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Eric Henderson

eric henderson Eric HendersonEric Henderson joined the WCCO.COM web team in June 2006 and currently serves as WCCO’s web content manager. As a member of the web team, he has won three Emmy Awards as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award.

A card-carrying cinephile (that’s snob-speak for movie buff), he has been writing about movies since he was a high school student in Burnsville, Minn. He still remembers the flack he got from his peers for writing a negative review of Tommy Boy.

He continued writing about movies while enrolled at Concordia College in Moorhead. He was also the arts and entertainment editor for The Concordian newspaper and station manager of KORD-FM, where he would also spin old school jams on his weekly radio show.

Upon graduation, he began writing reviews for both City Pages and Slant Magazine. His articles on director Brian De Palma were mentioned in the New York Times.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys playing piano and climbing rocks … predominately indoors, but that may change any summer now.

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10 New State Fair Foods We’re Most Excited To Try

Just as summer hits and we’re all getting comfortable with our beach bodies, along comes the Minnesota State Fair to remind us of the Waterloo our guts are going to willingly lay down and die for.

06/21/2016

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Day 11 @ MSPIFF 2016: ‘Tale Of Tales’ Reviewed

Tale of Tales, directed by Gomorrah helmer Matteo Garrone, strains at the seams to become the next art house cult classic-cum-midnight movie.

04/17/2016

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Day 9 @ MSPIFF 2016: ‘Voices Of Light’ Concert Performance

There’s a debate among film snobs about whether affixing modern soundtracks to vintage silent films is a useful tool or an incongruous distraction.

04/15/2016

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Day 7 @ MSPIFF 2016: ‘Eisenstein In Guanajuato’ Reviewed

For some critics, the idea of writing about a Peter Greenaway movie is akin to the proverbial “dancing about architecture.” Greenaway’s films can often have such a finely honed aesthetic, and one built from incongruous formal juxtapositions — tony but opulent, refined but reckless, arty but erogenous.

04/13/2016

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Day 5 @ MSPIFF 2016: ‘I Promise You Anarchy’ Reviewed

Julio Hernandez Cordon’s new feature “I Promise You Anarchy” is punch drunk love with the impetuousness of young love among sexually nebulous skater boys.

04/11/2016

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Q&A: ‘Carol’ Director Todd Haynes & Producer Christine Vachon

When Todd Haynes directed his 2002 film “Far from Heaven,” the spirit of Douglas Sirk hung over the proceedings. Incorporating the melodramatic tropes of Sirk was, at the time, taken as one of his trademark exercises in semiotics, but at this point, it now seems more like a turning point in his career.

12/22/2015

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Movie Blog: The Top 10 Christmas Movies Ever

There are, at last count, about 18,372 Christmas movies. That’s actually about 3,582 more than there are movies period. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating, but suffice it to say that no holiday has been covered quite as extensively as Dec. 25. In honor of that, I’m counting down the top 10 best Christmas movies ever.

12/17/2015

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Movie Blog: Top 10 MST3K Episodes Ever

In the increasingly distant future — more than a quarter-century ago this Thanksgiving, A.D. — the greatest Thanksgiving gift of all time was unleashed on the world. On Thanksgiving Day 1988, Twin Cities station KTMA aired the first episodes of what would eventually turn into arguably the biggest, most culturally significant cult TV show of all time.

11/23/2015

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Movie Blog: ‘Friday The 13th’ Ranked, From Worst To Best

It isn’t so very often that we get two Friday the 13th months in a row. You don’t have to be superstitious to perk up whenever the fateful date approaches. You might just be a fan of some of the cheesiest, least frightening horror movies ever made, the Friday the 13th franchise.

11/13/2015

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Top 4 Reasons To Try Yoga

It’s fall in Minnesota and even though the environment is telling you to slow down, we’re here to tell you the reasons why you should stay active.

10/30/2015

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Movie Blog: The 10 Scariest Movies Ever

Much like comedy, horror is one of the most subjectively-received movie genres out there. Just as you can’t really argue what people think is or isn’t funny, it’s difficult to convince anyone that they’re not scared if they’re squeezing the blood right out of your closest thigh.

