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Joseph Jon Lanthier

Joseph Jon Lanthier
Joseph Jon Lanthier's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Slant Magazine

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/4 100% Art Is...The Permanent Revolution (2012) The premise of this brief portrait sketch is as modest as the standard-definition, full-frame format in which it was photographed. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 28, 2012
1/4 No Score Yet How To Start A Revolution (2012) Plays more like a trailer to the insurrection coming soon to our respective neighborhoods than a primer on Gene Sharp's work or its influence. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 22, 2012
4/5 14% The Moth Diaries (2012) Bubbles of nascent arousal froth at the film's feminine surface. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Feb 7, 2012
2.5/4 72% Windfall (2012) Whatever the legitimate arguments Windfall makes against the industry it targets, Meredith's feuding becomes just as inaccessible as the windmills that incite it. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Feb 1, 2012
3/4 89% The Pruitt-igoe Myth: An Urban History (2012) The film ends on a note of courage, and a call-to-action that we "remember," naturally, but we can't completely buy it: What Freidrichs has accomplished is a portrait of unknowability. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 18, 2012
1.5/4 56% Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission (2012) Oh, the things that money can buy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 10, 2012
2.5/4 76% Addiction Incorporated (2011) The baroque depths of the tobacco industry's insidiousness notwithstanding, exposés have been telling the same unsurprising story for the last 10 years. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 12, 2011
2/4 25% Magic to Win (2011) There's a winking, spritely nature to this ridiculous content, but it's rendered impossible to follow by a lack of meaningful relationships that might transcend the film's multiple threads. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 8, 2011
3/4 100% Under Control (2011) There are images here that seem culled from some obsolete collective nervousness. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2011
No Score Yet The Drum (Drums) (1938) One of the most fascinating and entertaining asides in British cinema, Sabu is just meta-colonial enough to maintain relevance. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 29, 2011
2/4 53% Crazy Wisdom (2011) The under rug-sweeping of the doc's eccentric flaws would be less grating if it elucidated Chögyam Trungpa's ideas with more clarity. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 22, 2011
2/4 88% Eames: The Architect And The Painter (2011) The lack of intimate residue left behind creates cinematic problems that are exacerbated by the movie's general incompetence. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 13, 2011
3/4 80% Pianomania (2011) There's a eunuch's melancholy beyond Stefan Knüpfer's humble expertise that might ultimately be the root of his trade. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 31, 2011
2.5/4 83% Incendiary: The Willingham Case (2011) Incendiary exposes a crucial social dialectic without affixing a relatable, if reductive, human face to the center. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2011
2/4 67% American Teacher (2011) In the sense that it perpetuates a compartmentalized view of education, American Teacher does more harm than good. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 25, 2011
3/5 76% Damsels in Distress (2012) The scenario has all the smirking charm of Stillman's earlier movies. ‐ Boxoffice Magazine
Posted Sep 22, 2011
100% Afghan Star (2009) Director Havana Marking's social observations resonate most effectively when she concentrates on the titular TV show itself, and its widespread cult, much of which diagonally illuminates the political context of the populous. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Sep 19, 2011
No Score Yet The Critics (2011) The Critics luckily ends on a leavening note (with the faith that the passionate will preserve the theater's integrity), but it's difficult not to leave the film feeling the onus of rejuvenation. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Sep 19, 2011
79% Melancholia (2011) Von Trier argues just how swiftly and unchallenged utter fictions can move along a path of seemingly self-sufficient obliteration, and the universality of the annihilation is key. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Sep 19, 2011
94% Moneyball (2011) This is a movie that perversely assigns very traditional histrionics to a non-traditional social success. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Sep 17, 2011
73% Chicken with Plums (2012) The stylistic thinness is finally heartbreaking: Even after we've saturated it with our own despondency, it's not sturdy enough for us to lean on. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Sep 17, 2011
29% Twixt (2012) Everyone forgets that Poe's legacy has persevered because he was fun to read; hackwork is by definition contrivance, yes, but tightly wound contrivance. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Sep 13, 2011
