Mark Gibney and UNC Asheville are hosting their eighth annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival this week. The festival consists of five carefully selected films that are shown each night of the week beginning tonight, Mon. Jan. 27. The films are at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. All films are shown in the basement of the Highsmith Union. All films — except for the Wednesday screening of Rafea: Solar Mama — are being screened in the Grotto. Rafea: Solar Mama is being shown in Alumni Hall.
A free screening of Christopher Smith’s Black Death takes place at 10 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28, at Carolina Asheville (1640 Hendersonville Road). Free if you know the magic word, that is.
Cranky Hanke’s 10 best This strikes me as a curious year — a good year, but not quite a great one. Maybe that’s why I’ve spent more time struggling with this list than in any previous year. I’ve shifted more titles around than usual. I never did get on board The Social Network bandwagon (it […]
Ricochet Film Festival will bring us three days of movies, Sept. 17 through Sept. 19.
I’m assuming that by now everyone more or less knows the concept but, briefly, it starts from the most level playing field possible with participants being given a line of dialogue, a character name and a prop that all have to be used. That part is the same for everyone. What differs — and really evens things out — is that each team is assigned a genre to work in, so if you’ve spent all year dreaming up a horror picture and you draw “musical/Western,” you’re in trouble.
I recently had the pleasure of talking to filmmaker Nash Edgerton about his film The Square, which opens in Asheville on Friday. I have to say I understood the film a little better after our conversation, especially as to why it’s so short on dialogue. Why? Well, Nash Edgerton isn’t the most talkative person I’ve […]
Once again, the Twin Rivers Media Festival is upon us. And once again, festival director Carlos Steward (the man behind World Cinema) has managed to line up an impressive array of films for the event, which runs from Friday, May 28, through Sunday, May 30, at the Courtyard Gallery, 9 Walnut St., in downtown Asheville. […]
The idea of a local film society has been flying around for years, but for one reason or another, it has never gotten off the ground. Now – in part due to the response to the Thursday Horror Picture Show – the Asheville Film Society is finally a reality. The AFS is being set up […]
Lights! Camera! Explosions! Bloodletting! The Asheville Actionfest Film Festival (April 15-18) is upon us — and with it come more than a few surprises of the pleasant kind.
What a drag of predictability. A few minutes before the Oscars began, I shot an e-mail to Bold Life movie critic Marcianne Miller, predicting The Hurt Locker for Best Picture, Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director, Jeff Bridges for Best Actor (Crazy Heart), Sandra Bullock for Best Actress (The Blind Side), Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting […]
The second annual Asheville Jewish Film Festival gets off to a great start with its opening-night film: Aviva Kempner’s fantastic documentary Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, the story of Gertrude Berg, the woman responsible for the once phenomenally successful The Goldbergs. Though almost unknown today, The Goldbergs was once a big deal on radio and then […]
I’m sure this collaborative list from Justin Souther and myself (and it really is a collaboration—we’ve been batting these choices back and forth for weeks) is going to have its fair share of detractors—and that’s fine. I can already make a pretty good guess at the outrage over the omission of certain titles, and what […]
I think it’s fair to say that 2009 was an unusual film year—if only because my number-one film has been more or less constant since June, while everything else has been in flux. On the other hand, I can’t think of a year where my 10 best list altered so much between voting for the […]
There’s no denying that this year’s Asheville Film Festival was low-key and scaled back. There was no special guest, fewer narrative feature entries and at least one notable miscalculation. That said, the 2009 festival did have more than its share of high points—not the least of which was a very positive vibe from out-of-town filmmakers, […]
Before last Saturday night at the Carolina Asheville Cinema, it had been about 30 years since I last attended a public screening of Jim Sharman’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) with a live cast. Back then these midnight shows were pretty common. A group of fans would dress up as the characters in the […]
This was my third year as a judge, and as usual I was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality of the entries, but then I’m impressed that anyone can create anything that’s even watchable in 48 hours—and most of these were much more than merely watchable.
The annual Twin Rivers Media Festival runs this weekend at Courtyard Gallery. As usual, the winning feature takes the place of the 8 p.m. Friday weekly World Cinema screening. And, as usual, the festival offers some high-quality works, including the winning feature.
reviews by Ken Hanke From Saturday, March 21, through Thursday, March 26, the Fine Arts Theatre, the Center for Jewish Studies at UNC-Asheville and the Asheville Art Museum will present the Asheville Jewish Film Festival, with all showings at the Fine Arts Theatre. Adio Kerida (Goodbye Dear Love) Director: Ruth Behar Documentary Not Rated This […]
It can be argued—and it almost certainly will be—that this year’s Academy Awards were utterly predictable. The smart money had said it was going to be a Slumdog Millionaire straight ticket, and with eight Oscars—picture, director, adapted screenplay, cinematography, editing, original score, song and sound mixing—they were dead on. Certainly I can’t say it wasn’t […]
The Southeastern Film Critics Association named Milk the Best Picture of 2008 in its 17th annual voting. Director Gus Van Sant’s powerful look at slain activist Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold public office in the nation, earned a total of three awards, with its other victories coming in the categories of […]
Here we are at the end of another year (which, you’ll agree, beats not getting to the end of another year). That means here I am with my seventh or eighth (I’ve lost track) Best of/Worst of lists, while my cohort in cinema Justin Souther offers up his second such list. This also means that […]