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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 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
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2011
2/4 74% When We Leave (2011) The clunky denouement reveals that When We Leave is far less than its socio-political relevance would suggest.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2011
3.5/4 85% Nenette (2010) The film's narrative elliptically presents a series of contexts through which we glean Nénette's rather epic story.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jan 2, 2011
3/4 96% The Iron Giant (1999) The Iron Giant isn't a Cold War allegory so much as an Americana fairy tale.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Dec 20, 2010
1.5/4 64% You Won't Miss Me (2010) A safely stylized orgy of generic juvenile malaise.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2010
2/4 57% Violet Tendencies (2010) Violet Tendencies betrays both its camp roots and its grown-up goals.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 31, 2010
3.5/4 94% Kuroneko (1968) The film morphs into an obsessively regretful dialectic that trips into tragedy after lugubrious, otherworldly speculation. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2010
2.5/4 88% Cinco días sin Nora (Nora's Will) (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
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2010
3/4 80% Nowhere Boy (2010) How could we hate or humiliate Lennon any more than he'd been trained to hate and humiliate himself?‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Oct 13, 2010
3/4 84% Ip Man (2010) An explosive exercise in bare-knuckled myth-biography. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Sep 26, 2010
No Score Yet 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
Read More | Posted Sep 14, 2010
3/4 86% 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Aug 18, 2010
2/4 57% 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
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2010
1.5/4 No Score Yet Mundo alas (2010) Even Tod Browning's Freaks may have been more humanistically sympathetic to its cast.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted Jul 27, 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | 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
Read More | Posted May 26, 2010
2/4 66% Two in the Wave (Deux de la Vague) (2010) Makes the concurrent careers of Godard and Truffaut, and their unforgettable milestones, seem like dead history rather than vibrant art.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 17, 2010
3/4 85% Looking for Eric (2010) Ken Loach worms beneath sooty surroundings to examine the dreamy undercurrent of idealism that facilitates conflict in his Thatcher-ized milieu.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 9, 2010
2/4 78% OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus (Lost in Rio) (2010) Lost in Rio wins giggles only when rubbing its spy milieu up against sheer randomness, but the sight of Dujardin's self-absorbed mug carving up a rubber crocodile for survivalist sustenance can only do so much.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 4, 2010
2.5/4 81% Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010) While Koshashvili mangles some of the symbolism, however, he indelibly evokes Chekhov's cadence and attention to detail. ‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted May 2, 2010
3/4 91% Ghost Bird (2009) An enthusiast's documentary nearly as rare as its very possibly extinct subject.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2010
2.5/4 78% Behind The Burly Q (2010) The strength of the testimony, particularly that of women like Blaze Starr and Joan Arline, makes Burly Q a minor oral history success.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 20, 2010
2.5/4 80% Handsome Harry (2010) Gordon and Proferes detail their protagonist with authentically complex fleshtones, but splash on each new revealing coat with a jarring lack of finesse.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2010
2.5/4 89% It Came from Kuchar (2010) Kroot nearly loses us in her efforts to prove how widespread the Kuchars' impact has been.‐ Slant Magazine
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2010