10/23/2015

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Movie Blog: 10 Best Fireworks Sequences

It’s the Fourth of July, which means fireworks displays galore. But if you happen to be stuck inside this evening, you’ll probably want to take in a great display via a classic movie. These are 10 of the top best scenes involving fireworks in movie history.

07/02/2015

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Day 16 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘The End Of The Tour’ (Not) Reviewed

I sort of thought it would be fun to write a review of the new film The End of the Tour as short as David Foster Wallace’s masterpiece Infinite Jest is long. So … yeah. […]

04/24/2015

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Day 13 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘I Touched All Your Stuff’ Reviewed

When press notes compare a documentary to Errol Morris, what does that typically tell you as a viewer? Does it suggest that you’re going to see a film that digs like a termite at its subject? Does it suggest to you a seamless blend of interview footage and dramatic recreation?

04/21/2015

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Day 8 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Girlhood’ Reviewed

There are longueurs that occur throughout French director Céline Sciamma’s new drama Girlhood almost as if on a schedule. These moments feature the central character Marieme (Karidja Toure) seemingly soaking in a privileged moment in […]

04/16/2015

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Day 4 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Clouds Of Sils Maria’ Reviewed

Of all the contemporary name-brand directors on the festival circuit today, Olivier Assayas may be one of the most enigmatic. His films usually play with a high degree of clarity, though just as often it […]

04/12/2015

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Day 3 @ MSPIFF 2015: ‘Virtuosity’ Reviewed

Allow me a personal indulgence. One year ago this month, I auditioned in MacPhail School of Music’s concerto competition. It was the first time I’d tried out for anything on piano since high school. I […]

04/11/2015

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Movie Blog: ‘Friday The 13th’ Ranked, From Worst To Best

It isn’t so very often that we get two Friday the 13th months in a row. You don’t have to be superstitious to perk up whenever the fateful date approaches. You might just be a fan of some of the cheesiest, least frightening horror movies ever made, the Friday the 13th franchise.

03/12/2015

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Movie Blog: Top 10 Greatest Hockey Movies Ever

Previously, I’ve counted down the best baseball movies, the best football movies, and the best basketball movies of all time. Heck, I’ve even covered the best movies featuring archery. Why did it take me this long to get to the best movies about hockey?

03/06/2015

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Movie Blog: Your 2015 Oscar Pool Cheat Sheet

An Oscar pool is an Oscar pool, and it’s not usually the big, headlining categories that count so much as the little, technical, specialty, “Birdman isn’t nominated here” categories. Those are the categories where making uneducated guesses will throw a big, gold-plated wrench into your plans to win that $7 prize at your Academy Awards party of choice.

02/20/2015

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Movie Blog: Predictions For 2015’s Oscar-Nominated Shorts

I said it last year, and it applies in full right now: “For the last few years, I’ve pointed out that winning your Oscar pool in some ways depends on being smart about your selections […]

01/30/2015

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Movie Blog: Swedish Director Ruben Östlund At The Walker

One of the hard lessons of Force Majeure, the latest film from the “not yet household-name level but maybe getting there” Swedish director Ruben Östlund, is that life deals most humans a crap hand. And most humans respond to them with childish petulance, at best.

01/16/2015

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Movie Blog: Q&A With ‘Foxcatcher’ Director Bennett Miller

The majority of movies centered around a true-life crime story typically work, in effect, from the event backwards. The story may be told in a linear fashion, but the crucial question usually remains: Why did this horrible act happen?

11/24/2014

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Movie Blog: Top 10 Movie Archers Ever

Much as I would love to review the newest installment of the Hunger Games trilogy (make that quadrilogy), Mockingjay: Part 1 suffers from the same phenomenon that Jason Matheson and I were discussing torpedoed much of the penultimate Harry Potter movie installment.

11/20/2014

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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

According to the URL for this blog post, this is the 100th edition of “This Week’s Best Bets.” How time flies when you’re sitting in the dark for an untold number of two-hour chunks. And what better way is there to spend the aftermath of a long election campaign drawing to a close and some of the first snowflakes promising a long, cold, harsh winter ahead?

11/05/2014

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