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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Movie Blog: Q&A With Twin Cities Film Fest Exec. Director

When the Twin Cities Film Fest, now in its fifth year, organizers pinpointed October as their chosen berth for the buffet of new films, it wasn’t arbitrary. TCFF executive director Jatin Setia said it was a very conscious decision to have the fest appear exactly six months after the more well-established MSPIFF. And, of course, there was one other major reason.


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

I feel a little like Dom DeLuise’s Nero in Mel Brooks’ History of the World Part I. Only when he yelled, “More wine! More women!” I’m instead yelling, “More horror!” Yes, another October week with a number of scary screening options around town.


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Movie Blog: The 5 Best Basketball Movies Ever

Basketball. The sport has been around for longer than football, but for whatever reason, there just aren’t anywhere near as many films centered around the sport as there are for football or, especially, baseball. So bear in mind of course that by “ever,” I basically just mean from the last three or four decades.


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Check out this week’s best bets from repertory and limited-run screenings!


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Movie Blog: ‘Gone Girl,’ The Date Movie From Hell

A colleague of mine noted that David Fincher’s new film Gone Girl completes a trilogy of sorts detailing male-female relationships gone awry (or, perhaps in the case of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, relationships that start at “awry”).


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

With this week comes the arrival of October, and you know what that means — it’s my favorite time of year. It’s prime horror movie-watching season! I restrained myself somewhat, and limited this week’s best bets selections to include only two horror-related entries.


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Movie Blog: Twin Cities Film Fest Lineup Announced

With autumn comes the start of the season for serious-minded movies, and the Twin Cities Film Fest just announced a slate that includes more than just a few movies that have awards bloggers all hot and bothered.


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Today marks the turn of the seasons, and what better way to cap off what almost everyone agrees was one of the lamest summer movie slates since the concept of “summer movie” was first coined than to head to a smaller-scale movie with bigger ideas?


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Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation’ Turns 25

Twenty-five years ago this Friday, Janet released Twenty-five years ago this Friday, Janet released one of the most consistently enjoyable hybrids of pop, R&B, dance and industrial beats ever. Our sister station ranked out the album’s tracks from worst to best.


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Mea culpa. I know that I’ve been largely absent over the last few weeks. It was never my intention to shirk my duties to highlight some of the best local repertory and limited-release movie options. […]


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Movie Blog: Q&A With ‘Love Is Strange’ Director Ira Sachs

Love is Strange begins with an easy, unforced reflection of the parallel truism that love is natural. Alfred Molina and John Lithgow play George and Ben, Greenwich Village lovers who, at an advanced age and […]


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Movie Blog: The Scariest Movie Ever

Tobe Hooper’s ruthless 1974 shocker isn’t just one of the greatest horror movies ever made, it’s also one of the most powerfully terrifying. Not in the way that jumps out at you and gives you those mechanized, cattle-prod starts once every 10 or 15 minutes, but rather in the way that crawls under your skin and turns it jaundiced and greasy with fear.


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Movie Blog: Right Here, Right Meow

How did the old song go? “The cat came back the very next day.” After spending a year at the Great Minnesota Get-Together, the venerable Internet Cat Video Festival is returning to its initial digs on the hill just outside of the Walker Art Center.


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

Heroes in a half shell are indeed a bodaciously tempting offer, but if the rest of the month is looking pretty anemic for new movie offerings on a mass scale, maybe you’d like to scale down and sample one of these options?


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

It’s absolutely, unquestionably official. This summer blockbuster season is a bust on almost every conceivable level. And you know what I have to say about that? Yay.


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Curiocity: Q&A With Helen Anker, Guthrie’s ‘Eliza Doolittle’

Few shows need less introduction than “My Fair Lady.” Small wonder few seats are available at the Guthrie Theater, where British actress Helen Anker is charming Higgins and crowds alike as the effervescent Eliza Doolittle. WCCO had the chance to speak with Anker. Here are some excerpts.


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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?


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.”


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Movie Blog: This Week’s 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.


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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?


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Curiocity: ‘Sister Act’ Nuns Are Still Cute As Sin

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.


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.


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Movie Blog: This Week’s Best Bets

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.




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