/4 44% On the Road (2012) " The lack of a strong expository voice further simplifies the wealth of explicit sex Walter Salles dramatizes, much of it drawn from juicy swathes of Jack Kerouac's only recently published original scroll." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 17, 2012
4/4 89% Consuming Spirits (2012) " Not only a monstrous visual achievement, but one of the most uniquely humanistic animated features of all time." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 10, 2012
2.5/4 80% Wagner & Me (2012) " Even when Wagner & Me seems uneven as an art historical study, it's fairly successful as a travelogue." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 4, 2012
1.5/4 —— My Brothers (2012) " An uncommon example of purely allegorical cinema, Paul Fraser's film foregoes plot almost entirely in favor of thematic resonance." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 27, 2012
2.5/4 93% The Central Park Five (2012) " Though relentlessly and admirably logical, the movie constantly glosses over the buried human element." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 16, 2012
4/4 100% The Man in the White Suit (2012) " That Stratton proves so unable to resist his hubris surely provides the film with a cautionary subtext, but this is beautifully complicated by an ending that denies the possibility of rehabilitation." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 10, 2012
95% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself (2013) " Tom Bean and Luke Poling's doc is rightfully less than certain of the quality of its subject's output, and no potential excuse for Plimpton's occasionally clunky wordplay is left unmentioned. " — House Next Door
Posted Nov 8, 2012
83% Persistence Of Vision " One of the least stylistically handicapped documentaries ever produced about animation." — House Next Door
Posted Nov 8, 2012
3.5/4 47% The Comedy (2012) " Tim Heidecker's Swanson does not amuse us in spite of the pity he inspires but because of it. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 4, 2012
3.5/4 65% This Must Be The Place (2012) " The film believes in maturity, but only as a freely continual process of acceptance." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 28, 2012
2.5/4 80% Orchestra Of Exiles (2012) " Its episodic nature poses a narrative challenge that director Josh Aronson's just barely feature-length documentary can't quite surmount. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 21, 2012
2.5/4 84% The Flat (2012) " Accusation is the rhetoric of outrage, and Arnon Goldfinger can't bring himself to experience even conservative anger, regardless of its appropriateness." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 14, 2012
3.5/4 94% Photographic Memory (2012) " Ross McElwee is less anxious of death itself than of finally comprehending the vast faultiness of the life he's lived. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 5, 2012
3/4 100% It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012) " By favoring the repetition of gestures over plot or graphics, Don Hertzfeldt argues that animation is, at its essence, a kinetic rather than simply visual form of expression." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 3, 2012
3/4 68% Wuthering Heights (2012) " In whittling down Emily Brontë's romance to its most earthly aspects, Andrea Arnold stylizes herself into an unavoidable corner." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 1, 2012
3/4 78% Tales of the Night (2012) " The recent cartoons of Michel Ocelot cleverly advance Lotte Reiniger's prototypical stop-motion technique into the digital age." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 23, 2012
2/4 10% About Cherry (2012) " The lack of plausible conflict mars the movie's highly commendable depiction of San Francisco as a the new porn capital." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2012
3/4 60% I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad and the Beautiful (2012) " What keeps the doc from lapsing entirely into a generic human-interest story superficially peppered with local color is, oddly enough, the slowness with which Parker's goals are achieved." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 9, 2012
2.5/4 83% Ornette: Made in America (2012) " Shirley Clarke's portraiture eschews cohesive biography and often spirals off into lyrical dissonance." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 26, 2012
60% My Son John (1952) " Leo McCarey's sociopolitical hysterectomy finally hits home video in a Blu-ray that appears downright ashamed of its contents." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2012
41% Little White Lies (2012) " The specific narrative handicaps throughout are mostly too banal to warrant exegesis, though the choice of vintage pop tunes for dramatic underscoring is particularly grating." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 20, 2012
2.5/4 22% True Wolf (2012) " The doc veers between repetitive and didactic pronouncements of a call to inaction and more affectionately told stories about Koani's life as an "ambassador wolf" on the elementary school circuit." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 12, 2012
3.5/4 94% Meet the Fokkens (2012) " Few recent studies of commercialized sex have been character profiles, so Rob Schröder and Gabrielle Provaas's doc is an unusual and welcome polemic." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2012
2.5/4 —— Abendland (2012) " The documentary discipline can't escape its own inherent intermediateness, or its own penchant for deception." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 22, 2012
2.5/4 60% It's The Earth Not The Moon (2012) " After 30 minutes or so, Gonçalo Tocha's anthropological proposition slides into dubiousness." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 9, 2012
2/4 50% Patagonia Rising (2012) " While it might be silly to fault the doc for stopping short of a call to action for North American audiences, the lack of one turns the viewer into a powerless bystander." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 5, 2012
2.5/4 82% A Cat in Paris (2012) " An animated film with the cozy charm of an advertisement for Starbucks French Roast, A Cat in Paris is all design and no danger." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 28, 2012
1.5/4 75% The Intouchables (2012) " A cheeky dream-drama about the friendship between a rich, white quadriplegic and a penurious black job-seeker, the premise of The Intouchables alone nearly renders analysis redundant. " — Slant Magazine
Posted May 22, 2012
4/4 77% The Color Wheel (2012) " Much like the work of generational cohort Michael Robinson, Alex Ross Perry's films are steeped in a viscous cultural past." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 15, 2012
4/4 95% Céline et Julie Vont en Bateau (Celine and Julie Go Boating) (1974) " If cinema can indeed "think," Jacques Rivette's Céline and Julie is an epistemological treatise." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 30, 2012
3/4 55% Downtown Express (2012) " The movie's final act tries, somewhat admirably, to consolidate the plot's myriad interpersonal conflicts." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2012
2/4 56% How to Grow a Band (2012) " The movie is unsurprisingly devoted to peddling up-and-comer Chris Thiele as something daring, something new." — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 9, 2012
4/4 100% Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) " Leo McCarey's masterpiece is a schizo, slack-jawed, preemptive rejoinder to Frank Capra's saintly sober "everyman."" — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 29, 2012
2/4 38% The Beat Hotel (2012) " The Beat Hotel was but one of many domiciles, too small to possess anything but their ephemeral bodies. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 28, 2012
2/4 88% Breathing (2012) " Can a film be faulted for being too sympathetic toward its characters, for limning a milieu with extraneous humanism? " — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 24, 2012
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Posted Mar 23, 2012
3/4 —— Dissolution (2012) " Nina Menkes's camera is at its most effective when it seems dumbfounded at what it's indexing." — Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2012
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