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.
This week’s collection of movie best bets is a bit hastier than normal because, duh, you should be first and foremost checking out our daily selections from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. Just as the weather’s heating up, so are the number of movies enticing you to stay indoors.
It’s a little difficult to recommend today’s selection if you aren’t already familiar with the films of South Korean master Hong Sang-soo. Like many auteurists’ pet faves, he tends to allow elements and themes to flow freely between his films, and the result is a body of work that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
I know it’s perpetually bad form to criticize the critics when it comes to covering festival movies, but sometimes it’s inevitable when it feels like critics are the only ones talking about a given film. But to hear people accuse “Closed Curtain” of being self-pitying, well, cry me a river.
While at this time last year, very few people had likely heard the name Solomon Northup (the victimized protagonist of the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave), it’s a safe bet far fewer still had ever heard of Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay.
With both a rude jolt and a surge of excitement, film fans in the Twin Cities find themselves on the cusp of this year’s Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, which opens on Thursday with a screening of Belle and continues for 17 days with more than 200 features.
In a few weeks, the MSPIFF starts up and everything else goes out the window. So if you’re looking to wrap up some loose ends — like, say, Nymphomaniac, Vol. 1 — do so as soon as possible.
Veronica Roth, the author of the book series, was in the Twin Cities a few weeks back to promote the film’s release along with actor Ansel Elgort, who plays the brother of the film’s chief protagonist. WCCO had the chance to ask them to both sort themselves, and here’s what they told us.
This just in! The Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul just announced that the opening night selection for this year’s MSPIFF will be British director Amma Asante’s Belle, a period piece about Dido Elizabeth Belle and […]
One of the things Wes Anderson fans tend to love is his ability to tell stories that exist outside of the standard hero-villain binaries. He’s more interested in the flaws that draw his characters away from both poles.
Fests are still playing out. Fantastic new works of art are still in theaters. (If you haven’t caught “Stranger by the Lake” yet and you’re open-minded, clear a spot on your calendar.) And the screenings just keep coming! It’s enough to make your head spin.
It wasn’t necessarily supposed to take 20 years for Ron Minkoff to make his return to fully animated feature films following “The Lion King.” But such are the realities of getting an animated project off the ground that he actually managed to get five other features through the pipeline in the interim.
The words that I wrote last year still ring true, and thankfully earlier than usual this year: “There are few things sweeter than the sight of grass peeking through the snow after a long, hard winter season. But the opportunity to see new movies from world-class auteurs and local up-and-comers alike is among those things.”
Now that the long Oscar season nightmare is finally over, it’s time to sing “Auld Lang Syne” and enjoy the best of what’s playing locally. And let me tell you, the floodgates are open, first and foremost not one but two foreign film festivals.
It’s not exactly the mirror opposite of the situation we had last year at the Academy Awards, but most pundits seem to agree that whereas last year’s best picture frontrunner Argo left the best director […]
It’s your last chance to sneak in screenings of the Oscar-nominated movies. The Academy Awards will be handed out on Sunday evening and then we can all put this months-long nightmare behind us. Here are some treats you might want to catch to give yourself a break from the Oscar madness.
Stray along the road less traveled and check out this week’s best bets among limited release and repertory screenings.
When I say that “The LEGO Movie” is more subversive than anything Jean-Luc Godard put out after the mid-’60s, it’s because for there to be a subversion, you first have to ambush a group of people that weren’t planning on having their worldview altered.
Nope. Still haven’t caught Ride Along. Apparently that’s almost everyone in America wants to see. But if you’re reading this column, I know you’re not “almost everyone in America.” This week has a full slate of classic cinema, enough to keep any film fan more than busy.
For the last few years, I’ve pointed out that winning your Oscar pool in some ways depends on being smart about your selections in the short film categories. That everyone usually has a pretty solid idea of what’s going to win in the major races is mostly a given. Down ballot? A whole ‘nother ball game.
“Labor Day,” the new film from Jason Reitman and starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, doesn’t reward cynics. In fact, it punishes them with doses of crusty homemade peach pie and baseball lessons from rough-hewn surrogate fatherhood.
I have to admit that I have not yet seen the movie that just topped the box office charts for the last two weeks running and is well on its way to being 2013’s first $100 million club honoree. Maybe I’ll redress that in the next week, maybe I’ll instead opt for the cold-weather comfort of awesome repertory and specialized programming.
There’s but one new wide release this weekend — the dank graphic novel version of “I, Frankenstein” starring a torqued Aaron Eckhart — and it’s not even screening for critics because, why bother? We’re knee-deep in the doldroms of the dump months of winter. What’s a “dump month,” you ask?
The Oscar nominations are out, and basically everything on the shortlist this year is in theaters for those who missed them up until this point. And there’s plenty of great new documentaries to catch on Netflix. If you’re all caught up, though, there are plenty of other options to keep you busy on this cold week.
The critics have spoken. The Golden Globes have been handed out. And the Oscar ballots have been in for a week now. The Academy Awards are unquestionably the Super Bowl of the entertainment world. Here are the people and films I expect to be nominated this year.
It’s never fun for critics to receive fresh and incontrovertible evidence of just how little their tastes matter, but this weekend was particularly rough. To see “Her” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” get unceremoniously pushed aside in favor of the noxious, bloodthirsty “Lone Survivor” is to know what it felt like for Carrie the moment she was doused in pig’s blood.