When I moved back home to Asheville after a lengthy sojourn in the [Research ] Triangle, I was thrilled to find that Asheville had its own film critic and that he actually reviewed real movies that played in real movie theaters that real people went to see. You see, in the Triangle at that time, movie criticism tended to involve extolling the virtues of such things as Iranian cinema. While I didn't begrudge the Iranians their cinema (or the Finnish theirs, for that matter), I did find hifalutin' film criticism to be haughty.
Ken Hanke never puts on airs, though. While Ken tends to love more films than I do, I have never seen a movie that Ken hated that I loved. If I am deciding how to spend entertainment dollars, a quick reference to Ken is always helpful. He is an Asheville treasure. Congratulations on your first decade, Ken, and well done, Mountain Xpress!
— J. Matthew Martin