Eric 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.
Apologies for my absence last week. I could lie and say I was out busy watching all the new movies in theaters, but in actuality, I spent a lot of the last week nursing a cold and watching clips from my favorite movies on Blu-ray as part of my medicinal routine.
Picnics with hot dogs, fireworks with sparklers, miniature American flags with parades. They’re all fine and dandy, but don’t you want to catch some of the explosively entertaining options available at area movie theaters this long holiday weekend?
This week’s list of the best screenings around town features at least a couple movies I’m not very fond of, actually. I hope that you take this as a mark of my own possibly hopeless attempts to remain objective about what people might consider the “best bets.”
Want a special advance screening of the latest from director Clint Eastwood? Jersey Boys (adapted from the hit Broadway musical) is showing at the Showplace ICON this Tuesday on the eve of it’s Friday opening, and WCCO Radio has tickets to give away.
If you are one of the two or three teen girls who did not catch “The Fault of Our Stars” on opening night, all reports from the box office suggest you probably need to redress that situation as soon as you can. And bring plenty of tissue.
Yes, we’re now in June, the primetime for summer offerings. Every weekend brings at least one hopeful blockbuster, if not a few. This weekend was all about Maleficent, but the rest of the month more or less belongs to the men. Or does it?
I’m not Catholic, and I am no longer an aspiring nun, so I have no real knowledge of what vows those entering the convent are supposed to take before pledging their lives to God’s service. But I would have to assume that one of them is the vow of modesty.
I’m not exactly surprised to see the box office receipts for this holiday weekend. Specifically, I’m not surprised to see that Godzilla is off by 77 percent of its opening weekend totals.
Too often I tie your decision on whether or not you should catch a limited-release or repertory screening in the Twin Cities based solely on the weather. For much of the last year or two, that’s been a winning bet on my part, with two endless winters and stifling summers.
“Because the movie’s called Godzilla!” That’s what I’ve heard a number of times already from some audience members and critics who felt shortchanged by the amount of screen time given to the indomitable Gojira.
I’ll give you five good reasons to check out a movie this week. I’m not talking about the titles I mention below. I’m talking about the cold and/or cloudy weather predicted for Monday through Friday this week.
I couldn’t help but wonder what the outcome of their conflict would have been had they put their violence urges on ice and instead submitted themselves into an epic series of fraternity Olympics.
As much as I loved counting down the top movie mothers of all time … counting down the 10 worst is just more fun. I have no idea what that means in the long run, but in any case, here is a poison pen letter to cinema’s mothers we all love to hate.
Before, I counted down the top 10 worst movie mothers of all time. Now a list of the greatest mothers in all movie history, because there’s never a bad day to pay tribute to mothers, right?
Series boasting films both old and new continue this week at the Riverview, the Trylon and the Walker, but one of the most exciting new additions to the Twin Cities film scene this week is a movie that’s older than your great-grandmother. Read on.
More often than not, it takes at least six months to a year (if not longer) for festival movies to arrive in the Twin Cities, especially given all the titles distributors hold onto until Oscar season kicks into high gear.
There’s only one major movie release set to storm multiplexes this coming weekend — The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — and there’s a lot of rain and sleet in the 7-day forecast, so don’t even pretend you don’t want to hole up and catch some offbeat movie selections this week.
. In his new documentary, Rithy Panh tries exorcise memories he knows all too well, though much of the evidence was lost in the chaos surrounding him. But the figurines in the spotlight of “The Missing Picture” are in no form an escape from reality.
The Shakopee, Minn. amusement park Valleyfair is adding a new ride this year called Northern Lights. The ride is aimed at families, so it’s not among the park’s faster, wilder rides. Instead, it reaches a top speed of 43 miles per hour.
I bet you thought I was going to issue a postmortem on the 2014 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, right? After all, Saturday night was the closing night. Oh, no. Closing night is only the beginning. Now’s the time to double back to catch all the audience favorites you missed the first time around!
Sometimes it takes months and months for movies that play the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival to show up in general release in the Twin Cities. Even more often, films from the festival roster don’t show up again at all. And then every once in awhile an MSPIFF selection pops into theaters in a matter of days.
That’s not Thom Yorke on the, ahem, “Motion Picture Soundtrack” for How to Disappear Completely. It’s the spare, oddly dispassionate beats of Eyedress, which lace Raya Martin’s dark and foreboding mystery with an aura of […]
Directed by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez but supervised by Lucien Castaing-Taylor (whose Leviathan was among last year’s most memorable films, documentary or otherwise), you might say that nothing happens in Manakamana. Or you could […]
The MSPIFF is in its final stretch, and some of the biggest titles are still to come. So this week, make that your first movie priority. But if your well of cinephilia ne’er runs dry, there are a few other options to check out this week.
I never understand why some people object to movies wherein the surface is the primary element and the rest is not necessarily subjugated but at least is entirely informed by that element. But there is admittedly something to be said for discipline.