Eric Henderson joined the WCCO.COM web team in June 2006. As a member of the web team, he has won three Emmy Awards as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award. He previously worked at the television station as a floor director.
As 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.
And 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.
Eric currently writes film reviews, top 10 lists and more at his movie blog.
In his spare time, Eric enjoys playing piano and climbing rocks … predominately indoors, but that may change any summer now.
This week sees the start of both the latest Sound Unseen, one of the most highly-anticipated annual events of the Twin Cities film and music scenes, as well as the astonishingly comprehensive Images of Africa festival at St. Anthony Main.
I’ve been informed that many if not all of the screenings of “12 Years a Slave” at the Uptown Theatre were sold out this weekend, so I guess the first thing that should be on your movie checklist for the coming week would be that, if you weren’t among the lucky ones to snag a ticket.
“12 Years a Slave” is unquestionably an absolutely necessary corrective to any lingering sentiment regarding the antebellum Old South and, on a larger scale, the blood that lubricated the Great Experiment, so long as you believe no one is truly free unless everyone is.
If you’re looking to get your guts turned inside out with fear leading up to Halloween, there are a few options around town you can take advantage of. (Also, if you’d rather stay home and get scared, I have a few suggestions for films to rent both old and new.)
This Saturday is Make a Difference Day, which organizers call the “largest national day of community service,” with millions of volunteers worldwide working together to help someone in need. One local person who has been striving to make a difference on a daily basis is Allan Law.
Halloween weekend elect is upon us. So don’t even pretend you want to see anything other than blood, bones, gore and mayhem. Here are the best options for repertory and limited-release entertainment this week.
Brian De Palma’s 1976 version of Stephen King’s Carrie is not just one of the greatest horror movies ever made. It’s also one of the most empathetic. So the question then becomes: Why? Why would you ever think you could top that benchmark?
Thirty-one days of horror continue this week, with a couple irresistible Halloween-friendly titles screening in local repertory houses. But it’s not all ghost, goblins and electrically-charged prototypes for Marge Simpson’s hairstyle.
There is a refrain, almost a mantra shared between the two leads in Paul Greengrass’s (United 93) new docudrama Captain Phillips, which depicts the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama, the first U.S. ship to have been seized by pirates in over two centuries.
There was a time that the title “Carrie: The Musical” was as much synonymous with failure in musical theater lore as “Heaven’s Gate” and “Howard the Duck” were for movies. It was Carrie herself, and the entire rest of the world took relish in dumping metaphorical pig’s blood on that sacrificial lamb.
First vampires, and now I’m tackling zombies. Which is fitting, of course … not just because it’s October (a month during which not only I but many of my friends seem to just watch as many horror movies as we can muster), but also because this weekend brings the annual Zombie Pub Crawl to Minneapolis’ West Bank once again.
If you’re searching for something a little smaller-scale or niche than “Gravity” (which you should still totally see if you haven’t already, because it’s easily one of the year’s greatest movies), here are this week’s other best movie bets around town.
Two other fellow Twin Cities movie critics who screened “Gravity” with me a few weeks ago went to the second press screening last week. I cannot wait to see it a second time myself.
The lineup for the 2013 Twin Cities Film Fest has just been announced, and it includes more than a couple potential Oscar contenders. The fest will open with a screening of “Nebraska,” the latest from director Alexander Payne.
Local and international film makers are headed to Minneapolis over the next few days to show off their pride projects and try to take home a title. The Minneapolis Underground Film Festival — or M.U.F.F. if you prefer– kicks off on Thursday.