2/4 45% Jane's Journey (2011) Leads us through Jane Goodall's greatest hits with adulating talking heads and putatively inspiring, over-exposed eco-scapes. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 11, 2011
2/4 71% Echotone (2011) A representative, if frustratingly impressionistic, regional-cultural update on Austin's now epochal music scene. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2011
1.5/4 33% Burke and Hare (2011) John Landis's first directorial effort in over a decade, Burke and Hare is essentially a series of multiplex-ready clichés adorning a weakly scandalous premise. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 4, 2011
2/4 65% Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (2011) The testimony we hear from suspects' neighbors and similarly curious media underlings feels muted, like a halfhearted repetition. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 30, 2011
1.5/4 88% Iron Crows (2011) Park Bong-Nam's lack of social incisiveness is least apparent in scenarios that need only be witnessed with a modicum of poetry. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2011
3/4 100% Summer Pasture (2011) With its devastating title-card statistics and peacefully elegiac third act, the doc establishes the ritarding cadence of its gasping culture of a subject. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2011
2.5/4 80% Darwin (2011) The documentary ultimately doesn't so much flesh out its subjects as slowly tear their Band-Aids off after some administering some putatively good-natured noogies. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 13, 2011
2/4 63% Protektor (2011) The movie is nothing if not tonally sellable, even if the digital sheen often seems at odds with the domesticity of the central story. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 1, 2011
2.5/4 69% sleep furiously. (2011) A paean to the dignity of ritualized traditions that aims for poetic calmness, but more often smoothes its subjects into deliberately emblematic somnambulism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 24, 2011
3/4 81% The Myth Of The American Sleepover (2011) The film likeably recognizes that all of the adolescent epiphanies worth rendering in film must be represented non-verbally. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 17, 2011
3.5/4 No Score Yet Impolex (2011) Impolex ekes out stirring whispers of tender masculine grief. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 12, 2011
2/4 75% Romeo & Juliet in Yiddish (2011) Nearly all of the characters seem curiously representative of some seldom-seen sub-cultural trend, if they're ultimately somewhat interchangeable. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 8, 2011
2.5/4 54% Farmageddon (2011) Kristin Canty's Farmageddon is a plucky, grassroots, urban mulch pile of info-tainment ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 7, 2011
1.5/4 55% General Orders No. 9 (2011) The film haphazardly follows the self-destructive path by which, in its own words, "deer trail becomes Indian trail becomes county road becomes interstate." ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 20, 2011
3/4 79% Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011) Given that the Time's employees are both the focus and our rhetorical guides through this discussion, though we do hear from outsiders with varying sympathies, the movie can't help coming off like a defense for the value of old-school journalism. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 12, 2011
3/4 96% One Lucky Elephant (2011) One Lucky Elephant effortlessly shuttles between unlikely love story, wildlife documentary, and character portraiture. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 7, 2011
2.5/4 74% The Big Uneasy (2010) The film confirms that the real scandal behind Katrina is too deep, too knotty, and too technical to permeate our cultural understanding of the event and incite the rage it deserves. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 3, 2011
2.5/4 90% Out of the Blue (1982) Out of the Blue depicts us as strung-out survivors who symbolically punish our transgressors with ferocity and loud guitars. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 30, 2011
3/4 45% A Serbian Film (2011) The rare piece of transgressive art that's more grimly meditative than satirical or allegorical, A Serbian Film's most daring aspect may be the muddle of soul-searching it demands from its audience. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2011
2/4 61% Forks Over Knives (2011) Essentially a tepid digest of the most persuasive nutritional arguments against the ingestion of flesh and dairy. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 9, 2011
No Score Yet Basilicata Coast To Coast (2013) First-time director Rocco Papaleo unexpectedly appropriates the spirit of his homeland's cultural origins into a soundtrack of proudly diverse acoustic music. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Apr 22, 2011
No Score Yet Backyard (El traspatio) (2009) To be sure, as a pressing dramatization of women's rights principles, the film is a minor success. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Apr 22, 2011
No Score Yet 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
82% 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
No Score Yet 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