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Eric Henderson

Eric Henderson
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
2.5/4 No Score Yet Dear Mandela (2012) A devout political documentary that insists that community, dignity, and solidarity are sustaining, but not the baseline by which one should settle. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 20, 2012
2/4 57% Sparkle (2012) Whitney Houston's death is just about the only thing that gives the film real, albeit mostly unintentional, life. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 16, 2012
2/4 17% This Time (2012) Documentary director Victor Magnatti is more comfortable with loud and proud, and perhaps a tad suspicious of insinuation and circumspection. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 6, 2012
87% The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Dark Knight channeled the nervous energy of a larger cultural movement. Rises swaggers as though it is the larger movement. Whether or not that's a good thing depends on how highly you rank being a Batman fan among your life goals. ‐
Posted Jul 19, 2012
33% Creepshow 2 (1987) Aims to recapture the original's seamless pastiche (it's an imitation of an imitation) and fails. But it has an easily digestible, junky sense of humor about it. ‐ House Next Door
Posted Jul 17, 2012
68% Men in Black III (2012) It's summer movie smack, and it leaves you hungry only for more of the same. ‐
Posted Jul 17, 2012
72% Prometheus (2012) In space, everyone can hear you try too hard. ‐
Posted Jul 17, 2012
80% Magic Mike (2012) Gah, bare flesh pecs on screen drool cup need quick!! ‐
Posted Jul 17, 2012
72% The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) The directive given to the filmmakers behind The Amazing Spider-Man was undoubtedly: strut that teen angst. ‐
Posted Jul 17, 2012
3.5/4 95% Weekend (2011) The longer you spend inside Weekend, the more its fictions seem apparent. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2011
2/4 67% Limelight (2011) Limelight, like the club it's named after, doesn't do much to break the mold of sex-drugs-and-star****ers sameness afflicting this particular subgenre. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 18, 2011
2/4 57% House Of Boys (2011) Heteros get their Crazy, Stupid, Love. this weekend, and I guess gay New Yorkers, fresh off their immensely satisfying we-have-arrived nuptials, get their own Crazy, Stupid, Tragedy. as counterprogramming. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jul 26, 2011
1.5/4 26% The Best and the Brightest (2011) Dimly plays out like a waking daymare Alexander Payne thought up while sitting disinterestedly through last fall's disinteresting Waiting for Superman. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2011
2/4 No Score Yet The Colors of the Prism, The Mechanics of Time (2011) Electronica is the next progression, and Jacqueline Caux caps her otherwise rarified musical program with a rave anthem from Plastikman to drive the point home. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 14, 2011
2.5/4 83% Florent: Queen Of The Meat Market (2011) David Sigal's documentary may not quite manage to canonize the diner, at least not to flyover country, but it sure makes it sound like a good meal and a great time. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 20, 2011
3/4 100% The Leopard (1963) The Leopard is more than a tad too pleased by its own spots, but in this case the source material and its director's intentions were almost accidentally an appropriate match. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Dec 30, 2010
36% Burlesque (2010) Is it too much to ask for one wig to get snatched? ‐
Posted Nov 24, 2010
78% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (2010) Hallows: Part 1 isn't a film at all. It's a placeholder. And its makers are making fans pay for the privilege of remaining caught up. ‐
Posted Nov 19, 2010
2.5/4 90% Disco and Atomic War (Disko ja tuumasoda) (2010) Kilmi and Aarma's look back is both affectionate and skeptical. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 9, 2010
2/4 83% Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (2010) Ultimately, Michèle Hozer and Peter Raymont's portrait of Gould is bloodless and conservative in execution. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 6, 2010
2.5/4 84% Stonewall Uprising (2010) Stonewall Uprising deploys familiar PSA-cum-hate-crimes like the infamous "Boys Beware" with very little restraint in order to truly establish Stonewall's prehistory as a No M2M's Land. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 13, 2010
3/4 100% Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives (1977) The gift of time and perspective has added a few kinks to what seems a mostly pedestrian experience. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jan 25, 2010
2/4 92% Howards End (1992) Say "Merchant-Ivory" to most cinephiles and watch their eyelids sag. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Nov 2, 2009
2.5/4 81% Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009) Given just how much material Kenny Ortega and his editors plowed through to whittle together a two-hour scrapbook and they still could only just barely come up with the presentable material here isn't exactly a vindication. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 29, 2009
2/4 98% Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) It is Snow White's afterbirth that merits both canonization and destruction. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Oct 6, 2009
2/4 87% M*A*S*H (1970) A good dint lower than its reputation, more so if you look at it not as one of the seminal 1970s films but instead as the first chapter from the finest filmmaking career spent examining the American mystique. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Sep 15, 2009
