Joseph Jon Lanthier

Joseph Jon Lanthier

Agrees with the Tomatometer 71% of the time.

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

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 244
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
—— In The Land Of The Free (2010) " The movie properly appropriates the frustrated but mature rage of King, Woodfox, and Wallace toward the supposedly checked and balanced governmental systems that let them down." — House Next Door
Posted Apr 22, 2011
83% The Double Hour (2011) " Seems determined to vacuum every last empathetic crumb from its cheap surprises, leaving us with a pitifully uninteresting nihilism infused with the noxious golden light of beer commercials. " — House Next Door
Posted Apr 22, 2011
—— Tapologo (2008) " The directors' judicious patience with their subjects allows them to capture some remarkable storytelling." — House Next Door
Posted Apr 22, 2011
3/4 79% Blank City (2011) " The juxtaposition between the studiously aging talking heads and their bleakly youthful counterparts is often jarring. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 13, 2011
3/4 25% Certifiably Jonathan (2011) " Jim Pasternak's documentary is a sophisticated appreciation of Winters as an unsung multi-talent." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 16, 2011
100% All About Eve (1950) " All About Eve looks into Broadway's artichoke heart to ring an early death knell for classic Hollywood." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 12, 2011
3/4 92% Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster (2011) " Despite this slackening of narrative urgency, Wilson Yip has duplicated the flawed approach of the earlier movie with striking exactitude." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2011
2/4 77% When We Leave (2011) " The clunky denouement reveals that When We Leave is far less than its socio-political relevance would suggest." — Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 2, 2011
3/4 79% Johnny Mad Dog (2011) " Director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's deftly stylized camerawork reminds us at key intervals that what we're seeing is artifice, dramatization. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2011
2/4 43% I'm Dangerous with Love (2011) " If only Dimitri Mugianis were as worthy of our attention as director Michel Negroponte considers him." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 22, 2011
2.5/4 97% Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune (2011) " The "reading" of Ochs's inner pain through the uncomfortable transitions his era underwent would likely satisfy a man who released a record entitled All the News That's Fit to Sing. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2011
3/4 56% Bob's Burgers: Season 1 (TV, 2011) " Although the show lacks the frenzied cadence of the aforementioned Archer, the depth of Bob's Burgers's relationships holds more promise. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 9, 2011
3.5/4 84% Nenette (2010) " The film's narrative elliptically presents a series of contexts through which we glean Nénette's rather epic story." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 2, 2011
2.5/4 67% I am Secretly an Important Man (2010) " Getting acquainted with what Steven Jesse Bernstein left behind, however, feels like an implicit homework assignment." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 2, 2011
3/4 97% The Iron Giant (1999) " The Iron Giant isn't a Cold War allegory so much as an Americana fairy tale." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 20, 2010
1.5/4 64% You Won't Miss Me (2010) " A safely stylized orgy of generic juvenile malaise." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2010
2/4 73% Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie (2010) " Perfunctory, bowdlerized, and intermittently condescending, Saint Misbehavin' has all the biographical trenchancy of a fundraiser infomercial." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2010
2.5/4 86% Bhutto (2010) " Succeeds beautifully as a kind of protracted CNN-style elegy: All the key points are alighted upon and no sensitive buttons are fingered." — Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 18, 2010
3/4 87% William S. Burroughs: A Man Within (2010) " The documentary persuasively argues that Burrough's most dangerous addiction might have been the refusal of love. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 24, 2010
2/4 57% Violet Tendencies (2010) " Violet Tendencies betrays both its camp roots and its grown-up goals." — Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 7, 2010
3/4 100% Waste Land (2010) " Rather than issuing a warning blow to either our guts or our hearts, it's something of a soft wakeup nudge aimed somewhere in-between." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2010
2/4 55% Shake Hands with the Devil (2010) " What ultimately characterizes Shake Hands with the Devil is its cumbersome sense of contrition, but the film seems only foggily aware of what its apologizing for." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2010
2/4 61% The Kids Grow Up (2010) " Regardless of the cause, the prevalence of empty-nest anxiety among baby boomers isn't terribly flattering to their conception of domestic relationships." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2010
3.5/4 94% Yabu no naka no kuroneko (Black Cat from the Grove) (1968) " The film morphs into an obsessively regretful dialectic that trips into tragedy after lugubrious, otherworldly speculation. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 24, 2010
2.5/4 88% Nora's Will (Cinco dias sin Nora) (2010) " Nora's Will commendably dares to view suicide as an agent of familial cohesion, but it simplifies its most fecund conflicts to the point of characterizing fodder." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 18, 2010
