Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler Jan. 5-11: Season of country discomfort?-attachment0

Cranky Hanke’s Weekly Reeler Jan. 5-11: Season of country discomfort?

The holidays have come and gone, and while the snow played havoc with the usual Christmastime-viewing rush, Asheville more than made up for it over New Year’s. Now, it’s time to face the grim reality of what appears to be the usual January White Sale of movies nobody much wants to see. Oh, sure, we’re slated for a few choice—or potentially choice—offerings that haven’t yet made their way to the provinces. But all in all, the prospects for a bright new year at the movies aren’t too good for at least the first couple of months—as witness Season of the Witch and Country Strong, which invade local theaters this week.

The Beat: 2010’s biggest hits-attachment0

The Beat: 2010’s biggest hits

In addition to showcasing much of the content that’s published in our weekly print edition, the Mountain Xpress website offers a plethora of exclusive breaking news, videos, reviews, slideshows, podcasts, personals, community forums, aggregated citizen reports and much more. In 2010, eyes and ears tuned into that world like never before, with Web visits up nearly 40 percent over 2009. Here’s a look at some of the most visited areas of our online landscape.

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: That was the year that was—moviegoing-wise-attachment0

Cranky Hanke’s Screening Room: That was the year that was—moviegoing-wise

So that’s another year down, which means it’s another year of movies down. As usual that means that Justin Souther and I will be listing our picks for best and worst in the first Xpress of the new year. But I’m going to take a different kind of look at the year in terms of movies—not individual titles, but a broader picture of where movies are in Asheville. In that regard, this was a year of some note, especially from my perspective.