The inimitable Ken Hanke died yesterday evening. He had been ailing from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for some years and was feeling ill in the last few days. Ken informed, entertained, challenged, irritated and enthralled readers for years with his movie reviews, thousands of them. He was also an inspiring force behind the Asheville Film […]
In theaters. It’s the July 4th weekend, which I guess means people are expected to go to the movies. I don’t know. I can’t keep track of these things anymore. So maybe. Actually, there are only two mainstream movies locked in a death match (the third is on a wholly different level). So that means […]
The Fine Arts Theatre screens a recent Sundance Film Festival winner, The Grail shows a short doc on Christopher Mello’s creative West Asheville garden and the North Asheville Library’s July series spotlights the advent of technicolor.
Asheville-based organizations Tranzmission, QORDS and COLAGE, in association with the Asheville Jewish Community Center, have collaborated to present the 15th annual local commemoration of Stonewall. All events are open to the public.
In theaters. You can’t claim a lack of choices this week. Quality, of course, is another matter. In any case, there are four movies hitting town that qualify — more or less — as mainstream. (One of them might be better viewed as being in the art realm.) Add to that, three art/indie titles and […]
A wealth of special screenings feature Julian Price, Carl Schenck, Roger Howell, the WE DO Campaign and queer performance art.
In Theaters. This week we arrive at one of those eagerly-awaited (by many) movies (read: it’s the new Next Big Thing), another movie that I assume has some kind of audience, and an art title that has Asheville written all over it. It is this last that I have seen (twice) and have the most […]
Sanctuary Brewing hosts the NC premiere of a food documentary, Asheville School of Film students share their work at The Grail and Hi-Wire’s Summer of Bill Murray continues with What About Bob?
In Theaters. So last week was grim in mainstream land. This week we’re looking at two sequels and one movie adapted from a videogame. On the other hand, we do get one terrific art title and one very good one. So all is not lost. In fact, quite the opposite — at least on one […]
Just like last year, I’m setting this up so I can comment throughout the evening on the trainwreck (in my book) that is the year’s Oscars. Feel free to comment throughout, but remember, if you’re going to swear, let me know so I can clear your post. Is anyone here really involved in this year’s […]
I should probably try to do this weekly, because I’m logging in too many titles over the space of two weeks to deal with all of them. At the same time, the problem of diminishing choices seems likely to set in fairly quickly. That appears to be the single greatest problem with Netflix. I also feel […]
In Theaters. This week we get two new mainstream movies (big budget variety), four art titles and the “offcial” opening (with two of the art titles) of the Grail Moviehouse. It can fairly be called a week of some note in the local movie world. And one with its share of choices. Of course, the […]
In Theaters. Last week boasted such titles as Love & Friendship, High-Rise and A Bigger Splash. So far as I know all of these are still playing this week. (Update: A Bigger Splash is being dropped on Friday.) This is something you will do well to remember as we move forward. Oh, there’s one worthy art title, […]
The Grail screens a hemp documentary, Hank Bones premieres his second feature film at The Wedge and Brenda Lunsford Lilly’s State of Grace has a reunion at the ATX Television Festival.
A documentary on Saluda’s music traditions debuts, North Asheville Library screens underseen rock musicals and NYS3 hosts a week of workshops at deep discount.
In Theaters. This week the art titles have it — four art titles to one mainstream title, and a mainstream title I’m unconvinced there’s a long felt want for. I might be surprised by this, but I kind of doubt it. We shall see. Last weekend was a strange one for me — simply because […]
In Theaters. The Captain America juggernaut continues apace, but three mainstream titles are attempting to slow it down. Two of them might have a chance — slim though it is. The other not so much, and the lone art title opening locally certainly won’t dethrone it. And there’s more news, too. That more news is […]
Mechanical Eye screens original VHS works from San Francisco’s Artists’ Television Access gallery and Frank Thompson’s June directors course explores Orson Welles at Asheville School of Film.
In Theaters. Nothing huge — in the mainstream box office sense — is headed our way this week because Captain America is certain to rule the roost in its second week. So we get one potentially interesting movie and one low-budget PG-13 horror picture. However, we also get one pretty good indie/art title and one […]
The Carolina Cinemark hosts the 6th annual Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies, The Fine Arts Theatre screens Thunder Road and FierceFlix accepts summer camper applications.
Though I fought it off as long as I could and at first used it strictly to explore — sometimes fruitfully, more often not — new titles for the Thursday Horror Picture Show, I freely admit that I have become something of a Netflix junkie. The irony here is that it’s not even my account. […]