3/4 79% Nowhere Boy (2010) " How could we hate or humiliate Lennon any more than he'd been trained to hate and humiliate himself?" — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2010
2.5/4 83% Rachel (2010) " Simone Bitton's Rachel purports to be an only mildly political investigation of an undeniably polemical tragedy." — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 13, 2010
3/4 84% Ip Man (2010) " An explosive exercise in bare-knuckled myth-biography. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 7, 2010
2/4 97% GasLand (2010) " There's an acerbically straightforward, old-fashioned muckrake gurgling with righteous pugnacity beneath the mannered surface of Josh Fox's Gasland. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2010
3/4 83% 100 Voices: A Journey Home (2010) " While 100 Voices lacks the behind-the-camera musicality and deference to concert flow of Scorsese's The Last Waltz, it's no less potent as an auto-elegy." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2010
2.5/4 56% A Mother's Courage: Talking Back To Autism (Sólskinsdrengurinn) (2010) " A relatively benign probe into what is steadily becoming our species' most alarming epidemic." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 26, 2010
3/4 100% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 6 (TV, 2010) " It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's cubist approach has a veritable monopoly on neo-neanderthal repulsion-as-comedy. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 16, 2010
—— It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (2007) " Dee's reductive bitchiness and catty nature were problematic in earlier seasons, but she's been steadily molded into a token of womanhood so singularly repugnant that we have to dismiss all suspicions of phallus-centricism." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2010
3/4 91% Kings of Pastry (2010) " Though it's bound to inspire a wealth of gustatory adjectives, what defines Kings of Pastry most indelibly is its quietness." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 14, 2010
2.5/4 90% Ahead of Time (2010) " Richman's eye for talking-head cleanliness and spritely archival interpolation betrays the project's undeniable professionalism." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 13, 2010
2.5/4 70% Altiplano (Fragments of Grace) (2010) " Hypnotically braids strands of Incan mythology, Catholic voodoo, and campesino outrage to style a sympathetic outsider's portrait of South American mysticism." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2010
1/4 20% Clear Blue Tuesday (2010) " A film that meditates upon post-9/11 psychology without an urgent sense of purpose or even an empathetic voice to guide us through the event's gnarl of grief isn't simply mediocre, it's dishonorable." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2010
2/4 80% Max Manus: Man of War (2010) " The Euro-cultural tradition of canonizing Nazi resisters has met few candidates as challenging as Max Manus, a Norwegian saboteur and key member of the ragtag-guerilla Oslo Gang." — Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2010
1.5/4 43% Highwater (2010) " Brown's work here evinces the technically deficient and emotionless curiosity of a sellout. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 30, 2010
2/4 44% La Soga (The Butcher's Son) (2010) " It's nearly impossible to discern crook from cop in the handheld, trigonometric angles and slice-and-dice editing of La Soga." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2010
2/4 55% La Siciliana Ribelle (The Sicilian Girl) (2010) " The film is uncomfortably ensconced in the very old-school crime-family tropes its social message intends to undermine." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2010
1.5/4 —— Mundo alas (2010) " Even Tod Browning's Freaks may have been more humanistically sympathetic to its cast." — Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 11, 2010
3/4 97% Mugabe and the White African (2010) " Mugabe and the White African is cinema-as-journalism at its most aesthetically confident and humanely satisfying." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 27, 2010
3.5/4 97% Mad Men: Season 4 (TV, 2010) " Mad Men, tosses the textbook out the window in an effort to sneakily harness the less-than-noble traits of humanity. " — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 25, 2010
1/4 69% The Girl Who Played with Fire (Flickan som lekte med elden) (2010) " It's bewildering task to consider who the intended audience might be for Stieg Larsson's international blockbuster Millennium franchise." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 5, 2010
3/4 72% Wah Do Dem (2010) " Wah Do Dem is a brief, peripatetic love letter to Jamaican tropes scrawled on hemp stationary." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2010
3/4 52% Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2010) " Few films begin with the argumentative lucidity and utilitarian lyricism of Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2010
3/4 94% Whiz Kids (2010) " The flippant nomenclature of Whiz Kids, a warm but ultimately unflinching celebration of nascent smarts, is more than simply facile marketing." — Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 1, 2010
.5/4 26% Finding Bliss (2009) " Like the most blithering chick flicks, Finding Bliss obnoxiously and misleadingly wants to have its cake and get eaten too." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 31, 2010
2.5/4 67% Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies (2010) " As a rambling rumination on turn-of-the-century aestheticism with brazen flourishes of apophenia, the documentary is strangely effective, but we're left aching for more specific piece-by-piece analysis." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 26, 2010
2.5/4 83% Mademoiselle Chambon (2010) " At its most gently successful, the movie is a character study with intensely baroque observations." — Slant Magazine
Posted May 26, 2010
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