I am a longtime editor and film critic who lives in Burnsville, Minnesota, with my redheaded cat Pumpkin and have been writing my Short Redhead Reel Reviews column since 1986. Currently, my capsule film reviews are published in the weekly hard-copy publications "Sun Thisweek" and "The Lowdown." My column also appears online at www.shortredheadreviews.com, http://sunthisweek.com/tag/Short-Redhead-Reel-Reviews, http://www.minnyapple.com, and http://www.presspubs.com/forest_lake.
In the past, my film review outlets have included "The Uptown Neighborhood News," "The Citizen," "The Scoop," "The Anoka City Shopper," "The Elk River Star News," "Cinestar," "The Twin City Times," and "The Good News” publications and their respective websites. I have also been a guest critic on KARE-11's weekly SHOWCASE MINNESOTA show and on WCCO radio to discuss films, and I wrote a film review for AMC950 radio for a film that they were sponsoring.
My film reviews first appeared on the Internet in 1995 when I was asked to write for MN Online, which was devoted to providing information about Minnesota and was cofounded by KTCA, Minnesota Public Radio (MPR), and MRNet (a local telecommunications provider). The staff of MN Online asked me to be the Minnesota film critic for their site and to provide short, easily accessible, easy-to-read film recommendations. MN Online thought that my format/site was both unique from those of other film reviewers and that their audience wanted an alternative to the lengthy, time-consuming reviews currently being published in other venues.
I review more than 300 films annually, including mainstream, indie, and foreign-made films, and have been a movie buff for as long as I can remember—perhaps it is genetic. When visiting relatives in Wales with my beloved husband, I even learned that my grandmother always got the washing done early on Fridays so that she could see the movie at the local cinema.