3/4 86% Kagemusha (1980) Kagemusha, much like the similarly overblown but handsomely mounted Lawrence of Arabia, is an epic with a cipher in its point position. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 21, 2009
4/4 100% Playtime (1973) Sure, Tati's script may have been small, but there's such depth of content in each setup. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 18, 2009
3.5/4 97% Ghostbusters (1984 Original) (1984) The movie's tongue-in-cheek (and pre-subprime) satire of surging capitalist hubris is scarcely mitigated by the necessary fairy-tale ending. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Aug 5, 2009
3/4 96% Les Plages d'Agnès (The Beaches of Agnes) (2008) As insistently wry as it is haunting. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 28, 2009
2.5/4 67% Rebirth of a Nation (2009) Birth of a Nation itself is a set of cinematic training wheels. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 22, 2009
4/4 95% L'année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Marienbad) (1961) The recurring attitude throughout most interpretations of Marienbad is that of sheer interpretation fatigue. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 17, 2009
4/4 93% Do the Right Thing (1989) Like Rear Window to Alfred Hitchcock, like Nashville to Robert Altman, like Playtime to Jacques Tati, Lee's Do the Right Thing is an undiluted representation of its creator's artistic command. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2009
3.5/4 99% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) Dr. Strangelove's status as the movie that confirmed both Stanley Kubrick's reputation and the arrival of beat-sick irreverence can no longer be retracted. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 16, 2009
2/4 92% The Seventh Seal (Det Sjunde inseglet) (1957) Swedish cinema titan Ingmar Bergman's mopey/earthy 1957 breakthrough The Seventh Seal may have done more than any other film to popularize and demonize the notion of world cinema as the boutique of the cultural intelligentsia. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Jun 15, 2009
4/4 94% Fargo (1996) Do you have to be a Minnesotan to really get Fargo? ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 21, 2009
2/4 86% Saturday Night Fever (1977) Saturday Night Fever's heart is actually in the right place. It's ears, though? That's another story. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 10, 2009
1.5/4 No Score Yet Booby Hatch (1976) Russo and Streiner use their sex comedy to espouse the retrograde notion that the only fulfilling sexual position is one-man-one-woman missionary. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 6, 2009
2.5/4 81% Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) One has to marvel at just how perfectly Hughes nails his frustratingly entitled mise-en-scène, which he unquestionably does in the film's mesmerizing detour inside an art museum. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 6, 2009
4/4 91% Le Fond de l'air est rouge (A Grin Without a Cat) (The Base of the Air Is Red) (1977) A masterpiece among masterpieces, the two-part, three-hour A Grin Without a Cat is Chris Marker's most ambitious, clear-headed string of cinematic clauses and ideological couplets, and also his most impenetrable. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted May 5, 2009
3.5/4 84% In the Realm of the Senses (1976) To paraphrase a crack from Pauline Kael: light the incense, perverts. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 27, 2009
3/4 100% The Wages of Fear (1953) Now seems much less like Salt of the Earth-as-a-potboiler and a lot more like the spiritual godfather to every testosterone-fuelled thrill ride since. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2009
2/4 50% Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988) It's probably a stretch to surmise that, just as the first film's subtext dealt with health fears, the sequel mines its dread from the horror of malpractice. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2009
2.5/4 63% Hellraiser (1987) Barker's vision cribs equally from the mythos of vampires and zombies, but Hellraiser's overriding ridiculousness (and nagging budgetary shortcomings) can't disguise the fact that the movie is at least unwittingly a product of the AIDS crisis. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 20, 2009
2/4 79% An Unlikely Weapon (2008) Serves as a fairly surface-oriented hagiography of a self-conscious rock star photographer. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Apr 7, 2009
4/4 100% The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) (1959) The 400 Blows, one of the initiating sparks of the French New Wave, ultimately boils down to the film's trendsetting coda, perhaps the most exclamatory question mark in movies. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 27, 2009
2/4 52% American Swing (2009) And what of New York's disco-era gays? They're written out of the story here just as decisively as they were written out of Levenson's version of utopia. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 23, 2009
2.5/4 57% Clickety-Clack (Dodes'ka-den)(Dodesukaden) (1970) Dodes'ka-den's forgotten souls enact their tribulations only in brief, impressionistic strokes, as apt to lapse into candy-coated reverie as they are to stare down the demons of fiscal and moral poverty. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 17, 2009
3.5/4 100% Pinocchio (1940) Nope, no perverted subtext here. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 10, 2009
1.5/4 33% Sherman's Way (2009) Not since Larry David's Sour Grapes has a movie kicked off by so thoroughly painting its protagonists as deeply unlikable souls. ‐ Slant Magazine
Posted Mar 7, 2009